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Scrappy Quarter-Square Log Cabin Quilt

Scrappy Quarter-Square Log Cabin Quilt

on Apr 23, 2019 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilt | 0 comments

My newest Scrappy Quarter-Square Log Cabin quilt started innocently enough. We had company over the winter holidays and when they were busy or not yet awake, I’d slip into my sewing room and grab a few scraps. (I have LOADS of fabric scraps, it turns out.) I’d start with small pieces and add longer strips to two sides. It is a surprisingly fast, mindless process. A few years ago, I made this quilt as a gift for one of my Sister-in-Laws: I liked that quilt so much, I thought in this holiday-down-time sewing, I’d make a small scrappy quarter-square log cabin. Each block is trimmed square. It quickly got out of control. I’m sure no one saw that coming. Haha. Setting the blocks on-point made for a really unique design. Now, in my mind, these are completely different quilts. The blocks just kept going and going. The quilt kept growing and growing. (That sounds like something straight out of Willy Wonka. If only my quilts were made from chocolate!) Since the quilt was created entirely from fabric scraps, I now needed to come up with a solution for the setting triangles around the edge of the quilt. I snapped a pic, but it is tricky to see, since the design wall is also white. For the setting triangles, I made templates from white cardstock paper. Then I pieced random white/light/low-volume fabrics. I laid the templates over the white patchwork pieces to cut my shapes to size. I’m happy to report I have a LARGE bed quilt ready to hit the longarm. I debated on whether or not to post the quilt as just a quilt top. Of course, when this quilt is finished, you will not be able to see the quilting on it since the body of the quilt has so much movement and color. On that note: Here’s the Scrappy Quarter-Square Log Cabin 2019. Get out there and use your scraps! Sew in brief little spurts when no one is watching. It is crazy what will turn up from, what is essentially a minimal level of sewing/quilting...

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Vibrant Wild Birds: Applique Quilt

Vibrant Wild Birds: Applique Quilt

on Apr 2, 2019 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilting | 0 comments

Inspired by the incredible applique of Kim Mclean, I set out on my own vibrant wild birds applique journey. Her pattern that put me on this path was Lollypop Tree. (You can grab the original Kim Mclean pattern at Glorious Color.) It is an amazing quilt that I’ve enjoyed since I first saw it years ago. My design is a much simpler, plainer version with birds and a splash of asymmetry. Starting the Applique Design I’m not much of a hand-applique person, but I thought it might be time to give it a whirl. Recently working on a challenge quilt, which I’ll blog about shortly, I dipped my toe into hand-applique designs. This project completely started out as a bright-colored, hand-applique improvisational experiment. Lots of adjectives just to say, “I wonder if I can make a block?” I’m happy to report, that this quilt is made entirely from fabric scraps from my own stash. My scraps are sorted by color into ziploc bags, and holy smokes, there’s lots of ziplocs. After watching endless videos on applique, I ended up trying the Appliquick method to prepare my shapes. In a very basic nutshell, here’s what I did: Trace shapes onto fusible interfacingFuse to wrong-side of fabricCut fabric 1/4″ – 1/8″ larger than interfacingUse tools and glue to fold edges around appliquePress I ended up choosing shapes I liked and making many of them. Next, I’d store them in an unused 8″ pizza box to use them as I randomly created each block design. To my surprise, the little birds turned out to be a favorite design. Luckily the bird body and bird wing were interesting shapes in themselves. You’ll see them in the blocks, used in many different arrangements along side leaves, bias tape and circles. Improv Applique Quilt Blocks For each block, I would start with a 15-1/2″ x 15-1/2″ woven cotton fabric background. Press a center fold, then press three fold lines perpendicular to the vertical center. I don’t know what will be applied to the lines, but they’ll help keep things balanced and symmetrical, if need be. This isn’t a pattern release or free tutorial. I’m simply sharing a project I made from an incredible inspirational source....

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2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

on Oct 18, 2018 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilt | 2 comments

2002 Squares is my latest Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt. I’ve made a few Scrappy Trips, using the methods in Bonnie Hunter’s FREE pattern from her Quiltville blog. I altered the pattern slightly to accommodate my own math. I save my binding strips in big “cinnamon rolls” shapes. Once I have a few rolls, I’ll try to add them into some kind of strip-based or jelly roll based design. My binding, however, is cut 2-1/4″ wide, which means I need to switch the math a tiny bit for anything that is originally designed for a jelly roll, which are strips measuring 2-1/2″ wide. You can hop over to Quiltville to see the original, super-easy method to create these quilt blocks. Strip Method It is similar to a bargello-style quilt in terms of construction: Create a strip set Sew the strip set into a tube Sub-cut the strip set Rip out one seam to reveal a set of joined squares Rip out a second seam, etc Arrange the set to create a feature diagonal color Sew the block That is it in a very tight nutshell. Altered Math & Tips Here are some of the details & tricks for my binding scraps quilt. Since my strips were 2-1/4″, I ended up sewing 8 strips together in my sets. My sub-cut pieces were also 2-1/4″. The squares in this quilt finished at 1-3/4″ with 64 squares per block. Also, as I was using binding pieces, none of them were with regular width of fabric. To combat this, I joined many pieces of bindings that shared a similar value. Using this longer piece, I then created MEGA strip sets. Each one was probably over 2 yards long. Here’s a zoom in, below. You can see how much that bonus seam does not matter at all in the quilt block. By working with long strip sets, this quilt went together really fast. And that is saying something because, this is a fast pattern in itself. Blocks When creating my block, my only restriction was to choose the darkest color to be the diagonal line. As far as dark & light fabrics go, you’ll see from block to block the “darkest” fabric varies...

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All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt

All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt

on Oct 14, 2018 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured | 0 comments

After a short blogging break, I’m happy to share my All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt with you! Unfortunately I do not have a pattern for this quilt, but I can share the process with you, today. I love sewing with my fabric scraps. Each fabric should be in at least two quilts, in my house. I wrote an article about my scrap process a short while ago for FaveQuilts. To start, I keep all my fabric scraps in two bins under my sewing table. The pieces are sorted by color into gallon ziploc bags. Method To start this quilt, I simply dumped out the bag of “pinks” onto my table and started randomly sewing pieces together. If they were roughly the same size on any side, I’d join those two pieces. ANY two pieces. I joined and joined and pressed and trimmed and joined more until I had weird shapes that were larger than 14″ on each side. This was a leisure/on-the-side project. The pink was all over the table for quite a while, but it was nice to be able to sit down and sew up pieces in small chunks of time. I learned that tip from Victoria Findlay-Wolfe’s book, 15 Minutes of Play. I trimmed my wild pink blobs into 14″ squares. When I finished with that ziploc, I had a not-quilt-math-friendly number squares. Does that make sense? Layout & Design If you create a basic, traditional quilt, you’ll likely use a grid design. Four blocks by five blocks, or something to give you a pleasing rectangle or square shape. I had a total of 21 pink blocks. Hum, a three by seven grid would give me a quilt that measured 42″ x 98″. Now that would be a bit unusual. I could have not used a block giving me a total of 20, sure. That would be a tidy four by five grid. However, I opted to to add in four more blocks to get my total to 25 blocks, making a five by five grid. Remember, my goal is to try to sew up and use everything in the scrap bin. Once I added four white squares, created in the same manner, I had a brainstorm:...

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Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS

Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS

on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 9 comments

Disappearing 9-Patch is quite popular. My blog tutorial for this quilt style made with 10″ precut squares, Layer Cakes, is one of my most popular. Readers and quilt class students often ask how to create the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes in a smaller size. Well, I have great news! This tutorial will show you how to create TWO small quilts from one precut fabric bundle and a small bit of yardage. Don’t you love that bright layer cake? Fabric designer, Patty Young of Mod Kid Boutique, asked a few pattern designer/bloggers to take her beautiful new collection for Riley Blake for a test drive. I’m thrilled to showcase her line Flit and Bloom in this tutorial. Skill Level: Super Easy Beginner Finished Size: Two Quilts approx 64″ x 64″ Supplies: 1 Layer Cake* Flit and Bloom by Patty Young is featured in this tutorial. 2 1/3 y white polka dot yardage (Bloom Scalloped Dot) 2/3 y pink fabric, border of quilt one 2/3 y grey fabric, border of quilt two 1/2 y binding for EACH quilt *Layer Cake is a precut 10″ x 10″ square fabric bundle with at least 40 pieces. 40 pieces are used in this tutorial. The term “layer cake” is a trademark of Moda Fabrics. Cut Quilt Pieces: 32 total white squares From the yardage, cut 8 strips at 10″ wide From the 8 strips, cut 4 squares 10″ x 10″ each TIP: Using a large cutting mat, stack sets of strips to make faster cuts. Construction: Remove two 10″ squares from the precut pack. In this case, I removed the Bloom Scalloped Dot, since it is going to be used elsewhere in the quilt design. These two will not be used. Also count out eight white squares. Set these aside. You will use them. Make eight basic, although GIANT 9-patch blocks using four white squares and five prints. Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate. To assemble the quilt quickly, I used a serger. Here’s why: You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine. You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever. The...

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Sew With Scraps

Sew With Scraps

on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog, fabric stash, quilt, quilting | 1 comment

September is National Sewing Month! You don’t have to tell me twice. Every month is National Sewing Month at my house. Today, I have the honor of sharing an article I authored for FaveQuilts.com and AllFreeSewing.com. I make quite a few quilts from fabric scraps. “Every time I purchase a fantastic piece of fabric, I want to use it in at least two quilts. For some reason that seems to justify the purchase, in my mind. Once I shifted to that mindset, I started trying to use all my fabrics in at least two quilts. This meant saving and storing fabric scraps and finding useful quilt ideas to incorporate scraps.” Read the article here. In the article I’ll cover tips and tricks that I use to sort scraps and plan projects. Take your stash from a blurry mess, here:   To an organized, tidy, and useable collection of fabrics. Read the article here. Learn how to quickly decided which scraps are suitable for your next project by working with templates. In the scrap quilting article, see how easy it is to audition fabrics with homemade paper templates. The scrap quilting article will also tackle design concepts to create interesting quilts. Looking at every single fabric in your scrap collection may be overwhelming, especially if you associate that-piece-of-fabric-with-this-one-planned/finished-quilt. Break out of that mindset to use color and value techniques to make your next project. Read the article here. Dive into your fabric scraps and make your next quilt! The results will be fantastic. The article also features links to popular scrap-quilting projects hosted here at ReannaLily...

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Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares

Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares

on May 13, 2017 in Blog, business, fabric stash, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, tutorial | 0 comments

It feels like a Disappearing 9-Patch -a-palooza over  here lately. Using the free pattern to feature 10″ square precuts (layer cakes), I whipped up this queen size quilt (75″ x 90″) in a weekend. It really is that easy. The pattern calls for: 1 Layer Cake (40 pieces of precut 10″ squares) 2-1/3 yard white/background fabric Ok. I have those supplies. Er, but wait. No. I didn’t have them. Instead I used a 10″ square ruler to basically cut my own 40 squares from assorted blue and red fabrics. Here’s how that math breaks out: 1/3 yard of FIVE different reds 1/3 yard of FIVE different blues Cut the pieces down to 10″ x width of fabric. (If you are buying fabric for this project, I’d go with 1/3 yard, just to be sure you have a bit of wiggle room if the cuts aren’t square. And, if they are square- voila! You’ll have 3″ leftover to make matching binding for your quilt.) From each 10″ wide piece, cut four 10″ x 10″ squares, which will yield 20 reds and 20 blues. Easy, right? We needed a total of 40 so that is right on pace. Cut the background fabric as described in the original pattern and follow the original directions from here on out. I’m so glad to have cut into some of my fabric stash to create this quilt. I will definitely be doing this again. In fact, any scraps that happen to meet the 10″ x 10″ requirement might go into their own special “Future Disappearing 9-patch Ziploc.” That is the official organizational method I use: Ziploc. Fancy, right? Using my HandiQuilter Avante 18, I stitched meandered stars all over the design. When its washed, it will have some great shrinkle! Do you know shrinkle? When the quilt shrinks a tiny bit in the was and comes out all crinkley = shrinkle. I hope you give the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern a try. It is every bit as easy as the popular Disappearing 9-patch patterns all over Pinterest. The only difference is you sew a bit less and are done a bit faster. It is excellent for a quick gift! If you are looking for...

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Disappearing 9-Patch with Lily and Loom Craftsy

Disappearing 9-Patch with Lily and Loom Craftsy

on Apr 13, 2017 in Blog, fabric stash, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 1 comment

This fun Disappearing 9-Patch quilt is made using 10″ precut squares (aka LAYER CAKES)! The quilt features Lily & Loom, new fabric by Boundless, which is releasing on Craftsy.  The layer cake features 42 precut 10″ squares. The whole pack is youthful and bright. Get your fabric bundle here. Using the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes tutorial, I was able to make the quilt top in an afternoon. The pieces/units are HUGE. And of course, I chain pieced everything, even the binding pieces. I tend to make the binding first so I don’t accidentally use the fabric in the quilt. This quick cutting tool, The Cutting Gizmo, is amazing. I have mentioned it before. I received the cutter for Christmas and am not sure how I quilted for 20+ years without it. Cut, cut, cut and the chain pieced units were read to stitch. See how easily the quilt goes together on the sewing tutorial. I opted to stitch a quick all-over swirl design on my HandiQuilter Avante 18″. Lastly, I just needed to apply binding. I did that by machine, too, making this quilt incredibly fast to stitch. Volia! Finitio! If you’d like to make this quilt for yourself, grab a quilt kit here. This post contains affiliate...

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Sorting Fabric Scraps

Sorting Fabric Scraps

on Jun 7, 2016 in Blog, fabric stash | 2 comments

Sorting Fabric Scraps When the bin is out of control, it is time to sort fabric scraps! I really enjoy the “messy” look of a good scrap quilt. Turns out, though I really also enjoy complete organized order in trying to create the scrap quilt look. Shame. As the bins fill up, I start looking for scrap quilt ideas. I think my next scrap project will be based off this?block in the Sister Sampler book by AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters. (amazon link) Here’s a few scrap quilts I’ve made in the past. ? I sort by color. I know many quilters sort by value or by scrap size. Me, nope. I go with straight up color families. (sorry about the blur) Working on the floor, I pull whatever color is on top and fold it neatly in a pile. Off white/beige and grey fabrics get their own color pile. Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Purple Brown Black White Off-white Grey What about fabrics that seem to have many colors mixed in? If there is a main background color, I use that as my sorting indicator. For example, if there are 10 colors of flowers all on a pale green background, that fabric is going in the greens. If there is no discernible background color, for me, I go with a knee-jerk reaction and think, “Which color do I see first.” OR “Which color will I most likely match first.” Strangely, in these cases, I most often end up putting the fabric in with the blues. I love blues. What do I do with fabric scrap piles? My fabric scrap piles are sorted in to?gallon?ziploc bags. (amazon link)?The ziploc bags are then added back into the sorted plastic bin?(amazon link), in color order. Any apparel fabric or blocks-in-progress or fabric collections are put back into the second fabric bin. The second bin still acts as a catch-all near my sewing machine. Sometimes my husband’s cats like to lay in the fabric scrap bin. The ziplocs also help in the fight against the fur. Once the ziplocs are full, it is time to make another scrap quilt! My personal goal is to have every piece of fabric I own...

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Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

on Feb 23, 2016 in Blog, fabric stash, tutorial | 1 comment

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt I recently posted a tutorial for this guy’s friend, Ticker Tape Owl. It was so fun to make using my fabric scraps, that I decided I needed a giraffe. Of course, he can be any color but if you have yellow, brown and orange fabrics, you’ll want to jump right in! Scroll to the bottom to see how insanely fast you can create borders with an applied trim?used in the border of this project by simply using a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. Finished size: 18? x 18? project sizes can vary depending on how you finish the block. Supplies Elmer?s School Glue Sulky Monofilament Thread Water Soluble Marker Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide Fusible Interfacing 1/2 yard linen (I used a recycled garment from the thrift store.) Assorted fabric scraps 1 fat quarter (18″ x 22″) solid yellow fabric 1 package brown single fold bias tape PDF Giraffe Template Prep The first thing you’ll need to do for this project is print the downloadable PDF Giraffe Template. Tape him together, matching his nose and neck lines. I used a shirt back from a thrift store garment. After measuring, a?14-1/2″ square will be as big as I can?cut. Apply the fusible woven interfacing to the wrong side of the linen. If you are using the 1/2 yard linen for your background, you?can cut to any size you prefer. For my project, the background fabric is 14-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and is cut after the interfacing is applied. Mark the center of the linen square. Use a window pane as a light box by taping the owl to the glass. Tape the linen background over the template, matching the marked centers. Use the water soluble marker?to trace the image onto the right side of the linen background square. Ok. He looks good and I can see all his marked lines. Fabric Scraps Any scraps will work. All scraps will take a moment or two to sort and organize. I’m going with traditional-ish colors on this first giraffe. My ticker tape giraffe?uses pieces ranging from 1/4″ to 2″ in size. Work on a surface that will allow for ironing. By that I mean, a towel, portable ironing pad, or ironing...

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Ultimate Owl Quilt – Cheater Panel

Ultimate Owl Quilt – Cheater Panel

on Oct 13, 2015 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower | 0 comments

Introducing the Ultimate Owl Cheater Quilt Panel I’m so happy to finally share my Ultimate Owl Cheater Quilt Panel with you! It has been in the works since MAY 2015 and it is finally here!! Let me show you the evolution of the the sugar skull or candy skull style owl on a retro quilt cheater panel: Creating the Owl I can draw “so-so.” Luckily I can use the computer better than I can draw! I started with a half owl doodled on two sheets of paper taped together. That is pretty sophisticated, right? From here I scanned the image, waved a magic wand in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create a complete owl. Some of the sketched design motifs were moved, re-sized or eliminated. I created one of those coloring pages for myself and gave it a go with colored pencils. That is pretty festive! (Dias de los Muertos is right around the corner here in San Antonio.) Since the image was manipulated in Illustrator and was now a vector graphic, it occurred to me to make it as big as I possibly could ON FABRIC. The panel measures 42″ x 36″. You may recognize the background bars image. It is a cheater panel concept for my quilt pattern 1976. With the owl in place and the bars printed directly on a brown plaid background, my cheater panel was ready to become a quilt. I’m going free and loose with the word “quilt” here because there is no batting or quilting in this first final project. Finishing the Panel: I started by making rounded corners;tracing a salad plate with a FriXion Pen. I then cut away the excess fabric 1/4″ passed the marked lines and 1/4″ passed the printed fabric. I then layered the panel right side up on top of Minky Dimple Dot ORANGE Fabric, matching wrong sides. I basted the two layers together (wrong sides together) with a simple straight stitch, 1/4″ from the printed edge of the panel. Next, I cut a narrow binding to apply to the edge. It is machine applied, so I stitched it to the minkie-side?first, then folded it to the front to edge stitch it in place. For the...

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Boerne Quiltfest 2015

Boerne Quiltfest 2015

on May 4, 2015 in Blog, business, fabric stash | 0 comments

Hauptstrasse Quiltfest The first weekend in May is Quilt Weekend in Boerne Texas! The city’s Parks and Rec department organizes an outdoor quilt show with works of art hanging in the downtown square, the Veteran’s park and throughout the downtown shop store fronts. The event is called Hauptstrasse Quiltfest. I’m not finding, online, how many years this has been going on, but this is my second year to attend and first year to attend as a quilt show vendor. I shot a quick little video of my view from my vendor booth and posted it to my ReannaLily Designs facebook page. The vendors are set up right in the middle of the town square. Quilts lined three sides of the square with a beautiful antique quilt display on the fourth side. Boerne Quiltfest Vendor’s Row I was so fortunate to have the folks from Busy Fingers Workshop in the booth next to me. They took care of me all day. The work that she does, with miniature paper piecing is absolutely beautiful. If you get a chance, you should check out her pieced greeting cards and paper piecing patterns in her Etsy shop. My booth had more of an eclectic mix of items. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild will be having our annual market days, or as we call it, “May Mercado” very soon, so I already had a few pieces of fabric to “destash.” This was a great opportunity to sell fabric with my patterns, books and shirts. Along with all those items I also have quite a few Vintage Linens Fat Quarters. I suppose that might be a strange thing to have. The fabrics are all so soft, though. I love those vintage sheets. The quiltfest was well attended and the weather was gorgeous. Unfortunately, I do not have too many more photos of the quilts, though. The whole show is put up and taken down on Saturday. Vendors arrive, set up and are ready to sell by 9a. We “break down” when the show ends at 4p. By the time the booth is down, so are all the quilts. 🙁 The quilt?view from the booth was pretty amazing, though. Now the big question, after the...

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