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Market Haul!

Market Haul!

on Nov 6, 2011 in Blog, Houston Market 2011 | 3 comments

Ok, I know the sewing/quilting blog-o-spher is lit up with all the name dropping and the booth photos from market, but I wanted to change it up and show you all the goodies I got to bring home from market! The picture above has one of the coolest products I saw at market. Printed Zippers.  I kid you not.  The zipper tape is printed, and the coils are on the “underside” like an invisible zipper- except, these are not invisible zippers (see they are right there!! hahahah…. couldn’t resist.)  They are regular plastic non-separating zippers.  And they are gorgeous.  They are by NBK Japan. I collected quite a few charm packs.  My mom bought me some Sulky Blendables as a gift.  The gift that keeps on giving, I might add.  Thanks, Mom!  We have frixon pens and OOH- Michael Miller has their own color card for the new line of solids.  It definitely rivals the Kona Card.  I think it is something like over 80 colors and the MM solids have the most lovely drape.  I won a pattern from THE Karen Combs {{name dropping!}} and spent a bit of time at the Riley Blake table during sample spree. Ya’ll, I was even able to buy those hot fix crystals.  I was able to afford the glass version of them, not the crystal form- but I totally want to try them out.  At the shops a package of a dozen or so is about $4-$6.  At market, 140 stones was $20- from Margola.  What in the world am I going to do with them???  I don’t know.  But I cannot wait to find out. I even left with a fat quarter bundle by Lotta J.  Her stuff is just perfect.  And speaking of fabric designers I really dig- I have a promo sample about 3″ x 6″ of Daisy Janie’s Tilly.  I already have a plan for this tiny piece of fabric.  I’ll show you what I’m making with it, soon. Tell a...

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Schoolhouse Series at Market

Schoolhouse Series at Market

on Oct 30, 2011 in Blog, Houston Market 2011 | 2 comments

I just wanted to hop on the blog real quick to show you some of the fun schoolhouse presentations I was able to attend.  Anna Maria Horner, Sandi Henderson, Michael Miller and Jan DiCinto to name a few. The above picture is of Anna Maria Horner’s Log Mansion quilt.  The title just cracks me up and the quilt is actually not quilted but put together more like a giant receiving blanket.  Very neat idea. Seriously, how cool is it that Sandi Henderson MADE an umbrella?!  She said she purchased and old tattered umbrella from a resell shop and used the original fabric pieces as pattern templates.  The new design is made with her laminated fabrics by Michael Miller.  I have to give that a try. And I have to tell you before Friday I really didn’t understand what the big trend in organic fabrics really had to do with me.  Thankfully, Jan DiCinto hosted a schoolhouse to educate shops on the GOTS certification process and the impact organic v conventional fabrics have on our marketplace and environment.  Very interesting, indeed.  And her new line, Tilly is AH’Mazing!!! I’m getting ready to head back to the convention center for another big day in #2048.  You’ll have to check out the ReannaLily Designs FB page for even more photos.  I’m adding what I can & I’m getting tagged in a few others- so stop by to see one of the most famous names I’m going to drop…  The Cat in The Hat.  yep.  You read that right.  =)  [Hi KIDS!!] (sorry for the typos, I’m sure there are some) Tell a...

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The Booth is Finished! #2048

The Booth is Finished! #2048

on Oct 28, 2011 in Blog, Houston Market 2011 | 3 comments

Sweet little #2048 is looking great!  Just wanted to hop on to tell ya we got the booth finished on Thursday just before dinner.  We were able to put so so so much stuff in the booth.  Needless to say we didn’t work the “negative space” for merchandising to terribly well.  That booth is some kinda full. Can I just say I LOVE LOVE the camo floor.  We ended up getting a “half wall” on the corner of our booth location, so that turned out really useful. We have the large Seamingly Accurate right there on the side wall to let people know there is a demo in our spot for the the whole show.  There’s military stuff collected on one half of the booth and regular quilt patterns on the other side.  And oh man, there are purses and  bags everywhere! We have a tiny finishing touch to add to the booth Friday before we run around the School House series.  I bought 6 cubby bins,  not knowing if I’d even build the shelf… but as it turned out not only did I need the shelf for pattern display but we need 9 cubbies.  After a quick trip to Target, we’re ready to pop the last three drawers into the shelves and then- We’re off to the races.  More pics will be on the ReannaLily Designs FB feed over the weekend. See you soon! Tell a...

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Packing for Market

Packing for Market

on Oct 26, 2011 in Blog, Houston Market 2011 | 2 comments

For the past 2-3 weeks I have been “staging” all the I-Hope-I-Don’t-Forget-This items for Houston Quilt Market, in the middle of my sewing room floor.  It is a huge stellar mess, complete with pathways to get from one side of the room to the other. I think I have it all.  Will I forget something- um, probably.  Will it turn out ok- um, I hope so.  I will now try to get this pile, grey floor mats, electrical extension cords, and 4 pieces of furniture in the back of my mini V.  [thank goodness I won’t need all those seats in the van.] Wish me luck and I’ll see you in the big city! Tell a...

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Seamingly Accurate NEW and IMPROVED

Seamingly Accurate NEW and IMPROVED

on Oct 25, 2011 in Blog, business, Houston Market 2011, Seamingly Accurate | 0 comments

I’m so happy to report that after a brief time “off the market” the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide is back!!!  It is new and definitely improved.  The guide will re-launch at Houston Quilt Market, Booth #2048. What kind of improvements, you ask?  The paper is more durable and the lines are much more permanent.  The adhesive is still reposition-able and user-friendly.  The faint blue 5/8th inch commercial sewing pattern seam allowance line is much easier to see.  The packaging is more bold, complete with a large photo of the seam guide installed, right on the cover. Of course, the use and installation are the same.  Samples of both can be found on the Seamingly Accurate Videos, on the Seam Guide’s web page. seaminglyaccurate.com The product is produced and distributed through ReannaLily Designs.  It retails for only $9.95.  Ask for it at your local quilt shop.  This guide is a must have for beginning sewing enthusiasts and veterans alike. Tell a...

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Sneak Peek- Diamond In The Rough Pattern

Sneak Peek- Diamond In The Rough Pattern

on Oct 11, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, Houston Market 2011, pattern | 2 comments

Here’s a sneak peek at the RD2028 Diamond In The Rough pattern, made up in the baby size.  I still need to quilt it before market, but its coming along nicely.  This is made with the Capri fabric line from Northcott Fabrics. I made a second baby top using Northcott’s Pinfeathers Line.  Oh that fabric is so fun!  I do think the photo (below) doesn’t really show the quilt/fabric too well.  (Stinkin’ over-exposed yard photograph)  It does have a completely different feel than the Capri fabric quilt, doesn’t it?  The Pinfeathers quilt looks so much softer and so much more baby than the Capri.  It is set on a pale yellow background, where the Capri is on white.  Maybe that makes the difference? Tell a...

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Woven Comfort Pattern

Woven Comfort Pattern

on Oct 7, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, Houston Market 2011, northcott fabrics, pattern, quilt | 1 comment

One of the popular patterns in my collection is the RD2018 Woven Comfort. My quilt-y mom, Karen, is helping me update the title for the Fall Quilt Market 2011 in Houston. (THANK YOU, MOM!) She has re-made the quilt top using Northcott’s FRECKLES fabrics.  (THANK YOU, NORTHCOTT!) Let me show you the picture she sent? It’s looking amazing.   The quilt itself is based on a 15″ block, so you get a bigger quilt for your time and efforts.  It has gone together quite quickly.  Next up, iron + quilt machine + binding.  If you’re in Houston, Oct 29th-31st, you’ll have to stop by and see it. Tell a...

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Houston Quilt Market 2011

Houston Quilt Market 2011

on Sep 22, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, Houston Market 2011, northcott fabrics, quilt | 2 comments

I’m happily sewing sewing sewing along for the items to be featured in my first ever Houston Quilt Market (2011) booth. You’ll have to stop by the booth #2048 or check in with the blog to see what these lovely fabrics turn into. The fabrics are the Capri line by Northcott.  I really dig this line because the over-sized repeat looks like painted polish pottery, to me.  Ok… back to the sewing machine. Tell a...

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Adjustable Aprons Ready for Market

Adjustable Aprons Ready for Market

on Sep 1, 2011 in accessories, Blog, free spirit fabrics, Houston Market 2011, pattern | 0 comments

Today I’ve been stitching away on my Adjustable Apron Pattern (RD2015).  I have the samples from the cover of the pattern, but the fabric isn’t available and isn’t “new”.  Turns out, that is a big deal for market.  I wanted to make the pattern in bright fresh fabrics. I actually went to the quilt shop this morning only to find some fabulous Joel Dewberry Heirloom laminates.  Now there’s a good idea- Laminates for an Apron. It took about a 1/2 second to decide in which color way I’d like to make the Adult Apron and coordinating Child Size apron. The apron pattern is drafted onto butcher paper or Pattern Ease and then cut, stitched and trim is added.  It is a super simple pattern.  I really wanted to go crazy with the trim, though.  I doubt “two rows” constitutes crazy, but two rows in hot pink might push me a bit more in that direction. We’ve got ruffles.  We’ve got rickrack.  We’ve got pom-poms.   All of those trims were purchased in the fabulous SoeMun market in Daegu, South Korea.  Hum, I should dig out a picture of the ribbon shop down at that massive outdoor market and show you where I used to buy trim.  Ah… I loved it there.  (We lived there with the USAF from ’06-’08.) (Above) Its ribbon hanging from the ceiling, covering the tables and walls and on spools along each table edge.  The only place there was NOT ribbon or trim was the floor.  And this whole “shop” was probably about 20′ x 30′.  It was so overwhelming to walk in and look around and so amazing all at the same time. And sometimes I’d find good satin and grosgrain ribbons down in the flower district or flower mart areas of town, too. (above)   Tons and tons of ribbons. Ok, so I kinda got off topic.  What was I talking about?  {{scrolling up}}  Ah yes, the pattern.  The pattern suggests you spice up the apron by adding trim across the bottom edge.  Take matters into your own hands and add as much or as little, as wild or tame type trims as you like. Here’s how the finished Adult Apron is finished in...

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ReannaLily Designs at Market

ReannaLily Designs at Market

on Aug 31, 2011 in Blog, book, Houston Market 2011, pattern, quilt, trunk show | 2 comments

Yep.  You read that right.  I’m going to have my very own booth at the International Quilt Market in Houston this fall (2011) Booth #2048!! As a result, I’m sewing quite alot to bring the best new samples of my work to the show.  Man.  That is alot alot of sewing!  Thank goodness I really like to sew.  =)  And design patterns.  And make diagrams.  And make brochures.  And blog about all of it.  Hum…. and here I thought I’d just grow-up and become a designer and design.  (Common misconception, from what I gather.) So lets take a gander at the latest quilt. I remade the cover quilt from Deploy That Fabric, Triangle Jubilee.  The original orange, Denyse Schmidt fabric quilt with be with C&T Publishing, which means I’ll need one of my very own.  I’m noticing that I need it for the traveling trunk show, as well.  Wait til you hear where the trunk show is headed next- Ft Riley KS! (Hi Tiki!)  All About Quilts. We’ll have a book signing event up there and I’ll have all the details on the blog, soon.  For now, clear your calendar for October 8th. Back to the quilt:  The fabrics in this new quilt are by Studio E. It’s pale blue, pale green, forest-y, aviary, and really good looking with that fabulous green recycled military uniform fabric.  This one is a BDU and is more the “old” camo. – just like the original book cover quilt. Of course it’s not pressed or quilted, yet.  I’ll be quilting it on Saturday while 1/2-watching college football…. except for when LSU v Oregon comes on, then I’ll be whole-watching football. Here’s a picture of the original, so if you are at market or just want to see the orange quilt…   {{I love orange!}}   Here it is: More sewing-y delicious pictures, coming soon!  Stay tuned. Tell a...

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