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Antique Linens Quilt Challenge

Antique Linens Quilt Challenge

on Mar 28, 2019 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 0 comments

Prepare to be overloaded with images of my Antiques Linen Challenge Quilt. My local longarm group issued a challenge to stitch up an antique linen in the style made popular by Kelly Cline and others. There are so many cool ways to incorporate old linens into new designs. The design I went with is more of a Frankenstein version of a linen challenge. I’ll lay out the reasons why I needed to add all sorts of things to this quilt. It features: One HandkerchiefFour crocheted coastersOne Bread Basket Liner (cut into quarters)Two large crocheted doiliesTwo different bed sheetsFour kinds of lace The center of the quilt starts with a men’s handkerchief. It is plain and simple. I bought it at an estate sale and didn’t notice that it had stains on it. I went ahead and appliqued traditional orange peel shapes over the stains. I created spaces within my quilt using techniques from Free-Motion Framework, my most recent book release. Simply divide the space in to large usable shapes and then practice a quilting fill within that shape. The bread basket liner with a crocheted trim was next. I cut the liner into fourths and stay-stitched over the crocheted edge. I then appliqued over the cut crocheted edges with a smaller orange peel design. It was really fun trying to think of different things to quilt into all these spaces. Unfortunately, the pictures jump around a bit. That happens because I was quilting “just one motif” at a time, rolling the quilt up and back on the longarm’s frame. The lovely tan coasters are serving a fantastic purpose. They are covering seams where I mis-measured the solid fabric borders. That’s right, now you all know all my business. I had two large doilies that I think are intended for end tables. I decided maybe I should chop those in half. The crochet was so tight that even when I cut the pieces with a rotary blade, nothing happened. There was no fray, no wobble, nothing. At this point my mom suggested set the center of the quilt on-point to make it more interesting. Man, she was right! I generally quilt with the brightest fabrics I can get my hands...

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Longarm Gallery Update

Longarm Gallery Update

on Mar 17, 2019 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

After a brief blogging break, I wanted to share more longarm quilting pictures with you. I’m enjoying free-motion quilting on my customer’s quilts and my own. I think I learn something with each new quilt, which is always good news. The quilt below is part of my 2019 Challenge Fabric Quilt entry for the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild’s show on Sept 20-21. I cannot show you the whole piece quite yet. Just know, it is asymmetrical and absolutely bananas-looking. I’ve been lucky to custom quilt a few projects for some local San Antonio area friends. Check out their quilts: A new friend found me online and mailed this next quilt from their duty station in Japan. This semi-custom small quilt is so charming! With a quick turn-around, I was able to get the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild‘s charity quilt quilted and bound and mailed in time for the big show, QuiltCon, in Nashville last month. It is a conceptual beach scene with sand, sea glass, and breaking waves. And of course, I love doing edge-to-edge designs all over quilts. An edge-to-edge is any design that I can draw with the longarm that literally travels from one edge of the quilt to the other without stopping. If you want me to longarm a quilt for you, please email me or see more details on my ReannaLilyQuilts.com...

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Custom Quilting Gallery – Sampler Quilts

Custom Quilting Gallery – Sampler Quilts

on Oct 23, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 0 comments

Let’s take a peek at two very different custom quilted sampler quilts. All the quilts featured in this post were created by my customers. I added the longarm quilting to showcase the blocks. Sampler quilts, or block of the month quilts, are so tricky because each block is receiving its own unique design. If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email. Local Quilt Shop’s Block of the Month First up is a block of the month hosted by a local quilt shop. My customer picked up fabrics each month and created her blocks. I think this is the 2017-2018 project. See my customer’s whole quilt on her instagram. I kept the borders a bit simple so the blocks would really stand out. Now onto the ruler work and stitching designs. I tried to apply the Divide and Design method to each block. For consistency, I also tried to keep types of block units treated in a similar fashion. By that I mean, if a block had a large square, it would get a sort of 4-corner star. If it was a small square it would have orange peel stitching. It didn’t always work, but it helped quite a bit. And sometimes, I didn’t pay too much attention to the piecing at all. I jumped right in to create new shapes by connecting points with in the block. You can see four “footballs” in the block below. If you have a quilt you’d like for me to finish, read more at www.reannalilyquilts.com or drop me an email. A Kit Turned Into a Quilt My customer tells me this quilt has been in progress for quite some time. She wanted to have it quilted to be in a show next year. I cannot wait to see it. You can see more of this customer’s amazing work in her shop on etsy. I’ll be honest with you, this sampler was incredible and far outside my quilting comfort zone. It has everything. Flying geese, applique, traditional blocks, sashing, no discernible grid, and more! I don’t see too many traditional quilts come through my studio. The challenge is incredible, though. That part,...

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Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panels From Spoonflower

Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panels From Spoonflower

on Aug 20, 2018 in Blog, Books, Featured, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery, Notions | 1 comment

Grab Your Quilt Panels Today! I’m so happy to announce the new release of Free-Motion Framework PANELS! These 36″ x 36″ square panels are directly inspired from the best-selling title, Free-Motion Framework. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the blog. In the Isolating Shapes chapter of Free-Motion Framework, we cover how to take any linear framework and select areas in which to quilt. I’ve illustrated how easy it is to isolate shapes by color-blocking them in as a visual aid. Well, as luck would have it, those color-blocked images looked really cool. With the help of C & T Publishing, nine fabric quilt panels are now available at Spoonflower.com! Purchasing Choosing your panel couldn’t be easier. Simply head over to the Free-Motion Framework Collection at Spoonflower.com from the ReannaLily Designs shop and select your favorite design. You’ll be able to choose your fabric type. For this demonstration piece, I choose satin. It’s only $.50 more than the woven cotton, and the results are stunning. You’ll also have the option to pick a test swatch, fat quarter, or yard. Choose Yard. Notice also, the fabric width is 42″. The design will repeat a bit. (Shown marked off in RED below.) This is actually perfect because it gives you a chance to test out ideas and colors before stitching them directly onto the 36″ square panel. Neat trick, right? Threads For my own project, I opted to match thread colors with the color-blocked shapes. Here’s my suggestions: Glide Linen 10WG1 Glide Celery 60580 Glide Cerulean 30308 Glide Split Pea 60389 Glide Baby Blue 30290 Glide Jungle 63415 Quilting Using my HandiQuilter Avante longarm I set up the satin panel with wool batting, just as I would load any other quilt. You absolutely can do this on a domestic machine, as well. As suggested in Free-Motion Framework, I worked symmetrically, trying to complete a single color at a time. The satin is quite shifty, so I opted to pin baste around the quilt top as I stitched. It was so neat to work within coloring shapes. Trying to stay “in the lines” is an added level of control and practice. You can really...

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Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

Fabric Scraps for Military Retirement Quilt

on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog, book, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

Adding Fabric Scraps to a Military Retirement Quilt Thankfully, we are celebrating a retirement here in the family! How does a quilter celebrate? With a quilt, of course! The quilt is a gift for someone very close to the retiree. I hope she likes it! Design Inspiration Back in January, Heather Kojan on Instagram shared a photo of a blue scrap quilt. On her instagram feed, she mentions that her quilt is loosely based on a design she created for 100 Blocks years ago. My quilt is based on her single image, which is, of course, a traditional signature-style block: The design is gorgeous and simply elegant. Scraps set on the diagonal. Of course, her scraps are much more orderly and of more uniform size, hue, and value. The Scrap Quilt My blue scrap pile was a big ole wild mess of color values and scrap piece sizes. I was still able to piece and create shapes from which to cut one diagonal piece and two setting triangles. The templates were created from freezer paper. My 20 blocks are 15″ square with a 6″ wide diagonal section. Since this retirement quilt celebrates 20 years in the United States Air Force, I mixed in a few pieces of military uniform, too. My quilt is 4 blocks x 5 blocks. With borders it measures roughly 70″ x 85″. Using the military uniform in the quilt was a no-brainer for me, since almost 10 years ago I authored the book Deploy That Fabric. Man, I love that book so much! Longarm Quilting Design What I didn’t do 10 years ago was longarm quilt my own military uniform + fabric quilt designs. I was nervous, but the quilting was actually quite smooth. My basic block design features two curling feather designs in each white triangle and a wide wishbone pattern on the scrappy/military diagonal line. This was the first time I tried curling feathers. Thank goodness for practicing on a white board to develop muscle memory. The diagonal wishbones were quilted in one long quilting pass. The quilt is loaded onto the frame horizontally. As in, I rotate the quilt 90 degrees from how it would lay on a bed. By doing this,...

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Free-Motion Framework Special Trunk Show Exhibit

Free-Motion Framework Special Trunk Show Exhibit

on May 20, 2018 in Blog, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 4 comments

Free-Motion Framework Quilts Trunk Show! Take a peek at the Free-Motion Framework Quilt Trunk Show at Sew Special Quilts, in San Antonio, Texas. The show will be installed from May 18 through June 8th. See work from the contributing quilters and myself. If you are in the area or on a short holiday here at the end of May, please swing by! Trunk Show The show features a selection of quilts from the book as well as the three workshop samples and two quilts made from the bonus designs included in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package. Launch Party & Book Signing In addition, I’m so honored that Sew Special Quilts has offered to not only share the show but also host a Launch Party & Book Signing on June 8, from 6:30-8p. SAVE THE DATE. Bring your copy or pick up one the night of the event. Meet the author (me!), and ask all the questions you like while I demonstrate how to take a simple line drawing and, surprisingly easily, create a version of a wholecloth quilt. The photo below shows the finished quilt, left, and the line drawing used to create the quilt on the right. I’ll elaborate more at the party or grab your copy of Free-Motion Framework to see how the magic happens. I’ll see you at the party! Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here, on the...

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Afternoon Picnic Quilt by Nancy Zieman Productions for Riley Blake

Afternoon Picnic Quilt by Nancy Zieman Productions for Riley Blake

on May 17, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 6 comments

Custom Quilting for Riley Blake and Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. It was my honor to custom quilt this sample for Riley Blake Designs’ booth at Spring Quilt Market 2018. The beautiful small quilt is designed by Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC’s team and will be displayed with all the other new fabric lines launching this season. Custom quilting is so exciting as it gives the project a whole second dimension, though technically, I supposed I should say a third dimension. Of course, there’s only a tiny bit of pressure when the quilt will be seen at the high Quilt Market level. Phew! I think it turned out alright. The entire design is stitched using my hand-guided HandiQuilter Avante 18, using free-motion quilting techniques and rulers. Defining and Combining Shapes I started first with converging straight lines in alternating blocks. I added pebbles in the 3″ corners of each block. They look cool, but man, as I may have mentioned before, I do not like stitching them. Hum. So star shapes and borders are remaining. There was some brainstorming here. Do I sub-dive the stars? Do I treat them as one shape? Should I focus on eight triangles and one square? In the end, the large star won out. I echo quilted 1/4″ from the shape’s perimeter and then filled the design with very small pointed swirls. Border Decisions The border needed to be more subtle to not detract from the quilt design as a whole. The modified piano key style features a 1/4″ stitched line every inch-and-a-half or so. The ruler I used didn’t have regular measurements, but did have a printed logo. Each line jump is aligned with the printed logo. Technical, right? In many cases, you will really see the quilting from the back. This is especially true if the back is a solid or tone-on-tone fabric. Here, the backing is 108″ wide Riley Blake Snow tonal fabric. If you are at quilt market this weekend and see this little lovely hanging in the Riley Blake Designs Booth, snap a picture for me. If you are looking for a longarm quilter, I’m your gal! See more details at reannalilyquilts.com....

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Nested 9-Patch Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

Nested 9-Patch Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

on Mar 24, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 2 comments

  Custom Quilted Nested 9-Patch Pattern In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Nested 9-Patch Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt three new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs. The first quilt, Shiplap Ahoy was the focus in January, and Spinning 4-Patch last month. Today, the third pattern, Nested 9-Patch is showcased. The quilt is constructed using simple strip-pieced sewing techniques which are on the NZP blog today. All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com. Planning to Quilt Each block has exactly the same seam lines. The color palette is soft so picking a quilting thread color wasn’t too tricky. I opted for Bone color glide 40wt thread. Before I started quilting, though, I really needed a design! The beautiful 9-patch blocks are set on point, which means to quilt within each block will be wider than my longarm’s throat space. That means I will need to come up with a design where I can stitch the top half of the block, advance the quilt, then stitch the lower half of each block. I decided to approach this quilt with Lisa Calle’s Divide and Design method. My basic take-away from her book is to find points to connect within the block. Not necessarily seams or intersections, but rather points like “half way through this side” or “one inch passed the middle of this seam.” First,I stitched and echoed arches from corner to corner having the apex fall about 1″ past the middle of the inner seam. I added hooked feathers under the arch shape. Next, I stitched another diamond shape in the center of the 9-patch. I added wishbone stitches in each new corner created. Here’s a top view. You can really see the arch and diamond shape...

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Spinning 4-Patch Quilted by Jen Eskridge

Spinning 4-Patch Quilted by Jen Eskridge

on Feb 24, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 0 comments

Custom Quilted Spinning 4-Patch Pattern In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Spinning 4-Patch Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs. NZP is releasing three patterns for this fabric collection. The first one, Shiplap Ahoy was the focus last month. Read more here. Today, the second pattern, Spinning 4-Patch is showcased. The quilt is constructed using simple strip-pieced sewing techniques which are on the NZP blog today. All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com. Planning to Quilt   Each block has exactly the same seam lines. The color palette is soft so picking a quilting thread color wasn’t too tricky. I opted for Bone color glide 40wt thread. Before I started quilting, though, I really needed a design! I started with a piece of Plexiglas laid over the quilt, which was already loaded on the longarm frame. With a dry erase marker, I am able to audition different design lines to see if they fit, if I could stitch them, and if they looked fantastic. This first concept did not look fantastic to me. The spineless feathers wrapping around the block would be interesting, but it wasn’t enough. I ended up stitching in the ditch around all the block shapes first. On the advice of my artsy daughter, (@meepsketch on Instagram), I created diagonal lines with a ruler, to connect opposite corner rectangles. The spineless feathers would still be in the space that didn’t feature ruler work. The pale yellow sashing is quilted with a simple wishbone design. Also know as, my solid go-to design. The quilting is hard to see on a few of the beautiful floral prints, but the consistent texture is very neat. By quilting diagonal lines, alternating direction...

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Hand Applique Charity Quilt

Hand Applique Charity Quilt

on Feb 19, 2018 in Blog, charity, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 2 comments

Longarm Quilting the Hand Applique Quilt As a longarm quilter, I don’t see too many hand applique quilts. It isn’t because the quilts aren’t out there; I just don’t seem to travel in those circles. When the opportunity arose to finish a hand applique charity quilt, I jumped on it. The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild has this in their collection of “Projects to Finish.” Yes, my guild has its own UFO pile! I’m on the committee to help finish them. The finished quilts then get donated to our bi-annual quilt auction fundraiser. We do not know the quilt’s original maker or makers. While longarm quilting, it does appear that a single person stitched all six blocks. The applique needs to shine! I followed applique quilting the inspiration from my very-quilty mother-in-law. First, I outlined each block’s 12″ perimeter by stitching in the ditch. Or more accurately: Stitching-in-the-vacinity-in-a-sorta-straight-ish-line-around-near-the-seam ditch. The fills are pretty wild and random around each shape. I added a few stitching lines within the applique to secure the design a bit further. Not every shape has quilting on top of it, though. Here’s a closer look at the blocks: The sashing is untreated. I thought by leaving it without quilting it will “puff” the way the applique shapes puff. The border was a different story. During a Karlee Porter Graffiti Quilting Class, she says something to the effect of: If you don’t want the hassle of making feathers symmetrical on both sides of the spine, don’t quilt feathers on both sides. Pretty smart! Hooked feathers are on the inside of the wavy spine and free-hand drawn lines are on the outside. This quilt inspires me. The challenge is exciting! The pink  hand applique quilt is now onto another guild member, Janet, for binding, then off to the auction in...

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Shiplap Ahoy Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

Shiplap Ahoy Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge

on Jan 28, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 2 comments

Custom Quilted Shiplap Ahoy Quilts Pattern In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Shiplap Ahoy Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP) As a fantastic bonus, the team selected me to custom quilt new patterns NZP would be releasing which feature the Farmhouse Florals collection for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs. NZP is releasing three patterns for this fabric collection. The first one, featured today, is Shiplap Ahoy. Nancy designed, edited, and tweaked this pattern early last year. It is truly amazing how far in advance the entire quilting community works. The quilt is offered in two different color palettes. Both full-size quilt photos are on the NZP blog today. Taking two reasonably identical quilts and custom quilt them differently was tricky. All the quilting shown here is created with longarm quilting rulers and free-motion quilting designs. I work on a HandiQuilter Avante 18 and generally use Glide Thread in the needle and Superior Pre-wound Bobs in the bobbin. Read more about my set-up and style at ReannaLilyQuilts.com. Blue and White Quilt Each block in the quilt features three or four rows with an assorted number of three-dimensional triangles. I opted to quilt straight lines around the triangle shape to highlight the angles. I also quilted a Fluer De Lis in the triangles themselves. Stretched-out wishbone shapes are quilted into the sashing. The back of each of the quilts is a 108″ wide mottled white by Riley Blake Fabrics. You can really see the quilting on the backs. Multi-Color Quilt The multi-color version of this quilt has each of the five shiplap print colors from the Farmhouse Florals collection used as backgrounds for the blocks. I switched up the quilting design in this multi-color quilt to stitch wishbones in the block. The Bone color glide 40wt thread shows up differently on each background color. Again, the white backing fabric shows off all the quilting designs. Notice, I outlined the triangles, and they do not have a motif added within the shape. Fabric and Pattern Give Away Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC is giving away a fat quarter bundle and pattern...

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Buggin Out: Machine Quilted Wholecloth

Buggin Out: Machine Quilted Wholecloth

on Jan 2, 2018 in Blog, Featured, FMFWQ, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 10 comments

Buggin Out Wholecloth Quilt Another practice wholecloth quilt came to being over the winter break. I challenged myself with purple Glide thread on orange cotton fabric. Yikes! At first it seemed a bit counter-intuitive, but I really wanted to have high contrasting colors so I could focus on making better stitches, lines, and curves. I used HandiQuilter Avante 18″ longarm to create the quilt. The whole thing is stitched using free-motion quilting and rulers. There’s no computer guided quilting. Design As you may know, I’m enjoying a quilting series of whole cloth quilts, like the one in this wholecloth post, this wholecloth post, and Platinum Garden, which will be seen at Road to California January 2018. As described in those previous adventures, I start with a linear quadrant design like this one: Print the quadrant once, tape it together, and trace it onto the wholecloth four times, or simply print it four times. I opted to just print the full-size quadrant once. Note: This quadrant design is not available for free full-size download. The design is a bonus pattern in the Free-Motion Framework Pattern Package. For more on this style of quilting, using a linear design/framework to accidently stitch a wholecloth quilt, check out Free-Motion Framework. Updated to add: See all the Free-Motion Framework details, workshops, projects, and samples here. Once the design is traced, I isolate shapes to fill in. As long as I fill them in symmetrically, I’ll get a cool wholecloth quilt. It will look like I took time to plan this quilt, but really, I just made notes of what I stitched in each shape and repeated the design in all four quadrants. I was be-bopping along at a good clip when I remembered to take pictures! I had the good sense to draw what I stitched, as I stitched it, on the full-size paper tracing template. It was so easy to use it as a reference. It doesn’t look like much, but here’s a peek: The entire quilt is traced with a blue water soluble marker. Spray the quilt with water while it is still on the frame to see all the marks disappear. Of course, if I were planning to block this quilt so it will...

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