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Quilting a Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Quilting a Double Wedding Ring Quilt

on Oct 11, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 2 comments

The double wedding ring quilt is absolutely classic. It is on my “probably won’t ever make it” list, but I love the look. Thankfully, I have the best longarm quilting customers! My customer, Ellen, made this fantastically bright double wedding ring quilt and let me quilt it. First, I sketched out a few different designs on a dry erase board. I ended up wanting to go with this one. Dry erase boards are excellent for brainstorming. And, if you think you like a design, but want to keep trying other ideas, just snap a picture with your smart phone. Ellen?even let me use her lovely quilt in this quick video. The video shows how I stitched out the center square design in the double wedding ring quilt. She wanted a fun design and interesting thread color. Perfect. This is a bright green background with a Wedgewood Surelock quilting thread shown in the demo. The thread is a baby blue shade, in my opinion. Looks pretty easy, right? Start with loops on north, east, south, and west, then just add some kind of hook/swirl in each of the corners. Oh, I should mention that the video is sped up by 1.25x. I ended up leaving the actual cornerstones and narrow arches un-quilted. I filled a wishbone quilting?design in the small wedge/melon background shapes. It was a blast to quilt. Sure, there were starts-and-stops, but I love how the double wedding ring quilting turned out. Thanks so much, Ellen!! If you are looking to have your quilt tops finished with machine quilting designs, or if you know a quilter who needs a very practical & thoughtful Christmas gift, head over to ReannaLily Quilts or grab the $50 gift card, here. Tell a...

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Halloween is Monster Madness Quilt Time!

Halloween is Monster Madness Quilt Time!

on Oct 6, 2016 in Blog, quilt | 0 comments

Halloween is?Monster Madness Quilt time! The Monster Madness Quilt is a fun fast project for your little monster AND it is a wonderful Halloween Quilt. Grab the kids and let them be involved in the organic monster shapes, the eyes, and of course, the glasses. The applique shapes are created using Heat’n Bond Lite?and raw edge fusible techniques. The pattern is Fat Quarter Friendly! Fat Quarters are 18″ x 22″ pieces of fabric, generally sold in coordinating bundles. Use solid colors or monochromatic prints to make this quilts. This fun pattern comes to life with the “furry” machine quilting designs. The motifs are included in the pattern and can be replicated on your home/domestic sewing machine. Since this quilt is a 45″ square, it is manageable to free motion quilt in your own space. Let’s see what you create for this holiday (I mean Halloween!) season. See more pictures and get your copy of the Monster Madness Quilt Pattern here in the ReannaLily Designs shop. (paper pattern copy is also available) This quilt is so fast, it might be a fun project for your next children’s group activity or charity quilt project. Tell a...

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Fabric Scrap Star Christmas Quilt

Fabric Scrap Star Christmas Quilt

on Oct 4, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 5 comments

Back in June I started cutting up my fabric scrap pile to make a Rising Star quilt block. I’m happy to report that I finished that little-big project! Here’s the info on the quilt block itself. I ended up only needing 12 blocks. I originally thought I needed 30 blocks. Turns out, I was using the wrong end-block-size. My blocks are 16″ x 16″. The finished quilt measures 60″ x 79″. The take away from that tidbit- I have enough blocks cut to make another quilt of the same size, or slightly larger. YIKES. This quilt, like last year’s fabric scrap project, will also be a Christmas gift. This quilt doesn’t have any actual Christmas fabric in it, though. This scrap star project was also my first “low volume” fabric project. I’m definitely going to do that again. It gives the whole design much more depth, from an artistic standpoint. I did grab a picture of the flannel quilt back. Y’all, let’s talk about best kept secret for quilt backs: I found 100% cotton KING size flannel sheet sets at the end of the season last year for $19. Those included KING pillow cases, too. That is a ton of wide, soft fabric for $19. You better believe I’ll be stalking that section again in February/March. The top of the quilt is actually quilted with Glide Peacock quilting thread. In person on the spool, it is an ice-y pink-almost-purple shade. Crazy, right? I wasn’t sure which color to use, since their are quite a few fabric scraps in the quilt top, and I know I wanted edge-to-edge, all-over quilting.It reads like “interesting white” on the front of the quilt. Since it is white thread on white flannel, I’m not sure you can totally see the super swirl design. I have curls, spikes, points, tucks, more swirls, and a hook every-so-often. Here’s a closer look with a bit of photoshop lighting: For more information on longarm quilting, visit ReannaLilyQuilts.com. Alrighty, time to pack this guy up and get him ready to go to his new home. Tell a...

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Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge

Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge

on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, book, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 0 comments

Color Wheel Fangirl!! I suppose Color Wheel Fangirl might be a weird name for a quilt, but surely, I am a super fan. The color wheel doesn’t lie and it always guides you to a reasonably good design decision. What’s not to love? This quilt is roughly 48″ x 48″. Not too big at all. The quilt top was constructed a few?years ago, so not only am I excited to share it here, I’m excited to cross it off my UFO list! (UFO- unfinished object) The design is inspired by the techniques in my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. In this case, I used a solids charm pack to create six 9-patch blocks, sorted by color family. I think used the method in the book to prepare the shapes for machine applique. For those of you looking really really closely, you’ll see there were not enough purple pieces in the charm pack, so I added?in grey square. I just do not own very many pieces of purple fabric. This quilt is slightly stiff and puffy. In the quilt-sandwich, I used a dense needle punch batting. I purchased 75 yards of it 10 years ago. TEN. At this point, I just want to use it up. The wall hanging size quilt will hold its shape nicely and the quilting lines are really pronounced. Speaking of quilting lines, I had the best time mixing all sorts of designs on this quilt. I used a bit of graffiti quilting around the shapes, a nice swirly-hook design in the center and featured on each of the six circles: two types of feathers. Phew.You can see so much texture! The other unique thing I tried on this project was thread color. I tried to match, or at least attempt to match, my thread with my fabrics. The background is quilting in grey and the color wheel shapes are quilted in a thread from their color family. Color theory is so neat. (Fangirl!) Take the purple thread below, when stitched on lighter purples the thread looks down-right brown. When stitched on deeper purple fabrics, it looks a bit pink-y. (Some may even go so far as to say Blush or Bashful.) Amazing stuff. So...

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Lime Green Clamshell Quilt

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt

on Sep 13, 2016 in Blog, book, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower | 0 comments

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt is Here! Wow! This clamshell quilt is really green! I think the lighting in the (above) picture have it tamed down a tiny bit. I’m talking green green green; mixed of course, with black and fabulous shades of grey. You’ll see. It is a really fun quilt panel. As you might know, I have lost my mind with these quilted clamshells. I started quilting one single quilt and that spiraled into a design collection in the book, The Quilted Clamshell. While down this rabbit hole, I designed and created three fabric panels at Spoonflower. I couldn’t help myself. I needed one more panel. This newest (4th) panel is inspired by the colors of Minecraft. I know, crazy, right? Inspiration is everywhere. Of course, my fan club was quick to tell me that Minecraft does in fact have EVERY color. Yes. Ok. Got it, kids. =) Perhaps I need an EVERY color panel next??? Side story: One thing you’ll notice in my actual real quilt panel above is that the lowest row stops on green. This was a test order to see if the colors and scale are correct in my design. Well, they were off. ((Operator error!!)) I have corrected the hiccup, and you’ll see in the 36″ x 40″ panel available, the lowest row finishes with a dark grey. (The logo watermark doesn’t appear?on the available panel, either.) How’d ya quilt it? I’m so glad you asked! I used the design methods in The Quilted Clamshell?to change up the quilting design motif variables. By changing the motif variable, I was able to achieve a different look in each row of clamshells. With the book as a reference, it was easy to create something new without too much “Oh, what should it look like next.” thinking. Sometimes coming up with a concept is the most frustrating part. I used a sour apple?green thread on all the lighter colored clamshells. Thanks to the always-fun color theory, some clams look like I’ve used yellow threads. Some look like I’ve used darker green. Nope; all Sour Apple Maxilock?green. (amazon link) I switched to a Oxford Grey?thread in the needle and bobbin for the black clamshells. (amazon link) When...

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The Quilted Clamshell on Instagram

The Quilted Clamshell on Instagram

on Sep 6, 2016 in Blog, book, contests | 0 comments

Find #TheQuiltedClamshell on Instagram! Grab some quilting ideas from #TheQuiltedClamshell hashtag on instagram. See what I’ve posted and brainstorm your own designs. Want to join in the fun? This one is easy. During the week of September 12-18th, simply share at least two photos of your version of designs from The Quilted Clamshell. The design can be sketched or stitched? no pressure. Tag your photo with #thequiltedclamshell Don’t have your copy of the book yet? You are more than welcome to share the campaign image (above), too. You can win! Once the hashtag is used on Instagram 100 times, three winners will be drawn to receive one of the one-yard Clamshell Quilt Cheater panels printed by Spoonflower, designed by Jen. (Choose blue, pink, or yellow.) ReannaLily Designs will?sponsor the fabric portion of the event and fabric will ship directly to the chosen winners. Wait, why not give away a book? Heck, I can do that, too! THREE?lucky winners will also receive a copy of The Quilted Clamshell eBook. Get out there and ### !   **Disclaimers– Winners will be selected randomly. Six different winners will be chosen. If a single person were to use the hashtag 100 times, he/she will only receive one prize of their choice. This campaign is designed to promote Jen’s new book title, and is not currently affiliated with any official sponsors. Instagram photos must relate to the book & hashtag to be considered for the prizes. Tell a...

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SAMQG President’s Challenge – The Cure Wish

SAMQG President’s Challenge – The Cure Wish

on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog, SAMQG | 2 comments

San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild President’s Challenge Each year our San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) issues a quilting challenge set out by that year’s current president. This year’s challenge was art inspired:?Remember that you can choose any artist/author/musician, etc. and you can make anything you want. I just want you to be inspired! I can’t wait to see what is inspiring to you. Well, that sounds awesome. I chose The Cure’s Wish album cover. Those black lines in the artwork (pictured above) are screaming to become quilting lines. Here’s how I made my challenge piece: Supplies: I have some blue and red fabrics from my scrap bins and batting leftover from a longarm quilting project. I also used a small bit of heat’n’bond fusible web. First, I needed to make a few heat’n’bond circles to make that sand dollar. I figured if one sand dollar was good, more was better. At this point, I also didn’t know what exactly I was making. My only size restriction was the piece of red fabric. Who knows how many circles I’d need. I auditioned the placement of my sand dollar circles. Following the package instructions, I fused the circles to the red back ground. Of course, half way through I thought “Oh man, I hope I don’t actually make Mikey Mouse!!” ((Great. Now I’m picturing Goth Mikey with black clothes and eyeliner.)) Marking the Quilt I used the frixion pen to throw a few lines as reference. Loosely following hands and eyeballs design of the inspiration piece. . Yep, that seems good. Quilting My plan was to quilt the piece heavily in red to is would have texture without too much taking away from the heavy black quilting lines that would be stitched last. The black lines will not be enough to hold the piece together, either, so I really did need these red lines first. I also used a shade of blue on all the sand dollar circles. The original artwork has such a hand-drawn look, I thought the best way to achieve that would be to go over my stitching lines multiple times. And lastly, black lines. Each black line is stitched over-and-over at least twice. The heavier eyes...

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Continuous Path Quilting Design

Continuous Path Quilting Design

on Aug 23, 2016 in Blog, book, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 1 comment

How to Quilt Clamshells in a Continuous Stitching Line The quilting lines pictured above are in a continuous line. One single stitching line is made, without breaking or stopping, to create the whole design in the body of this imaginary quilt. Here’s the path you’ll travel to quilt your filled clamshell quilt pattern in a single line: This?is one of the ways I stitch. There are other ways. First, start across the top outlining the arches or seam lines of the first row of clamshell pieces, working from left to right. I recommend using quilting rulers on a domestic or longarm machine to create all the outlined curved shapes. When you get to the last arch, change directions: Ok, now here’s the fun part: When you reach the lower point, start stitching up into the clamshell using any design you choose. If you need a resource for design elements and ideas to fill a clamshell shape, check out the book The Quilted Clamshell. The design featured here is included in the book. Select a design that starts and stops at the lower point. Notice there is no lower left arch when stitching the fill design (above). Use a water soluble marked line or the clamshell seam line as your guide to contain the quilted fill design. When you’ve finished stitching the fill design, the needle should be back at the lower point. Awesome. Use rulers to travel?up and over to the next lower point. Once there, you can repeat the fill design. Ok. No problem. Keep on this arch + fill rhythm until you reach the left side. When you reach the final lower point, trace up to the left to complete the clamshell shape. Keeping your ruler in the same position, trace right back down to the lower point and into the next row of clamshells. From here, hop back into the arch + fill motions again pausing?at the lower point to create the next arch. Ok. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I think you’ve got the hang of it. Once you have filled the clamshell shapes on the quilt, you may find it necessary to fill in the shapes around the edges. Easy stuff, though there may be starting...

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Domestic / Home Sewing Machine Quilted Clamshells

Domestic / Home Sewing Machine Quilted Clamshells

on Aug 2, 2016 in Blog, book, quilting | 0 comments

Can you quilt clamshells on a home sewing machine? I’m so glad you asked! Yes, you certainly can. As you may know, I recently launched my fourth book, The Quilted Clamshell. In most of the promotion for the book, I’m using my HandiQuilter Avante 18″ longarm. The cool thing about the design process in the book is that you can also quilt them on a domestic home sewing machine. Heck, you can even hand quilt them if you like. To practice the designs, first trace the clamshell stencil shape from page 46 of the book. If you’d like to use the larger clamshell shape, use the shape on page 47. I used a non-permanent Frixion marking pen to trace. (amazon link) Make a traditional quilt sandwich with a backing fabric, batting layer and top layer of the quilt. Pin those three layers together every 6″ or so, using straight pins. Use a walking foot to outline the traced clamshell shapes and I set up my machine with the extension table to make the quilt?move under the needle easier. I opted to trace along the lines in white thread. Turns out, you cannot see that too well in pictures. Once all the clams were stitched out, I used my iron to remove the red marked lines. I also switched threads so you’d be able to see the designs a bit better. Change the walking foot to a free motion quilting (hopper) foot for quilting. When quilting on my domestic home sewing machine, I always wear Machinger Gloves. (amazon link) I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but they really are a game-changer. They will make your stitches more accurate, give you more control, and save your shoulders from soreness. I had a few shapes to play with on this small sample piece. Quilt them in willy-nilly using the three variables described in The Quilted Clamshell. No two will be the same! I used a very old piece of cotton batik fabric on the back. This batik came from Joanns… maybe 12-14 years ago or so. I think it is the last scrap of it in my house. Hum. It only took a few?years to use, but good gravy, I used...

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Quilted Clamshell Videos

Quilted Clamshell Videos

on Jul 26, 2016 in Blog, book, quilting, spoonflower | 0 comments

The Quilted Clamshell Videos! It is video time! I have a few short videos to showcase designs from The Quilted Clamshell. Watch them here, on ReannaLily Deigns facebook page or on Youtube. Each of the videos stitches a single clamshell shape. The Quilted Clamshell books gives you resources to create these designs and many more by simply manipulating three variables. In the videos, I’m using my?HandiQuilter Avante 18″?longarm quilting machine. You can certainly stitch these designs on a domestic home sewing machine. I’m also using pre-printed clamshell fabric panels from Spoonflower in the demonstrations. The first quilted clamshell (below) starts at the bottom point of the clamshell and features two designs: loops and points. I’m still working on lighting and thread choices to make better videos, but in the meantime…. The second video shows the easiest and most basic quilting design, in my opinion – Loops. Yep. Loops start at the bottom of the clamshell and work their way up the shape. See how it is done here: ?I altered the soft loop design to add pointed edges on the right and left sides. I call this shape the Fire Guy.See how he looks in this next clamshell. These videos are all part of a video playlist on Youtube, which means I’ve added a collection of The Quilted Clamshell videos into one list which will play one-after-another as you watch. I hope you like them! Tell a...

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Clamshell Quilt Panels

Clamshell Quilt Panels

on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower | 0 comments

The Clamshell Quilt Panel I hope you were able to see The Quilted Clamshell videos on ReannaLily Designs facebook page this weekend. If not, go check them out! Today, I’d like to show you a few quilting designs from the new book as they are featured on a Clamshell Cheater Quilt. You read that right! Thanks to the digital print-on-demand magic over at Spoonflower.com, I’m able to design, print and offer Clamshell Baby Quilts printed and ready for quilting. The panels are currently offered in pink, blue and yellow, and can be picked up?in a variety of fabrics. Get your panel directly from Spoonflower.com. This weekend, I was working with the yellow panel. The panels are designed in one-yard lengths, but could easily be purchased in a pack of four and stitched together. As shown below, digitally, this quilt without any borders would measure 72″ x 80″ and would have a horizontal and vertical seam. Using the three design variables outlined in The Quilted Clamshell, this panel turned out really unique. You will not get bored using the design methods in book! I decided to feature a different design in each of the shaded clamshell shapes. By changing the variables, a quilter could really have a infinite designs.For this panel, I quilted 30 designs and 20 clam stencil shapes. See how I quilted a few of these clams in this Youtube playlist. I opted to leave the white clamshells reasonably un-quilted. They simply showcase a smaller clam created with HandiQuilter’s Handi VersaTool?longarm quilting ruler. If you are working on a domestic home-sewing machine or don’t want to mess with rulers, you can trace the clamshell shape on page 46 of The Quilted Clamshell to use as a stencil. For this quilt, I used thick needle-punched batting. It really makes the quilting designs puff. The clamshell panels look great with solid binding. I cannot wait to see how you use the panels and how you quilt your clamshell! Use the hashtag #thequiltedclamshell to share. Tell a...

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Glam Clam Quilt Pattern

Glam Clam Quilt Pattern

on Jul 16, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 0 comments

Do you love Latifah Saafir’s Glam Clam pattern on Craftsy? This is the version I recently created. I decided to go full-on Latifah-style and add in red bias tape on a few clams. The pattern is so easy to download and pretty easy to piece. Sure, it has curves in it, but the curves are BIG which makes them easy. Jump in and give it a try! This is the 12″ Glam Clam pattern. I have to say, the design wall helped tremendously to arrange the white-to-black value gradation. Once I had the pieces placed, I thought I should break up the black and white with another color. A full-on red clamshell looked out of place, which?is when I opted for the bias tape. The tape is in all widths and is machine applied. Next up- Longarm Quilting. You may have seen my The Quilted Clamshell book post earlier in the week on the blog. This quilt has pushed me to design better longarm quilting shapes. My initial research found many clamshell quilts with an edge-to-edge quilting design. This means the same quilting design literally moves from one edge of the quilt to the other. I took a different approach. I used three variables to draw?interesting longarm designs and stitched a different one on nearly every clamshell. This quilt back is white flannel with lightweight white bobbin thread. ((For a better view, use ctrl+ to enlarge the image on your screen;?use ctrl- to return to normal size.)) This quilt has feathers in one border and zigzag-triangles in another. It was so fun to quilt. Each area is totally different! I started to snap a picture of the finished quilt in my studio. My plan was to pin the quilt back onto the design wall. However- with the flannel backing the quilt is heavier than a usual quilt. It is also quite big. I ended up enlisting my team for these photos. Thanks, Team! If you are interested in reading more about The Quilted Clamshell designs, find the paper printed book at Amazon and the eBook here in the ReannaLily Designs shop. Tell a...

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