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New Bars Quilt Patterns from ReannaLily Designs

New Bars Quilt Patterns from ReannaLily Designs

on Oct 27, 2015 in Blog, pattern, quilting | 0 comments

Introducing TWO new quilt patterns from ReannaLily Designs! If you have seen my If a Person Werta: Hexagons/Curves lecture, you may notice that these new patterns build on the facing technique?used in two of my books. (Hexagons Made Easy and Learn to Sew Easy Curves) The elongated circle shape is easy to create and makes for a VERY fast, modern quilt design. Basic Bars The Basic Bars pattern uses a simple color blocked design in the original quilt. Since there is no piecing in this quilt, the design is perfect to showcase your favorite designer prints! Large scale prints will look great in this quilt. The bars are prepared and machine appliqued to a background. Get this- the background can be ANY size! Your options are wide open. Shop now. Both?quilts include quilting suggested designs. Let’s face it, we can’t have “quilt as desired” 24/7. Sometimes we just want to know how the quilting really looks on cover. =) 1976 1976 gains its title from the mod look and color pallet of the cover quilt. This quilt builds on the basic bar design, but takes the concept a step further by manipulating the bar sizes and circle diameters for each end. There are tips and tricks to “maximize” your fabric usage as well as suggested quilting designs. Arrange the bars as shown in the pattern or arrange them in a manner pleasing to you! Shop now. If you’ve seen the NEW Ultimate Owl Cheater Quilt in my spoonflower shop, you’ll notice the background design for that fabric IS the 1976 quilt design. Both quilt patterns are available as e-patterns and are ready for immediate download in the pattern shop....

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Giant Curves: New Quilt Top

Giant Curves: New Quilt Top

on Dec 19, 2014 in Blog, pattern, quilt | 1 comment

CURVE QUILT Ok. that is alot alot alot of CURVES. I showed you how I was drafting the pattern and setting in the seams in the last post. I decided to prep everything first to make curved seams as easy as possible in a “chain piecing” fashion.   I only used 3 pins per seam: one pin at each end point and one pin at the apex of the curves. I also worked in a manner to have all the “middles” done at once, then all the “second arches” on the background, then join those three units. Very factory-like construction over here in big curve land. It was working out. I have every kind of color mixed with every other kind. And, like all scrap-bin projects, this one was a walk down memory lane. Oooh, I got this one fabric from my very first fabric.com order in 2005. And Oh, this piece right here is from Melanie Testa, last May. And This one over here is from Art Gallery when I was working with their bag pattern division. I’m gonna super love this quilt. Remember, the blocks are 18″ square, so this quilt is roughly 72″ x 90″. That is a big quilt for me. Man, I need to press some blocks…. And all I need to do is get these blocks arranged where like colors aren’t touching & stitch it together. …. oh and quilt it and bind it and wash it for shrinkle…. But really, I’m in the home stretch. Hopefully, I can have it quilted over Christmas. Stay tuned. If you have any quilting motif /design ideas, feel free to share them in the comments. I have a couple ideas, but I’m not too sure which way I’m gonna...

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Giant Curves: New Quilt Pattern

Giant Curves: New Quilt Pattern

on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog, pattern, sewing | 1 comment

  I’m working on a new quilt for myself. It is going to be pretty great. Each block is 18″. I mean, that is huge!! I did the regular ole drafting with paper and rulers and curved edges and seam allowances and everything. No computer on this one. The templates are on freezer paper. My plan is to make the whole queen size quilt with fabrics from my scrap bin. I have to scrap bins: one with weird little pieces and another one with weird pieces that are big enough to fold. These cut arches come from the “big enough to fold” category. Having said that, I did have to add some “bonus seams” to my fabrics to make them large enough for the arch. All of these large curves are going to be set-in seams. Since the block is so big, the curves should be easy enough to sew. None of that sharp, tight curve seam?business. I guess it is crazy that I want to set in the seams. That would be the opposite of Learn To Sew Easy Curves, where you stitch a facing to your curves and applique them to a background. But you know, trying all sorts of techniques is pretty fun, right?   I’m even using scrappy “off whites” for the background. Thankfully, I was able to trade my mom for some of her “off -white” fabric, too. (That is the big-enough-to-fold scrap bin in the picture.) Yep. I think the blocks are gonna work...

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New Monster Madness

New Monster Madness

on Sep 30, 2014 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, pattern, quilt | 0 comments

  Just in time for Halloween. I stitched up a sample of Monster Madness in Purple and Orange colors.   Of course, the free motion quilting really gives these monsters their personalities. The FMQ design ideas are included in the pattern. I cannot wait to quilt this Halloween Monster Madness...

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Monster Madness Quilt Pattern

Monster Madness Quilt Pattern

on May 13, 2014 in Blog, Featured, pattern | 0 comments

Purchase Here The Newest Pattern! Monster Madness Quilt Pattern Monster Madness is fun and whimsical and a GREAT beginner project. Get the kids involved and give quilting a try with this super scary MONSTER quilt. This quilt pattern includes directions and fabric requirements for 3 different size quilts. Baby: 36″ x 36″ Crib: 36″ x 48″ Twin: 72″ x 96″ This is a super fast pattern to make and an excellent first project. The whimsical nature of the design is great for kids. They can help design monsters and learn about sewing and quilting. All templates included. If you purchase the digital download rest assured NO PDF taping is required. Templates print in 100% size on one sheet of paper. The pattern includes 6 Free Motion Quilting design ideas are included. The quilt is small enough and quick enough for you to dive on in and give Free Motion Quilting a try on your home sewing...

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Free Motion Quilted Flowers

Free Motion Quilted Flowers

on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog, business, pattern, quilting | 0 comments

Guess who quilted one of her 4 Plus Quilts?? This girl! Click Image to Enlarge   I decided to try a flower design. Someone posted a flower tutorial – it might have been a free Craftsy sneak-peek video deal. Anywhoo, I watched a few weeks ago and decided I had to try it. I think I kinda screwed it up, since you can’t exactly see the flowers. In the video they make the “stem” and “circle middle” part, then build a flower around it. They took a couple laps around to make the petals. I think they may have done a little 1/8″ echo around the flower, once it was as big as she wanted it. I think, cough cough, I may have forgotten that step. I have petals all willie-nilly around this quilt. Click Image to Enlarge Honestly, I’m just glad it is quilted. It is not a deal-breaker that you cannot see each exact flower. Live and learn, right? Those Plus Quilts are so fast to piece and so great to try out designs. Next one, I’m thinking I’ll put a different fill in each fat quarter. This FREE pattern is available for download here on the site and on the super-dee-dooper CRAFTSY.COM, too. Can we talk Chaos Theory for a minute. I have 12 fat quarters in the quilt. I have 10 of those same fabrics to make the scrappy pieced binding. What are the odds that the exact piece of binding would cover the edge of that particular fat quarter? Well, a thousand million percent because it has happened. To be exact, it happened 3 different times in this quilt. I also always wonder what the odds are that a scrappy binding with a handful of seams will have a seam land on a corner…. well, that happens all.the.time too. Good thing I quilt and don’t wrestly with odds and stats, right? I’d be a mad woman. =) To my math nerds out there – Yes, I realize there’s a whole “But not all 12 fabrics are on the perimeter” Yeah. And a whole “Are the strips of equal length?” Yep. And let’s not forget the little stray squares, so we should break it down...

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Jelly Roll Quilt Book

Jelly Roll Quilt Book

on Mar 29, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, book, Books, e-Pattern, pattern | 1 comment

  Love precuts? Love Jelly Rolls? Love cutting your stash into 2 1/2″ strips to save for the perfect patterns? FaveQuilts.com just released a new FREE FEE FREE eBook. It has 9 different Jelly Roll quilt patterns in there. Since this is a compilation-type book, there are all sorts of styles and designers represented. See one of the most popular ReannaLily Designs Patterns, the Batik Braid Quilt, on page 14. I think my favorite quilt in the book is the Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt Tutorial, page 30. It is a design by Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting. Click here to be magically transported to the download page....

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Small Sewn Gift Notecard

Small Sewn Gift Notecard

on Nov 21, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, contests, pattern, tutorial | 1 comment

Holiday Note Card This Small Sewn Gifts Sew Along project is a take on one of the projects in Deploy That Fabric. The concept- use scraps, sew through paper- get a cool one-of-a-kind (ooak) card. Can you do it with any colors for any occasion? Totally. Can you make any shapes other than triangles for a pennant banner? Yeppers. Supplies 1/2 sheet of card stock paper (You could also use blank notecards from the scrapbook section of the hobby store.) Small amount of fabric scraps Glue Stick 2-4 Different thread colors Construction Let me show you how I did it. First up, collect the fabric scraps. Honestly, they can be quite small. I realize this doesn’t help our ongoing questions of “Is this piece too small to keep?” I’m talking 1″ x 2″ small. Here’s my pile of scraps for this project-   Then, yes, I cut smaller pieces off of them to be roughly 1″ x 2″ and made a tidy stack of scrap rectangles.   Once I had the stack of probably 10 or so fabrics, I cut through the layers (5 at a time) to get a rough triangle shape. I did use the rotary cutter and ruler to make this go very quickly.   Now I needed to “audition” my triangles to see if my pennants would be just one row, a curved row, two rows, etc. I ended up going with a curved row. Add a small amount of glue to the back of each triangle which will temporarily hold them in place.     Next up- the super fun part- SEWING!! Starting on one end, use a regular straight stitch to sew through the paper and tops of the pennant banner. If you have a dull needle or older needle, this is a good time to give it one last project before trashing the needle. My first stitching pass secured the top edge of all the triangles- all other stitching lines were decorative.   I decided it would be much more interesting to mix up the thread colors in the stitching process. I used Red, Green and Goldy-Yellow. Turns out (GASP!) I do not own any metallic thread. That would have been great...

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Small Sewn Gift Scarf

Small Sewn Gift Scarf

on Nov 19, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, pattern, tutorial | 1 comment

Light Weight Scarf A Light Weight Scarf is the first project on the Small Sewn Gifts Sew Along. It is super easy to make and, like all the projects in the sew along, makes up in about 20-30 minutes.   The scarf is basically a big loop. It isn’t intended to wrap twice like that infinity scarf and I’ll tell you why – fabric buying requirements. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: 1/3 yard of light weight apparel fabric (54-60″ wide) That’s it. Working with the wider fabric will give you the length you need to wear a big loop or a scarf with a knot (first picture). My fabric is light weight and would be see-through if it were made into a skirt. It isn’t “sheer” though. I don’t know if you can really see the drape in the next picture, but I’ll show you anyway.   NOTE: If you’d like a longer lightweight scarf, that does wrap twice like the infinity scarf, simply buy 2 yards of fabric and cut your 10″ scarf width parallel to the selvedge edge. Construction Let me show you how I made it. First up, cut your fabric to 10″. The piece will measure 10″ x 60″. Even thought the scarf supplies asks you to buy 1/3 yard (12″) I like to cut it down to make sure the edges are squared up and not askew as it is often cut off the bolt. (Yes, I did have a bit more on hand.) Next up, using your sewing machine’s Rolled Hem Foot, stitch a narrow rolled hem along the longest cut edges. Once the hem is on both sides of the scarf, apply a French Seam to the end. I picked these finishing techniques because they can be used on any light weight fabrics, such as organzas or chiffons, should you want your scarf to be REALLY light weight. Here’s the French Seam in 3 Easy Steps. 1. Sew WRONG sides together at the 10″ long selvedge ends: 2. Remove the seam allowance (selvedge edge) 1/8″ past the stitching line. 3. Sew with Right Sides Together. This stitching line will conceal that small 1/8″ seam. Hopefully, you can see it in the second...

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Small Sewn Gift Series Coming Soon

Small Sewn Gift Series Coming Soon

on Nov 15, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, pattern, tutorial | 2 comments

Are you ready? Do you want to have a handmade holiday but lack the time? I’ve got some GREAT news! TUESDAY kicks off the NEW Small Sewn Gift Sew-Along This all came about when the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild announced it’s December Small Sewn Gift swap. I started looking online to come up with some inspiration. Wouldn’t you know, the internet is crazy inspiring! I worked on Pinterest and found many pictures. I decided I would try to make them all. Once I started working, I thought, shoot- I should just take some photos and share them with the blogosphere. The sew-along was born. Basically, I only two restrictions- I used only fabric I had on-hand and the projects had to be made in 20-30 minutes. I even have some bloggy friends in on the Small Sewn Gifts extravaganza. ? Mane Tamer – Hair Accessory Organizer?- by Beth at Eva Paige Quilt Designs Doll Dress Pattern?- by Melissa of Lilac Lane Wonky Pincushion?- by Leslie Tucker Jenison Russian Nesting Doll Mug Rug– by Allison at Downtown Quilter Quick Scarf?– by ReannaLily Designs Holiday Note Card – Using Fabric Scraps?- by ReannaLily Designs Notebook Paper FABRIC Gift Tag?- by ReannaLily Designs Recycled Sweater Owl Ornament?– by ReannaLily Designs Minky-Lined, Custom-Fit Mittens?- by ReannaLily Designs Guest Phone Hangout – Charging Station?- by ReannaLily Designs   <div align="center"><a href="http://reannalilydesigns.com/2013/11/smallsewngifts/ " title="Small Sewn Gifts ReannaLily Designs"><img src="http://reannalilydesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/SmallSewnGiftsBlogButton.jpg" alt="Small Sewn Gifts ReannaLily Designs" style="border:none;" /></a></div>  ...

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Monster Madness Quilt Pattern

Monster Madness Quilt Pattern

on Oct 8, 2013 in Blog, pattern, quilt, quilting | 4 comments

New New New releasing for FALL 2013! Monster Madness Quilt Pattern Monster Madness is fun and whimsical and a GREAT beginner project. Get the kids involved and give quilting a try with this super scary MONSTER quilt. This quilt pattern includes directions and fabric requirements for 3 different size quilts. Baby: 36″ x 36″ Crib: 36″ x 48″ Twin: 72″ x 96″ This is a super fast pattern to make and an excellent first project. The whimsical nature of the design is great for kids. They can help design monsters and learn about sewing and quilting. All templates included. If you purchase the digital download rest assured NO PDF taping is required. Templates print in 100% size on one sheet of paper. The pattern includes 6 Free Motion Quilting design ideas are included. The quilt is small enough and quick enough for you to dive on in and give Free Motion Quilting a try on your home sewing machine.   Buy this in a paper pattern with FREE shipping OR a digital pattern/instant download – also with FREE shipping. Hooray for FREE...

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