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Scrappy Circles Quilt – Finished

Scrappy Circles Quilt – Finished

on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 2 comments

This Scrappy Circles Quilt has been a long time in the making! Based on my blog, I made this quilt top back in December of 2014. I finally felt confident enough to quilt this big ‘ole thing. Each scrappy circle block is cut using templates. The blocks measure 18″ square. HUGE. In fact, some of the background pieces were so large that I have bonus seams in them so they’d fit the template without me purchasing any fabrics. I love a good scrap quilt made entirely from fabric stash. I departed from my comfort zone a tad and quilted the whole thing in Orange Creamsicle Maxilock Variegated thread. I enjoy variegated thread, but I don’t generally like it when it goes from white to a much darker shade. This one turned out ok. Of course, all the quilting hiccups happened when I was in the darkest thread. It was a bit windy when we were able to snap photos of the quilt. #keepingitreal And of course, the sweet dog wanted to help, too. I did manage to get a few shots of the actual quilting. Each scrappy ring had a design: Center – Long Wishbones Middle Rings – Tight Wishbones Outer Ring – Straight-ish Lines Light Background – Diagonal Spineless Feathers The feather quilting design is more like the Everything Bagel of quilted feathers. I have hooked feathers, curls, real feathers, cheat-y type feathers, and anything else I could think of at that time. The back is a beautiful 108″ wide piece from Joann’s. I pre-washed it to make sure it wouldn’t bleed; washing with a color-catcher. Surprise, the color-catcher was perfectly white at the end of the load. Fantastic! I’ll be buying this one again. All in all, I’m loving the Scrappy Circles Quilt. It measures 72″ x 90″. That’s a wrap. Thank you, my super-tall, quilt-holding assistant! Tell a...

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Giant Fat Quarter Flying Geese – Queen Size

Giant Fat Quarter Flying Geese – Queen Size

on May 29, 2017 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 0 comments

The Fat Quarter Flying Geese free quilt pattern/tutorial makes a queen size quilt using fat quarters. These traditional Flying Geese block units are HUGE! Get your fat quarter pieces out and pull 28 coordinating pieces. No more hoarding fat quarters with this easy, big ole’ design. Fabrics Used in this Quilt 24-piece fat quarter bundle (Garnet, by Nancy Zieman) Plus 4 additional coordinating fat quarters 1 yard of brown for the 4″ border Additional fabric for the binding Using the free pattern, I stitched 55 HUGE geese each measuring 16-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Note: If you happen to have a layer cake (10″ precut square pieces) rather than a fat quarter bundle, use this Giant Flying Geese with Layer Cakes pattern instead. Sew the Quilt The quilt is arranged in five columns, each with 11 rectangular blocks. The easiest way to create the top: Sew pairs of geese together along the longest side to create a square. Save 5 single geese off to the side. Add 5 pairs to each column in any direction. Lastly, add one remaining single rectangle-geese block per column. Yes, it is pretty random. I like that look.  But, by sewing the geese in pairs first, you do have the option of making a traditional style quilt where the geese (large triangle) points all “fly” in one direction. The quilt is framed in a 4″ brown border. I think it helps with the randomness. The design is quilted focusing the geese (larger) and sky (smaller) triangles separately. Without the borders, the quilt measures approximately 80″ x 88″. Turns out, that is really big for snapping a photo in the back yard. Here it is on the fence…. oops- with wind. I’m sure there’s an actual “flying geese” joke here somewhere…. Ah, wait. Here we go. I love how this turned out and wouldn’t ya know, I have more fat quarters to create another quilt. Tell a...

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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 links. Tell a...

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Platinum Garden: Satin Wholecloth Quilt

Platinum Garden: Satin Wholecloth Quilt

on Mar 28, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 6 comments

I’m crazy for this platinum satin whole cloth quilt! It is named Platinum Garden and started out as a wild experiment. A 60″ x 60″ quilting adventure! What I wanted was one of those amazing silk wholecloth quilts with the puffy and fantastic wool battings. Upon further inspection – YIKES – silk is almost $30/yard and wool batting isn’t for the faint of heart. (I couldn’t commit at those prices.) Since this was to be a test, I went with polyester, “platinum” color satin charmeuse and high-loft polyester batting. To top it off, I actually used a bed sheet (50/50% poly cotton) from Walmart as the backing! Pretty crazy, right? As you may know, I’m enjoying a quilting series of whole cloth quilts, like the one in this wholecloth post and this wholecloth post.  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. If you’d like to download a quadrant and give it a try, please visit these two posts: wholecloth post and wholecloth post. Since I was using slippery & shifty satin, I decided to use dressmaker’s carbon tracing papers to transfer the design to the quilt’s surface. Of course, I started in right away on the quilting. Some feathers here. Some lines there. A few wishbones in the corners. Then I realized this quilt was WAY too big and to slippery to roll back and forth to work in a symmetrical quilting fashion. Instead, I decided to draw directly on my printed quadrant to serve as a road map for what I was going to quilt when I needed to replicate the top half of the quilt, on the bottom half. I pinned it above my quilt frame as a reference. (I’m going to have lots of holes to patch on that wall if we ever move!) As I would stitch an area, I’d run over to the quadrant and doodle out what I just did. I don’t want you to think...

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SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction Pieces

SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction Pieces

on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, SAMQG | 4 comments

The first-ever San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) Mini Quilt Auction fundraiser is fast approaching! My general plan was to make a satin, wholecloth butterfly. You’ll see… that didn’t quite happen. The auction rules are to create a 16″ x 16″ mini quilt. The quilts will hang at a local quilt shop, Sew Special, and will be in a silent auction which ends on May 11. Very exciting. It will be a mini show and fundraiser for our group. After marking three 16″ squares, a 20″ x 60″ piece of polyester satin is loaded onto my HandiQuilter frame. I started with a practice piece to warm up my arms. (Remember, I’m aiming to make a butterfly….) I LOVE how the heart turned out! It is quilted with Pink Glide thread. Ok, that was fun. Since I had three areas marked off, I went ahead and practiced the graffiti quilting all over the second mini quilt space. I switched to NEON Green Glide thread. WOWSA. This stuff is day-glo for sure. The black light looks really cool, right? Lastly, one square remains. Do I try to make a symmetrical butterfly or try to make an improved heart? Well…… I went NEON Green heart. I ended up taking the whole piece off the frame, squaring up the designs, and binding them all. Here’s how all three mini quilts turned out. Pink Graffiti Quilting Heart And a side view for some fantastic quilty-shadows: Green Graffiti Quilting Heart And another side view of the mini quilt: Random Green Graffiti Quilting The side view: And a close-up just for fun: The butterfly concept didn’t make it. (YET!) For now, I just have to decide which quilt to submit to the auction!!! Cast your votes in the comments. Tell a...

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Big Secret Sewing Project – Still Secret

Big Secret Sewing Project – Still Secret

on Feb 15, 2017 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 0 comments

My blog has been a bit quieter in 2017. Sorry about that! I have a really good reason, I promise. I’m working on a big project. I thought I’d show you some frustratingly-vague photos until I can share more details. I’m working with a whole handful of quilters. A HUGE thank you to all the folks who are working away on this little idea I have. You guys are making it all possible!!! And I’m working with generous companies! Fairfield Batting Clover USA HandiQuilter Bobbin Central / Fil-Tec And I’m making great progress as the days go on. Quilt a bit. Take some notes. Quilt a bit more. Make some more notes. Snap a few photos. Zoom in on a few spots. Take some more notes. Try to make complete sentences. Quilt a bit more. That is pretty much my process right now. Phew. It is a blast! I’ll still posts sewing projects when I can, but know I’m working really hard to bring you something really really cool. I’ll be sure to share more details as they unfold! Be great today! Tell a...

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Grumpy Cat Quilt

Grumpy Cat Quilt

on Dec 20, 2016 in Blog, Featured, quilt, quilting, SAMQG | 3 comments

Grumpy Cat Quilt Yes, you read that right. It is a Grumpy Cat Quilt. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild has a Pop Culture Sewing Bee: everything from Pusheen to Zelda, from Comic-Con to Memes and more! I chose Grumpy Cat as my project for the December meeting. I do not have a pattern for the Gato Gru??n, but here’s how I made him: First, you’ll need an image. I did a google search for “Grumpy Cat Cartoon” thinking the colors and shapes would already be broken down into easy, usable areas. That worked. Save the image Using software, scale the image to the size you want. (I assume you could do this in MS Office/Word, but I used Illustrator.) Print the image using the “tile large pages” or “poster” option. My finished piece is about 18″ x 24″. Tape the image back together. You might find it helpful to outline the shape edges with sharpie. I tried, but the sharpie I was using was on its way out. I taped it to a window (to act as a light board) and traced the outlines of the shapes onto Heat’n Bond fusible web. Label the pieces before you cut them out! If you are making a portrait or image using this method, be advised that the final image will be “flipped” from what you printed. (You can flip the image on the computer before you print, if it isn’t symmetrical – like letters or recognizable places.) Cut out the wacky little heat’n bond shapes and fuse them to the wrong-side of your project fabrics. Now arrange the shapes, using the original printed image as a guide. I worked in little sections. If I had something in the wrong place, I wouldn’t screw up the whole project with one press. Right-side of the Grumpy Cat face Left-side of Grumpy Cat face Nose/Mouth Left ear Right ear Tail and body shadows LAST- eyes. I was nervous about really messing those up. As Melissa Averinos says, the eyes are the most important part of the portrait. Hey, are those cheese-y pigs in a blanket on my plate in the lower right corner (above)? Why, yes they are! You cannot have a sewing...

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Graffiti Quilting Dream Strip Quilt

Graffiti Quilting Dream Strip Quilt

on Dec 14, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 1 comment

Graffiti Quilting on my Dream Strip Quilt Graffiti quilting was the plan for this old old old unfinished object, UFO, quilt. The larger solid stripes were perfect to showcase designs and the printed stripes provided a great practice area for other ideas. I used a facing technique to prepare the edges of all the letters before appliqueing them by machine. You can find more details about the technique which is featured in Hexagons Made Easy. Turns out the method is great for any shape! Here’s a closer look at the quilting around the word “dream.” The designs were quilted on my HandiQuilter Avante and used Glide Aquamarine thread on the darker fabrics. On lighter fabrics, I used a really really light Pearl color thread by MaxiLock. The aquamarine shows up great on the navy blue fabric! It isn’t wildly distracting, but you can definitely see all the graffiti quilting lines. The narrower borders of the quilt are filled with border designs. In the above picture you can see a small wishbone quilting design. This quilt was so fun to finish! It isn’t my oldest UFO, but it was one I recently re-discovered. If you need any of your quilts finished, please check out my longarm quilting service page: ReannaLilyQuilts.com Tell a...

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HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt

HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt

on Oct 27, 2016 in Blog, charity, quilting, tutorial | 1 comment

I have seen the Cross?and Plus?Quilt everywhere thanks to the great tutorial on Amy’s Badskirt Blog.She credits the block design to Nancy Cabot. I loved the block, but would like to make it HUGE. Thanks to EQ7 and a bit of math, it totally worked out. Each of these quilt blocks finishes at 15″ square. That is a BIG block. With only 30 blocks, the quilt measures 75″ x 90″. Since this quilt uses fat quarters, it will definitely still look scrappy, even though it is mega-giant. Here’s how I made it: Supplies 30 Fat Quarters* (I used Red and Blue. Choose 15 Fat Quarters from one color family and 15 from the other.) —OR 3-1/4 yards color 1 (red) and 3-1/4 yards color (blue) 3 yards?white fabric *A fat quarter is a precut fabric piece measuring 18″ x 22″. Cutting For this quilt- one fat quarter will be one block’s worth of pieces. If you’d like a 4 block x 6 block quilt, use 24 fat quarters instead of 30. From each colored fat quarter cut the following: Four 6-1/2″ squares Two 3-1/2″ squares One rectangle 3-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ Two rectangles 2-1/4″ x width (for binding) NOTE: Only cut binding from nine fat quarters. The rest will be extra/scrap fabric. Once the 6-1/2″ squares are cut, remove two triangle corners using this template and rotary cutting tools. (Grab the template pdf here.) You will need a grand total of: 120 squares 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (then cut to fit the template) 30 rectangles 3-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ 60 squares 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ 9 pieces cut 2-1/4″ x width of fabric (for binding) From the white yardage cut: 120 squares measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ 120 squares measuring 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ !!! Cut these squares in half on the diagonal to yield 240 triangles. Block Units Each block is made up of three basic units: Two double square blocks which measure 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ One long center unit measuring 3-1/2″ x 15-1/2″ Four 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ squares Assemble the Units Use a 1/4″ seam allowance on all seams for this project. I worked in a?sewing?assembly line style and jammed this big double/queen size quilt out in a weekend. First, I sorted my...

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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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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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