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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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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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Ultimate Owl Quilt – Cheater Panel

Ultimate Owl Quilt – Cheater Panel

on Oct 13, 2015 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower | 0 comments

Introducing the Ultimate Owl Cheater Quilt Panel I’m so happy to finally share my Ultimate Owl Cheater Quilt Panel with you! It has been in the works since MAY 2015 and it is finally here!! Let me show you the evolution of the the sugar skull or candy skull style owl on a retro quilt cheater panel: Creating the Owl I can draw “so-so.” Luckily I can use the computer better than I can draw! I started with a half owl doodled on two sheets of paper taped together. That is pretty sophisticated, right? From here I scanned the image, waved a magic wand in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create a complete owl. Some of the sketched design motifs were moved, re-sized or eliminated. I created one of those coloring pages for myself and gave it a go with colored pencils. That is pretty festive! (Dias de los Muertos is right around the corner here in San Antonio.) Since the image was manipulated in Illustrator and was now a vector graphic, it occurred to me to make it as big as I possibly could ON FABRIC. The panel measures 42″ x 36″. You may recognize the background bars image. It is a cheater panel concept for my quilt pattern 1976. With the owl in place and the bars printed directly on a brown plaid background, my cheater panel was ready to become a quilt. I’m going free and loose with the word “quilt” here because there is no batting or quilting in this first final project. Finishing the Panel: I started by making rounded corners;tracing a salad plate with a FriXion Pen. I then cut away the excess fabric 1/4″ passed the marked lines and 1/4″ passed the printed fabric. I then layered the panel right side up on top of Minky Dimple Dot ORANGE Fabric, matching wrong sides. I basted the two layers together (wrong sides together) with a simple straight stitch, 1/4″ from the printed edge of the panel. Next, I cut a narrow binding to apply to the edge. It is machine applied, so I stitched it to the minkie-side?first, then folded it to the front to edge stitch it in place. For the...

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Elephant Buddies

Elephant Buddies

on Nov 14, 2011 in Blog, Fabric Collections Gallery, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower | 2 comments

I’d like to introduce you to a new little fabric collection for the littlest man in your life. It’s called Elephant Buddies and is currently available on Spoonflower.com. The test swatches have arrived all safe and sound the the collection looks super peaceful and fun. Perfect for the NON-floral, NON-pink nursery. I’m usually a bright bold color with all sorts of chunky-shapes kind of fabric girl. But I really wanted to try something different. Of course, this all stemmed from the Michael Miller Spoonflower contest last year. The challenge was to make a baby boy themed print. I gave it a go and I do think it turned out just how I pictured it. The colors are pale, but not boring and the grey is just soft enough. I even made a few digital mock-ups of how the fabric might be used. Quilts, of course. But general toddler bedding would be great. Crib sized sheets are very quick to make from 2 yards of fabric. Prints framed in a Khaki room, very fun. (I’m a huge fan of framing fabric.)? Heck, you can even recover some of your existing baby items to give it a fresh new look- like the Nursing Pillow – below. So that is what I have to share with you today. I hope you enjoy it and pass it along to whomever you might know with a wee little guy. Tell a...

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18? Doll Spring Clothes

18? Doll Spring Clothes

on Feb 17, 2011 in Blog, fashion, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, recycle, sewing | 2 comments

Hum… I might have a problem… I LOVE to design and make these little doll clothes. They use very little fabric, the client never complains and they finish up in a snap! (Above Photo) This outfit is a square-neck, empire waist tank top and Capri jeans. If you are blog follower/subscriber, you might recognize that fabric on her tank top. Its from my NEW Modern Complements Line. The jeans are made from a recycled pair of actual soft denim jeans. I added pockets at the hip and was oh-so-proud until I realized 1/ You cannot see them because her shirt covers that area of the pants and 2/ She can never put her arm in them because her arms don’t bend. HA! Both of those garments have a Velcro back closure. This outfit is a top with a gathered hem and gathered sleeves with white shorts. The picture below shows the back closure. I used two bits of Velcro back there. I had to Velcro where the elastic waist is, to keep the elastic stretched when in use. You can click the photo to see it larger. The fabric used in this outfit is Polka Dots- thrifted bed sheet, and the White is an IKEA bed sheet. The dresses above were made with my daughter and her friend. (10yo)? I used the same IKEA bed sheet white fabric and let the girls draw whatever they wanted to on the dresses. They got to plan the design, make it on paper, trace it on to the dress with Crayola Fabric Markers (which I LOVE. They are sold on the crayon aisle not in the craft/fabric departments) and then I whipped up the dress by extending the tank top pattern. I’m lovin this butterfly and I’d totally wear it on a t-shirt! —————————————————————————- The patterns used in the doll outfit are my original designs. Tell a...

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Doll Quilt Swap 10, again

Doll Quilt Swap 10, again

on Feb 16, 2011 in Blog, quilt, quilting, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower, swap | 0 comments

Ok, my second run at the doll quilt swap- which might still not be the one that I mail.  Who knows… My partner really likes the colors blue and orange together.  (just like me!)  So as luck would have it, I have some Blue and Orange fabric.  The quilt is backed in -old- orange Heather Ross fabric. The applique shapes are all stitched down by machine, but NOT raw-edge appliqued.  Every edge is folded under and stitched using a unique “facing” technique.  The machine stitching through each shape is ALSO the quilting lines of the project.  {{two birds, one stone, you know.}} I added in “ghost” shapes using grey embroidery floss.  The floss is quilted through the three layers, too. I really like this one.  I might have to keep it. *Fabric used in this project are designed by Jen Eskridge and are for sale over on Spoonflower.com and SOON will be available on the ReannaLily Designs website. Tell a...

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FABRIC Designs by Jen Eskridge

FABRIC Designs by Jen Eskridge

on Jan 26, 2011 in business, Fabric Collections Gallery, fabric stash, ReannaLily Designs Fabric, spoonflower | 1 comment

Click to Purchase 2011 marks the launch of ReannaLily Designs debut fabric collection. The line is called Modern Complements and features mod funky motifs in complementing colors. Its fresh, fun and young and certain to garner compliments. The collection has 18 prints for your sewing & crafting enjoyment. The colors a seriously bright and will look great paired with each other, or subdued military fabrics. This line is available exclusively from Spoonflower.com. Look for fabric bundles to hit my website and Etsy shop very soon. Of course, I’ll have a blog post to let you know when they are available. Hop on over to Spoonflower to see all the fun designs in this collection. The possibilities are endless. I know I’m already dreaming up something to use that plaid on the bias. Look for these fabrics to come creeping into ReannaLily Designs patterns, tutorials and maybe even kits! Stay tuned. Tell a...

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