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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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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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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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NEW Fabric Collection – Right Side of the Brain

NEW Fabric Collection – Right Side of the Brain

on Oct 24, 2013 in Blog, fabric stash, sketches, spoonflower | 0 comments

  I’m happy to blog my new mini fabric collection over on Spoonflower. The concept was to create a basic sketched design using those “doodles” you make when you should be doing something else. Like, as the fabric names indicate, working in class, watching a webinar, listening to a lecture and waiting on hold. Now was I actually listening in all those instances, probably, but you know, I also happened to have a marker in my hand. The mini fabric collection is called Right Side of the Brain. It only has 5 coordinated pieces in the collection.   It started something like this, while On Hold with an I. T. support company. I made some shapes. I over lapped some shapes. I liked the look. I scanned it into the computer and waved the magic photoshop wand to create this design: I also wanted to show you the original sketch created During a Lecture. It evolved the same way my On Hold was made. That photo has an instagram filter on it. In fact, if you follow me on instagram, you might have already seen a couple of the fabric designs from Right Side of the Brain. Scan. Wave magic wand. Get Fabric. (Btw, I seriously love Spoonflower.) Anywhoo, here’s the design tuned out:   So head on over to Spoonflower and check out the designs. Pin ’em and share them with your friends. As luck would have it, I believe each of the designs is available in each of their printed media. Fabric, wall paper, wrapping paper and decals. Tell a...

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

on Sep 27, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, contests, fabric stash, SAMQG, spoonflower | 0 comments

I’m beyond stoked to share with you this screen shot announcing that my little ole striped donut block was chosen to be in the MQG Raffle Quilt for Quilt Con 2013!!! Hopefully, as the date approaches, I’ll have more info on how you can purchase a raffle ticket. I cannot imagine how zany this mod-sampler is going to look with such an eclectic group of quilt blocks. Check out the MQG blog for all the images of blocks, winners, quilts and inspirations. And speaking of making quilts with the striped donut block– how about some fabric??? That’s right! This block inspired my whole mini collection of fabric on Spoonflower.com. It is called Bold Basics and features this Striped Donut, of course, melted stripes and a couple of star patterns. All the designs are very basic and colorful, with a handful of greys mixed in for fun. Tell a...

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Shop New Fabrics

Shop New Fabrics

on Jun 24, 2012 in Blog, Fabric Collections Gallery, fabric stash, JRE Fabrics, spoonflower | 0 comments

How about some designer original fabric from Spoonflower?? Yep. I took the pallet recommended for the QuiltCon Block challenge and went a bit crazy making some basic fabric concepts. Melted Stripes, plaids, tear drops and my favorite- My QuiltCon Block Entry INTO PolkaDots. Now that is fun, right?! The collection is called Bold Basics. I added 4 monochromatic versions of the prints in case you just really like the melted stripes and don’t need any color pallet restrictions. All the swatches are available for order on Spoonflower.com, at their standard prices: I just received pieces of the whole collection and cannot wait to make something wonky and modern with them. I hope you hop on over to Spoonflower and pick up your favorite prints. (Don’t worry, that whole Jen Eskridge (c) will not appear on the actual fabrics.) **It is, of course, important to note that these fabrics are inspired by the QuiltCon event, not endorsed by it. Tell a...

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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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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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