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Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap

Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap

on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, charity, swap | 0 comments

Two for Teal / Teal Mini Swap Maybe you’ve heard of Two for Teal? This year it has a new name – the Teal Mini Swap. This is a fundraising, quilty-initiative developed by my friend Beth at Eva Paige Quilt Designs. Each year she organizes a swap via Facebook Group page.  This year you can make a mug rug or a mini quilt up to 18″ square. You pay a small fee to join the swap, get a partner, make your creation, mail it, and swap. The fee goes directly to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Pretty neat, right? There is a whole FAQ page for the event, so you can find out all the details and time frames. This year the event sponsor is Blank Quilting Corporation.     Tell a...

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Nerd Quilt Round-up

Nerd Quilt Round-up

on Mar 21, 2015 in Blog, quilt, swap | 0 comments

To celebrate National Quilting Day, today, I thought I’d post a geeky project round-up for design inspiration.  You cannot have enough design inspiration, right? Movies: My Star Wars pun quilt.  I love a good pun and you know I need a quilt in my kitchen…. See the original blog post here.   Not geeky, but still total “fangirl” is my Wizard of Oz Mug Rug.  This project was also created as an online swap.  I thought it was clever.  Every time you set your coffee down, you crush the witch, again and again and again. Poor terrible bad witch.  See the original blog post here, for more information on the mug rug swap projects. Games: Second geeky quilt: Old School PAC-MAN Ghosts. This one was created for an online mini quilt swap.  It is adorable and currently lives in its new home.  See the original blog post here.   Not quite a quilt, but let’s not forget Minecraft shirts. For more on these super green, easy-to-make creeper shirts, see the original blog post here.   TV Shows: I also have a fun Zoidberg shirt, too.  Man, I love Futurama.  I hope Netflix re-buys it again. Professor Ziod was part of a set of “team jerseys” for a birthday party.  Read more and see a general overview for Freezer Paper Stenciling on the original blog post here. Happy National Quilting Day!  I hope you also find inspiration in everyday geeky pop-culture.   Tell a...

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UFO Quilt Challenge

UFO Quilt Challenge

on Jan 13, 2014 in Blog, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, SAMQG, swap | 0 comments

  The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild has issued a UFO challenge.  Though this post isn’t directly part of that, I thought I’d share this project.  Let me tell you the story.  Way Way Way back in 2009 I hosted a Sampler Quilt Block Swap.  It was fun.  I had a many participants and some of you may remember following along on the blog site.  (And you might be thinking, “Whoa, was that back in 2009? I didn’t think it was that long ago.”  Well – it is.  5 years.  FIVE. I think I joined two sections of the swap.  I used 9 blocks for a quilt.  (below) The quilt was set to be in Learn to Sew Easy Curves, but in the final hours, got cut from publication.  I don’t even think I have a great picture of the quilt finished and quilted.  I’ll have to get that for you.  I also changed up the two background corner fabrics to match the quilt better.  Anywho.  I love love love this quilt and its curve setting.  {{Hum.  I should do a blog post on it, since it isn’t in the book….  stay tuned.}}   But then, after this little baby quilt was made, I had a whole bunch of sampler blocks.  I ended up sharing them with my mom a couple months ago.  In fact, she was in the swap as well, so she already had a small pile of sample blocks…. from  5 years ago. I guess that was the extra jolt she needed because yesterday, she showed me this QUEEN size sampler.  Pretty great right?  It is colorful and bright and sashed with an off-white.  She’s got a long arm, so I’m sure it will be jammed out in no time at all. Look at all those fun colors.  Its like candy.  Nice, bright, traditional-quilt candy.  MMMMmmmm…..  Great quilt, MOM!!! p.s. I cannot believe my office assistant is this tall.  Seriously. So it looks like I still haven’t done anything for the UFO challenge.  Looks like the best way for  me to get stuff finished is to hand it off to someone who sees it “new for the first time”  OR maybe I’ll get something finished.  The...

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SAMQG January Block of The Month

SAMQG January Block of The Month

on Jan 2, 2013 in Blog, SAMQG, swap | 1 comment

This month’s Block of the Month for the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild is a triangle!  I’ve been a a member of 5 or 6 guilds in a few different towns and I’ve never made a triangle for a BOM.  Let me tell you, I was thrilled to see the design.  And super excited to dive in and stitch it up…. but um…. triangles are hard. This block is made like a traditional Log Cabin Block, but the trick comes in (for me) with the finished size.  Our requirement was that the equilateral triangle  block needed to be 12 1/2″ tall.  My first block (the red one) just happened to be the right size and I didn’t think anything of it.  My second block (pictured in the center) had so many chops and re-sews, it was crazy.  Eventually, I stopped trying to figure out what size row I’d need, and I just added a big FAT blue row.  I laid my “perfect size block” on top of that big ole mess and started chopping.  That method was great.  I did the same thing for the purple block.  I’m not sure if the directions said the triangles had to be “centered” in the design….  um… lets just say, um…  my blocks are unique.  =) I love the block and think I’d make it again, but I’d use the “over-size and chop down” method to get consistent block sizes.  Maybe I’ll win all the blocks and not have to make any, but still get a very cool, funky, scrappy quilt out of the deal.  We shall see.   Tell a...

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SAMQG Block of the Month

SAMQG Block of the Month

on Sep 11, 2012 in Blog, SAMQG, swap | 1 comment

  I’m loving my new quilt guild so far!  The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild sure knows how to make a girl feel welcome.  I jumped right in and grabbed a kit for the October Block of the Month.  The block is based on and Elizabeth Hartman block, I believe.  Can you believe they give you a fabric kit to work with?  How awesome is that?!?!  Not only are they fabrics I don’t own and wouldn’t normally buy, but whomever wins the pile of blocks will be assured that all the fabrics match and will look great in a finished quilt. I went to work the next day, after my first guild meeting.  I thought if I waited, I might forget to make the block, or forget the specifics which were announced at the meeting.  I know you know what I’m talking about…. The longer, fatter strips were used without cutting, to give me enough fabric to make 3 total stripes.  Hopefully, that doesn’t bust the rules.  We shall see.  Then I went on to add the strips into the background, one at a time- wonkily.  Ah, another great adverb.  Wonkily. Last thing to do would be trim it to the required 12 1/2″ (unfinished) for the big drawing next month.  For now I have it pinned on my design wall, in hopes that I don’t misplace it as I continue to unpack/paint in new the studio space. Tell a...

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One lonely block

One lonely block

on Feb 16, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, swap | 0 comments

I was asked to make a block which will later be added with into assortment of other blocks.  As with these kinds of collections, the blocks will be sewn together and given as a gift to someone.  I wanted to slip a little military fabric (USAF) into my block.  It is a wonky log cabin.  If you haven’ tried those yet- I highly recommend it.  Use this tutorial. The block will blow through your scraps and it is super fast to make.  Right now, it appears that I have a lonely little block- but after a short ride with the USPS, soon he’ll have some friends. The black is just from the computer so you could see the block a bit better.  It isn’t really sewn in there. Tell a...

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Doll Quilt Swap 10

Doll Quilt Swap 10

on Apr 26, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, swap | 0 comments

Guess what arrived in my mailbox? A super great court-house steps, MODERN looking doll quilt!  The photo makes it look more red-orangie, but it is really a beautiful bright orange with blues, blacks and whites.  I LOVE LOVE it.  And check out the fun bonus fabrics!  Good gravy!  Thank you so much, Strawberrilicous over on flickr! Tell a...

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Doll Quilt Swap Final REVEAL

Doll Quilt Swap Final REVEAL

on Mar 30, 2011 in Blog, quilting, Quilts Gallery, swap | 4 comments

Oh what could the big Doll Quilt Swap quilt be? You have seen a few clues, a few pictures to get the guesses started… but I’m going to go out on a limb and say none of you saw this coming… Yep, my partner was hoping for anything “inspired by old Atari”  – And before you go crazy on me, yes, I know Pacman was not originally Atari, it was Namco.  BUT it was between the ghosts and an old pong screen shot, so I thought the ghosts would be more fun.  Besides, Atari did eventually carry a Pacman game. Each of the “squares” {aka pixels} would have been about 3/4″ each… so I promptly threw the idea of piecing pixels out the window and went with a fusible applique (Heat’n’Bond) method of making ghosts.  I found the ghost shape on the internet and cleaned it up a bit with photoshop.  I  printed one ghost template onto an 8 1/2″ x 11 sheet of paper.  The edges were stitched during the quilting process.  I’m a big fan of raw-edge applique = quilting lines.  Then, of course, I filled in the background with some gray swirls. I LOVE how the ghosts are totally doing the Brady Bunch glance at each other. I hope she likes it!!!  It’s mailed off and she should have it VERY soon. ps- I cannot believe “Pacman” is not in the computer auto-dictionary.  Hello, IT’S PACMAN. Tell a...

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Doll Quilt Swap 10 FINAL QUILT

Doll Quilt Swap 10 FINAL QUILT

on Feb 28, 2011 in blogging others, quilt, quilting, swap | 0 comments

Ok, this is it.  This is the sneak peek at the REAL, actual, little quilt I’ll be mailing to my Doll Quilt Swap 10 partner.  The swaps are to be in the mail March 15th, so I’ll be able to show you the whole thing then.  I would show you sooner, but my partner had a strangely specific request (towards the bottom of her bio)   After I made the other “maybe she’ll like this” quilts, I decided to jump in with both feet on her very specific request.  Kinda like my Mug Rug swap partner loving the Wizard of Oz… along those lines of specific. I’ll only show a bit here, in hopes that if she’s reading the blog the surprise isn’t ruined.  Its a grey quilt with only solid fabrics and a patchwork binding.  Any GUESSES??? More pictures coming soon! Tell a...

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Studio Tour

Studio Tour

on Feb 16, 2011 in Blog, business, swap | 0 comments

I’ve been cleaning up in the studio.  I’ve organized.  I’ve purged.  I’ve re-organized and now I have a couple pictures to show you.  I showed you the space right after we first moved, a little over a year ago.  Wanna see the progress??? My favorite spot is the inspiration wall behind my sewing desk.  I have all sorts of things on that wall.  Small Quilts, my favorite painting from college, an owl clock- just like the one my grandma had as I was growing up, scissors cutting on an electrical tape cutting line, sketches, market badges- really all sorts of things.  I also have some “blank” wall space… so I totally need to get sewing/swapping to add more to my wall.  (Yes, the picture below is spliced together, so you could see the whole wall, edge to edge.) I also have the design wall opposite the inspiration wall.  Its blank-ish right now.  I’m looking to pick up a large piece of foam insulation board from the home improvement store and wrap it with flannel.  That will be later.  For now, I generally just staple straight into my wall.  (GASP)  And I still have my fabric stash sorted by color, on the right hand side of the picture. In my studio I have a custom built table.  My friend Debbie (Hi Debbie!) had this huge awesome cutting mat in her sewing studio and I instantly had cutting mat envy.  I did buy the mat about a year later, but it was much larger than my plastic costco table.  This table, below, has a huge workspace, and ironing board on the left hand side and storage for 8 rubbermaids underneath.  The best part about an MDF + 2-by-4 table is that it never shakes when I start stitching fast. So that is a little peek inside the studio.  I’ve managed to keep it clean for about 14 hours.  I’d say times up on that!!!!   See a walk-through tour of the finished studio HERE. Tell a...

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Doll Quilt Swap 10, the thrid

Doll Quilt Swap 10, the thrid

on Feb 16, 2011 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, quilt, quilting, recycle, swap | 0 comments

  I had this fun idea for a Doll Quilt Swap Quilt.  Its little, its hexagons, and its bright blue + Art Gallery Fabrics + USAF uniform. It was just a matter of time before I got those fun USAF hexagons into a modern design. I think making these small quilted items are just so fast and quick.  (Once those crazy hexagons are prepared.) They use up fabric scraps, let you try different quilting methods and finish up quickly.  This doll quilt is very jen-centric.  It has Art Gallery Fabrics + USAF hexies + pale blue.  I might keep this one, too. Man, I’m not a very good swapper if I want to keep everything!  HA!  Ok, but honestly, the blue background in this doll quilt is broadcloth (50% poly/50% cotton) so that means I’m not allowed to swap it since it’s not 100% cotton.  Shame….  Get your own 1 1/2″ hexagon paper for English Paper Piecing, here. 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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