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A Quilted Christmas Holiday Magazine

A Quilted Christmas Holiday Magazine

on Sep 22, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, Press, quilt, quilting, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 1 comment

A Quilted Christmas Coming to a Store Near You! A Quilted Christmas published by Quilter’s World and Annie’s Publishing is coming soon to a store near you! This is a great collection of over 30 holiday projects. I’m honored to have my Trapunto NOEL Banner included in the mix. Make the banner with the trapunto or without. The letter templates are included in the magazine, or simply spell a different word using fonts on your computer! Solid fabrics compliment Kate Spain‘s NEW Jingle fabric line by Moda and the little ball ornaments in the banner feature the prints. Make ball ornaments or make adorable snowmen! The design is wide open for your imagination. Grab your copy at your local retailer or online at Annie’s Craft Store. *Some photos for this post have been borrowed from Annie’s Craft Store. Tell a...

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Micro Texty Trapunto Quilting

Micro Texty Trapunto Quilting

on Feb 24, 2015 in Blog, classes, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 1 comment

The Before Picture I have been making a handful of class samples for the Texty Trapunto Class. Really fun projects are coming out of that quilting workshop. In an efforts to diversify and test a design for something else, I decided to give a damask design the trapunto treatment. My first design comes from The Graphics Fairy. ((How great is that site?!)) The photo, above, is the “before” picture. I have two layers of wool batting temporarily basted to the wrong side of my fabric. The picture is from the wrong side of the fabric. You are looking at the fluffy wool batting. I didn’t size the original damask graphic at all and it printed smaller than my original design idea. That meant I’d have to scale my quilting design motif down a bit to match the scale of the graphic. Here’s the “after” picture. Holy smokes. The quilting was on my home/domestic sewing machine, as opposed to a longarm machine. I did about 1 square inch worth of pebbles and instantly regretted my decision to quilt so small… BUT I had to see if the idea would work, so I powered through. The thread is a variegated Sulky Blendable. I love that stuff and here’s why: The variegation isn’t from white to black or from one color all the way to the other end of the spectrum. The colors blend from Rust-to-Yellow or Avocado-to-Grass. They are natural, non-extreme ranges. Perfect. The After Picture You can see how big the pebble quilting is, relative to the stick pins. YIKES. Here’s a ruler, just for fun:   I had to wait a couple days to actually draft this blog post as I WAS BLIND FROM THE QUILTING. Nah, but seriously, after working on this super small, sheet-of-paper sized project for about an hour, my eyes really did feel like pulling in towards the center. I do need to finish the quilting motif outside the super tight pebbles… that will be later though.   If you are in the San Antonio/Boerne area and want to take the Texty Trapunto Class, it will be held at Sew It Fabulous on February 28th, 2015. Call the shop for more details and to reserve...

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Texty Trapunto Class

Texty Trapunto Class

on Feb 3, 2015 in Blog, classes, SAMQG, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 0 comments

Texty Trapunto Workshop The Texty Trapunto Workshop in Boerne, TX, recently was a hit. Huge thanks to Sew It Fabulous for hosting the class and thanks to Danielle of Nacho Mama Quilts for organizing it for the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. Students were drafting letters, tracing pre-printed letters and using the Ampersand template. It was quite a collection. Some block projects were enlarged to become pillows, some were going to be wall hangings and some were un-decided but just really really wanted to know how to make those trapunto letters puff up off the quilt. Cutting and prep work. Stitching and pinning. And of course, quilting quilting quilting!   The pieces for this workshop are small enough that students were?comfortable trying free motion quilting (FMQ) on domestic/home machines. Some folks went with the straight line, others wanted to try all sorts of crazy free motion quilting fill designs. Students even finished blocks in class. (That is always great, right.) The last step is to spritz the piece with water to dissolve the water soluble thread. It was very Bill Nye the Science Guy as we watched the thread disappear right before our eyes. My friend Allison took the class and sent me a photo of the near-finished “A” texty trapunto project. Turned out GREAT! Thanks to everyone who signed up and came out! I think we had a good time. If you missed this January workshop, I have great news: Tish, at Sew It Fabulous will be hosting me again on, Saturday, February 28th, 2015. You’ll have to call or email the shop to grab yourself a spot. Tell a...

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Text Trapunto Technique

Text Trapunto Technique

on Oct 23, 2014 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 0 comments

I’m so excited to share the Text Trapunto Technique with you! This workshop is coming to the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild on January 10th. We’ll be making the Ampersand Quilt Block shown. Can’t make the workshop? Grab the Text Trapunto Technique pdf over on Craftsy. We’ll be using regular home sewing machines to create this 15″ square block. An ampersand stencil will be provided, but you can, of course, use any letter/monogram you choose.   I’ve added the alphabet trapunto letters to a few quilts in the past. They seem to go over really well and a few folks have asked how I get the letters to appear “puffed” or “stuffed”. Well, that is the magic of trapunto. From Google: Trapunto, from the Italian for “to quilt,” is a method of quilting that is also called “stuffed technique.” A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt. In the workshop we’ll go over the basics; as well as, talk about other ways to incorporate text into quilting. Unlike the definition above, we will not be making any cuts/slits into the fabric to actually stuff or pad. We WILL be trying out Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) designs and sharing tips for which styles work best with the puffed-letter-look.   If you’d like to grab the trapunto technique directions for yourself, you can find them over on Craftsy. If you’d like the Text Trapunto workshop to visit your guild or shop, read more over on the ReannaLily Designs Lectures & Workshops page. Tell a...

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Finished Mini Dresden Quilt

Finished Mini Dresden Quilt

on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog, commission, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 5 comments

Here’s the Elspeth Baby Quilt. Fingers and legs?in the quilt photo. Quilting has and assortment of Stripes, Crazy Worms, Pebbles and Trapunto. The overall vertical design has three main bars, which is kinda cool because little Elspeth is the 3rd kiddo in the family. The dryer will be taking taking out those red lines in just a moment. Make your own quilt with letters that pop using the Texty Trapunto technique.           I learned that if you have a mostly-white front, you’ll need a back that is “light”. Maybe it was just that brand of white I used. Who knows. Just to be safe, the back on this one is pieced greys from my stash. The piecing wasn’t wide enough, so the white stripe was added. You can really see the Dresden quilting from the back.   And then the binding. I must be going through a serious stripe binding phase. Tell a...

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Pantone Emerald Challenge and Soar Banner

Pantone Emerald Challenge and Soar Banner

on Aug 9, 2013 in Blog, book, Hexagons Made Easy, quilt, quilting, SAMQG, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 4 comments

The SAMQG issued the “make something quilty” Pantone Emerald Challenge eariler this year. ?I made a quilt. It won a contest and is now out somewhere… taking top secret photos…for something… later this fall. (More details later.) But I didn’t want to go to the big SAMQG reveal empty handed. OhSeeDee. Wanna see the whole collection of challenge quilts in the SAMQG Facebook Photo Album? ?   I decided to make a quick banner project. I made it on the Wednesday before our monthly Thursday meeting. First up   I used a small pile of PANTONE EMERALD fabric scraps to create faced triangles. I used the techniques described in Hexagons Made Easy.   Honestly, the banner idea came to me right around here…. I thought- Hum, that is just enough triangles for <blank>. Ah- yes, a banner! hahahah. Love that design process. I cut a rectangle and pinned the triangles onto it, on the design board.   They curve. They twist. They are random. They need to be machine appliqued (stitched down) to the background fabric, though. It didn’t seem quite interesting enough, so I added some words. I went all trapunto on it. I drew out a top and bottom line, then basically free-hand drew “bubble letters” in the space. That is the sophisticated description. “Bubble Letters” I drew with Frixion pen. Hopefully you’ll be able to see it ok. I added two layers of batting behind the word and stitched (with water soluble thread) on the frixion pen lines to create the lettering.   Flip the piece over and remove the excess batting from the edges of the letters. The next steps are to prepare the project for machine quilting. Trace around the letters to secure the trimmed batting and then fill in with all the free motion quilting your heart desires. I hadn’t intended this to be a full-on how-to or tutorial, so the only pictures I have next are the finished quilting photos. You can see a better detailed description of my trapunto how-to on the Baby Weaver quilt post. Click any photo to see it larger.   Close up on the letters, from the back of the quilted banner.   And the whole back....

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Tessa’s Baby Quilt

Tessa’s Baby Quilt

on Nov 9, 2012 in Blog, commission, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 3 comments

My big commissioned quilt is off the quilting frame! Hooray!!! The quilting style was 100% inspired by Angela Walters. I LOVE how it turned out. Of course, I have a few pictures to show you. Some progress pictures around the lettering:   You can still see the frixion pen marks in those close up pictures (above). And I also have pics of the quilting fills:? {{click to enlarge}}   I divided the background with irregular wavy lines, then changed up my fills between the wavy lines. I used 9 total free motion quilting? fills on the the quilt + the trapunto name. Hopefully, next week, I’ll have a blog posts showing each fill. It will be sort of a “menu” for myself, and I thought I’d share it with ya. I also unloaded 11 bobbins of thread on the baby quilt. The quilt is about 50″ x 65″. Since this quilt was bigger than the original “WEAVER” quilt, I decided to add a 1/4 Dresden circle in the corner. I like it up there. The corner is not lonely anymore. I backed this quilt with a vintage sheet. The Dresden is made from a bunch of 2 1/2″ strips. That means, I have lots of 2 1/2″ strips left over that will go straight into the bright scrappy binding this weekend. Tell a...

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Free Motion Baby Quilt

Free Motion Baby Quilt

on Jul 30, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 5 comments

After making that GIANT Dresden Circle Quilt, I decided I’d better quilt it while I still had the frame and hadn’t lost the quilt top in the move. First I needed a plan for the large amount of negative space. The quilt was just a practice “what if” kinda quilt, but then it turned into being a pretty neat design for a little nephew, due this fall. He doesn’t have a first name yet, so I went ahead and quilted in his last name. It is Weaver, as you can see, and unlike a niece quilt with a last name- this quilt WEAVER will always be his last name. Well, unless he gets super famous as a hip-hop mogul and changes his name entirely to just be one word, like RACE or something like that. hahahahah. (Hum, now that I think of it… I hope my SIL doesn’t see this post. It will kinda ruin the surprise. I’m willing to risk it for ya, though.) First up, in my “what if I tried this” quilt is trapunto lettering. I have wanted to try this ever since I saw Angela Walters Quilting on THE Parisville quilt at the Houston Quilt Market a couple years ago. I found a fat-chubby font on the computer (Ravie) and printed off large letters. I used the water soluble thread and proceeded to stitch in two layers of 80/20 batting. Then I cut away the excess batting. Next I needed to try to get my quilting idea to fit in my small sewing machine throat, on the Hinterberg frame. In the sketch above (1st pic) I have a bit more elaborate design. But I opted to go with just swirls, lines and pebbles to fill. So far so good. The letters follow the arc of the circle’s edge, so I needed to figure out a way for the swirl/line fill to crash right on into the puffy letters. I ended up putting pebbles around all the letters so they’d stand out a bit more. Lots of rolling the quilt on the stretcher bars to get to all the places around the letters. As it turns out (AGAIN) I narrowly made the quilt with enough grey...

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