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Modern Baby Now In STOCK

Modern Baby Now In STOCK

on Jun 29, 2013 in Blog, book, pattern, quilt, SAMQG, WMQG | 0 comments

  Modern Baby: Easy Fresh and Fun Quilt Designs is now available directly from ReannaLily Designs Book Shop.  Hooray!  This is a collection book where a variety of designers worked on a chapter to produce a really diverse group of modern quilt designs.  Read more about it and add it to your cart in the book shop.  The book sells for $24.99 + shipping. Tell a...

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QuiltCon Show Entries Announced

QuiltCon Show Entries Announced

on Dec 31, 2012 in Blog, contests, WMQG | 0 comments

QuiltCon judges have announced the quilts that will be shown in the QuiltCon Show in Austin, Feb 21st through 24th.  I’m totally going to have a quilt in the show!!!!  I entered 3 total quilts, and this is not the one that I thought had the strongest chance… so what do I know…  BUT I’ll take it just the same.  This quilt was originally made for the Modern Quilt Guild’s Robert Kaufman Charm Pack Challenge (2011), when I lived in Wichita.  Our small WMQG took on the challenge and this is what I came up with.  I cannot wait to go to Austin to see all the other assorted modern quilts in this super original one-of-a-kind show. Tell a...

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Wonky Log Cabin Quilted

Wonky Log Cabin Quilted

on Jul 2, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, wichita kansas, WMQG | 4 comments

  Wonky Log Cabin Quilted Finishing up a small wonky log cabin UFO.  I keep thinking “Oh, I just made that, so it isn’t a UFO.  It isn’t like it has sat around a while unfinished.”  Ah but blog… blog… blog.  I searched my blog to see when I took the workshop from Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie.  … um yeh, OVER A YEAR AGO.  Time to get that quilt top finished! I quilted it quickly on my mid arm frame.  It is a Hinterberg Frame with a Juki quilting machine on it.  It isn’t a longarm, but it totally gets the job done.  Learning to quilt on it is very different than learning to free motion quilt on the domestic machine.  I’m getting better though.  The motif is just wavy lines, with some pebbles, swirls and 90degree meandering in some shapes. I ended up choosing a shimmer silver thread for quilting.  Technically it isn’t white… but it also isn’t the RED that the workshop class and Jacquie recommended.  Shame.  I’m just not quite that brave. Lets talk quilt backing.  Its a vintage sheet. It is rockin some yellow, orange, avocado and grey.  Does it match the front….nope.  I’m not too worried about that though.  The tag on the quilt was still very read-able- 50% cotton, 50% poly “new no-iron muslin”.  Ha.  “NEW”  nice. I bound it just in time to have it hang in the the Wichita Modern Quilt Guild info booth at the larger WICHITA Common Threads Quilt Show. Tell a...

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Common Threads Quilt Show

Common Threads Quilt Show

on Jun 20, 2012 in Blog, wichita kansas, WMQG | 0 comments

Tomorrow is the first day of the Common Threads Quilt Show.  The show is every other year, put on by the local Wichita Prairie Quilt guild and is huge.  In 2010 I think there were something like 900 quilts on display, no including vendor areas.  This year they limited the quilts to (cough cough) only 500.  I cannot wait to see them all. The Wichita Modern Quilt Guild is also having a booth at the show, just to share a few modern quilts and information about our meeting times.  Come check us out! We have a fun little booth with all sorts of non-traditional styles represented.  Pick up a postcard with our contact info and meeting times, take a gander at all the small quilts, and leave your email/contact info to be included in our group email correspondence. Tell a...

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QuiltCon Block Challenge – 3

QuiltCon Block Challenge – 3

on Jun 11, 2012 in Blog, contests, quilt, sewing, WMQG | 0 comments

Keeping with the stripes theme from Block 2, I went on to design Block 3.  With all that photoshop, illustrator, EQ available… Block 3 was totally sketched out on leftover notebook paper + blue sharpie.  The old fashioned way. Block 3 was, by far, the easiest to sew. Tiny bit of chain piecing to add white rectangles in the middles of 2 1/2″ wide strips. Tiny bit of row planning, to decide where the white spots would fall in the overall design. After joining the rows, tiny bit of trimming and volia, Block 3 is done.  It finishes up at 12 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ You can read more about my QuiltCon Block Challenge 1 here, Block 2 here, and the QuiltCon here. Tell a...

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QuiltCon Block Entry 2 – How To Make Stripes in Photoshop CS3

QuiltCon Block Entry 2 – How To Make Stripes in Photoshop CS3

on Jun 8, 2012 in Blog, sewing, tutorial, WMQG | 0 comments

The QuiltCon Block Challenge question “Do these fabrics read as the color(s) of the QuiltCon logo?” really set the wheels in motion for the inspiration for my 2nd Block Entry. Here’s the logo, taken from a screen shot: I decided to work in photoshop to really get a good idea of what I wanted to make.  I knew I wanted stripes and I wanted them in the order of the actual logo. Here’s what I did…. and if you ever want to make stripes from your favorite photo, this is one way to do it.  ((click on the images to see them larger – I’m using CS3 on my PC.)) First, with your inspiration photo open, go to the marquee selection tool and change the shape to “Single Row Marquee Tool” -horizontal-  You can change the tool shape by clicking and holding down the small black triangle in the corner of the tool. Next, place your cursor over the horizontal area you’d like to highlight.  Click once to create the single row marquee. With that row highlighted, go to Edit->Define Pattern. Name your pattern whatever you’d like to call it and click OK.  You can create lots of striped patterns from just one image, so name the patterns as specifically or vaguely as you wish. Open a new image, any size you like.  For this I used 8″ x 3″ at 72 dpi, which is roughly the size of the original logo. Select the Paintbucket tool from the tool bar.  Go to the top bar which allows you to change characteristics of your chosen tool.  For this, we want to change the fill type from “Foreground” to “Pattern”.  Then, in the small box next to the word pattern, click the arrow which will allow you to preview all the pattern choices.  Find the horizontal row you created and select that. Hold the paintbucket tool over the new blank image and click. If your horizontal row happened to be lower in the image, where the QuiltCon letters were “fatter” you would get “fatter” stripes: Wanna go really crazy and get totally distracted from the fact that this is supposed to be a sewing blog???  Make PLAID by: Make a new...

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QuiltCon Block Entry

QuiltCon Block Entry

on Jun 2, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, sewing, WMQG | 5 comments

  I recently finished up my block for the QuiltCon block entry.  I wanted to show you how I went about drafting my modern, organic block.  Keep in mind, one of the rules was that the block could not be appliqued.  Oh man, that would have been SOOOO much easier.  Instead, I created a paper pieced ring, and traditional “curve pieced” background and center. First up, I had to draft the design (above).  The block is 12 1/2″ x 17 1/2″.  I made register dot marks, as in dress making, so I would know where to line up my curves after the pieces were chopped apart. Next up I used basic paper piecing methods to sew little pieces of Bella Solids to this fabric donut.  It takes a bit of practice and lots of patience.  My block was drafted on freezer paper, so I couldn’t really iron as I went along.  The fabric would have been stuck to the waxy side of the paper, which I will ultimately want to remove easily.  I just pressed each seam carefully with my fingernail. This is the fabric I purchased from The Fat Quarter Shop, one of the QuiltCon sponsors who sells pre packaged QuiltCon fabric bundles. It dawned on me, that although I had the register marks, my block would be WAY more accurate if I just traced the entire template edge around the inner and outer shapes, for a stitching line. Since it was freezer paper, though, I could iron the large background templates to solid white fabric pieces and trace their edges quite easily. I must have been “in the zone” and forgot to snap pictures of ALL THE PINNING to get those drawn seam lines/curves to line up, when sewing the background fabrics to the paper pieced donut.   ((mmmmm…… donuts…..)) Using a drawn line as the stitching guide means not having to be as precise with the seam allowance.  This (above) is the big-ole-sloppy-joe seam allowance before I trimmed the block.  And the “after” pic is below.  –> Next up: A quick bath in Best Press. And then the finished block design, pucker free: And now, the big question, which is posed over on the QuiltCon Challenge info...

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QuiltCon Fabrics

QuiltCon Fabrics

on May 30, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, sewing, WMQG | 2 comments

I wanted to show you this great fabric bundle from The Fat Quarter Shop.  It is ALL the solids for the QuiltCon block challenge, from MODA.  I have the design already mapped out in my mind.  I just need to sit down and make it before Aug 15th.  Ooh, I hope it turns out well.  Sometimes things are much better in the imagination than in fabric.  We shall see. Tell a...

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Orange Sun Block

Orange Sun Block

on Feb 6, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, WMQG | 0 comments

I started out wanting to make one of those blocks with all the points.  I’m not sure if it’d be a Mariner’s Compass or New York Beauty type block.  Mostly, I knew I wanted the block to be radial with points.  Thanks to Adobe Illustrator, I was able to make my own paper template and generate a design. Sewing using the paper piecing method will yield some seriously accurate points, but after rotating that “outside” row, it looked WAY too intimidating for me. After printing off the design in panels and then taping it back together, I started work on the inner row of points.  I saved the inner circle shape to use as a template for an appliqued circle. You would not believe how quick I bailed out on those super sharp points! I made a reverse applique* circle on the white background and placed the orange pointy sun behind it.  The block is squared-up to 12 1/2″ and the star is off-center.  I thought off-center might be more fun and give a more modern look to the block. The border fabric is from ((gasp)) Hancock Fabrics.  It is a 2 1/2″ strip fabric collection left over from another project.  The oranges match great, although they look a bit red in the above picture.  AND the best part- I’m using up scraps & stash fabrics. I put this big big block, which is now about 20″ square, on my design wall.  We’ll see if I grow it much bigger or finish it off as a doll quilt.  Either way- I’ll have to do something if I want to have it finished in time to take to the Wichita Modern Quilt Guild’s February meeting.  *My reverse applique is done by machine, not by hand as show in the linked tutorial. Tell a...

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Tilly Block

Tilly Block

on Nov 8, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, classes, fabric stash, WMQG | 3 comments

With my small swatch of Daisy Janie’s Tilly, I wanted to make a block inspired by a workshop I attended, taught by Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie.  The coordinating fabrics are Kona Solids and the yellow is a Moda Bella Solid.  I don’t think any of these pieces are organic, like my little Tilly is. Since I had a small amount I had to get a plan that would spread out the print without using up the print too quickly.  I went with the wonky log cabin block and framed it in white fabric. (sorry I cut off that lower corner!) Now here’s something you probably didn’t see coming…. the whole little 12″ block is hand quilted.  I sat down during a bit of NCAA football on Saturday and thought- I haven’t hand quilting anything in about 3 years, lets see if I can still do it. The answer:  Not really.  I was never great at hand quilting and really, the stitches look more like “folk art” than skilled quilting.  Of course, I used a crazy thick needle punched polyester batting so that didn’t help at all.  My quilting motif was old school, too, just going 1/4″ inside each shape and echo quilting the main color blocked area.  But it was super fun to do and with a little binding, my Tilly block will be done.  The block will likely be living on my studio wall with other mini’s and swap quilts.  It will remind me: I either really really need to practice hand quilting OR move on.  =) So next up, brown binding.  And finitio!  Hooray for my little sample going as far as it did. Tell a...

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Star Wars

Star Wars

on Aug 24, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, WMQG | 3 comments

I’m happy to add a bit of geek to my quilt collection.  I made the PacMan quilt a while back, but alas it was for a swap.  This new quilt, I’m totally keeping. It will help me remember to not take myself too seriously. I was watching a quilting tv show and they were talking about a perfect kitchen quilt.  I never gave much thought to a quilt expressly designed for the kitchen.  ….but now the wheels were turning…. I had the perfect phrase for my goofy sense of humor.  And with the Word Play Quilts book, I had the perfect way to bring it all together.  Kinda like those Upper Case Living words- only better because the words are in FABRIC!  Are you ready for it? Some might say: “That is forking hilarious!” “Jen, you seriously need a forking life.” “Quit forking around and get back to work!” Um… yeh….  I love it.  It is hanging over our back sliding glass door in the dining room. It is totally improvisation pieced and measures 42″ x 15″.    The original concept (fork + phrase) came to me almost a year and a half ago, when I saw this massive fork at Peir 1 Imports.  It was $60.  That seemed a bit high for, well, a big fork.  I thought I might paint a fork, or have my daughter paint a fork on the wall- then I thought about ordering custom wall decal… well, on and on, it finally came together in fabric.  Fabric solves all home dec quandaries.  Oh yeh, this is soooooo home dec. It is made from scrap fabrics from my stash + kona white.  I ended up quilting it with jagged little free-motion lines all over, rather than a nice planned out quilting motif.  I quilted it on my home machine, since it is relatively small. So dare I even ask the question- Do you guys have any kitchen quilts? Tell a...

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Nametags

Nametags

on Aug 21, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, wichita kansas, WMQG | 1 comment

I have been sewing like a crazy person all summer long, when I haven’t been sitting in the car.  And, when I was in the car I was writing and in one case, giving an interview to Pat Sloan (from I-40!).  Anywhoo-  I’ll be able to tell you all about those sewing projects, shortly. For now though, I took a little time for myself to make a new guild name tag.  My other tags needed a bit of an update. This will make 3 total tags that say “JEN” all carried in my purse.  Um… in case of a nametag emergency???  Maybe I’ll have enough one day to sew them all together and make a big JEN quilt.  (Hum… that would be a pretty weird quilt, I think.)  I should throw in one or two JAN’s since people call me that all the time.  I digress… So here’s what I did: I wanted to make some wonky improv pieced name tags for my mom and myself.  I signed up to be on a Quilt Room Tours deal put on by the Prairie Quilt Guild and we need to have name tags for the event. In the picture, my name tag is quilted using a straight lines, about 3/8″ apart and then finished with a satin stitch (real close zig zag, like in the Drink Coaster Tutorial) to finish the edges.  Since these are name tags, they are kinda small.  I had to use a 1/8″ seam allowance and sew pretty slow to make sure everything turned out.  The KArEN tag, for my mom, is about 8″ x 3″.   And of course, used the Word Play Quilts for guidance.  {{LOVE that book!}} Tell a...

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