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Quilt Pattern Round-Up by ReannaLily Designs

Quilt Pattern Round-Up by ReannaLily Designs

on Jun 3, 2017 in Blog, Featured, tutorial | 0 comments

Don’t wait ’til Christmas to dive into those holiday quilt gifts! Here’s a collection of easy quilt projects to sew while you are relaxing this summer. No need to rush through them in November and hope your longarm quilter has time to finish by Dec 24th. Start stitching on these babies now. Each of the patterns featured here are free tutorials offered by ReannaLily Designs. No-Waste Flying Geese featuring Layer Cakes This quilt makes up quite quickly using 10″ precut squares (Layer Cakes) or you can use yardage. Both types of fabric requirements are included in the free quilt tutorial. Huge Plus and Cross Quilt The X and Plus block is a popular, easy block to make. For my spin on this classic design, I enlarged the block and share how to “assembly-line” piece each block. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can create a large quilt top. Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial Skip the ruler and the measuring! This wonky star quilt is shown in Red, White and Blue, but would look fantastic in any color combination. Make it with assorted fat quarters for a scrap-quilt look. This is also an excellent design to use up your fabric stash as the blocks required are only 5″ square. Giant Fat Quarter Flying Geese Use 28 Fat Quarters to stitch large traditional Flying Geese blocks. Only 55 blocks are needed to make this Queen Size design. Plus Baby Quilt The Plus Baby quilt includes a printable worksheet for you to use to plan your design. No more running back and forth to the design wall/kitchen table to see what colors come next, simply follow the cutting chart, pin fabrics to the worksheet, and sew. This is a great fat quarter project! Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt featuring Layer Cakes Disappearing 9-Patch blocks are fun! What would make them better? Make them BIGGER! Yep, this quilt is made using 10″ precut squares and background yardage. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this particular tutorial to see the quilt in a couple different color combinations. Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial This quilt tutorial is easily the most popular one on ReannaLily Designs website. Use 2-1/2″ precut strips (Jelly Roll) to create...

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Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares

Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares

on May 13, 2017 in Blog, business, fabric stash, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, tutorial | 0 comments

It feels like a Disappearing 9-Patch -a-palooza over  here lately. Using the free pattern to feature 10″ square precuts (layer cakes), I whipped up this queen size quilt (75″ x 90″) in a weekend. It really is that easy. The pattern calls for: 1 Layer Cake (40 pieces of precut 10″ squares) 2-1/3 yard white/background fabric Ok. I have those supplies. Er, but wait. No. I didn’t have them. Instead I used a 10″ square ruler to basically cut my own 40 squares from assorted blue and red fabrics. Here’s how that math breaks out: 1/3 yard of FIVE different reds 1/3 yard of FIVE different blues Cut the pieces down to 10″ x width of fabric. (If you are buying fabric for this project, I’d go with 1/3 yard, just to be sure you have a bit of wiggle room if the cuts aren’t square. And, if they are square- voila! You’ll have 3″ leftover to make matching binding for your quilt.) From each 10″ wide piece, cut four 10″ x 10″ squares, which will yield 20 reds and 20 blues. Easy, right? We needed a total of 40 so that is right on pace. Cut the background fabric as described in the original pattern and follow the original directions from here on out. I’m so glad to have cut into some of my fabric stash to create this quilt. I will definitely be doing this again. In fact, any scraps that happen to meet the 10″ x 10″ requirement might go into their own special “Future Disappearing 9-patch Ziploc.” That is the official organizational method I use: Ziploc. Fancy, right? Using my HandiQuilter Avante 18, I stitched meandered stars all over the design. When its washed, it will have some great shrinkle! Do you know shrinkle? When the quilt shrinks a tiny bit in the was and comes out all crinkley = shrinkle. I hope you give the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes pattern a try. It is every bit as easy as the popular Disappearing 9-patch patterns all over Pinterest. The only difference is you sew a bit less and are done a bit faster. It is excellent for a quick gift! If you are looking for...

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Platinum Garden: Satin Wholecloth Quilt

Platinum Garden: Satin Wholecloth Quilt

on Mar 28, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting | 6 comments

I’m crazy for this platinum satin whole cloth quilt! It is named Platinum Garden and started out as a wild experiment. A 60″ x 60″ quilting adventure! What I wanted was one of those amazing silk wholecloth quilts with the puffy and fantastic wool battings. Upon further inspection – YIKES – silk is almost $30/yard and wool batting isn’t for the faint of heart. (I couldn’t commit at those prices.) Since this was to be a test, I went with polyester, “platinum” color satin charmeuse and high-loft polyester batting. To top it off, I actually used a bed sheet (50/50% poly cotton) from Walmart as the backing! Pretty crazy, right? As you may know, I’m enjoying a quilting series of whole cloth quilts, like the one in this wholecloth post and this wholecloth post.  As described in those previous adventures, I start with a linear quadrant design like this one: Print the quadrant once, tape it together, and trace it onto the wholecloth four times, or simply print it four times. I opted to just print the full-size quadrant once. Note: This quadrant design is not available for free full-size download. If you’d like to download a quadrant and give it a try, please visit these two posts: wholecloth post and wholecloth post. Since I was using slippery & shifty satin, I decided to use dressmaker’s carbon tracing papers to transfer the design to the quilt’s surface. Of course, I started in right away on the quilting. Some feathers here. Some lines there. A few wishbones in the corners. Then I realized this quilt was WAY too big and to slippery to roll back and forth to work in a symmetrical quilting fashion. Instead, I decided to draw directly on my printed quadrant to serve as a road map for what I was going to quilt when I needed to replicate the top half of the quilt, on the bottom half. I pinned it above my quilt frame as a reference. (I’m going to have lots of holes to patch on that wall if we ever move!) As I would stitch an area, I’d run over to the quadrant and doodle out what I just did. I don’t want you to think...

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Grumpy Cat Quilt

Grumpy Cat Quilt

on Dec 20, 2016 in Blog, Featured, quilt, quilting, SAMQG | 4 comments

Grumpy Cat Quilt Yes, you read that right. It is a Grumpy Cat Quilt. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild has a Pop Culture Sewing Bee: everything from Pusheen to Zelda, from Comic-Con to Memes and more! I chose Grumpy Cat as my project for the December meeting. I do not have a pattern for the Gato Gru??n, but here’s how I made him: First, you’ll need an image. I did a google search for “Grumpy Cat Cartoon” thinking the colors and shapes would already be broken down into easy, usable areas. That worked. Save the image Using software, scale the image to the size you want. (I assume you could do this in MS Office/Word, but I used Illustrator.) Print the image using the “tile large pages” or “poster” option. My finished piece is about 18″ x 24″. Tape the image back together. You might find it helpful to outline the shape edges with sharpie. I tried, but the sharpie I was using was on its way out. I taped it to a window (to act as a light board) and traced the outlines of the shapes onto Heat’n Bond fusible web. Label the pieces before you cut them out! If you are making a portrait or image using this method, be advised that the final image will be “flipped” from what you printed. (You can flip the image on the computer before you print, if it isn’t symmetrical – like letters or recognizable places.) Cut out the wacky little heat’n bond shapes and fuse them to the wrong-side of your project fabrics. Now arrange the shapes, using the original printed image as a guide. I worked in little sections. If I had something in the wrong place, I wouldn’t screw up the whole project with one press. Right-side of the Grumpy Cat face Left-side of Grumpy Cat face Nose/Mouth Left ear Right ear Tail and body shadows LAST- eyes. I was nervous about really messing those up. As Melissa Averinos says, the eyes are the most important part of the portrait. Hey, are those cheese-y pigs in a blanket on my plate in the lower right corner (above)? Why, yes they are! You cannot have a sewing...

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The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge

The Quilted Clamshell by Jen Eskridge

on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog, book, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery | 2 comments

Introducing The Quilted Clamshell! I’m so happy to finally share news about my fourth book, The Quilted Clamshell! The Quilted Clamshell is a collection of over 70 quilting designs to fit into the class clamshell shape. This reference book is a guide to developing your own unique designs using three simple variables. Sketch, plan, and quilt with confidence! The book is a method to develop quilting designs. As a longarm quilter, time is invested in researching perfect designs to compliment customer quilts. In that research, I noticed there seemed to be a gap in designs where the clamshell was concerned. I doodled and drew as research for my own Glam Clam project. After some time, I noticed I approached the design process in the same manner: manipulating three variables. The Quilted Clamshell was born. Unlike my other books, The Quilted Clamshell is entirely self-published. The book is available through Amazon and as an ebook through ReannaLily Designs shop. Self-publishing is quite an adventure in and of itself. (That will be a blog post for another time!) Watch how easy it is to create unique clamshell designs in this video collection: The Quilted Clamshell on Youtube. See the process for creating quilted clamshells using a domestic home sewing machine. It is a piece of cake! See how I quilted the clamshell designs in one continuous quilting line by following the path outlined in this blog tutorial. For more ideas and info from Jen and ReannaLily Designs: Make sure to LIKE ReannaLily Designs on Facebook to see quilting videos demonstrated from the book. Paperback: 50 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 26, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 1534940278 ISBN-13: 978-1534940277 CreateSpace Title ID: 6378841 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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Stitches Be Crazy T-Shirt

Stitches Be Crazy T-Shirt

on Oct 4, 2014 in Blog, fashion, Featured | 0 comments

Stitches Be Crazy! Are you laughing? You NEED this shirt. Stitches Be Crazy is a fun novelty shirt from ReannaLily Designs. Buy it in the Shop. Currently, the shirt is only offered in Dark Heather Grey with white print. The quality shirts are by?. Available in size Large and Extra Large. Please specify your size when you check out. (I’m having a web hiccup/operator error with setting the size right here on the page. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.) – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Enjoy the introductory sale price through October 12, 2014 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Join the fun online, too, by re-posting THIS picture to your social media account. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will all be compiled to choose one lucky winner at random from the #ReannaLilyDesignsShirt hashtag search. Winner will be chosen Sunday, October 12, 2014; 5pm Central Time. (USA) Tell a...

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Monster Madness Quilt Pattern

Monster Madness Quilt Pattern

on May 13, 2014 in Blog, Featured, pattern | 0 comments

Purchase Here The Newest Pattern! Monster Madness Quilt Pattern Monster Madness is fun and whimsical and a GREAT beginner project. Get the kids involved and give quilting a try with this super scary MONSTER quilt. This quilt pattern includes directions and fabric requirements for 3 different size quilts. Baby: 36″ x 36″ Crib: 36″ x 48″ Twin: 72″ x 96″ This is a super fast pattern to make and an excellent first project. The whimsical nature of the design is great for kids. They can help design monsters and learn about sewing and quilting. All templates included. If you purchase the digital download rest assured NO PDF taping is required. Templates print in 100% size on one sheet of paper. The pattern includes 6 Free Motion Quilting design ideas are included. The quilt is small enough and quick enough for you to dive on in and give Free Motion Quilting a try on your home sewing machine. Tell a...

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Hexagons Made Easy

Hexagons Made Easy

on May 13, 2014 in Blog, book, Featured, Hexagons Made Easy | 0 comments

Purchase Here   I can finally reveal something I’ve been working on for the past year. Hexagons Made Easy This is my newest book, releasing with Martingale Press. (!!!!!!) It is full of tips and techniques to make truly hexcellent projects. From Martingale: Create stunning hexagon quilts and so much more–without Y-seams or hand sewing. Sound impossible? Expert quilter Jen Eskridge makes it easy with a quick facing technique, a great alternative to English paper piecing. Learn to use hexagons two ways: appliqu?d onto a background or stitched together without a background for a two-sided quilt. Select from 15 clever projects in a huge variety of sizes, from large quilts to pillows, wall hangings, table runners, pot holders, and more Stitch hexagons easily and accurately by machine; learn a handy way to make hexagons of any size Find patterns for 18 different 15″ x 15″ blocks that showcase hexagons, plus numerous motifs for quilting the designs WANT THE BOOK AND A QUILT KIT FOR THE WALL HANGING ON PAGE 42??? BUY IT HERE FROM REANNALILY DESIGNS. (Buy the book, buy the kit OR buy the book AND kit.) In the next few weeks, I’ll show you more projects from the book and tell you how they came into being. It was a huge joy to work on such a straight-forward technique based book to yield such interesting contemporary results. See a more in-depth review of the book by following this link to Jen’s blog post coverage of title. Shops- This book is also available at United Notions. All books ordered directly from ReannaLily Designs will be signed by Jen Eskridge. Thanks so much for your support! Shipping is $2.95 for standard USPS mail. International orders will be contacted via email for shipping adjustments. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out these reviews: Easy Quilts by Fons and Porter Fall 2013: Australian Homespun July 2013:   Tell a...

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Free Beach Bag Pattern

Free Beach Bag Pattern

on May 1, 2011 in accessories, Accessories Gallery, Blog, Featured, Gallery, pattern, quilting, sewing, tutorial | 41 comments

Free Beach Bag Pattern Summer is coming up and I need a large bag to hold the towels, flip flops, sun screen, $2.00 (for 4 snow cones) and swim trunks- oh and dive rings since the kids can swim well this year. I need a BEACH BAG! … and I thought you might too! {{Download the PDF here.}} I have drafted a fun BEACH BAG pattern for you! It is a quilted bag and is completely finished on the inside. The bag has two large pockets on each end and is super soft and machine wash/dry-able. The pattern includes a full size template for the curved bag ends and can be made from pre-quilted fabric or fabric which you’ve quilted yourself. I opted to make my own quilted fabric using some Prints Charming, for Free Spirit, pieces I have. And I used up my last bit of pink cotton webbing for the handles. (I had to write that because I know me, and in a month or so I’ll be going crazy looking for that pink cotton webbing that I swear I still have.) Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your seam allowance is always accurate. If you want to try machine quilting on a smaller scale, the bag sides and body, this is a good project for you to really try out the machine quilting. I quilted feathers, but you could certainly quilt whatever design you like- from easy meandering or straight line stitches to intricate design details to really compliment the fabrics you’ve chosen. One other thing- if you have UFO pieces or UFO/orphan blocks, those would make a GREAT bag body! The rectangle used to make the body is 38″ x 20″. {{Download the PDF here.}} If you can bind a quilt, you can make this bag! Give it a try. Hum… incidentally, if you follow the blog, you know I’m based in Kansas…….. Looks like I also need a BEACH! {{Download the PDF here.}} NOTE:? This free pattern was originally going to be a blog tutorial, but I decided to make it a downloadable pdf instead. This pattern has all photographs where you’d normally see construction diagrams.   Sign up to receive...

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Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide

Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide

on Jan 31, 2011 in Featured, Notions |

Purchase Here Tired of having inaccurate seams? Is your sewing machine covered in masking tape for your wider hemming and sewing needs? Wish you had a REAL guide beyond the metal throat plate? Do you have a metric machine and need an “inches” guide for your new patterns? Seamingly Accurate? is a new product allowing you to sew hems, apply trims, quickly make half-square-triangles and more without permanently altering your sewing machine! This product has been designed by me, owner and founder of ReannaLily Designs. I found, in my commissioned sewing endeavors, that I really needed more sewing guide lines. It occurred to me, that you might also. Seamingly Accurate? has been an editor’s pick for “Best Half Square Triangle” method in a few different magazines. And the guide was even offered as a sweepstakes prize for Vogue Pattern Magazine. Click the magazines to read more about the article. How To Install the Seamingly Accurate? Seam Guide 1. Peel off the backing of Seamingly Accurate? to expose the repositionable adhesive. 2. Apply Seamingly Accurate? to your sewing machine over and around the throat plate, lining up the black “needle line” of Seamingly Accurate? with your needle as shown. Use any straight lines on your machine such as the edge of the throat plate to help you line up your Seamingly Accurate? straight on your machine. Use a ruler to help you. Remember that you can remove and reposition it many times if needed. If you have an accessory case that opens or a removable table, or free-arm bed, make a cut in the Seamingly Accurate? so you can open your accessory case or remove your arm or table without removing Seamingly Accurate?. You can position Seamingly Accurate? any way you like. 3. Using a craft knife, cut around your metal throat plate and bob-bin case. Remove this piece of paper, or you can mark where you want to cut with a pencil, remove Seamingly Accurate? from your machine, cut with scissors, and reposition Seamingly Accurate? on the machine. If you have an accessory case that opens or a removable table, or free-arm bed, make a cut in the Seamingly Accurate? so you can open your accessory case or remove...

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The Adjustable Apron

The Adjustable Apron

on Mar 16, 2009 in business, classes, Featured, pattern, sale, website | 1 comment

I offered a class for the Adjustable Apron (#RD2015) last month and used my own pattern to teach the ladies the techniques for making this functional little kitchen accessory. This pattern uses French seams, a fabric turning tool and casings to achieve a very finished apron. The pattern also gives you designer leeway to add/omit the contrasting band and to add trims where they will look the best for your design and fabric combinations. Well, after a bit of drafting and testing and retesting- I’m happy to announce that the Adjustable Apron pattern has an ADULT size and a CHILD size…. and you might have guessed it- It’s available in my shop. {It was previously only available to students in the class.} Now lets talk about making a pattern. My mom had made a couple aprons for my own children about 6 years ago. She says the design is just more functional than having a strap around the neck and separate straps for the ties. So with her permission, I asked if I could draft my own measurements for her concept and author up the pattern. She agreed. I’ve been selling the finished Adjustable Apron on Etsy for … um … about a year or so now. I have a few aprons currently in the shop. Those are all adult sized, though can fit elementary school age students, as well. I needed to draft and test the additional child size apron measurements. Thankfully, I have a little test model here in the house. The child size is designed for 2T to 4T. I was debating what kind of cover image I’d use on the apron pattern. The cover image is very important because no one buys a pattern thinking the text is going to be flashy and fabulous. They buy patterns based on the picture on the cover. So I’m thinking: Should I have someone wearing it? Should I have them in a kitchen? Should I have them holding a bowl or wisk? Outside natural light is better, maybe I should have someone grilling in the apron… On and on, I did take this funny Kitchen Model Action photo- but, in the end, I opted for dress forms +...

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