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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...

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Quilt Label DVD Vol 2

Quilt Label DVD Vol 2

on Apr 2, 2012 in Blog, Gallery, quilt, Sketched and Painted Gallery | 0 comments

I’m thrilled to be included in the Quilt Label CD Vol 2 with C&T Publishing! The CD releases in July 2012, and can be pre-ordered soon on the C&T Publishing website. The Quilt Label CD Vol 1 is currently listed on the site. The CD is a collection of many quilt artists and designers. I was very fortunate to have 14 of my images included in Vol 2. In the close-up picture above, I used the original artwork to manipulate the colors in Photoshop and print the design in color onto the fabric. I added a hand stitched backstitch around portions of the shapes and then added the hot-fix glass stones. Sure, they *could* be crystals…. but my price point was down in the “cut glass” category. They still look pretty cool though. (Totally inspired to use those shiney-ies after seeing McLisa’s award-winning quilt,...

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Sketched Shoes

Sketched Shoes

on Mar 5, 2012 in accessories, Blog, Gallery, Sketched and Painted Gallery, sketches | 1 comment

And continuing on my sewing break- Sketched SHOES. The first shoe, Valentino Lace Heel, was a google image search. The other two shoes are by Poetic Licence. When shopping in Wichita’s Old Town (at Lucinda’s) they had LOTS of Poetic Licence pieces. I snapped a few pics with my phone and came home to draw them. (quick snapped pictures make for some bizarre perspective- I think I should stick to drawing the nice catalog pics from the internet.) I later looked up Poetic Licence online. …. man, I need those shoes. The sketches were done with an ebony pencil on paper… and then snapped poorly by an iPhone camera so I could have a little jpg action to share with...

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Sketched Animals

Sketched Animals

on Mar 4, 2012 in Blog, Gallery, Sketched and Painted Gallery, sketches | 3 comments

While my website was on a break, I decided to take a short sewing break to sketch. Animals, first. I found images using google search and sketched them in my sketch book. It is so relaxing. Even if an eye is crooked, or the feet are twisted, it is just fun to draw. Thousands of elementary school kids couldn’t be wrong- just sayin. These sketches were done with an Ebony pencil and...

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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...

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Going to Des Moines

Going to Des Moines

on Jul 19, 2011 in Blog, contests, quilt, quilting, Quilts Gallery | 1 comment

My Son is going to Des Moines!? Well, not my SON-son, but the quilt, named My Son will be IN the AQS Des Moines show this September. I just received the letter last week, while on vacation!!! And a big thanks to fellow Des Moines semi-finalist, Lisa, for giving me the heads up. Lisa is also one of the designers in the Rockin Robin Quilt Along. For the submission, we could only send one full image and one detailed image…. however, the photo above is the image I printed off as the “CD jacket” which held the CD with the 2 digital images. I thought that was pretty smart. I doubt it was the deal breaker, but either way, the preliminary judges liked My Son enough to include him in the show. Hooray Hooray! And another big shout out to Joann who has shown in Houston before (WOWSA!) and helped me with the decisions regarding the machine quilting motifs. I’m not sure, yet, if I’ll get to attend the Des Moines show, but if you go, can you keep an eye on My Son for...

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Deploy That Fabric

Deploy That Fabric

on Jul 12, 2011 in accessories, Blog, book, Books, pattern, recycle, Recycled Military Uniform Designs Gallery, Recycled Military Uniform Patterns, sewing | 0 comments

“Show your pride in our troops every day! All members of the Armed Forces have to buy multiple uniforms, some of which become decommissioned. Learn how to recycle these uniforms and blend in some cheerful, contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. Even if you don’t have a service member in your life, you can make these cool projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms purchased from surplus stores.”? –C&T Publishing   SALE PRICED!! $12.00 That’s it! The book you’ve been waiting for, the first one of its kind, is HERE and available though the ReannaLily Designs shop! All books purchased in the shop, right here, will arrived signed by Jen Eskridge. In fact, if you’d like a personal inscription, please note that in your order and Jen will sign your copy to whomever you like. The title features 23 sewing projects for your lifestyle. Each project re-purposes a military uniform in to a fun hip sewn creation. Whether it is for the home, for the baby, for a deployment or for yourself, be proud to carry and use the uniform. Want a copy of the book in eBook Format? Check out these popular outlets: iTunes Amazon Google Play...

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Quilt Label DVD Vol 1 from CT Publishing

Quilt Label DVD Vol 1 from CT Publishing

on Jun 13, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, business, Sketched and Painted Gallery, sketches | 0 comments

Did you see the fun Quilt Labels DVD released with C&T Publishing. It is on their blog today. You’ll have to check out their post- you might just win a prize! When you take these digital, printable images and couple it with their Transfer Artist Paper- it makes for a super fast, accurate, durable quilt label. I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. Wait ’til you see all the -over 150- fun designs in the collection. Hopefully I’ll be able to give one away here, on the blog really soon. If you don’t already subscribe, add http://reannalilydesigns.com/blog to your blog reader of choice-? so you don’t miss a thing. And soon soon, this little baby will be in my online shop. This is one of my samples- printed directly onto fabric, hand written, then accented with Crayola Fabric Permanent markers. The flower in this particular label is straight out of my sketchbook…. um… that then went onto canvas and currently lives in my studio, right by my light switch. The canvas has quite a different feel than the label, right?? I love them both. I thought you guys might want to see that. Oooh and in the quilt label DVD, there’s a pair of sketched combat boots and a a silhouette of a military man in uniform- for all your Deploy That Fabric quilts. Thanks for checking it out! I hope you win the give away at C&T Publishing’s...

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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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Military Monster Custom Order FINISHED

Military Monster Custom Order FINISHED

on Apr 7, 2011 in accessories, Accessories Gallery, Blog, book, business, military monster, pattern, sewing | 3 comments

This bag turned out EXCELLENT if I do say so myself. This is the first Military Monster bag I’ve made with a flight suit. Super fun to work with, should you be considering re-purposing a flight suit. Incidentally, if you are loving this bag and the design, it will be one of the 23 patterns in the new book- Deploy That Fabric. You’ll have to go pre-order your copy today! And of course, later this summer, I will be carrying the title in my shop as well. Subscribe to the blog to be sure you don’t miss it! I managed to cut the uniform in such a way that I would have the original name/rank Veclro in place above the chest pockets (just as it is when it’s worn) and then have a large leg pocket at the center of the design. That gives the front of this bag 3 extra pockets, in addition to that big drop in pocket at the center. On the back of the bag I used a a pocket from the sleeve, the knife pocket from the leg and part of the back waist. All of these added another 2 pockets to the original design. (Love this picture!)? I’m pretty proud that I was able to use “cut to length” zipper tape for the top closure of the bag. By doing that I was able to add two zipper pulls instead of just the standard one. And, well, you know those pulls needed some ribbon, to match the bag handles. Just wanted to show the 6 drop in pockets inside there. And those pockets are about 7″ x 7″. This bag can hold the world! I had one for myself and carried it for about a year- I even used it as my carry-on for an overseas flight. Yeh, it’s THAT big. This one will be used a diaper bag. I like to include a zippered pocket on the inside of most my bags. Its a the secret stuff pocket that sometimes mom’s need…. since sometimes the kids like to get into the bags and look around for cheerios and juice cups. So that’s it. 14 pockets of diaper-bag-flight-suit glory. I hope my client...

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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...

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Quilter’s World April- All Round Tote

Quilter’s World April- All Round Tote

on Mar 29, 2011 in accessories, Accessories Gallery, Blog, blogging others, Gallery | 0 comments

It’s here!? It’s here! The April Issue of Quilter’s World is in my hot little hands! My All Round Tote is the featured bag for their In The Bag section of the magazine. I’m just thrilled. I love how the photos are always better than any photo I could ever dream up- ever. And even more exciting- I’m in the magazine with some GREAT company! Jacquie from Tall Grass Prairie and Jan of Daisy Janie. I really enjoy both of their work. The bag features Fandango fabric by Kate Spain & an Army ACU. Of course, the directions include yardage, should you want to make the bag completely out of quality quilter’s cottons sans recycled military uniform. If you don’t already have your copy, run out right now and buy one. The whole magazine, this month, is a fun mix of modern + traditional and pieced +...

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