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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 | 37 comments

I need a BEACH BAG! 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. Tell a...

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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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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 + applique. Tell a...

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Moda Bake Shop CHEF

Moda Bake Shop CHEF

on Feb 25, 2011 in accessories, Accessories Gallery, Blog, Free Tutorials and Videos, sewing, tutorial | 1 comment

I hope you are liking the look of the new blog and website.  I know I’m loving having everything all in one place.  {finally!!} I have some exciting news.  I had a project accepted into the Moda Bake Shop! This will be my first ever recipe.  The project is a wine/gift bag set made from a charm pack.  One charm pack has enough pieces to make 4 coordinated bags.  (Yes, I know there are only 3 pictured.)  You’ll have to click the image to be magically transported to Moda Bake Shop land. Tell a...

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Adjustable Apron Pattern

Adjustable Apron Pattern

on Jan 26, 2011 in Accessories Gallery, Accessories Patterns, e-Pattern, Featured, Gallery, Patterns | 0 comments

Jen Eskridge and Karen Morello teamed up to make the “Adjustable Aprons” pattern.  This is a fun project for anyone.  Make an adjustable apron for yourself and for your little kitchen helper!  The pattern includes an Adult size and a Child size.  As a bonus you also get directions for an EASY French Seam technique. This title is available as an e-Pattern! Tell a...

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Quilter’s World Article

Quilter’s World Article

on Aug 31, 2010 in Accessories Gallery, business, Gallery, pattern, recycle, sewing | 6 comments

Oh my goodness. I’m pingin’ off the walls! I submitted a Circle Purse design, which you have seen on the blog sometime a while back, to Quilter’s World Magazine. I made a few adjustments and changes to the original clutch design and now that beautiful little bag is IN Quilter’s World, October 2010- for the first-ever In The Bag feature for the magazine. I bought my copy at the local quilt shop already, but I think its officially on the shelves Sept 1st. I mentioned it during the birthday give-away, since I knew it’d be in the October issue- but its never really REAL until the paper is in your hands. Oh man, paper copy of Quilter’s World! a.w.e.s.o.m.e. Now here’s a bit that was a total surprise to me, though- ReannaLily Designs blog was mentioned in the Editor’s Web Connections “what I’m reading” section! Super exciting. I’m listed right above True-Up. TRUE-UP PEOPLE! I should get a web cam picture of myself, so I can tell the E.R. this is what I looked like right before I exploded. =) You’ll have to go pick up a copy and make your own purse, recycling a vinyl record and possibly an orphan block or strip-pieced block (pictured). The article for the purse has plenty of diagrams and has the purse photographed from a couple different angles, so you know you’re on-track while you are stitching. Goodness. I think I should go out for cake to celebrate! *Fabrics in this project are by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Tell a...

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Scene in Person

Scene in Person

on Nov 8, 2009 in Accessories Gallery, business, Gallery, pattern | 3 comments

Everyone knows that many things are better when seen in person than they are in pictures… um except maybe poisonous snakes, or sharks or volcanoes. …come to think of it, I really don’t like pictures of snakes all that much… anywhoo… International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene arrived at my house this week. Of course, we just moved, so my mail has been forwarded. I think most of the other contributors to the magazine received their copies a short bit ago. I’ve seen a few posts on a few blogs related to “LOOK! I just got my copy” and – Thank goodness the mail forwarding actually worked out fine. – I too have MY copy. My two little projects, a table runner and napkin rings, received 4 PAGES in the magazine. I’m so thrilled. Here’s how the process went down: When I first submitted my project idea (napkin rings) via email, I was hopeful. Time passed and I thought- they’ll probably pass on it. Then, after about 3 months, I receive an email saying they liked the napkin rings and would like to make a 1/2 page article on them. WOWSA! The brainstorming started and the ideas kept coming and after talking with the editor, I submitted the table runner as a companion to my napkin rings. I drafted up the design for the table runner, scanned it, made it pretty in Photoshop and Illustrator, and the editor approved it. (The image below is the computer generated design file of the table runner, which I submitted via email.) One thing- the REAL table runner had to be submitted within about 1 week of the approval of the electronic design. {That is not the norm at all, its just how it happened to work out this time.} Not a problem…. OH- EXCEPT YES, the town I lived in (at the time) didn’t have a great fabric shop, didn’t carry Anna Maria Horner’s Chocolate Lollipop OR the enormous rick-rack AND we were heading out on summer vacation that week. It actually worked out beautifully. I was able to pick up the supplies at cities along the way to my family’s house and while on our summer vacation, I was able to sew...

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Fat Quarter Drawstring Backpack

Fat Quarter Drawstring Backpack

on Oct 22, 2009 in accessories, Accessories Gallery, Gallery, sewing, tutorial | 11 comments

Its tutorial time again around the ReannaLily Designs blog- DRAWSTRING BACKPACK. This backpack has finished seams (without using a serger) and is perfect for that fat quarter of fabric that you just HAD to have, but don’t want to cut into little pieces. For this project you will need: one quilter’s fat quarter (rectangle of fabric measuring 18″ x 22″) 52″ of ribbon, 1 inch wide. {sized for a kiddo} And you’ll also need regular sewing items like rotary cutting tools scissors, thread, sewing machine, Seamingly Accurate seam guide iron, ironing board jumbo safety pin AND- for this project I used the rolled hem presser foot attachment Fat quarters are usually sold folded in some fancy merchandising fashion. You’ll need to open the fabric up and press it. Next up, and this one might surprise you- You will want to trim the edges of the fabric, with your rotary cutter, to remove the selvage and to ensure that the fabric has 90 degree angles on all corners. I bet you thought fat quarters come to your home all squared up and fabulous… they don’t. Next you will need to switch the sewing machine presser foot from the regular open zig zag foot, to the rolled hem foot. Your sewing machine manual will let you know exactly which one it is. Now, using one of the 18″ sides of the fabric, with the right side facing down, feed about 1/4″ of the fabric edge into the “curly” part of the rolled hem presser foot. {This will make sense as you are doing it. You might want to practice a time or two on scrap fabrics.} OH- here, I just found this rolled hem video for you. The fabric will catch on the sewing machine feed dogs and guide the fabric through the presser foot giving you a fabulous finished edge. NOTE: If you do not want to do the rolled hem or do not have the presser foot, you can either fold the edge 1/4″ twice and stitch a narrow hem or simply zigzag over the raw edge. I do recommend you try the rolled hem, if you have the foot. Here’s what it looks like from the right side...

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Vintage Sheets

Vintage Sheets

on Feb 4, 2009 in accessories, Accessories Gallery, fabric stash, fashion, Gallery, sewing | 3 comments

Oh man- I do love some vintage sheets. Imagine how thrilled I was to find this little baby (below) at the thrift store last week. The coolest thing about the “recycle” of these sheets is that someone had already made it into a hand-hemmed round table cloth. I took the table cloth, found the straight of grain, folded it, and went to work. I’m making a gaucho-esque, split-skirt-type pant for my girl who loves to climb trees. She’s a little girl-y, so she does still like dress-up, but she has also informed me that skirts gravely interfere with her monkey bars and tree climbing. Well- form should follow function, right?? Seeings how that was my inspiration, I thought it would only be fair to get her to climb a tree for the photo. Talk about easy requests! Speaking of function and form- I had to make a matching headband for this kiddo. Hopefully this will keep her hair looking a bit nicer after she bolts out of the house in the mornings. You know what else is cool about vintage sheets- they aren’t going to color fade. I mean, if we’re already on year 20 for this textile… its about as faded as its going to be. The next 1-2 years of washing is not going to be a deal breaker. I did get two pillow cases and another sheet that day at the thrift store. Stay tuned. ~jen~ Tell a...

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