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Finished Scrappy Dresden Quilt

Finished Scrappy Dresden Quilt

on Apr 2, 2015 in Blog, charity | 2 comments

If you have been following along on the blog, you’ll know that I was working on a group quilt project to send to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction. Well, what I couldn’t share on the blog was the PLOT TWIST: The group project actually was to make two quilts. Three friends and two moms made a total of 40 blocks. (That would be only 8 blocks per person.) ONE quilt will be donated to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction and the second, identical quilt, will be given to my friend who lost her mother to cancer in December. I prewashed both quilts so they would have nice shrinkle all over them. You know shrinkle, right? Crinkle and Shrink? It is a fabulous combo-word. I love quilt shrinkle so much. Hopefully, my friend will enjoy the shrinkle, too. I thought you might like to see the tricky ways we were trying to fit two big bed-size quilts into one photo on a windy day… Still good. Let’s try to just straighten it out a bit more… Not always an easy task to grab a quilt picture, but it worked...

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Scrappy Dresden Quilt Top

Scrappy Dresden Quilt Top

on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog, charity, quilt | 2 comments

Scrappy?Dresden Quilt Blocks, measuring 18″ square, arrived at my house. Hooray Hooray! There are 5 groups of blocks. It turns out, the 4 other?quilters?made their “scrappy” blocks with layer cakes. They look great! My blocks are every fabric from every place, so…. um… it appears I sew to the beat of my own drummer. Le’Sigh. BUT scrappy is scrappy. My mom came over and while we were sitting on the couch I said something along the lines of “Hey, lets go stitch those blocks together. It will be fast: only 4 columns of 5 rows.” Let the piecing begin! She used the sewing machine and I set up the serger. Man, that serger is so fast! I love it. Funny side story, that serger right there was a newlywed Christmas gift in 1996. That is REALLY the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks, hubbs! This is what the table really looks like. Huge cutting mat covers the whole table surface. Stuff is shoved to one side. Piles are stacked on top of each other. Thimble guy, on the shelf, is always freakin-the-hell-out. (Thanks, DAWN!) Test projects are waiting for a purpose. Scissors are everywhere. It is mayhem. The super Scrappy Dresden quilt pieced together quite quickly and very nicely. We kept order, so the matching layer cake blocks would make a diagonal line in the quilt. See it? This quilt is so great. Each time you look at it, you see a different fabric. Now, to get this baby quilted & bound and on to MD Anderson’s Fundraising Quilt...

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Scrap Happy Quilting Give Away

Scrap Happy Quilting Give Away

on Aug 13, 2013 in Blog, book, Books, contests | 60 comments

Meet Scrap Happy Quilting The Scrap Happy Quilting book is a collection of 11 quilt projects designed to use up your scraps. I have two projects in the book. All the projects in the book are really cool and accessible. Here are my two projects featured in this fun book: Ticker Tape Elephant Wall Hanging/Baby Quilt (above) Updated to add: Unfortunately, the Scrap Happy Quilting book is no longer in print. It is available as a PDF only. (HERE) If you’ve found this page through pinterest and want to know how to make an adorable Ticker Tape style quilt, see this free?Ticker Tape Owl Tutorial. Also featured in the book, Scrappy Dresden Baby Quilt (below) (Photos borrowed from Annie’s Wholesale...

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Scrappy Zig Zag Quilt QUILTED

Scrappy Zig Zag Quilt QUILTED

on Jan 15, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

The Scrappy Zig Zag Quilt is Quilted! I thought I’d be dropping the quilt top and back off at my mom’s, but instead she loaded the machine and we worked on it together. She showed me how to use the RED SNAPPER quilt loading system. Hello- that is amazing!!! I’m pretty sure I will be buying those for my smaller frame. I started out with a very ambitious quilting design. After quilting 2 triangles, I then began to rip out the quilting stitches. She and I both ripped. 🙁 Whew, those were such a mess. Turns out ripping out quilting stitches SUCKS. Instead we went with a meander in the dark triangles and horizontal lines in the white triangles. I wanted to help define the zig and the zag with the quilting motif. Perfect, no. Fast, yes. Mom‘s machine is a Voyager 17 with a 14″ throat for quilting space. It was so nice to have sooooo much room to quilt. She’d do a row of quilting, then I’d do a row. It went really fast and I’m happy to report, neither of us have sore shoulders. =) Now, to get this little Charlie Brown Quilt bound by Friday, when it will be gifted to a friend. (Who, I think, doesn’t read the...

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Scrappy Zigzag Triangle Quilt

Scrappy Zigzag Triangle Quilt

on Jan 7, 2013 in Blog, fabric stash, quilt, SAMQG | 3 comments

Ok, I didn’t win the Block of The Month (BOM) for our San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. I did, however, become quite interested in making a quilt with triangle blocks. I don’t think I’ve made a triangle block quilt before. Maybe I have… its been a while. Either way, I’m sure I need to make one. Let the planning begin! I also decided to use only scrap fabrics from my bin under the sewing desk. I needed to get those sorted into light and dark, to see if that was even a reasonable amount of fabric. (cough cough) I didn’t measure anything or plan too much past this sorting. That looks like alot of scraps, right?? Ok. Although I loved the BOM, I decided my triangle blocks were going to be much much easier to make. First, I’d find pieces that were as long as my equilateral triangle template was tall (about 14″) and sew a pieced fabric panel out of every light or every dark fabric. Here’s a long panel of darks, stitched together: All these strips are just stitched to each other to form a panel as long as possible and at least 14″ tall. This picture (above) was before the iron, of course. Then I just made a big ole triangle template out of legal paper sheets and used it to cut out my 42 triangles. ?I had to plan the layout on the floor. All the pieced stripes run the same direction for the most part. Even though these triangles are equal on each side, I found that turning the triangles made a HUGE mess visually. My hubbs saw the quilt at this point and says “Oh, a Charlie Brown Quilt.”? Um… I guess so. I hope he is commenting on the chevrons and not “the worst quilt ever, charlie brown”? HA! I finished up the whole thing over the weekend. It went together pretty quickly, all things considered. Though it is a lap size quilt, it is larger than my quilting frame. I’ll be sending this off for quilting in the very near future. I’m so happy to have put a huge dent into my scrap bin. Hooray for resourcefulness! Hum…. what to make...

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Swirls and Scraps Quilt

Swirls and Scraps Quilt

on Jul 6, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilting | 1 comment

Remember?this quilt? Since the construction of that quilt is very loose and improvisational, it was created using less than the required fabric quantities. And honestly, I probably over-bought because I probably had a coupon or something. With the extra fabric I created a quilt for the sole purpose of trying out some of the tips in the Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting book. Yes, her book is THAT good that you’ll want to make something just to try what she suggests. I love the designs, the way they are explained and the ease of mixing fills. For my quilt, I went modern, of course. I used grey, aqua, red, and dark grey- just like the original workshop quilt. I also had lots of negative space to fill. I wanted to practice one motif at a time, instead of mixing the fills. I need to practice more before I can go willy-nilly mixing things. =)? I did technically use two fills, but they don’t touch or mix in with each other. The bold stripe section is all quilted in a squared-off type design and the rest of the quilt is all those stacked swirls. There are mistakes, but I can live with it. After all, those are my first-ever swirls… all chunky and lumpy and huge like big ole cinnamon rolls…. mmmm…. cinnamon rolls….. In the above pictures you can see the diamond backing fabric. I’m still trying to work down my stash of great fabrics purchased while I lived in Korea. Those diamonds are from that stash. The quilt will be bound in red. It measures about 50″ square. Not too big, but not too small either. Practice practice practice. Hopefully after our move to San Antonio I can get more quilting done. I cannot wait to try some of the other designs from Angela’s book. If you don’t own it, and you are remotely interested in free motion quilting, go buy...

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Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs

Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs

on Dec 14, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 0 comments

Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs The blog has been quiet for a month as I’ve longarm machine quilted on a collection on customer quilts. I’m happy to share a quick slide show with you this morning. Everything featured here is considered an Edge-To-Edge design. What does that mean? Simply, for me to finish quilting your quilt I can travel from one edge to the other using one design motif without having to stop and change designs with shapes or use a ruler to outline patchwork designs. Having said that, this is how I consider Edge-To-Edge design at my longarm company, ReannaLily Quilts. Your longarm quilter may have a different definition. Above: The first photo has rows and rows of wild “spineless” feathers stitched in Wisteria Glide Thread on a rail fence quilt pattern design stitch in batik fabrics, similar to these fabrics at Craftsy. Christmas Tree Banner   The back is where you can really see the almost Edge-to-Edge design. For this quilt, I did a combination of quick Edge-to-Edge styles, but I did switch up the motif within each shape. I didn’t use rulers on the project, though. The pattern she used is called Tall Trim the Tree, I believe. Meandering Hearts The quilted gift is for her daughter and has hearts stitched into the meandering design to showcase the hearts in the fabric prints. Tessellating Fish My customer suggested a traditional clamshell design for his quilt. As he envisioned, the clams look like fish scales on his Tessellating Fish quilt.  Cool effect, right? City Skyline A panel with a border makes a very fast quilt design. My customer started with a panel similar to this one: City-scape by Hoffman, and framed it nicely. The quilted design did feature ruler work, but I consider it more of an edge-to-edge in this case since I didn’t outline any patches. To quilt this design, I stitched random straight (vertical-to-the-city) lines and followed the angles of the buildings. Lava Thread! Next is a quilt created by a grandmother and grand-daughter. Fun, right? The only thing that would make this large-scale pinwheel quilt more fun is a triangle-meander in bright ORANGE Lava thread! Patchwork Stocking And to take a quick break from quilting, I...

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Patriotic Quilt Round Up

Patriotic Quilt Round Up

on Nov 11, 2017 in Blog, Featured, tutorial | 0 comments

Red, White, and Blue Red, White and Blue is the theme for this how-to tutorial round up! As I’ve started to create more and more quilts for veterans, I noticed a themed collection in the works. I’m happy to share my quilts and quilt pattern tutorials here, all in one place. For the most part, when I approach a quilt pattern to adapt it to look patriotic, I treat the fabric requirements as “all shades of red” with “all shades of blue” and “as many whites as I own.” This works for any three-color quilts. The quilt will look scrappy as I’ve cut the red pieces from as many reds as I have in my own fabric stash. Same with blues and whites. If the quilt pattern is a two-color quilt or has an even balance of background and foreground pieces, I simply treat all backgrounds as white and all foregrounds as red and blue. You can do this with any pattern you already own. Of course, if you switch that up (i.e. all backgrounds are red and blue; all foregrounds are white,) you’ll turn out a completely different quilt still using the one original pattern! HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt Ohio Star Barn Quilt Inverted Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial Patriotic Disappearing 9-Patch with 10″ Precut Squares Red, White OR Blue Sometimes a more monochromatic look is just what you need. Turns out, side-by-side these two monochromatic quilts look great together as Red and White or Blue and White quilts. Incidentally, both quilts below are made from the same Giant Flying Geese tutorial. Giant Fat Quarter Flying Geese – Queen Size Blue Flying Geese: Queen-Size...

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Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS

Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS

on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 4 comments

Disappearing 9-Patch is quite popular. My blog tutorial for this quilt style made with 10″ precut squares, Layer Cakes, is one of my most popular. Readers and quilt class students often ask how to create the Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes in a smaller size. Well, I have great news! This tutorial will show you how to create TWO small quilts from one precut fabric bundle and a small bit of yardage. Don’t you love that bright layer cake? Fabric designer, Patty Young of Mod Kid Boutique, asked a few pattern designer/bloggers to take her beautiful new collection for Riley Blake for a test drive. I’m thrilled to showcase her line Flit and Bloom in this tutorial. Skill Level: Super Easy Beginner Finished Size: Two Quilts approx 64″ x 64″ Supplies: 1 Layer Cake* Flit and Bloom by Patty Young is featured in this tutorial. 2 1/3 y white polka dot yardage (Bloom Scalloped Dot) 2/3 y pink fabric, border of quilt one 2/3 y grey fabric, border of quilt two 1/2 y binding for EACH quilt *Layer Cake is a precut 10″ x 10″ square fabric bundle with at least 40 pieces. 40 pieces are used in this tutorial. The term “layer cake” is a trademark of Moda Fabrics. Cut Quilt Pieces: 32 total white squares From the yardage, cut 8 strips at 10″ wide From the 8 strips, cut 4 squares 10″ x 10″ each TIP: Using a large cutting mat, stack sets of strips to make faster cuts. Construction: Remove two 10″ squares from the precut pack. In this case, I removed the Bloom Scalloped Dot, since it is going to be used elsewhere in the quilt design. These two will not be used. Also count out eight white squares. Set these aside. You will use them. Make eight basic, although GIANT 9-patch blocks using four white squares and five prints. Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate. To assemble the quilt quickly, I used a serger. Here’s why: You can go fast! The serger stitches must faster than my home sewing machine. You don’t need to wind a bobbin. Ever. The...

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Greater San Antonio Quilt Show – Winner!

Greater San Antonio Quilt Show – Winner!

on Sep 28, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 8 comments

The Greater San Antonio Quilt Show was this past weekend, Sept 22nd & 23rd. I entered two quilts, and it turned out really well! I was floored. Both quilts are designed and quilted by yours truly. Each quilt has a previously authored blog posts when they were created. I’ll link them for you. Platinum Garden, whole cloth quilt, made with inexpensive satin and polyester components, placed 2nd in its show category, which was “Other/Miscellaneous.” Sorry for the blur; I was excited to snap the picture. My big ole bed-size Scrappy Circles quilt placed Honorable Mention in the “Scrap Quilt” show category. See the little red and pink embroidered boots pinned to each quilt? The quilters takes those off to wear them around the show. Pretty clever, even if I learned about them in the last 1-1/2 hour of the show. Holy smokes! I’m definitely going to try to do that again. I should start planning the next quilt/s now. Thank you for indulging me. The blog is a place to share patterns, quilting ideas, and general design ideas, but I also like to catalog my work & achievements here,...

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Sew With Scraps

Sew With Scraps

on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog, fabric stash, quilt, quilting | 1 comment

September is National Sewing Month! You don’t have to tell me twice. Every month is National Sewing Month at my house. Today, I have the honor of sharing an article I authored for FaveQuilts.com and AllFreeSewing.com. I make quite a few quilts from fabric scraps. “Every time I purchase a fantastic piece of fabric, I want to use it in at least two quilts. For some reason that seems to justify the purchase, in my mind. Once I shifted to that mindset, I started trying to use all my fabrics in at least two quilts. This meant saving and storing fabric scraps and finding useful quilt ideas to incorporate scraps.” Read the article here. In the article I’ll cover tips and tricks that I use to sort scraps and plan projects. Take your stash from a blurry mess, here:   To an organized, tidy, and useable collection of fabrics. Read the article here. Learn how to quickly decided which scraps are suitable for your next project by working with templates. In the scrap quilting article, see how easy it is to audition fabrics with homemade paper templates. The scrap quilting article will also tackle design concepts to create interesting quilts. Looking at every single fabric in your scrap collection may be overwhelming, especially if you associate that-piece-of-fabric-with-this-one-planned/finished-quilt. Break out of that mindset to use color and value techniques to make your next project. Read the article here. Dive into your fabric scraps and make your next quilt! The results will be fantastic. The article also features links to popular scrap-quilting projects hosted here at ReannaLily...

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Blue Flying Geese: Queen-Size Quilt

Blue Flying Geese: Queen-Size Quilt

on Jul 9, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, tutorial | 2 comments

It seems I’m currently obsessed with Giant Flying Geese. The newest queen-size quilt in the Giant Flying Geese collection is created from every blue shade in my own fabric stash. Speaking of fabric stash: Smaller scraps (bigger than 2″ and too small to properly fold to store) sorted by color in ziploc bags. The ziplocs are then stored in a plastic tub. Larger scraps  (big enough to fold, but not a fat quarter OR a big piece that has a weird shape cut out of a portion of it) folded, sorted by color in a plastic tub. Fat Quarters (only the square ones, not actual 1/4 yard cuts) sorted by color in two fabric bins in the cubbies. Ok, so now that we’ve gone through the scraps it was time to cut! 56 squares measuring 8-7/8″ x 8-7/8″  NOTE: I created an 8-7/8″ x 8-7/8″ square template from paper to lay over each scrap to determine if it was big enough. Huge time saver! 14 squares measuring 17-1/4″  x 17-1/4″ Since this was scrappy, I knew I wanted scrappy binding. Each time I had a bit extra fabric, I’d cut off a 2-1/4″ x width to use later at the end of the project. I also stored all those in a ziploc bag because I didn’t want to lose them before the quilt was finished. Using the No-Waste Flying Geese Method on this large scale, detailed on the original pattern post, I whipped up 56 flying geese blocks in a weekend. Ok. that is going well. There’s a simple method to planning a quilt this larger without a design wall. Start with 56 geese. Set one random geese block aside. It will not be used at all. Choose five other geese blocks to set aside. These will be added to the quilt, one per column. Sew the remaining 50 geese units together into 25 pairs. Create five total columns featuring five pairs each. Rotate the blocks as you add them to the column. Add in that one remaining block anywhere within the column. Add a border if you like. Ta’dah – super scrappy with no design wall or stress. THAT is how I can finish quilt tops in a...

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