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Drawstring Backpack and Girl Scouts

Drawstring Backpack and Girl Scouts

on Mar 9, 2012 in accessories, Blog, charity, pattern, sewing, Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the popular tutorials on this site is the Drawstring Backpack. It is made from a fat quarter of fabric + ribbon. Check out this email I recently received from my friend in New York: “I just thought I would share with you what one of my Girl Scouts did to earn her Gold Award. Using your Fat Quarter Drawstring Backpack tutorial, she had volunteers (including myself, Ann D. and Alison V.) make 60 “Doodle Bags” and stuffed them with goodies. Erika was also working on her high school “Senior Project” and worked Art Therapy into the project, thus killing 2 birds with one stone. The bags were all donated to the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center for the use of the young patients there. Betty’s Quilting donated all the fat quarters when the store was closing, this past year. And QuiltWoman.com helped subsidize the cost of printing the coloring book Erika designed (you can see it under the purchased coloring book). ” When I asked my friend the age range of the girl scouts she told me: “The sewers ranged from 17 up to their 60’s. Erika had a number of groups sew. Also, the woman’s guild at her grandmother’s church did a lot. Erika had girls in younger troops sew the pencil pouches.” How great is that?? I’m so happy the tutorial was able to help....

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Fabric Choices

Fabric Choices

on Mar 7, 2012 in accessories, Blog, recycle, sewing | 0 comments

I’m working on a project with a magazine, and unfortunately, that is all I can tell you right now. I am making the project out of recycled fabrics. I’m using a men’s sport coat and a woman’s skirt. Pulled out the Benihana chopping blades and voila- the pattern pieces look good and the project is coming together. I cannot wait to tell you what the project is, and where to find it, later this year. Of course, I didn’t pay that price for my fabric pieces. I purchased these items at the thrift store for $3.99 and $6.99. I did have quite a good day at the thrift store because I also found an original Burberry’s Men’s coat as well. I didn’t chop that one up- though I did a search on the internet and the tailored coat may have brought in up to $600 – $1500 retail* at one time, and based on the label, the coat is at least 9 years old. For my price, $6.99, it is still quite lovely. *I'm soooooooo in the wrong...

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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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New Fabrics from Exclusively Quilters

New Fabrics from Exclusively Quilters

on Jan 31, 2012 in accessories, Blog, blogging others, business, illustrator, sewing | 0 comments

Here’s a quick peek at a couple new fabric lines from Exclusively Quilters. I was contacted by a sales rep from Exclusively Quilters to make digital mock-ups of my patterns in their fabric. I thought that would be an excellent way to cross-promote both patterns and fabric. We had actually met at a trade show a couple seasons ago, so this works out great! I sat down at Illustrator/Photoshop and got to work. Although EQ7 lets you quickly change fabrics and colors on digital quilt designs, I haven’t found a program that will let you do that as easily with other sewn projects. Through a bit of resourcefulness, I was able to make “templates” of my designs. Now I can drop any fabrics in, any time. It is neat to see the design in all sorts of different pallets. Look for these two fabric lines, Cupcake Cuties and Urban Bloom in stores later this spring. (2012)? *These fabric lines are not designed by me. And you can see & shop the original patterns here:? The Flapper Purse and The Adjustable...

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Thrift Store Inspiration

Thrift Store Inspiration

on Jan 24, 2012 in accessories, Blog, free spirit fabrics, sewing | 3 comments

I love going to the thrift store. Recently I picked up a little black purse for about $2.00. I really liked the shape and really liked how it was constructed. I decided it would be something I’d have to try to remake. I carried the bag around for a day only to find out that it was WAY too small for my purse loot. I liked the shape. I liked that it was vinyl. I like that it had a “binding” around the edges. Before I make a bag like this little bag, I’d have to do some re-design work. That totally works out because for me, it’s like solving a puzzle. Ok, solving a puzzle backwards…. But still. Once I started sketching, lots of bag variations emerged. I think that is a normal part of the process. But now, I’ve got these mystery bags that I’d like to make, bigger, vinyl, and finished in binding. I must edit and pick just one for the “test run”. Hooray for the discount fabric store for having a grey vinyl remnant. I took a picture of the back of the vinyl, so you can see the “fabric” side as well as the vinyl side. And of course, there’s some bright crazy Sugar Snap fabric for the lining. I sketched. I drafted. I stitched. I pinned. I ironed (the cotton only*). I basted and finally I made a big bag. *Turns out the vinyl MELTS! -which I knew, but wasn’t thinking about… then the kids came into the studio telling me it smelled horrible in there… which it totally did!!! It is about 14″ across and much wider than the inspiration bag. I even added little petal details along the front, top edge. The lining turned out great. It was supposed to be the lining only… but as? I was going along, I realized that my vinyl remnant wasn’t going to be enough fabric to bind the edges, as I had planned. I had to improvise. Honestly, I have to file this in the “oh, I guess that’s neat” section, because I wouldn’t think of doing a quilt binding on fabric that doesn’t fray, and yet- it totally worked out. And a...

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The Ole Miss Military Monster

The Ole Miss Military Monster

on Jan 19, 2012 in accessories, Blog, military monster | 3 comments

Just a quick little blog post to show you the giant finished bag. …and all its many many pockets. And the new bag’s owner picked a red plaid for the lining and contrast fabrics. It looks great with the college print. And of course, I should probably tell you- the pattern for this bag is available in the book Deploy That...

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An SEC Military Monster Bag

An SEC Military Monster Bag

on Jan 15, 2012 in accessories, Blog, commission, military monster, sewing | 0 comments

A new bag is on the horizon. This one is a special request for a lady due in March. She bought the fabrics while on vacation, down south, over the winter break. I doubt you can pick up Ole Miss fabrics up here in Kansas. The bag is coming along nicely. Her finished bag will be in the Military Monster style. I’ll have pictures to share soon. To my surprise- This is my recycled uniform bag that combines a military uniform (flight suit) and college fabrics. Lots of pockets on the flight suit make for a super functional giant diaper bag. The pattern for this bag can be found in Deploy That Fabric. And speaking of the SEC, despite our embarrassing show at the National Championship- GEAUX...

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Snowman Table Runner

Snowman Table Runner

on Dec 22, 2011 in accessories, Blog | 2 comments

The tree is up. The guests are due here at the house this evening. The gifts are wrapped and even the studio is super clean. So I took about 20-30 minutes to make up this super fast snowman table runner for our festivities. Well, that and to mess up the sewing room for a bit. Having it so clean… I almost didn’t recognize it in there!!! The runner has heavy sew-in interfacing in it. That is the only thing sandwiched between the two layers of Kona Cotton. The face is fusible raw-edge applique’d. Super super fast to make. Oh and if you are curious it is 14″ x about 40″. If I was going to make it again, I might give him a curvy body… but that wouldn’t take 20 minutes to make. So now, back to cleaning the last little bit and re-cleaning the sewing studio. Happy Happy to you and yours this holiday...

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Sew It All TV Taping

Sew It All TV Taping

on Oct 24, 2011 in accessories, Blog, blogging others, Press, sewing | 2 comments

I’m back from taping my segment on Sew It All TV. I have never done anything like that before… ever. That was SO much fun. It really wasn’t at all what I was expecting. First hair and make-up. Like dork, I did my make-up and fixed my hair at the hotel. I really didn’t know if it was “from scratch” or “to make me not shiney” kinda make-up. Turns out, a little of both. The stylist, Angela, did a great job making my curly hair curly, too. It was really fun. The best part was getting a make-over without the “and the next product we’re using is blah blah and it costs XX dollars.”? She did have many many products in her little arsenal, though. Side note 1: I was so fixed up that, 6 hours later, at the airport, I got carded. Yep. I asked the waiter “Y’all, have to card everyone don’t you?”? And he says “No, just if they look under 30” Whooohooo! I’ll take it!!!! Thanks, Angela! Side note 2:? While at the airport, I still had really springy curly big hair. (Which is cool, since I am from TX and all.)? So I go through airport security and the lady says “Step to the side for a pat down.”? What?? Seriously. Geeeees…. Well, as it turns out, they only had to pat down my HAIR! hahahaha. Who hides contraband/weapons in a biggish-hair hair-do??? Seriously. It was super funny to me, probably less funny to the TSA agent. After the great miracle makeover of 2011, it was a quick bite to eat and then onto the set. The set is really really orange. I think in the pictures (on the blog) the orange might make my skin read kind-a oompa-loompa-y, but I’m sure it will look normal on their fancy cameras. There were 3 or 4 cameras + camera guys + mic/sound guy + a director + Kim from Sew It All who relayed the countdown & timing from the director. Lots goes into a short 30 minute show. And none of the stuff I saw includes all the post production, editing, etc. That is ALOT of work. And here’s an interesting bit. They film...

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Sew It All TV

Sew It All TV

on Oct 14, 2011 in accessories, Blog, blogging others, pattern | 2 comments

Have you seen this new show, Sew It All, on PBS?? I was able to watch an episode online and I don’t think it is in the Wichita market yet. Jacquie over at Tallgrass Prairie mentioned the show just? the other day. Well, I have some news…. are you sitting down?? I’m going to be on the show. I fly out to Golden Colorado for taping next week and I have no idea when the show will air. I’ve been sewing like a mad woman getting ready for market and this taping. I had no idea so many samples are made in advance of the actual show. I know now! It is a really different process from the actual pattern writing though. It was quite tricky to figure out how much to sew before you move on to the next “Oh, I see you already have these side seams sewn” sample. REAL TV seems quite a bit different than my two little quickie youtube videos. The super great news for you, my readers, is that with the show segment you’ll get a free link to the pattern demo’d. I’ll be making this cute little tote bag and show you how to put the zipper in the lining. I use the same style zipper in almost all my bag linings, so if you own any of my bag patterns (or the Deploy That Fabric book) you’ll want to tune in. The bag I’m making is called The Sitter Tote. It features recycled military uniforms, or you can make it with traditional cottons. All the fabric “steps” match the main finished bag, throughout the show. My ‘Hero’- as TV jargon calls it-? has Amy Butler fabrics + recycled Army ACU uniform pieces. I cannot wait to tell you more about how the show goes and how the “behind the scenes” go and share the actual pdf pattern with you! Stay...

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New Patterns Are HERE!

New Patterns Are HERE!

on Oct 5, 2011 in accessories, Blog, business, pattern | 0 comments

If you subscribe to the reannalilydesigns.com rss feed, you were first to know about the NEW patterns from ReannaLily Designs! (And, if you’d like to subscribe, you can do so in the right-hand side bar of this webpage.) —> The first pattern is a bag pattern, RD2030 All ‘Round Tote. Quilter’s World featured the bag in their April 2011 issue and now it can be yours in paper pattern form OR pdf e-pattern style. The second pattern is a fun quilt in two sizes (baby 45″ x 45″ or bed size 90″ x 90″). It’s the Homefront Snuggler! This pattern was originally featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar issue – so you KNOW it’s a quick easy quilt to make. This pattern is also available in paper or pdf formats. Both patterns are made with recycled military uniforms, but as will all ReannaLily Designs patterns, yardage is provided for traditional quilter’s cottons as well as uniforms. I hope you’ll stop by booth #2048 to see these new titles and their cover samples at the Houston Quilt Market...

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Fabric Choices

Fabric Choices

on Sep 6, 2011 in accessories, Blog, book, military monster, pattern, sewing | 0 comments

In my recycled military uniform patterns and in Deploy That Fabric, all the patterns have yardage for sewing with a uniform OR sewing the whole project just with fun quilt shop fabrics. Ok, so I decided that for market I need to make a few more uniform pattern designs in regular fabric. I’d like to have both sample styles in my booth (#2048) next month. Are you ready for this one??? Let me just say, I love love love how it turned out. It has less pockets than the uniform bags, since many extra pockets come from the actual uniform itself. But you know, this little baby still has 9 pockets, so it’s not like it’s hurtin’ for storage & organization or anything. It is not a small bag, either. This is the Military Monster bag from Deploy That Fabric. The bag is 21″ across the top and about 14″ across the bottom. It is 6″ wide, at the bottom and about 14″ tall. It is huge!!! Let me just show you the fabrics. Oh man, Joel Dewberry Aviary II for Free Spirit. I had this bit of fabric used in the purse left over from my secret summer sewing projects. It is gorgeous! and…. this is coming from someone who just about never sews with purple. The construction time for me, on this, was pretty short. I mean, overall. It isn’t a big quilt and you know I’ve made a few of these before. =) Remember the post last week where I showed you the trim/ribbons store in S. Korea?? Well, they also sold zippers in a crammed-full zippers only store. I actually bought zippers in one of 4 different zipper stores. Let me show you one of them: Could you imagine if Joann’s looked like that?? But then again, Joann’s would be able to give you stellar great deals on zippers, too. I bring this up because while I was living in Korea, I bought yards and yards and yards of “zipper by the foot”. I originally bought it for a duvet cover. You simply cut the zipper tape to length, then add the zipper pull(s) and then zigzag over the zipper teeth to make a stopper....

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