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Knit Tights ala The Crafty Gemini

Knit Tights ala The Crafty Gemini

on Jun 2, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, sewing | 0 comments

Knit Tights ala The Crafty Gemini Vanessa, of the Crafty Gemini, said “You can never have enough tights.” and my 14yo agrees. With that simply quip, I watched her excellent tutorial and set out to create more tights based on a pair my 14yo already owned. I have a serious amount of grey jersey knit fabric. Let me tell you why: Thrift Store!! I bought this giant grey jersey flat sheet with the intent of making a maxi dress or maxi skirt. Sure, it was bedding, but at the end of the day it was still a super soft jersey knit. I think I might have paid $5-$7 for the huge sheet. I heart thrift stores! If you cannot find a jersey flat sheet at the thrift, you can always grab jersey knit sheets here. Vanessa?walks you through all the steps on her video. I sorta skipped a step though… I didn’t trace it onto paper first. As it turns you, you should totally do that! No worries. I’ll do that for the next pair. Instead, I just grabbed a ruler and rotary cutter and set forth to cut out a piece 5/8″ larger than the folded tights. That worked out. Back in college, I made my brother about 25-30 pair of shorts from various woven cottons and flannels. Do you guys remember “jams” from the 80’s? We’ll we were rockin’ those well into the 90’s. I can whip up a pair of shorts, pj pants or… as it turns out… leggings in no time at all. Fun fact. The serger made the construction even faster and is perfect for stitching knits. Vanessa uses a great technique for the waistband. I had actually never tried this technique before, but I can tell you, it will be my go-to from now on. Holy smokes it was super fast, super easy AND I didn’t have to look for safety pins or create a waist band casing to hold the elastic. Her method is the bomb! The elastic is serged (or zigzag stitched) to the fabric’s cut edge at the waist.   Fold down and zigzag it into place. Very cool. Last step should be the leg hems. Those are also zigzag’d....

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Craftsy Pattern Fabric Kits

Craftsy Pattern Fabric Kits

on May 21, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, business, quilt | 0 comments

Craftsy to cross-promote fabric kits: Craftsy is rolling out a “test” on fabric kits for FREE patterns. I have a couple freebie download patterns that slip in and out of the Top 20 Free Quilt Patterns (Plus Quilt and Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes). Since they are Craftsy-popular patterns, they were selected to run the test program. Oh my gosh! I’m loving the fat quarter bundle in this digital mock-up of the Plus Quilt. The bundle is?Cotton +?Steel Fat Quarter Bundle, Playful by Melody Miller.You’ll have all the fabric you need (12 fat quarters are required) for the quilt top and binding, right there on one screen. It is a pretty neat set-up. Go Craftsy, Go! You’ll probably start to see the cross-promotion on more patterns as the program grows....

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Longarm Quilting with Rulers

Longarm Quilting with Rulers

on May 19, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilting | 4 comments

This is a small little Christmas Quilt made using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Double Slice Layer Cake pattern. It is a rockin fast quilt tutorial over on youtube. The pattern is already designed to be quickly chain-pieced, but guess what? I serged it; making it in record time, using my Kate Spain Jingle fabric layer cake.* *This wasn’t a whole layer cake. I had to supplement a few tone-on-tone white fabrics, since the other pieces of the cake are being used in a special project. More info on that later in the year. With the top finished I had to decide what I wanted to do about the quilting design. Pack up the car and head out to my folks’ house to pop this little quilt on the HandiQuilter longarm. I convinced myself that I should try to learn more about longarm “ruler work” with my new Quilted Pineapple curved rulers. Rulers seem to be the ANTI Free Motion Quilting. The design is very methodical and measured with exact placements and calculated moves. Turns out… I’m not that calculated. I think people who enjoy spreadsheets would probably be insane with these rulers. I’m not a spreadsheet girl, either. I’m going to name this quilt, in spite of the fabric’s holiday theme, The Learning Curve. I have curves all over the dang place. It seemed like I was on the right track and then noticed the arches were all sorts of varied widths. They overlap. They jumble up. They are chubby and slim. Le’sigh. On the upside, by the last pass on that longarm, the arches started to look alot better. Practice, practice, practice. Ha, and I’m sure a class couldn’t hurt, right? I’m not going to swear off rulers, but they definitely seem to be used with the logical side of the brain. I’ll have to think like that on my next ruler-based quilt design.  ...

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Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along

Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along

on May 13, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, sewing | 1 comment

I’m happy to report that I’m stitching along in the Nancy Zieman Knit Dress Sew Along! #NZKnitDressSAL When I showed the dress and sew along to my daughter she seemed pretty excited to have one of her own. I was a bit surprised. She says, “Yeah, I’d totally wear that, but make it red at the top with a black bottom.” That was really really specific and a very fast answer from a 14 year old. After talking to her a bit more… this is what she had in mind… Pretty great, right? Hello- STAR TREK inspiration!!! The sew along is making Nancy Zieman’s pattern M7152 from McCall’s. I found some black ponte knit and red matte jersey knit and set out to sew where no woman has sewn before… wait, they have, but still… The red jersey was lighter weight than the black ponte knit, but since the red will have a facing, I thought it would be ok to use the lighter weight. Only time will tell if I’m right. =) The sew along is spread out over 3 days in May: Cutting, construction and finishing. Unfortunately, my local shop didn’t have the fusible tricot interfacing to be used with knit fabrics, but the woven fabric I purchased felt like it had a little give in it. In hindsight, if I was going to use a woven interfacing, I probably should have cut my interfacing pieces on the bias, so I’d be certain they’d have stretch in them. Grading seam allowances. Clipping corners. Notching curves. It was all really fast construction. In fact, the “hardest” part is remembering that the top is asymmetrical and pieces have to be, with certainty, face up or face down. The facings are on- next stops: Top-stitching, fitting, side seams, shoulder faux-button closure and machine-stitched hem. Easy-peasy, right? Stay tuned.      ...

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Hip Stitch Albuquerque NM – Trunk Show

Hip Stitch Albuquerque NM – Trunk Show

on Jan 27, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, business, quilt shop, trunk show | 0 comments

Hexagons Made Easy – Trunk Show If you are in Albuquerque, New Mexico and if you are in Hip Stitch Sewing Loung & Quilt Shop, you will want to check out the Hexagons Made Easy Trunk Show! Suzanne was kind enough to let me share a few of her pictures from her shop.   And one of my favorites, certainly one of the favorites at guild presentations is the Reversible Hexagon Quilt. No binding is needed when you use the “reversible” technique in Hexagons Made Easy. Pretty neat trick, right? It is also a perfect Quilt-As-You-Go design, too.   Again, a huge thank you to Hip Stitch in Albuquerque for hosting the trunk show! If you are a shop and would like more information on hosting the show, please click this ReannaLily Designs?link....

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Graffiti Quilting by Karlee Porter

Graffiti Quilting by Karlee Porter

on Jan 20, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 3 comments

Graffiti Quilting Have you guys seen all the Graffiti Quilting posts on Pinterest and Instagram. Do a search for #graffitiquilting. I’ll wait…. Well, I love the look. The Graffiti Quilting is based off a new, self-published book by Karlee Porter. I cannot imagine self-publishing, but boy, she gives me hope. This book is everywhere! I got my copy for Christmas. I started with some of the design motifs she describes in the book to work on designs in markers. Eh. Blue was ok. It isn’t my favorite. Luckily, I had more markers and more paper. The orange I like. Well, I say that. I don’t really like those arrows. They are pretty much the only thing I see when I look at the doodle. So I made another doodle, sans arrows. The green is my FAV, and my 3rd one. Practice Practice Practice, apparently that works a bit. Next up was to try it in fabric. This is a variegated gold/brown thread on the neutral stripe background. Karlee mentions in the book that in order to get thick “marker lines” in thread, just trace over that curve/shape a couple times. Ok, that is awesome 1/ for the look but 2/ if your curve/shape has a lump, the thicker thread tracing will smooth it out. The stitched piece is only my first one so far and it is probably about 11″ x 14″ or so. It isn’t huge, but did give me enough room to give this free motion quilting style a go. I now have to try to figure out how I can get these mixed quilty designs on a regular quilt, not just on “whole cloth” pieces. How would that work? What would it look like? Have you tried the graffiti quilting?...

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2014 Top Blogger

2014 Top Blogger

on Jan 6, 2015 in Blog, blogging others | 0 comments

Thanks so much, FaveQuilts! My Jelly Roll Braid Quilt is one of the top projects of 2014. See some of the other many many many FREE quilts & projects on their Top Sewing/Quilting Projects Round-up.   The Jelly Roll Braid Quilt has been on the site for a while now, but I’m always floored that it continues to be one of the most popular posts on the blog. Thanks for the support! Thanks for checking out the tutorials and...

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Ebay Quilt Alliance Auctions

Ebay Quilt Alliance Auctions

on Nov 18, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, charity | 0 comments

Each year the Quilt Alliance hosts a challenge open to quilters all over the world. The challenge this year was “Inspired By“. You were to use the QuiltIndex.org??to find inspiration for your mini quilt. The mini measures 16″ x 16″ when complete. The Quilt Index is unbelievable, and the amount of work they have put into organizing so many great historical quilt stories needs your support. “Quilt Alliance (the Alliance for American Quilts) documents, preserves and shares the rich history of quilts and quiltmakers.” -Quilt Alliance After the annual contest, the Quilt Alliance organizes an Ebay Auction for all of the pieces with 100% of the proceeds going to the preservation of quilt history & documentation. “The Alliance for American Quilts, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1993, supports and develops projects to document, preserve, and share the history of quilts and quiltmakers. The AAQ brings together groups and individuals from the creative, scholarly and business worlds of quiltmaking to advance the recognition of quilts and their makers in American culture. Visit us at www.AllianceforAmericanQuilts.org.” – Ebay Auction Description Notes My piece is string and hexagon based. See the whole piece in the Ebay Auction HERE.   My piece is titled Eight Hexagons because there are 4 appliqued hexagons and another 4 hexagons hidden in the quilting design. The quilting lines are all within 1/4″ of one another. It is meticulously crafted with an assortment of fabric strips, or strings, which gives a chaotic interesting composition to this small piece. Quilt Alliance needs YOUR help in their fundraising efforts. Bid on the many mini’s up for auction. The auction for this week’s quilts expires on Monday, Nov 24th at 9pm Eastern.     Click HERE to see all the 16″ square mini-quilts up for this fundraising effort. Many quilts, artists & design styles are represented. It is definitely worth the click to see the virtual quilt show of...

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Row by Row Rockin Row Robin

Row by Row Rockin Row Robin

on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you weren’t with the blog a few years ago, you might have missed this Mystery Row Robin Quilt Along?organized?right here on ReannaLily Designs. It was a summer project in 2011. The mystery is over and all of the row patterns are revealed. This project was really fun. Each row is authored by a different blogger. So you get Mystery, Rows, Blog Hoppin, and a free quilt pattern all in one event. Check out the original event HERE. It was a really fun. The premise is, at the time, you got the surprise of not knowing what each row design would be. (Like a real Row Robin Quilt) You also got the satisfaction of making the rows yourself, so they would all coordinate and fit together nicely. Each row also had a few options for you to make more blocks-per-row to grow your Row Robin quilt to your own desired size. See some of the color ways and completed variations & add to the official Rockin Row Robin FLICKR...

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Mini Dresden – Assembly

Mini Dresden –  Assembly

on Aug 19, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, commission, quilt | 0 comments

  I’m making a baby quilt. I don’t have it completely planned out yet, but that isn’t unusual. Here’s what I know: I want to make mini Dresden Plate circles cut from a charm pack. 3 Dresden wedges can be cut from one charm. The pieces are only 3 1/2″ tall, but they are so great and scrappy looking. I started out cutting a Lizzy House charm pack, the one with the hedge hogs. I also ended up cutting a Kate Spain Daydream charm pack, too.   Next up, chain piecing. I just jammed those wedges right on through. I picked very randomly. Sewed pairs. Sewed pairs of pairs. Sewed pairs of 4-packs.     Just keep sewing and pairing until the circle is complete.       They look so great all stacked up and ready to be ironed. I didn’t press as I stitched. I really chained them all together really quickly, then pressed only at the very end. I pressed all my seam allowances to one direction all the way around. No worrying about the lights or darks or anything like that.     With the smaller Lizzy House (Andover Fabrics) charm pack, I made 3 1/3 Dresden circles. With the bigger Kate Spain (Moda) charm pack, I made 6 1/3 Dresden circles. I don’t think I can use them both in the baby quilt. Maybe if I would have mixed ALL my wedges, but unfortunately, all the Lizzy’s are with Lizzy’s and all the Kate’s are with Kate’s.   I’m going to be preparing these for applique using the technique in Learn to Sew Easy Curves. I’ll have a blog post for you on that...

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Pet Postcards 2014

Pet Postcards 2014

on Aug 12, 2014 in blogging others, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

      ‘Tis the season to whip up some Pet Postcards. ?You can read more about the Pet Postcards from last year here. And read more about the fundraising event on Pokey blog here. Last year the fundraising event raised more than $40,000 for Friends for Life No-Kill Animal Shelter in Houston. These postcards are made of fabric and have 3 traditional quilt layers. They measure 4″ x 6″ . The cards can be made in any style or method you prefer. The all painted cards in this post are created by my daughter. (Instagram @meepsketch) She had a great time creating the little pieces with the InkTense pencils and Sharpie markers.   This year our Pet Postcard event was coordinated through the San Antonio Modern Quilt guild and was hosted at a member’s home. It was a blast. Very fun social event and very fun to trade all sorts of scraps for the projects. Turns out, our gals have loads of novelty pet fabrics. I had no idea they even make that many cat prints. seriously.   You may recognize these little guys, above, from the FREE pdf template last year. Feel free to click the link or image below to download the kitties so you can whip up a few pet postcards, too. Each card sells for $20 at the Houston Quilt Festival in October. They are fast to make and benefit a great...

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Always Plan Ahead Quilt

Always Plan Ahead Quilt

on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, fabric stash | 1 comment

  Funny because it is ironic. =) I think I’m going to hang it in my office.   I first saw the: Always Plan Ahea d phrase online. I think it was some graphic/typeface/font website where I found it. It cracked me right up so, of course, I needed to make it in fabric. Gathered the scraps and set forth to make improv letters from the Word Play Quilts book. I seriously love those techniques and letters by Tonya Ricucci.? I think the last time I used the improv letters was for my “May The Fork Be With You” Star Wars quilt. Loved it. It is so funny how much planning actually did go into “not” planning ahead. But there it is, the little “d” on the last row. By himself. Poor little guy. Got everything squared up and put together. It was small, so it really took an evening to make this up. After all, it is only 15 letters. My plan to quilt it was to quilt channeled lines. I was aiming to try to quilt 1/8″ apart, but it turned out to be a bit bigger at 1/4″ apart. Still worked for me though. Since this piece is so small, relatively, it quilted it quickly on my home sewing machine. Next up the binding. I used scraps there, too. I have loads of binding scraps mixed into my scrap bin. Note to self: I should really pull those out.       Slight blur on that last one. Sorry about that. And that is my quick little “Always Plan Ahead” picture.    ...

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