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Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

on Jul 7, 2014 in Blog, blogging others | 41 comments

Christmas In July   Comments/Contest Closed Welcome to ReannaLily Designs?stop along the blog hop! Thanks for visiting. Read through and head over to all the other blogs for 11?chances to win. It is never to early to start working on sewing for the holidays. Gifts, decor, games, calendars – all great for the holiday season. The staff at Martingale Press/That Patchwork Place have put together some fun staff projects in the new book Celebrate Christmas. I have two favorite projects in the book. How fun is this tree skirt? It had texture, depth, dimension and a contemporary/scrappy feel to it. I think I’m drawn to the non-quilter-fabric shimmering out from underneath. It is a really straight-forward pattern, too. My second favorite, possibly for the same reasons is the Snow + Snowflake Pillow. They are clean, crisp, and are appliqued onto silk. The textures are just great. Wool felt + silk. Lovely lovely. Wanna win a free copy of the book? Leave a comment and stop by all the other bloggers for additional chances to win. For your chance to win a pdf “eBook” copy, please leave a comment answering: “When do you start your holiday sewing?” July? December? January? None, I just like it when my sister makes things for me. Any answer is a good one. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday July 14th. Please make sure your email address comes through so I’ll be able to notify you. ?Comments/Contest Closed —————————————————————– Thursday, June 26:?Stitch This! [http://blog.shopmartingale.com/?p=28008] Friday, June 27:?Pat Wys at Silver Thimble Talk [http://www.silverthimblequilt.com/blog/] Saturday, June 28:?Kim Brackett at Magnolia Bay Quilts [http://magnoliabayquilts.blogspot.com/] Monday, June 30:?Rebecca Silbaugh at Ruby Blue Quilts [http://rubybluequilts.blogspot.com/] Tuesday, July 1:?SewCalGal [http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/] Wednesday, July 2:?Cindy Lammon at Hyacinth Quilt Designs [http://hyacinthquiltdesigns.blogspot.com/] Thursday, July 3:?Gen Q [http://generationqmagazine.com/] Saturday, July 5:?Cheryl Brown at Quilter Chic [http://quilterchic.com/] Monday, July 7:?Jen Eskridge at Reanna Lily Designs [http://reannalilydesigns.com/blog/] Tuesday, July 8:?Kathy Brown at The Teacher?s Pet [http://www.theteacherspet.typepad.com/] Wednesday, July 9: Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side...

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Inspired By Quilt Alliance Quilts & Auction

Inspired By Quilt Alliance Quilts & Auction

on Jun 30, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, contests, fabric stash | 0 comments

The Quilt Alliance had 92 entries for this years contest. The 16″ square mini quilts will be traveling and on exhibit in the following places: June 26, 27 & 28: at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center August 14, 15 & 16:?Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the Monroeville Convention Center in?Pittsburgh September 11, 12 & 13:?Quilting LIVE! at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta?.. where Jodie Davis will host a Quilt Walk through September 18-24: The City Quilter shop in Manhattan?s Garment District September 20: Fashion Institute of Technology during the Quilters Take Manhattan event October 2, 3 & 4:??Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg, VA October 9, 10 & 11:?Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Overland Park, KS October 16, 17 & 18:?Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Fort Worth, TX If you cannot see them in person… guess what? They have a whole cataloged directory of them online!! It is really cool because the Inspired By challenge had you go through the Quilt Index and Quilt Alliance archives to find a quilt to inspire your mini quilt design. In the cataloged directory, each mini is on a page with its original inspiration quilt. Very neat. Check them out: Quilt Alliance: Inspired By Gallery     These mini’s will also be up for Auction in November. I’ll have more information on that as it gets closer. You can see more about the initial contest announcement...

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Boerne Quilt Lecture

Boerne Quilt Lecture

on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, trunk show | 2 comments

  So it turns out, I make crazy faces while I talk about quilts…. Recently, I was asked to give?my Books Trunk Show lecture to the Cibolo Creek Quilt Guild in Boerne, Texas. Samples from Deploy That Fabric, Learn to Sew Easy Curves and Hexagons Made Easy were showcased. We talked technique; we talked color; we talked shapes. It was fun.   I rolled up with 3 large suitcases full of samples to share. Probably about 50-something projects. The guild has been around for about a year or so. They are new, growing guild north of San Antonio. Fair Oaks Ranch/Boerne area along the “I-10 Corridor”.   That quilt above is from Learn To Sew Easy Curves. It is easily my most favorite quilt in that book. Anna Maria Horner fabric assortment + recycled Army digital uniforms. It is scrappy and bold and patriotic and contemporary all at the same time. Then I thought you might also like to see these goofy-faced pictures…   You know what is also great? Weird Al Hair. Just sayin…. I love Weird Al, by the way. I wish Karaoke and Rock Band would have the Weird Al options to sing the songs with?his lyrics instead of the artist original lyrics. That’d be sweet. The Weird Al plug-in or something. But I digress…   Back to the quilts – HUGE thanks to Cibolo Creek Quilters for having me out. I had a blast and cannot wait to see what you’ve made with the facing...

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HandiQuilter Longarm Quilt Machine

HandiQuilter Longarm Quilt Machine

on Jun 22, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, quilting | 1 comment

My mom upgraded her long-arm quilting machine to an amazing Handi Quilter Avante. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) The family got to go out to her house, yesterday, and check out the newest addition to the family. This machine is so smooth and light. I already love it. She’s named it Nita. “I Nita Get to Quilting” and “I Nita Wind More Bobbins.” ha. Plenty more where that comes from. The whole family really got in on the writing, drawing and test designs on the sample piece. This quilted test piece will be turned into a dog bed, by the way. A coffee cup. A dragon. “I am awesome” in cursive… you know, the usual quilty stuff. I’m ready to head back out there with a couple of quilt tops and knock those right out. The frame is 12′ long and the machine itself has an 18″ throat. That is the “stitchable/quiltable space” you could say – 18″ or so. It is really cool how many more free motion quilting designs you can create when you don’t have to stop and roll the quilt every 5 inches. Eye. Opening. Wowsa.   Love love love mom‘s new machine!!! I had a...

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Melanie Testa Blog Hop Winner

Melanie Testa Blog Hop Winner

on Jun 13, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, contests | 0 comments

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Melanie Testa Meadowlark Blog Hop! We had a total of 66 comments on the post for your chance to win a “fat stack” of 10 inch?squares of every print in her line + a The Cube Purse pattern from my shop. Random Number Generator has picked comment number 38 as the winner. Congratulations to: Barbara Corbitt Barbara, look for an email coming your...

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Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop

Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop

on Jun 8, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, fabric stash | 68 comments

<<Comments are now closed>> HI! Welcome to the ReannaLily Designs stop on the Melanie Testa Meadowlark Blog Hop. Read through to the bottom to learn about entering to win prizes. Let me introduce my new favorite friends: Meadowlark | Windham Fabrics   As you probably know, if you’ve been hopping along the blog hop, Melanie is an FIT Graduate and textile/fiber artist. Her hand-stamped, original designs are now available to everyone. Hooray! Her work has been published numerous times and she’s even been on TV. In fact, you probably already know who she is. When I was contacted to work with her line, I totally had a “fan girl” moment. The art on her website alone is pretty, inspiring and unreal at the same time. Check it out. Amazing work. Her debut fabric line, Meadowlark, was showcased at Pittsburgh Quilt Market, spring 2014. I was lucky enough to work with the line to create samples for her booth at the big show. Cool Palette My projects for the booth used all cool colors from her collection. Everything matched so well and looked so great together. How great are those birds?!   First up Table Runner made in the style of Hexagons Made Easy. This table runner pieced up almost all the scraps I had left from the variety of projects. Scrappy Hexagons is a great way to use up small pieces. Loads of free motion quilting on the table runner. Ghost hexagons to compliment the appliqued hexagons. Now, I don’t know if you’ll be able to see it in the next picture, but I was able to mix in selvage edges in the scrappy piecing. It is not a total selvage project, obviously, but it was pretty cool to be able to feature the designer’s name with the fabric line. Second Project The Cube Purse. This is a popular pattern from my own company. I went ahead an made up a sample. Now, here’s something cool- one of the prizes from ReannaLily Designs and Melanie Testa on this blog hop is a fabric stack of 10″ precut squares. Well, what do ya know? the Cube Purse is made from 10″ precuts! If you win, you’ll receive the the fabric...

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Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop

Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop

on Jun 2, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, fabric stash | 4 comments

Get ready for your chance to win prizes! Win books and fabrics from designer Melanie Testa. A big blog hop kicks off today. Each blogger created something for Melanie’s big debut at Pittsburgh Quilt Market (2014). See loads of sewing and quilting ideas on this hop. Mark your calendars and check out these great blogs, listed/linked below: Stop back by here this weekend, June 8th, for your chance to enter. Melly -?June 2?http://melanietesta.com/blog/Vivien Zepf -?June 2?http://www.sevenpinesdesigns.blogspot.com/Chrissie D -?June 3?http://www.madebychrissied.blogspot.com/Sue Bleiweiss -?June 4??http://www.suebleiweiss.com/blogLeslie Tucker Jenison -?June 5?http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.comJamie Fingal -?June 6?http://JamieFingalDesigns.blogspot.com/Lyric Kinard -?June 7?http://lyrickinard.com/blog/Jen Eskridge –?June 8?http://www.reannalilydesigns.comJacqui Holmes Calhoun -?June 8??http://melanietesta.com/blog/?(guest post)Stephanie Forsyth -?June 9?http://thefibernation.blogspot.com/Victoria Findlay Wolfe -?June 10?http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.comTeri Lucas -?June 11?http://terificreations.wordpress.com/Scott Hansen -?June 12?http://bluenickelstudios.comHelen Eckard -?June 12??http://melanietesta.com/blog/? (guest...

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Block of the Month SAMQG April 2014

Block of the Month SAMQG April 2014

on Apr 9, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 0 comments

These are the SAMQG’s block of the month for April. Our group has a pattern posted on our Facebook page. Then, each member makes as many blocks as they want. All the blocks go in a “lottery” and you have as many chances to win, as blocks you’ve brought. Easy. I think many guilds (traditional or modern) make Blocks of the Month or Lotto Blocks this way. This block is so fast and easy. I really think we’ll have loads of them at the May meeting. As of right now, my name is in the hat only twice… but keep in mind, it only takes 1 to win, right? Man, I hope I win!!!...

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Jelly Roll Quilt Book

Jelly Roll Quilt Book

on Mar 29, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, book, Books, e-Pattern, pattern | 1 comment

  Love precuts? Love Jelly Rolls? Love cutting your stash into 2 1/2″ strips to save for the perfect patterns? FaveQuilts.com just released a new FREE FEE FREE eBook. It has 9 different Jelly Roll quilt patterns in there. Since this is a compilation-type book, there are all sorts of styles and designers represented. See one of the most popular ReannaLily Designs Patterns, the Batik Braid Quilt, on page 14. I think my favorite quilt in the book is the Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt Tutorial, page 30. It is a design by Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting. Click here to be magically transported to the download page....

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Inspired By Quilt Entry

Inspired By Quilt Entry

on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, contests | 1 comment

Ok, I’ve been hard at work making my entry for the Inspired By Quilt Alliance Challenge. These are my inspiration quilts. My entry doesn’t quite have a name yet. Click to Enlarge ? The project is 16″ square and has a total of 8 hexagons featured. Don’t try to count them. You can really only see 4, machine appliqued using techniques from Hexagons Made Easy. The other 4 are quilted into the design. I’ll get you a close up. You might be able to see the quilted hexagon over on the left. The whole project has machine quilting lines about 1/4″ apart. There’s loads of variegated Sulky thread on this tiny quilt. You can see the pebbles quilted inside this “ghost” hexagons a bit better. The back of the piece is quilted with grey/smoke color thread, so the quilting looks very subtle on the back. Of course, both of my inspiration quilts are hand stitched. I figured technique wasn’t a deal breaker. And like my inspiration quilt, this quilt is made entirely of fabric scraps. It is so nice to dive into the scrap bin and get those pieces used up. This project should be up for auction later this year. I’ll be sure to post a link for you when I find out...

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Inspired By Quilts

Inspired By Quilts

on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, charity, contests | 0 comments

As I mentioned, I’m jumping in and giving the Inpsired By contest a try. The first step is to cruise on over to the Quilt Index and find your inspiration. Quilt Index It was really really hard to narrow down. When I was in college, at LSU, our Historic Textile Museum put on a show of local (Baton Rouge/ Louisiana area) quilter Anna Williams work. Her story and work are amazing. {{I guess it made a pretty big impact as it was my first “quilt showcase” to see, ever, at age… 19 or 20.}} At that time, she hand-pieced loads of hand-cut fabric “strings” to make a very improvisational, free string style quilt. I had to see if her quilts were documented in the Quilt Index. Good news! She has at least one quilt documented in the database. Love the strings. Love the angles!!! Then I thought… I wonder if there’s hexagons and strings? Well, well, well, what do ya know? Hexagons! Stripes! Random! Scrappy! All in all AWESOME. These are my inspiration for Inspired By challenge. Stay tuned. And in case anyone was wondering- I will not be hand piecing or hand sewing any part of my entry. OH- maybe the binding. Yeah, I’ll do the binding by hand. But the rest will be rocking along on my sewing machine....

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Triangle Convergence Quilt

Triangle Convergence Quilt

on Mar 14, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, quilt | 2 comments

I really like the math behind visual illusion quilts. I like that quilts look 3D or “hard to figure out”. For that reason, I really enjoy the Ricky Tims’ Convergence quilts. I bought the book made a couple squares/blocks in 2009, which, evidently I made into a bag. Well, since then, I’ve seen a few convergence quilts made with triangles. Check out some of the cool ones by Caryl Bryer Fallert. I set forth to finally give it a try. I wanted to mix the basic ideas of convergence from the book with the triangle shapes. I think it worked. It’s converged. It is modern. It is using up some fabric scraps. Let me show you how I made it.   First up, I took 4 pieces of fabric and cut them identically. My pieces happened to be about 16″ x 19″. Why? Why not a full fat quarter size? Well, these were scraps. Big scraps, but still. The smallest one was the light blue (plaid) made from the back panel of one of my son’s too-small dress shirts. Everything else was cut to that size. You could certainly do this with any size, though. I had a light and dark green and a light and dark blue. Switch up the triangle “corners” and “main” piece to make a positive and negative shape. These, pictured above, are already stitched. That will leave you with 4 rectangles, each with a large triangle in the center.   Stack TWO rectangles on top of each other, with the triangle points aiming in the same direction. For my project, I mixed up design so that each set would have one blue and one green based rectangle. With the rectangles stacked, make cuts across the triangle at ANY point. My measurements are arbitrary. A couple 1″ cuts. A couple 2″; one or two 2 1/2″ and a 3″ leftover end piece.   This step is where the magic happens. With those cut strips, lay out the new convergence design by alternating one blue, one green, one blue, one green until you are out of strips. Make sure to keep the strips in order, so that the triangle looks like it is stretched out or...

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