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Dresden Block Applique

Dresden Block Applique

on Jan 30, 2015 in Blog, charity | 0 comments

The scrappy Dresden blocks are coming together. These blocks are part of a group project that will be sent to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction for 2015. I’m finishing my 8 blocks; all machine applique, of course. I used Mono-filament Thread by Superior Threads to straight-stitch my shapes. I cannot wait to see the other friends’ blocks to see if they are as scrappy as mine. Word has it, the blocks are in the mail on the way to me. Expect more photos...

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Scrappy Dresdens for a Cause

Scrappy Dresdens for a Cause

on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog, charity, quilt | 0 comments

In December, one of my closest friends lost her mom to cancer. She, I, and our other closest friend are going to work together on a bed-size Scrappy Dresden pattern quilt to donate to MD Anderson’s 2015 Quilt Auction. The friends working on the project are all making dresden blocks with whatever scraps we have on hand. Here’s my scraps. There’s loads “on-hand.” We’re each cutting our dresdens, using the EZ Dresden Ruler, to measure 7″ tall. The middles might vary a bit, though. These are my wedges. It is 160 total wedges. Phew. That is a pretty good collection of fabric right there. I quite proud. =) I put together a quick video to show my super scrappy dresdens. Next, we will each be machine stitching our dresden flowers to a white background. All the blocks will be mailed to me for final assembly & quilting. Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll have more posts/pics as we work on this group...

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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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MORE Pet Postcards

MORE Pet Postcards

on Sep 6, 2014 in Blog, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

Still going strong with Pet Postcards for 2014. I used my stencil/template cat shape to draw out a fat cat, onto house insulation foam. If you follow me on Instagram, I accidently referred to the foam as having an R-rating, which it does. R3, to be exact. ?BUT if you use “r-rated” foam to make naked cats…. well…. oops. hahahaha. I’m not too good with the stenciling and stamping for composition and interest, but you know it is crazy fun to do.     I’ll probably turn in a couple more postcards for the Pet Postcard Friends for Life Fundraiser ( @ Houston Quilt Festival in October/November 2014)....

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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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Ugly Fabric Blocks

Ugly Fabric Blocks

on Apr 29, 2014 in charity, SAMQG | 1 comment

One of our San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild members bought some ugly fabric. It happens. We all make mistakes. Ha. But instead of trashing it or dooming it to some other fabric demise, she cut small 5″ squares of the fabric and has asked guild members to take a piece or two – FREE – add it to any other fabrics you have and make a 12 1/2″ block. The blocks collected will be added to an outreach project for our guild. Lawdy, I busted out all sorts of scraps and just started sewing to whatever tune I was singing in my head. This first one isn’t so bad. It has some really great fabrics and designers represented, of course…. But that 3rd row from the top… The one with the little blue dots. That was the challenge fabric. Here’s my second block. Again, a few greats represented… but boy, mixed up like this… yikes! I cannot wait to see what kind of eye-burning quilt the member makes. She has assured me with the proper white space, the quilt will all work out. I believe her. I really hope I’m able to share a photo of the top or finished quilt, later when that shakes...

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Project Linus Charity Quilt Drive

Project Linus Charity Quilt Drive

on Apr 22, 2014 in Blog, charity, quilt | 0 comments

  I am a contributing designer over at FaveQuilts.com and an author with Leisure Arts. When they contacted me about promoting a Quilt Drive for Project Linus I was thrilled to hop on board. I’ve donated to Project Linus, individually in the past. This is different. This is a full-on drive. It even has prize opportunities sponsored by Leisure Arts. Read more about the drive HERE. Read more about Project Linus HERE. Donate: Starting May 1st to the 23rd of June. Mail: Prime Publishing, LLCAttn: Charity Blanket Drive3400 Dundee RoadNorthbrook, IL 60062 Prizes: Of course, we understand that making blankets of any kind takes time and materials. With that in mind, we’re offering an exciting?Leisure Arts?six-title book bundle valued at over $100! Send us a quilt and you’ll be?automatically entered?to win the following titles: Beginner Friendly Quilts: The Best of Quilty Best of Fons & Porter: Paper-Pieced Quilts Best of Fons & Porter: Quilting Quickly Best of Fons & Porter: Scrap Explosion Quilts Best of Fons & Porter: Easy Collection Totes and Bags: A Stylish Collection for All Your Needs! When the contest is over, FaveQuilts will contact the lucky winner and send you your new pattern books. Make: Need an idea for a quick quilt to make? There are LOADS of free patterns over on FaveQuilts.com. Of course, there are a few really good ones right here on ReannaLily Designs Blog, too. Plus Quilt. A Giant Block Quilt?. Rockin’ Row Robbin. Wonky 9-Patch. Large ZigZag/Chevron Quilt. Personally, I think I’m going to send my Plus Quilt. It is so fast and is just the right size. Specs: There are, however, a few rules to make sure that Project Linus can accept and distribute your generous donation. So while you’re planning, please keep in mind the following: The smallest size quilt that Project Linus can accept is 36″x 36″. It is important the length and width are in proportion to each other. Some blankets that Project Linus receives are very long and narrow which makes a nice scarf instead of a blanket! Project Linus donates blankets to children from newborn up to eighteen years of age. The materials must be all new, washable and in child-friendly patterns. If a...

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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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Inspired By Contest

Inspired By Contest

on Mar 20, 2014 in Blog, charity, contests | 0 comments

Quilt Alliance is holding a contest! From The Quilt Alliance Website: “Our annual contest is all about?Inspiration?this year. Our mission is to document, preserve and share the stories of?(all)?quilts and (all)quiltmakers. We encourage everyone who makes quilts to enter our annual contest regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, applique, pieced…) –all are welcomed and valued!” Not only will the 16″ x 16″ works be auctioned off for a great cause, but you can also win prizes! For all the info- CLICK HERE to learn more. This is the next project I’m working on. Check it out. And oh my goodness, the Quilt Index is so extensive; you’ll be inspired in a hot...

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Pet Postcards SAMQG

Pet Postcards SAMQG

on Aug 20, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, charity, SAMQG, sewing, tutorial | 3 comments

  Pet Postcards Are you in on the Pet Postcard Project? It is a Quilted/Artist Postcard Sale benefiting Friends for Life. Each card is sold, at the Houston Quilt Festival, for $20 with the proceeds going to charity. SAMQG has launched our involvement as our first charity endeavor for the new board year. Let me get you a link to Pokey’s Ponderings where you can find all the information about the project. Working small, 4″ x 6″ , is so fast and quick, you might just want to make up a few for your own donation. The postcards range so much in style and technique. I just dove on in. I started with all fabric scraps and inktense pencils. I haven’t really mastered these inktense fabric ink pencils, but they are super fun to play with. I started drawing the “cats” before I had any real plan at all. I forged ahead. I found my groove when I bailed on “art quilt” style and went back to “quilt girl” style. I drafted up a few cat templates, which helped me tremendously. These shapes are HERE for you to download and use in your own Pet Postcard designs, if you choose to give it a whirl. So what’d I turn out with these little cat shapes? A mess. Working small is great but boy, it is so easy to make a colossal mess. You’d think I had planned out a quilt to wrap my house for a bug bomb it was such a mess. Alas, it was just a pet postcard marathon. I ended up making a whole handful of these little guys. Here’s what I have so far. I hope they are able to raise the money for?Friends for Life, Houston?s fastest growing No-Kill animal adoption and rescue organization. I hope you are inspired to go forth and make a few cards for the cause. Whether inspiring means: “wow, that is inspiring” or more like “whoa, I could make better cards than that” So whatever you take from it- get on out there and make some cards!...

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Plethora of Pillowcases

Plethora of Pillowcases

on Oct 12, 2012 in Blog, charity, SAMQG | 2 comments

The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild extended a pillowcase challenge to its members as part of our 2012 charity initiative. I showed you the first couple pillowcases a while back, in this post. This whole effort, of course, is part of the One Million Pillowcase Challenge by All People Quilt (APQ). Once I made my first 8 cases on my serger, I realized this would be a GREAT time to clean house with some of my older fabrics that I have either used to death in a ton of projects already, I purchased 4-6 years ago in Korea, or fabrics that I just no longer needed to keep. Hum….. How many cases do you think I made? Using the serger allows all the interior seams to be finished and tidy. It also cuts off excess fabric, which left me with a fabulous pile of selvedge edges. My friend Sara already has?dibs?on those. They completely fill a gallon ziploc bag- when stuffed in and smashed a bit.   Sure does look like a truck load of pillowcases…. There are so many pillowcases, that they will not fit in the largest carry-bag I own. I’ll have to tell you, I think it took more time picking out the fabrics and cutting them than it did to actually serge the pieces. Do you have a guess yet? I had a contest on the SAMQG facebook page to guess the number of pillowcases. That was fun. Turns out “a ridiculous” amount of pillowcases means different things to different people. Lots of guesses. Lots of numbers. Ok, and the big number is ….. I think I’m going on a pillowcase break for a bit. I’m super glad to be able to give my fabrics and time to a great cause. And you know what is even crazier? I’m not OUT of fabric....

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Million Pillowcase Challenge

Million Pillowcase Challenge

on Sep 14, 2012 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

I’m joining the challenge. More accurately, the SAMQG is joining the challenge as part of our charitable efforts. I considered stitching up some of the yardage I own, on many occasions. I guess I just needed that extra push to get it done. Not only did they announce the challenge at the evening meeting, but that very next day the pattern for the APQ Pillowcase showed up in my facebook feed. It was a sign I tell you! These pillowcases, all 8, are made from Art Gallery Fabrics. The prints are from some of the older lines, including Girlie Girl. Then of course, there are blenders mixed in as well. I was grabbing fabrics willy-nilly to use up some of my AGF stash. The prints might not be the perfect quilt-pallet combination, as they are stitched here, but they will make some GREAT pillowcases. Why 8 pillowcases?? Well, that was the amount of fabric I had to cut this morning. And I was able to blast through sewing them, since I did it all on my serger. I’d be surprised if the whole thing took me an hour to do. It feels great knowing I can give these over to someone who needs...

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