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Small Sewn Gift Owl Ornament

Small Sewn Gift Owl Ornament

on Nov 27, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, classes, recycle, tutorial | 1 comment

Simon the Owl Ornament This?Small Sewn Gifts Sew Along?project is a recycle project! Love those. It is pretty quick and can be as colorful as your thrift shop sweaters allow. This is Thursday’s project… but since tomorrow is Thanksgiving!!! I thought I’d better post it a day early. Supplies I used 3 different wool and “felted” sweaters from the thrift store.** 2 small buttons, about 1/2″ in diameter 1 piece of ribbon, about 5″ long hand sewing supplies (GASP!) **For the sweaters, I had these on hand from many craft projects and honestly, by the time I started making Simon, the cute little owl, the sweaters were already chopped up. If you are looking to start a collection or pick up felted wool for this project, here’s what you are looking for- go to the women’s section of the thrift store and look for a sweater that is awkwardly short or has “shrunk” sleeves. The tag size will not at all reflect the size you are seeing. The sweater will say wool, or angora, or cashmere, etc, on the tag, so you’d expect it to be light and soft. HOWEVER, when you touch the weird short sweater, you’ll notice it is quite dense. What happens is someone threw the “hand wash only,” high-end, perfect fiber sweater into the washer. Too bad for them, SCORE for you. Once wool has been felted like that in the washer, the fibers do not fray apart, so it is perfect for crafting projects. Notice, I have sweaters that have some color blocking- that is awesome because for scrap projects, I get more crafty colors all in one sweater. Hooray. Construction   Plan your shapes. For the owl body, cut TWO 4 1/2″ circles and cut TWO 1″ circles for the eyes. You will also need a small triangle for the beak. Cut ONE 3″ circle for the wings. NOTE: My Simon owl ornament body isn’t a circle in the photos. Towards the end of my construction, I decided it would make more sense to use a circle rather than have the “ears built in” so please ignore those little points for a bit.   I also planned the wings. Those are a 3″...

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Hexagons Wall Hanging Workshop

Hexagons Wall Hanging Workshop

on Nov 5, 2013 in Blog, book, business, classes, Hexagons Made Easy | 0 comments

Phew. Houston was a whirlwind. And it was over a week ago. Quilt Market Hangover for sure. I know loads of blogs and websites are showing you booth pictures, but I thought I’d share photos from the Hexagons Made Easy class (Sunday Oct 27th).   The classroom was HUGE. It was wonderful. There were 28 provided sewing machines sponsored by Pfaff. Those were incredible machines. They were so smooth and high-tech.   To my delight, the early morning 8am class was sold out. Thank you all for coming out before Quilt Market even opened that Sunday. There were many coffee cups around the room. The students got to choose from two kit fabrics. Grant Park, a more traditional design and color pallet and DayDream, a more bright modern collection. I started the class by saying “There’s a kit at your machine. It is either traditional or modern. If you want to trade, trade now.” It was cool to see people moving and hopping around peacefully. Quilters are pretty committed to their colors. I cannot blame them. The class was very flexible and at the end of it all these wonderful students made all sorts of designs with the provided fabrics. We had table runners, small designs, experiments and innovations. I loved teaching. The class was smooth and I think the students had a good time. I was so happy with the diverse talented group I had. Thank you all for coming out! If you are a quilt shop and would like me to bring the class to your store, send me an email. reannalilydesigns@gmail.com...

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Take and Teach Quilt Market Houston 2013

Take and Teach Quilt Market Houston 2013

on Oct 22, 2013 in Blog, classes, free spirit fabrics | 0 comments

Quilt Market Kits We are less than one week from Quilt Market!!! Exciting times. I’m here to report that the kits for the Hexagons Made Easy class are all finished! The Take and Teach Class is on Sunday, October 27th at 8am.   These kits are some-kinda-full! You’ll have everything you need to complete the wall hanging and you’ll also leave with a signed copy of the book. Pretty great deal for the price of the class. If you are shop, you’ll have all the information and resources to finish up this shop sample. You’ll also have all you need to be able to kit this project when you get back to your shop. And thanks to the generous folks at MODA, the kits feature one of two different fabrics. The new and amazing Day Dream by Kate Spain and Grant Park by Minick Simpson. I purposely chose a traditional line (Grant Park) and a more fresh/bright line (Daydream) so you can pick the kit that best suits your style. The fabrics pictured on the sample image are by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit and is the quilted wall hanging from the book chapter itself. The Take and Teach Class should be pretty fun. Not only will you learn how to make this exact wall hanging, but you’ll get the “designer’s ideas” of how you can change it up and maximize your yardage to make this design your own. There are limited seats in the class so make sure to sign up as soon as you can. I can’t wait to see ya. I’ll have a kit waiting for you. See you soon.  ...

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Houston Quilt Market Class Kits

Houston Quilt Market Class Kits

on Sep 24, 2013 in Blog, classes, Hexagons Made Easy, Houston Quilt Market 2013 | 1 comment

  Wall Hanging Quilt Kit for Houston Quilt Market I have been cutting fabric for the Quilt Market. I’m guessing a whole handful of blogs are in the “Quilt Market Prep is underway” mode. My mode- Cut fabric for KITS. Thank goodness for my AccuQuilt Cutter + Hexagon die. 672 fabric hexagons cut. Seriously. 672 divided among 28 kits. And another 30 hexagon templates cut from posterboard. Grand total: 702 HEXAGONS. This fall, on Sunday, October 27th, I will be teaching a Wall Hanging Quilt Project from my book, Hexagons Made Easy. If you haven’t signed up for the class or if you have some free time that Sunday morning before you have to catch your flight- sign up for the class. Kit sponsors include MODA, Martingale Publishing, Fairfield Batting, and Brewer Quilting & Sewing provided Frixion Pens . Loads of goodies, I think. You’ll leave with the knowledge and all the supplies to make a finished quilt. Pfaff sewing machines will be in our classroom and we will get to learn the Hexagons Made Easy technique as well as talk about some design elements and free motion quilting on a domestic/home sewing machine. Shop owners will also see how cost effective it is to kit this project and offer the class back at their own shops. Space is limited, so do sign up. I’ll see YOU in class. I cannot wait for...

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Hexagon Wall Hanging Class Sample

Hexagon Wall Hanging Class Sample

on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog, book, classes, Houston Quilt Market 2013, quilt, Uncategorized | 0 comments

And now back to good ole sewing and quilting posts! I’ve been working on a Class Sample for the Hexagon wall-hanging in Hexagons Made Easy. I hope to teach the class locally (in Texas) and I have a spot to teach at the Houston Quilt Market this fall. (!!!!) I’ll have more details on that for you later, as we get closer to October. So lets see the quilt: It is made exactly the same way as the Hexagon Circle chapter in the book. Since this will be a kit, offered with the class in Houston, the size has been altered slightly to make for easier class and kit cutting. I quilted this piece on my home sewing machine, since it is 30″ square. First up, making the quilt sandwich…. mmmmm….. sandwich…. Next I wanted to show you how much fuzz is on my free motion quilting foot. Is that “bearding” or just a dirty foot or what? Is it a problem? I did use a batting scrap from my longarmin’ friend- so I really don’t know what kind/brand it is. It was soft, so I grabbed it. That will NOT be the case for the kits. The Houston kits will have batting sponsorship from a wonderful brand. (details coming soon) But in the mean time- What’s up with the fuzz?   And some quilting fills. I used 4 total fills on this sample. This quilt design is perfect to make a quick project and practice those free motion quilting designs you’ve seen all over the internet, at quilt shows and in book stores. I love doing the free motion quilting. Wanna see how the quilting designs turned out? All in all, not too bad. As always, click to enlarge the image.   One sample down. A few more to go. I know when I see quilts in books or in classes/shops, I love to see the different colorways. So I suppose it is fair to show you the original quilt here too- in the “original” colorway. Neutral colored cotton background, Anna Maria Horner scraps in the...

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Guest Lecturer San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild

Guest Lecturer San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild

on Dec 19, 2012 in Blog, classes, SAMQG | 0 comments

I’m honored to be invited to speak at my own local San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. I will be speaking off course from my usual lecture of discussing how I started in pattern design, and the evolution of my career through trials and tribulations, partnerships and networking to a much more focused lecture titled, GET PUBLISHED. There will be plenty of quilts, bags and designs to see along with my Powerpoint slide show. And this will also be the first big reveal of my newest book title and cover art. I will cover my approach to publishing my own patterns (both on my own and with QuiltWoman.com), Magazine Publications, Book Publications and Contributing Author Publications, as well as getting published online. If this program is received well, I may add it as a permanent lecture option for other speaking engagements. If you’d like to catch the lecture debut, and see how I have gone about having my own original design work published, stop by the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s January Meeting. January 3rd. Location will be announced on their facebook page, soon, and the meeting starts at 6p. The lecture will begin slightly after that. I will have patterns for sale and door prizes to give. See you...

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Tilly Block

Tilly Block

on Nov 8, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, classes, fabric stash, WMQG | 3 comments

With my small swatch of Daisy Janie’s Tilly, I wanted to make a block inspired by a workshop I attended, taught by Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie. The coordinating fabrics are Kona Solids and the yellow is a Moda Bella Solid. I don’t think any of these pieces are organic, like my little Tilly is. Since I had a small amount I had to get a plan that would spread out the print without using up the print too quickly. I went with the wonky log cabin block and framed it in white fabric. (sorry I cut off that lower corner!) Now here’s something you probably didn’t see coming…. the whole little 12″ block is hand quilted. I sat down during a bit of NCAA football on Saturday and thought- I haven’t hand quilting anything in about 3 years, lets see if I can still do it. The answer:? Not really. I was never great at hand quilting and really, the stitches look more like “folk art” than skilled quilting. Of course, I used a crazy thick needle punched polyester batting so that didn’t help at all. My quilting motif was old school, too, just going 1/4″ inside each shape and echo quilting the main color blocked area. But it was super fun to do and with a little binding, my Tilly block will be done. The block will likely be living on my studio wall with other mini’s and swap quilts. It will remind me: I either really really need to practice hand quilting OR move on. =) So next up, brown binding. And finitio! Hooray for my little sample going as far as it...

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Workshop with Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio

Workshop with Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio

on Apr 22, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, classes, fabric stash, pattern, quilt, sewing, WMQG | 1 comment

I’m thinking if you read modern sewing blogs, you have heard of Jacquie and her site, Tallgrass Prairie Studio. I was thrilled to learn that my huge traditional quilt guild had Jacquie as a guest speaker. Of course, that meeting got snowed out and the workshop that went with the lecture was rescheduled. BUT this week was the reschedule week for the workshop!!!!? Hoooray!!!! We started out learning her improvisational style as it relates to basic log cabin and court house step blocks. She even brought a few scrap bins (which were FLOWING OVER with amazing designer scraps) for the workshop members to use, with their own yardage, and enjoy. I might have been a bit too excited to find that Geo Grand scrap in the bin! I grabbed it and a couple solids to ease into the free-piecing technique before I started in on my “real” fabrics. (If you don’t know, it is the brown “C” looking fabric in that green block.)? Then I started in slowly on what would be a 4-block red+grey+aqua quilt. {{Kona Solids}} This is me working on a flannel design wall. I currently do not use a design wall in my studio, but folks, I think that is all about to change. For the workshop we just had a sheet of flannel taped to the wall- it worked beautifully. I cut my strips, guessed at angles, stitched willy-nilly, and hoped for the best. My plan was to grow 4 giant blocks made in her wonky log cabin style, then square them up at home and stitch them together. I did screw up a bit of the piecing in the upper left block, but at the end of the day, I’m cool with it. Hopefully you guys don’t mind. ;)? Now I need to decided on quilting thread and knock it out. At the workshop we talked a bit about thread and I think I might jump in and quilt this little baby in RED. Yes, RED. ….um or maybe dark grey/smoke…?? Stay tuned. And you can read more at my friend’s blogs. They are in the Wichita Modern Quilt Guild AND at the workshop. Here’s Kyle’s blog and Maegan’s blog. That was easily...

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The Cube Purse Class

The Cube Purse Class

on Jan 10, 2011 in classes, wichita kansas | 0 comments

I just wanted to let all my local peeps know that I’ll be teaching The Cube Purse Saturday January 22nd at Midwest Sewing Center (West Location).  Please contact them directly to reserve your spot and grab the supplies list!  See ya...

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T-Shirt Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt

on Nov 19, 2010 in classes, quilt, recycle | 2 comments

My friend wanted to make a t-shirt quilt from her decade of Old Navy Flag Tee’s. What a great idea right?! She has 1999 all the way to 2009. There are a total of 12 blocks, with one blank one for her to write/embroider names of her family members. She and I got together every Wednesday with the help of her cute little 14 mos old daughter to make this little beauty. We interfaced all the logo areas with lightweight fusible interfacing. The blocks are all cut to 12 1/2″ with a 2″ (finished) sashing. We’ll be building the back very soon from extra border + sashing fabrics. This is the second quilt she’s ever made and I think its turning out...

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Class Projects

Class Projects

on Oct 25, 2010 in classes, pattern, sewing | 2 comments

I recently taught a bag class at the local sewing machine shop. It went really well, I think. The younger students were able to complete their bags in the one session. We did run a bit long, but all in all, a great class. Thank you. All of the students were brand new to sewing, so I’d say this is pretty awesome! We used the FREE Tote Bag pattern on the ReannaLily Designs website. That pattern will only be up for a limited time, so if you are looking for a 2-fabric easy grocery green-bag with soft quilted handles, go grab it now- before its...

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New Classes Added!

New Classes Added!

on Sep 14, 2010 in classes, wichita kansas | 0 comments

I’m happy to report the new Fall Classes have been added to the ReannaLily Designs website and blog. I’ll be in and around Wichita with a variety of class types to choose from. Aprons to Quilts, Tote bags to Circles. Check out the free demo THIS FRIDAY the 17th at Hen Feather’s Quilt Shop, part of the Kansas City Bus tour. You will need to contact each shop directly to sign up. You can also sign up to receive the ReannaLily Designs newsletter to receive class updates and pattern release news directly in your email...

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