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McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar

McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar

on Dec 28, 2010 in book, business, free spirit fabrics, Press, quilt, quilting, recycle | 8 comments

Guess who is going to be in McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar 2011? ME! I have a great little snuggle quilt pattern in there. In fact, its called Home Front Snuggler. Its a fast pattern, fat quarter compatible, and finishes at 60″ square. Its the perfect size for the couch- specifically, for the kids cuddling up to you this winter on the couch. Kids don’t necessarily understand deployment, but hopefully this will bring them a little closer to their loved one while they are apart. Thank you for serving! “This soft lap quilt provides a bit of comfort while a parent’s deployed.” McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar 2011. I’m so thrilled that its also a recycled military uniform pattern. One lovely BDU has a new life in this family pass-down quilt. (Image above from McCall’s Quick Quilting website) You’ll see this in the article- The quilt is quilted with the free motion flowers. Its really an easy technique and great alternative to meandering. Give it a try. *Fabrics in the quilt are Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey + US Gov’t And that’s not all… McCall’s Quick Quilts is the first publication to break the biggest business related secret I’ve ever kept. Are you sitting down? In fact, we’ve only scratched the surface of the secret but check out this Designer Information section (from the magazine) “Jen Eskridge is a quilt designer, author, and teacher. Look for her upcoming book from C&T Publishing at your local quilt store or visit her website, reannalilydesigns.com.” Yep- you read that right!!! That’s all I can tell you for now. And yes, I’m so happy I might explode. More details will emerge as we get closer to the release date. You totally have to subscribe to the blog or sign up for the newsletter (on the right side bar over there) so you don’t miss a bit of the...

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New Pattern: Military Mailbag & Express Mailbag RD2-029

New Pattern: Military Mailbag & Express Mailbag RD2-029

on Sep 29, 2010 in accessories, free spirit fabrics, Houston Market 2010, northcott fabrics, pattern, recycle, sewing | 1 comment

Tis the season to tell blog land all about the seasonal pattern releases. I’m releasing 5 for the October International Quilt Market and this is the last one of the 5. Whooooh– …of course, if you subscribe to the ReannaLily Designs newsletter, you’ve already seen the sneak peek of all 5 titles…This pattern is called the Military Mailbag & Express Mailbag RD2-029. The pattern has two sizes and two strap options (spaghetti straps OR cotton webbing). You can mix and match both elements to create a one-of-a-kind bag, just for you. It started out as one bag, to feature the Capri line of fabrics by Northcott (also used in the Diamond In the Rough Pattern RD2-208) The fabric line has this amazing 22″ wide stripe in the collection. I really wanted to showcase that stripe on the flap of the messenger bag. In fact, the flap on the larger bag, 10″ x 16″ would be great for any piece of fabric that you’ve purchased, but you just cannot cut it apart because its so beautiful. I think we’ve all done that… The larger bag is made with fabric yardage, but if you like, the large bag pieces can actually fit 2 per fat quarter- giving you the option for a fun scrappy bag. …speaking of scrappy… As my tester (Mom!) was working on her sample, she mentioned that it might be super easy and fun to make the bag in a different size- possible a size that features LAYER CAKES! So, with her permission, I added in a second bag size to include 10″ squares. The smaller bag is called the Express Mailbag. (bag construction and photos by Karen Morello) Now, you can showcase fabric on the flap, quilt on the flap OR show your support for our troops on the flap. As with my bag patterns, this pattern includes details for sewing with military uniforms. You can recycle the camouflage BDU or (as pictured) an ABU or ACU to let the world know that you support our troops! You can add name tapes, unit patches or any other embellishment to the bag. This will truly be an original creation once you are done mixing the elements. I think...

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