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Northcott Fabrics QuiltCon 2016 Quilt Revealed

Northcott Fabrics QuiltCon 2016 Quilt Revealed

on Feb 18, 2016 in Blog, blogging others, business, Longarm Quilting Gallery, northcott fabrics | 5 comments

Northcott Fabric’s QuiltCon 2016 Quilt – Revealed Today is REVEAL DAY!!! Hooray! You know it is hard to keep a good secret. Thankfully, the designers working with Northcott to create QuiltCon 2016 booth quilts were all allowed to share sneak peeks along the way. (See the sneak peek blog posts here and here.) Let’s talk about making this quilt! I was provided the official logo font for Northcott’s NEW?fabric line ColorWorks. With that, I was able to determine the placement of the text on my quilt using this quilt as inspiration. I decided how high I wanted the letters?and had to find the center of the letters which will line up with a?vertical line on the quilt. I then traced the letters onto the quilt with this?water soluble pen. I used steps in my Texty Trapunto?style to add batting behind the lettering. You can see more in this sneak peek preview. To begin the quilting process, I first had to outline the letters on the longarm, using rulers when I could. After each letter was outlined twice, I filled in around the shape with little pebbles. The maxi-lock gold?thread I used to longarm quilt was the perfect match for the ColorWorks solid. I planned to add a chunk of pebbled words along the right side of the quilt. Pebbles turned into a few swirls every so often. Once the letters were complete, I could move to deciding what I’d quilt on the rest of the negative space. I opted for feathers. The appliqued pre-printed shapes are part of Northcott’s ColorWorks concepts collection?and were applied using the techniques from my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. I quilted around the circles with a looping design. Once those two areas were complete, I needed to connect the space with straight-ish lines. Hum. After stewing on the design, I think I need more feathers. I added another row of feathers, right next to the first one. When that was finished, I needed to connect the quilting designs with more straight-ish lines. After quilting the appliqued circles with monofilament thread, it is finished. Let me show you the festive backing fabric. It is on the Northcott Fabrics site here and is #20799-99.(The band...

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QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part Two

QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part Two

on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog, business, northcott fabrics | 0 comments

Sneak Peek at QuiltCon Quilt I’m happy to show you just a bit more of a sneak peek from my QuiltCon 2016 Quilt which will hang in the Northcott Fabrics booth (616). In last week’s post, I shared some of the construction in building the quilt top. This week I can show you some of the prep work I’m doing for the longarm quilting design. In the above photo, I have traced computer-generated letters onto the background (or negative space) of the quilt using this water soluble pen. The next step is to prep batting to stitch behind the letters. I’m creating Texty Trapunto letters in the negative space. (Follow the link to my Craftsy pattern for complete directions to create Texty Trapunto.) I?layered wool and high loft polyester batting, then hand-stitched the pieces together to form a piece long enough to fit behind my words. Next, I stitched the letters to the batting with water soluble thread. I love this thread! All the letter outlining was initially done on my home sewing machine with the free motion quilting foot set up. I’m using my machingers?gloves, too. They really let you slide the quilt top around easily without totally stressing out your shoulders. After securing the batting, I cut away the excess from behind the quilt. I cannot show you all the lettering or tell you what the word/s will be, but after all, it is only a sneak peek. The last step I can share on sneak peek day, today, is me quilting a tiny bit on the quilt. The machine quilting will be quite heavy on the negative space of the quilt. The big reveal of the entire project will be on February 18th; the day QuiltCon 2016 starts. I’m chugging away on this secret project. I hope if you are able to go to QuiltCon, you’ll snap some pictures for me. Post them on Instagram and tag me. (@reannalilydesigns_jen) or share them in the comments. I’m so excited for this...

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QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part One

QuiltCon Top Secret Quilt – Part One

on Jan 19, 2016 in benartex, Blog, business, northcott fabrics | 0 comments

Northcott Fabrics Going to QuiltCon! I am sending one custom project to QuiltCon 2016?for the Northcott Fabrics booth. It is going to be BRIGHT! I can only share a few sneak peeks – but let’s just say, I LOVE this solid color: And I do really love making circles easily. I’m applying medium-weight, sew-in interfacing to a couple of pieces. Who knows what it will look like…. I’ll be posting pictures of this quilt as QuiltCon 2016 approaches. In the mean time, search for?#northcottfabric?and #northcottquiltcon?in Instagram and on your favorite social media platforms to see more secret-y...

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Giant Double Aster Free Motion Quilted

Giant Double Aster Free Motion Quilted

on Jun 28, 2012 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, northcott fabrics, quilting | 0 comments

I decided to go crazy and try all sorts of quilting styles on my Giant Double Aster quilt block quilt. This is one of those quilts I made just to see if I could do it, so I decided to approach the quilting in the same manner. It was sooooooo liberating. The quilt was finished on my mid-arm frame. Since the quiltable area, or “throat area” , is narrow, the quilt required quite a few rolling-and-re-tightening moments to get the whole thing finished. I also learned a bit about direction. I quilted clamshells into some of the white spaces on the quilt. All the shells go the same direction, rather than rotating or radiating out from one point. Eh, what are ya gonna do, right?? I’m definitely not comfortable enough to reload the quilt, turned 90 degrees. I know long-armers do that so they can do vertical borders. Um… that will be later. For now, my “play quilt” will just have quilting going in one direction. I tried a different motif style in each fabric shape. Clamshells, swirls, McTavishing, channel stitching, 90 degree meandering, pebbles- all sorts of stuff. I also used variegated Sulky blendable thread. I hadn’t really planned on quilting the piece so heavily… so I really was not sure if I had enough thread for this 50″ square top. Lets just say it was a really close call!!! I’m not sure how easy that above picture will be to see; its a bit blurry. (click on it to enlarge it)? It is the quilt back. The quilt is backed with Rock and Roll flannel by Northcott fabrics. It is so soft. This is definitely one of the most densely-quilted things I’ve ever done. I do really like how it turned out. I’ll have to try it again. I have another UFO to finish up. Stay tuned, you know I’ll have...

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Woven Comfort Pattern

Woven Comfort Pattern

on Oct 7, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, Houston Market 2011, northcott fabrics, pattern, quilt | 1 comment

One of the popular patterns in my collection is the RD2018 Woven Comfort. My quilt-y mom, Karen, is helping me update the title for the Fall Quilt Market 2011 in Houston. (THANK YOU, MOM!) She has re-made the quilt top using Northcott’s FRECKLES fabrics. (THANK YOU, NORTHCOTT!) Let me show you the picture she sent? It’s looking amazing. The quilt itself is based on a 15″ block, so you get a bigger quilt for your time and efforts. It has gone together quite quickly. Next up, iron + quilt machine + binding. If you’re in Houston, Oct 29th-31st, you’ll have to stop by and see...

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Houston Quilt Market 2011

Houston Quilt Market 2011

on Sep 22, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, Houston Market 2011, northcott fabrics, quilt | 2 comments

I’m happily sewing sewing sewing along for the items to be featured in my first ever Houston Quilt Market (2011) booth. You’ll have to stop by the booth #2048 or check in with the blog to see what these lovely fabrics turn into. The fabrics are the Capri line by Northcott. I really dig this line because the over-sized repeat looks like painted polish pottery, to me. Ok… back to the sewing...

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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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New Pattern: Diamond In The Rough RD2-028

New Pattern: Diamond In The Rough RD2-028

on Sep 27, 2010 in Houston Market 2010, northcott fabrics, pattern, quilt | 1 comment

…another new pattern coming soon to a quilt shop near you… This pattern is called Diamond in the Rough (RD2-028). The pattern features the absolutely gorgeous Capri Line for Northcott fabrics. (Which look amazing when they aren’t the size of a tiny thumbnail quilt in a blog- you’ll have to click the link to see the designs. They look like painted pottery.) I slipped in a sneak-peek of the design a while back on the blog. Thankfully that method-test quilt went so well that I ended up including the large size AND a baby size in the pattern. There are diamonds, there are circles, there’s applique and a bit of fussy cutting, should you opt for the large striped border fabric- so it will be released as an intermediate pattern. Not to fear though, the pattern should get you from beginning to end without too many cuss...

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New Pattern: Loose Change RD2-027

New Pattern: Loose Change RD2-027

on Sep 20, 2010 in northcott fabrics, pattern, quilting, sewing | 0 comments

…Another new pattern on the horizon… This one is called Loose Change (RD2-027). Its based on a traditional stacked coins pattern. After mixing up all the coins it seemed like an appropriate little title. The original design is based on a fabric line called Love Nest by Northcott Fabrics. The pattern is authored to allow you to make the quilt with one 10″ square cut Layer Cake (or 40, 10″ squares) plus a small amount of solid color yardage. The fabric used is the Twiggy by Sanae for Moda Fabrics in this test sample. The photos above are straight from the pattern tester. The pattern will be distributed by QuiltWoman.com and is available now. Subscribe to the blog or sign-up to receive the newsletter to get the exact date it will be...

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Quilted Pattern- Free Motion Swirls

Quilted Pattern- Free Motion Swirls

on Sep 9, 2010 in northcott fabrics, quilting | 3 comments

With those quilting supplies from yesterday, I’ve decided to try out another free-motion quilting motif. SWIRLS The quilt itself is Teddy Bear Circles, RD2-021. I’ve shown you the top before, in this post. The fabric is flannel by Northcott. In fact, the top AND back are flannel. I used a very dense polyester batting between the layers. I do think that this quilt is now warm enough for our friends climbing Mt Everest, with tog ratings through the roof, I’m sure. The slick fuzzy flannel surface and sheer weight of the three layers made the swirls a bit “clunky” as I quilted around on my home machine. I do really like the quilting design, though, and I might have better luck with getting a smoother look with (1) grip gloves and (2) a lighter quilt. But for now, my quilty-quilt is quilted. Its bound and its ready to take around and show at Quilt Shops to promote the pattern. Whoooh- What’s...

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Fabrics Matter

Fabrics Matter

on Aug 25, 2010 in eq7, northcott fabrics, pattern, quilt | 3 comments

Have you seen a quilt made in a couple different colorways and thought “WOAH, Its completely different.” I’m always thinking that. In fact, its one of the reasons I love EQ7 software. You can change up fabrics with a click and audition colors, prints, and scale within minutes. I put the Fabric Matters to a test recently with my own pattern, Teddy Bear Circles RD2021. The pattern was designed based on digital fabric files from Northcott Fabrics. At the time, Northcott’s Teddy Bears For All Seasons was not yet available in real life, ready to ship- so my tester made the quilt using a Moda Layer Cake. Since the 40 ten-inch fabric squares in a layer cake represent a piece of fabric from the entire line- the quilt has a much more eclectic look.The original flannel fabrics from Northcott shipped this summer, just in time for shops to carry the flannel for fall/winter projects. I was able to make up the pattern to match the cover design. The fabric in real life was much more rich in color than the original digital files. And once I made it in the flannel I got to thinking: “I planned this pattern design based on a modern concept and look. So- why not give it a more modern edge with some solid white and Amy Butler prints.” That was that. I chopped into one of my IKEA white cotton sheets and about 2 total yards of Amy Butler fabrics. Its two prints, both from her Love collection, I think. (I might be wrong on the collection.) I tell you, its like night and day. The variety baffles me. I’m fortunate to be able to try out the different looks in real fabric, as well as EQ7, on a quilt that is quick to make and still big enough to use or gift. Now, to build the backs and get them quilted. I should have time nowadays, with all my office assistants back in school....

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Testing the Idea

Testing the Idea

on Jun 24, 2010 in business, Houston Market 2010, northcott fabrics, pattern, quilt, sewing | 0 comments

I have a couple new quilt pattern designs releasing with Northcott fabrics this coming fall. (Oh my goodness and its not even the end of June yet!) But still- Gotta get to work and have these fabulous patterns release for Houston Market. So, with this new design I have made a much smaller test quilt to determine the best method of construction. I think the kinks are ironed out {pun intended} and I’m ready to dive in with the writing and diagramming. The picture above is very loosely based on the actual quilt design. We’ll see in a couple months if you guys think they look remotely similar. =) For now, though, I think I’ll be naming this 40″ square quilt Argyle Earth Day. (The fabrics in the sample quilt above are from **gasp** Joann’s and the white and black background is Robert Kaufmann) Since the quilt is small, I figured it’d be a good opportunity to test another little idea: Free Motion Feathers. My mother-in-law is a whiz at these on her longarm machine. I found a quilt she quilted for me and started tracing her quilting lines with my finger. Next step- getting used to the motion and anticipating the next curve with a pencil and paper. Yes, that is a high-tech, back-of-an-envelope-while-watching/listening-to-the-tv set up I’ve got going on. Then after a very short bit at the sewing machine, I have some Free Motion Feathers- I think over all, this test of many ideas turned out ok. I need a TON more practice with the whole retracing step in feather stitching. I still need to bind it and I’m happy to report I will not be *testing* anything with my regular ‘ole continuous...

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