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ReannaLily Designs and QuiltWoman.com

ReannaLily Designs and QuiltWoman.com

on Dec 13, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, pattern | 1 comment

I wanted to let my readers know that the two newest titles in the ReannaLily Design Pattern collection are now available at QuiltWoman.com. It is a great time to add a couple pattern titles under the tree for the sewing enthusiast in your family. QuiltWoman.com is also currently offering a free pattern, Playful Pinstripes, with purchase. Check out their website to read more about the limited time offer and see all the pattern titles available for your holiday...

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Patterns Gone Digital

Patterns Gone Digital

on Nov 21, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, business, pattern | 1 comment

Have you seen Patterns Gone Digital yet? I met Becky of pgd at Houston? Quilt Market. What an amazing concept they are working on. Basically they are an e-pattern wholesaler. They can help you digitize your pattern files into a pdf format, then they take the pattern and sell a “card” with a unique key code to quilt shops. It brings the pdf pattern INTO the quilt shop so that shoppers can have something tangible to buy at checkout and then they can still have the flexibility of an e-pattern once they get back to their home/sewing rooms. PGD has a great FAQ page for you to read up on the whole concept. You’ve got to check it out. ReannaLily Designs is delighted to have PGD sell & distribute some titles in this new format. And a big thanks to Amy at Amy’s Creative Side for pointing me in this direction. Her patterns are already listed with PGD and were on display in the booth at Houston Quilt...

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Sew It All TV

Sew It All TV

on Oct 14, 2011 in accessories, Blog, blogging others, pattern | 2 comments

Have you seen this new show, Sew It All, on PBS?? I was able to watch an episode online and I don’t think it is in the Wichita market yet. Jacquie over at Tallgrass Prairie mentioned the show just? the other day. Well, I have some news…. are you sitting down?? I’m going to be on the show. I fly out to Golden Colorado for taping next week and I have no idea when the show will air. I’ve been sewing like a mad woman getting ready for market and this taping. I had no idea so many samples are made in advance of the actual show. I know now! It is a really different process from the actual pattern writing though. It was quite tricky to figure out how much to sew before you move on to the next “Oh, I see you already have these side seams sewn” sample. REAL TV seems quite a bit different than my two little quickie youtube videos. The super great news for you, my readers, is that with the show segment you’ll get a free link to the pattern demo’d. I’ll be making this cute little tote bag and show you how to put the zipper in the lining. I use the same style zipper in almost all my bag linings, so if you own any of my bag patterns (or the Deploy That Fabric book) you’ll want to tune in. The bag I’m making is called The Sitter Tote. It features recycled military uniforms, or you can make it with traditional cottons. All the fabric “steps” match the main finished bag, throughout the show. My ‘Hero’- as TV jargon calls it-? has Amy Butler fabrics + recycled Army ACU uniform pieces. I cannot wait to tell you more about how the show goes and how the “behind the scenes” go and share the actual pdf pattern with you! Stay...

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Sneak Peek- Diamond In The Rough Pattern

Sneak Peek- Diamond In The Rough Pattern

on Oct 11, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, Houston Market 2011, pattern | 2 comments

Here’s a sneak peek at the RD2028 Diamond In The Rough pattern, made up in the baby size. I still need to quilt it before market, but its coming along nicely. This is made with the Capri fabric line from Northcott Fabrics. I made a second baby top using Northcott’s Pinfeathers Line. Oh that fabric is so fun! I do think the photo (below) doesn’t really show the quilt/fabric too well. (Stinkin’ over-exposed yard photograph)? It does have a completely different feel than the Capri fabric quilt, doesn’t it?? The Pinfeathers quilt looks so much softer and so much more baby than the Capri. It is set on a pale yellow background, where the Capri is on white. Maybe that makes the...

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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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New Patterns Are HERE!

New Patterns Are HERE!

on Oct 5, 2011 in accessories, Blog, business, pattern | 0 comments

If you subscribe to the reannalilydesigns.com rss feed, you were first to know about the NEW patterns from ReannaLily Designs! (And, if you’d like to subscribe, you can do so in the right-hand side bar of this webpage.) —> The first pattern is a bag pattern, RD2030 All ‘Round Tote. Quilter’s World featured the bag in their April 2011 issue and now it can be yours in paper pattern form OR pdf e-pattern style. The second pattern is a fun quilt in two sizes (baby 45″ x 45″ or bed size 90″ x 90″). It’s the Homefront Snuggler! This pattern was originally featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar issue – so you KNOW it’s a quick easy quilt to make. This pattern is also available in paper or pdf formats. Both patterns are made with recycled military uniforms, but as will all ReannaLily Designs patterns, yardage is provided for traditional quilter’s cottons as well as uniforms. I hope you’ll stop by booth #2048 to see these new titles and their cover samples at the Houston Quilt Market...

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Stroller Blanket – FREE Pattern

Stroller Blanket – FREE Pattern

on Sep 15, 2011 in Blog, book, pattern, tutorial | 0 comments

Welcome welcome to another free sewing pattern, how-to, tutorial! This project is a quick stroller blanket. This is one of those “Oh man, the baby shower is THIS Saturday!!! I thought it was next week.” kinda projects. Download the pattern here. It is a blanket. It is not quilted. The project is 26″ square and is backed with flannel. (You could use minkee or even polar fleece back there, if you like.) It is a narrow blanket which should be just the right fit over the little one without having a mountain of blanket bunched up on the right and left sides of the kiddo. Much like the stroller blanket in my book, this coverlet also has a buttonhole in one corner. “Why?” You ask. Easy, this is so you can use those plastic kid links to tether the blanket to the stroller, which will keep it from slipping under the wheels as you stroll. The project in the book uses a metal grommet. A plastic grommet from the home dec department would work just as well, too. The tutorial is a pdf download and is based on the super easy Disappearing 9-Patch block. It is made with charms + white fabric. The charms used in this project are Summer Solstice by RJR Fabrics. Of course, I also added in just a bit if digital camouflage from a recycled Army (ACU) Uniform. You could recycle denim or khaki, or use more charms or any “focus” fabric in that square where I’ve placed uniform fabric. It is totally up to you. Download the pattern here. If you make it and want to share your version, feel free to add it to the ReannaLily Designs flickr pool. **For personal use...

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Fabric Choices

Fabric Choices

on Sep 6, 2011 in accessories, Blog, book, military monster, pattern, sewing | 0 comments

In my recycled military uniform patterns and in Deploy That Fabric, all the patterns have yardage for sewing with a uniform OR sewing the whole project just with fun quilt shop fabrics. Ok, so I decided that for market I need to make a few more uniform pattern designs in regular fabric. I’d like to have both sample styles in my booth (#2048) next month. Are you ready for this one??? Let me just say, I love love love how it turned out. It has less pockets than the uniform bags, since many extra pockets come from the actual uniform itself. But you know, this little baby still has 9 pockets, so it’s not like it’s hurtin’ for storage & organization or anything. It is not a small bag, either. This is the Military Monster bag from Deploy That Fabric. The bag is 21″ across the top and about 14″ across the bottom. It is 6″ wide, at the bottom and about 14″ tall. It is huge!!! Let me just show you the fabrics. Oh man, Joel Dewberry Aviary II for Free Spirit. I had this bit of fabric used in the purse left over from my secret summer sewing projects. It is gorgeous! and…. this is coming from someone who just about never sews with purple. The construction time for me, on this, was pretty short. I mean, overall. It isn’t a big quilt and you know I’ve made a few of these before. =) Remember the post last week where I showed you the trim/ribbons store in S. Korea?? Well, they also sold zippers in a crammed-full zippers only store. I actually bought zippers in one of 4 different zipper stores. Let me show you one of them: Could you imagine if Joann’s looked like that?? But then again, Joann’s would be able to give you stellar great deals on zippers, too. I bring this up because while I was living in Korea, I bought yards and yards and yards of “zipper by the foot”. I originally bought it for a duvet cover. You simply cut the zipper tape to length, then add the zipper pull(s) and then zigzag over the zipper teeth to make a stopper....

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Adjustable Aprons Ready for Market

Adjustable Aprons Ready for Market

on Sep 1, 2011 in accessories, Blog, free spirit fabrics, Houston Market 2011, pattern | 0 comments

Today I’ve been stitching away on my Adjustable Apron Pattern (RD2015). I have the samples from the cover of the pattern, but the fabric isn’t available and isn’t “new”. Turns out, that is a big deal for market. I wanted to make the pattern in bright fresh fabrics. I actually went to the quilt shop this morning only to find some fabulous Joel Dewberry Heirloom laminates. Now there’s a good idea- Laminates for an Apron. It took about a 1/2 second to decide in which color way I’d like to make the Adult Apron and coordinating Child Size apron. The apron pattern is drafted onto butcher paper or Pattern Ease and then cut, stitched and trim is added. It is a super simple pattern. I really wanted to go crazy with the trim, though. I doubt “two rows” constitutes crazy, but two rows in hot pink might push me a bit more in that direction. We’ve got ruffles. We’ve got rickrack. We’ve got pom-poms. All of those trims were purchased in the fabulous SoeMun market in Daegu, South Korea. Hum, I should dig out a picture of the ribbon shop down at that massive outdoor market and show you where I used to buy trim. Ah… I loved it there. (We lived there with the USAF from ’06-’08.) (Above) Its ribbon hanging from the ceiling, covering the tables and walls and on spools along each table edge. The only place there was NOT ribbon or trim was the floor. And this whole “shop” was probably about 20′ x 30′. It was so overwhelming to walk in and look around and so amazing all at the same time. And sometimes I’d find good satin and grosgrain ribbons down in the flower district or flower mart areas of town, too. (above) Tons and tons of ribbons. Ok, so I kinda got off topic. What was I talking about?? {{scrolling up}}? Ah yes, the pattern. The pattern suggests you spice up the apron by adding trim across the bottom edge. Take matters into your own hands and add as much or as little, as wild or tame type trims as you like. Here’s how the finished Adult Apron is finished in trim....

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ReannaLily Designs at Market

ReannaLily Designs at Market

on Aug 31, 2011 in Blog, book, Houston Market 2011, pattern, quilt, trunk show | 2 comments

Yep. You read that right. I’m going to have my very own booth at the International Quilt Market in Houston this fall (2011) Booth #2048!! As a result, I’m sewing quite alot to bring the best new samples of my work to the show. Man. That is alot alot of sewing! Thank goodness I really like to sew. =)? And design patterns. And make diagrams. And make brochures. And blog about all of it. Hum…. and here I thought I’d just grow-up and become a designer and design. (Common misconception, from what I gather.) So lets take a gander at the latest quilt. I remade the cover quilt from Deploy That Fabric, Triangle Jubilee. The original orange, Denyse Schmidt fabric quilt with be with C&T Publishing, which means I’ll need one of my very own. I’m noticing that I need it for the traveling trunk show, as well. Wait til you hear where the trunk show is headed next- Ft Riley KS! (Hi Tiki!)? All About Quilts. We’ll have a book signing event up there and I’ll have all the details on the blog, soon. For now, clear your calendar for October 8th. Back to the quilt:? The fabrics in this new quilt are by Studio E. It’s pale blue, pale green, forest-y, aviary, and really good looking with that fabulous green recycled military uniform fabric. This one is a BDU and is more the “old” camo. – just like the original book cover quilt. Of course it’s not pressed or quilted, yet. I’ll be quilting it on Saturday while 1/2-watching college football…. except for when LSU v Oregon comes on, then I’ll be whole-watching football. Here’s a picture of the original, so if you are at market or just want to see the orange quilt… {{I love orange!}} Here it is: More sewing-y delicious pictures, coming soon! Stay...

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Deploy That Fabric

Deploy That Fabric

on Jul 12, 2011 in accessories, Blog, book, Books, pattern, recycle, Recycled Military Uniform Designs Gallery, Recycled Military Uniform Patterns, sewing | 0 comments

“Show your pride in our troops every day! All members of the Armed Forces have to buy multiple uniforms, some of which become decommissioned. Learn how to recycle these uniforms and blend in some cheerful, contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. Even if you don’t have a service member in your life, you can make these cool projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms purchased from surplus stores.”? –C&T Publishing   SALE PRICED!! $12.00 That’s it! The book you’ve been waiting for, the first one of its kind, is HERE and available though the ReannaLily Designs shop! All books purchased in the shop, right here, will arrived signed by Jen Eskridge. In fact, if you’d like a personal inscription, please note that in your order and Jen will sign your copy to whomever you like. The title features 23 sewing projects for your lifestyle. Each project re-purposes a military uniform in to a fun hip sewn creation. Whether it is for the home, for the baby, for a deployment or for yourself, be proud to carry and use the uniform. Want a copy of the book in eBook Format? Check out these popular outlets: iTunes Amazon Google Play...

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Independent Pattern Company ReannaLily Designs

Independent Pattern Company ReannaLily Designs

on Jun 17, 2011 in Blog, business, pattern | 2 comments

I’m making some changes here at ReannaLily Designs. For the past (almost) three years my patterns have been printed and distributed by QuiltWoman.com. I was able to learn about the business and understand more about the Quilt Industry, markets, shows, retail, wholesale and that whole 50/30 business. I’m happy to report it is time for me to spread my wings. I am now taking over the printing and distribution of the ReannaLily Designs pattern line. As a result- I’m carrying inventory. Oh man, am I ever! That feeling of seeing the hard work right there in color, boxed, labeled, correlated, folded and ready for sale is so very rewarding. Three of my pattern titles have the instructions printed at McCalls Pattern Company. The instructions are on newsprint, just like a commercial pattern. I LOVE them. Something I wasn’t expecting, but was REALLY cool, was that instead of using packing peanuts to ship the inventory, they used pattern tissue. My apparel design heart skipped a tiny beat. There was ALOT of pattern tissue. I’m guessing it is scrap or misprint. One change with taking over ReannaLily Designs titles is that my Boxed series of patterns is now rolled into one big Mulit Pattern. The title is Box Bonanza and offers two quilt sizes AND 4 different layout options, in one tidy pattern. You are going to love it. More on that shortly. Once I received the inserts via UPS, I needed to pick up my other patterns/covers at my local Off-Set printer. They were amazing to work with. I ordered a few patterns… And now I have to fit a few patterns in the home office/studio. And now the fun begins…. Press releases, product catalogs, pattern assembly, shipping and all kinds of fun business-y stuff. Big things are on the horizon. You can see the whole catalog and check out ordering information on the NEW Wholesale page of this website. I cannot wait! When you are shopping make sure you ask for ReannaLily Designs patterns at your local quilt shop. I have plenty to...

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