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Radiant Orchid Guild Challenge

Radiant Orchid Guild Challenge

on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog, SAMQG | 0 comments

The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild issues a President’s Challenge. Last year, the President’s Challenge was an Emerald Pantone Color of the Year themed project. This year, the challenge is also Pantone themed, but we have to make a mini quilt. The only restriction for the mini is that is be less than 36″ on each side. This is my first Radiant Orchid block or mini. If you’re going to call it a block- it is a BIG block. If you are calling it a mini – It is 19″ square with zero mini pieces. A Fat Eigthth of that purple polka dot was provided by the President as part of the challenge.   Wanna see how I made it? I busted out my Bias Bars for this one.   First up, cut true bias strips. I cut my strips 1 1/4″ wide strips on an exact 45 degree angle.   Then I folded the fabric in half – WRONG SIDES TOGETHER – and stitched 1/8″ seam allowance down the whole length of the strip.   Ok, now pick the 3/8″ Bias Bar. These bars are pretty great. The are flat pieces of metal that you stick into the bias tube. The metal heats and helps press the strip. Unfortunately the metal heats so – wowsa, that thing can get hot, so be careful. Make sure the the seam is centered on the back of the bar. ((Sorry, that one is blurry.)) You can see in the bar inside the tube right there. The seam is on the back. Here’s a picture of the “wrong side”. These Bias Bars are great because you don’t have to turn your tube right side out with a fancy turning tool. Just make sure your seam allowances is on the back and you’re all set. I made a couple colors and hit them with starch to keep the nice Bias Tape look while I worked with the placement. Next I needed to decided on the shapes I wanted to frame on the mini quilt. I went with … Bizarrooo Football and Circle. The football shape was first. I pinned it to the background. My plan was to use Stitch Witchery fusible webbing to...

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Word Quilt Block

Word Quilt Block

on Feb 11, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, SAMQG | 1 comment

  At the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild Meeting for February, we were to make a quilt block with an inspirational word. I made up that “Fly” quilt block as my inspirational word, previously to test an idea. At the meeting we were given a square of batting and two tan squares of fabric. Many members brought scraps to share and mix up. How great is that grey and orange fabric I picked? I don’t know who makes it or anything, I just love grey and orange. (Maybe I should say, I love grey and orange, today.) I worked on my block back at the studio.   First up, I needed to prep the fabric for raw-edge applique. Today, I picked Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible webbing.   The letters have to fall within a certain boundary of our provided quilt block, so I had to plan a bit. Once the letters were in place, I whipped out the trusty dinosaur iron and pressed those scrap letters in place.   Raw edge applique those letters in place by stitching right along the cut edge of the fabric letters. Not perfect, but definitely stitched down. Now for the quilting.   I traced a spool in an off-centered position on my quilt block with the Frixtion pen. I had plans to use a walking foot; I had plans to use a free motion quilting foot. Plans-schmans. Ultimately, I just used the regular ole standard presser foot for stitching my “spiral” design. Super fast. Super easy.   Now here’s the craziest part of this quilt block story: I started making this quilt block at 7:46 in the morning and finished the quilting stitches at 8:05a. Whew- that was QUICK!!! Raw edge applique is like that, right? I cannot wait to see all the other inspirational words that the other guild members make up next month....

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Letters in Quilts

Letters in Quilts

on Jan 31, 2014 in Blog, quilting, SAMQG, tutorial | 5 comments

The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild is having an “add letters to quilt blocks” hands-on meeting next week. It is a really neat concept because the member is going to lead demonstrations on the various ways to incorporate words/letters in quilting. We even started a pinterest board for it. I decided to make up a sample that involves only one fabric, through the magic of trapunto. The uplifting, inspiring word I chose was Fly. The block is a 14″ square, so I had to make letters large to fill the space. I opted to go with “handwriting” rather than finding a great font on the computer. Here’s how I made it. Using my non-permanent Frixtion pen I marked off where the 14″ square block would lie within the fabric square and then drew out my word. I pinned the fabric to one layer of batting – with no backing. Next, using water soluble thread, I stitched on my lines for the letters only. This is done to hold the batting layer in place. Flip the on layer of fabric over and cut the excess fabric away from the back side of the piece. Work slowly and carefully or else you MIGHT just cut through the front layer of your project. D A N G I T.   But that will be ok. I believe the ladies say “That will quilt out.” So I pressed on forward. Here’s what the back looks like after all the excess batting is removed. This additional layer is what gives the letters or shapes their “puff”. For added “puff” you could use wool or thicker batting or even two layers of the thinner stuff you have on hand. Next, working from the front of the project, use REAL thread and sew exactly on the first water soluble stitch line. I then stitched 1/8″ past that line to make a thin “echo” of the letters. I was hopeful that this would make the letters stand out more against the dense free motion quilt fill I had planned.   Using the free motion quilt foot or hopping foot, I started drawing little circles, called Pebbles, around the letters. Here’s how that fill turned out:   It...

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UFO Quilt Challenge

UFO Quilt Challenge

on Jan 13, 2014 in Blog, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, SAMQG, swap | 0 comments

  The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild has issued a UFO challenge. Though this post isn’t directly part of that, I thought I’d share this project. Let me tell you the story. Way Way Way back in 2009 I hosted a Sampler Quilt Block Swap. It was fun. I had a many participants and some of you may remember following along on the blog site. (And you might be thinking, “Whoa, was that back in 2009? I didn’t think it was that long ago.” Well – it is. 5 years. FIVE. I think I joined two sections of the swap. I used 9 blocks for a quilt. (below) The quilt was set to be in Learn to Sew Easy Curves, but in the final hours, got cut from publication. I don’t even think I have a great picture of the quilt finished and quilted. I’ll have to get that for you. I also changed up the two background corner fabrics to match the quilt better. Anywho. I love love love this quilt and its curve setting. {{Hum. I should do a blog post on it, since it isn’t in the book…. stay tuned.}}   But then, after this little baby quilt was made, I had a whole bunch of sampler blocks. I ended up sharing them with my mom a couple months ago. In fact, she was in the swap as well, so she already had a small pile of sample blocks…. from 5 years ago. I guess that was the extra jolt she needed because yesterday, she showed me this QUEEN size sampler. Pretty great right? It is colorful and bright and sashed with an off-white. She’s got a long arm, so I’m sure it will be jammed out in no time at all. Look at all those fun colors. Its like candy. Nice, bright, traditional-quilt candy. MMMMmmmm….. Great quilt, MOM!!! p.s. I cannot believe my office assistant is this tall. Seriously. So it looks like I still haven’t done anything for the UFO challenge. Looks like the best way for me to get stuff finished is to hand it off to someone who sees it “new for the first time” OR maybe I’ll get something finished. The...

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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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Pantone Emerald Challenge and Soar Banner

Pantone Emerald Challenge and Soar Banner

on Aug 9, 2013 in Blog, book, Hexagons Made Easy, quilt, quilting, SAMQG, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 4 comments

The SAMQG issued the “make something quilty” Pantone Emerald Challenge eariler this year. ?I made a quilt. It won a contest and is now out somewhere… taking top secret photos…for something… later this fall. (More details later.) But I didn’t want to go to the big SAMQG reveal empty handed. OhSeeDee. Wanna see the whole collection of challenge quilts in the SAMQG Facebook Photo Album? ?   I decided to make a quick banner project. I made it on the Wednesday before our monthly Thursday meeting. First up   I used a small pile of PANTONE EMERALD fabric scraps to create faced triangles. I used the techniques described in Hexagons Made Easy.   Honestly, the banner idea came to me right around here…. I thought- Hum, that is just enough triangles for <blank>. Ah- yes, a banner! hahahah. Love that design process. I cut a rectangle and pinned the triangles onto it, on the design board.   They curve. They twist. They are random. They need to be machine appliqued (stitched down) to the background fabric, though. It didn’t seem quite interesting enough, so I added some words. I went all trapunto on it. I drew out a top and bottom line, then basically free-hand drew “bubble letters” in the space. That is the sophisticated description. “Bubble Letters” I drew with Frixion pen. Hopefully you’ll be able to see it ok. I added two layers of batting behind the word and stitched (with water soluble thread) on the frixion pen lines to create the lettering.   Flip the piece over and remove the excess batting from the edges of the letters. The next steps are to prepare the project for machine quilting. Trace around the letters to secure the trimmed batting and then fill in with all the free motion quilting your heart desires. I hadn’t intended this to be a full-on how-to or tutorial, so the only pictures I have next are the finished quilting photos. You can see a better detailed description of my trapunto how-to on the Baby Weaver quilt post. Click any photo to see it larger.   Close up on the letters, from the back of the quilted banner.   And the whole back....

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San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild Board of Officers

San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild Board of Officers

on Jul 23, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 1 comment

This post is a tad overdue, but I wanted to show off the great group we have in San Antonio. It is the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. We recently had our installation of new board members and I wanted to share some pictures. This is our out-going board, probably talking about how amazing the guild is. I have to say, as a new-ish member- it really is a great cohesive group. Danielle did a great job keeping us on task, on pace, supportive and modern. And our incoming board members:   That is our new fearless leader, on the far left, Allison. She is an architect and has the most amazing modern+math eye approach to her quilt designs. I can’t wait to share more photos from the group on the SAMQG blog and facebook pages and here on my own blog....

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Modern Baby Now In STOCK

Modern Baby Now In STOCK

on Jun 29, 2013 in Blog, book, pattern, quilt, SAMQG, WMQG | 0 comments

  Modern Baby: Easy Fresh and Fun Quilt Designs is now available directly from ReannaLily Designs Book Shop. Hooray! This is a collection book where a variety of designers worked on a chapter to produce a really diverse group of modern quilt designs. Read more about it and add it to your cart in the book shop. The book sells for $24.99 +...

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SAMQG Vintage Modern Quilt Block

SAMQG Vintage Modern Quilt Block

on May 14, 2013 in Blog, SAMQG | 0 comments

Vintage Modern Quilt Block Challenge I told you about the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild block challenge – we received vintage blocks and the challenge was to recreate a modern block using ONLY these fabrics. I was lucky enough to get two blocks to work on this month. Here’s a link to the first one. This is the NEW block from the second vintage block I deconstructed. It is a little windowed hexagon using the techniques in Hexagons Made Easy. Hopefully who ever wins these will be able to treat the background fabric while still keeping it in tact. I cannot wait to see the other blocks from our guild. This has be quite a fun, super-challenging,...

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SAMQG Challenge Block

SAMQG Challenge Block

on May 6, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, book, contests, SAMQG | 2 comments

The first Thursday of the month is the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild meeting. I always leave quite inspired. This month was no different. We saw a movie on Gees Bend and got to flip through some of the members’ books on Gees Bend. Of course, the block above is NOT Gees, but it is our challenge block. Challenge block?? Well, that isn’t modern at all. I know- that IS the challenge. 3 coverlets (quilted bed covers) were donated to our guild after being found. A friend of our guild gave these to us with the express purpose of “remake them into something vintage modern”. Oh wow. So yes, we were told to cut up his late mother’s coverlets. Honestly, that part was kinda weird because I do really like old quilts almost as much as I like new quilts. These shapes were all hand pieced and hand appliqued. The black stitching was, of course, by hand, and the sashing/borders was joined by machine. The rules for the challenge were that you can make the finished block any size, but you had to use ONLY fabrics that came in the original block. You could add muslin or stabilizers, if they would not be seen and you had to cut away the blue border and not use it at all. I decided to go straight to Hexagons Made Easy because I seriously have HEXAGONS on the brain. I used the block idea from this post as my block design and adapted the shapes to fit the techniques in the book. The fabric was quite stiff even after a soak in water. I suppose holding the same shape for 60+ years will have that affect. I even tried to rub out the previous stitching lines and shadows from the background fabric, but no luck. Maybe who ever wins the collection of blocks will be able to clean that up?? You can see the old shape in the background, pictured below: I was lucky enough to grab two challenge blocks this month and I already have the wheels turning for the design on the second one. Stay tuned to see what that one will be re-worked...

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HEXAGONS MADE EASY – Launch Party!!!

HEXAGONS MADE EASY – Launch Party!!!

on May 1, 2013 in Blog, book, Hexagons Made Easy, SAMQG, trunk show | 0 comments

This weekend was the LAUNCH party for Hexagons Made Easy! It was a hoot. Friends from the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild stopped by for the festivities. I had the party organized in to food, Sew Station, Door Prize Station, Charity Quilt Station and Trunk Show Station.?? Here’s some pics from the evening: Food I wanted to have foods that were shaped like hexagons. Turns out- that is kinda tricky. I thought I could have a build-your-own taco bar with the tortillas cut into hexagons. I later realized, I’d really like to eat the whole tortilla. :/? I did find some crackers and some oyster crackers, but my favorite was having the kids help add hexagon fondant to the cupcakes. Edible markers gave us a few stitching lines. Mmmm…. the roundest hexagons ever… mmmmmm….. buttercream….. What were we talking about?? Oh yes, the party- Sew Station My plan was to let my guests take a turn at the Hexagons Made Easy facing technique, one easy-peasy hexagon at a time. I had the step-by-step directions mounted on a foam core board for self guided learning on this super easy method. Huge thanks to MODA who provided a couple Honeycomb precuts for the event. Those were a big hit and a serious time savor for all things hexagons. Charity Quilt Station Once the hexagons were created, I wanted to have a “something” to do with the single finished shapes. I set up a charity quilt station. The guests take their hexagon and pin it onto a patterned background sheet. Think-= Pin The Tail On The Donkey for quilters. Anywhere the hexagon was placed is where it will be stitched down. It got quite hilarious since the more methodical guests were really planning where to place the shapes, when really, the next person may move the shape or put theirs on in some crazy fashion. It was very fun, I think. The Charity Quilt will be quilted by a San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild Member, Kim, and donated to Jeremiah’s Hope Rescue Shelter and Camp in Ukraine. SAMQG member, Kelly, works closely with that group and will have the finished baby quilt very soon. As the jokes about hexagon placement went on...

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Speaking of GIVE AWAYS…

Speaking of GIVE AWAYS…

on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, quilt shop, SAMQG | 0 comments

You have 4 chances to win FREE FABRIC from Urban Stitches and her Ciao Bella Etsy Shop.? Anna, owner of Urban Stitches and Ciao Bella is sponsoring : Blogger Bella Bundle Blog Hop Each of us are members and designers in the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. Anna has organized us in to a fun blog hop where each designer will pick a bundle of Bella Solids (by Moda) and create a project with the bundle. Each designers’ bundles will be available for purchase in Anna’s Ciao? Bella shop and after each blog post, you will be able to leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE Bundle. That would be, 4 chances to win free fabrics. Swing by Anna’s blog, Urban Stitches to read more about each designer along the hop. Mark your calendars, and I’ll see you back here on April 29th. April 9 Nacho Mama?s Quilt April 15 Urban Stitches April 22 Schlosser Designs April 29 ReannaLily Designs Happy Stitches and Happy...

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