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NEW Fabric Collection – Right Side of the Brain

NEW Fabric Collection – Right Side of the Brain

on Oct 24, 2013 in Blog, fabric stash, sketches, spoonflower | 0 comments

  I’m happy to blog my new mini fabric collection over on Spoonflower. The concept was to create a basic sketched design using those “doodles” you make when you should be doing something else. Like, as the fabric names indicate, working in class, watching a webinar, listening to a lecture and waiting on hold. Now was I actually listening in all those instances, probably, but you know, I also happened to have a marker in my hand. The mini fabric collection is called Right Side of the Brain. It only has 5 coordinated pieces in the collection.   It started something like this, while On Hold with an I. T. support company. I made some shapes. I over lapped some shapes. I liked the look. I scanned it into the computer and waved the magic photoshop wand to create this design: I also wanted to show you the original sketch created During a Lecture. It evolved the same way my On Hold was made. That photo has an instagram filter on it. In fact, if you follow me on instagram, you might have already seen a couple of the fabric designs from Right Side of the Brain. Scan. Wave magic wand. Get Fabric. (Btw, I seriously love Spoonflower.) Anywhoo, here’s the design tuned out:   So head on over to Spoonflower and check out the designs. Pin ’em and share them with your friends. As luck would have it, I believe each of the designs is available in each of their printed media. Fabric, wall paper, wrapping paper and...

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Hexagons Made Easy Quilting

Hexagons Made Easy Quilting

on Jan 24, 2013 in Blog, Hexagons Made Easy, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, sketches | 0 comments

Hexagons Made Easy includes techniques for making quick hexagon projects. It also includes quilting ideas and methods for drafting your own quilting designs. I’m happy to report that there are 16 quilting motifs included and a sketch template for you to copy and doodle-up some of your own free motion quilting design fills. It started with a series of pencil sketches that were then traced with a heavy blue sharpie. I sketched, scanned and emailed the designs just like you see above. The amazing graphics people at Martingale then waived their magic wands to produce nice professional quilting designs complete with smooth stitching lines and symmetry. I’m pretty sure it was a magic wand…. Close up quilting photos are also included in Hexagons Made Easy. I think that really helps visualize what the projects will look like, in real life. Sometimes “Quilt As Desired” just isn’t enough to go on. See all the quilting ideas and let your creativity go nuts in the new book Hexagons Made Easy, by Jen Eskridge, published by Martingale Press.    ...

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Sketched Shoes

Sketched Shoes

on Mar 5, 2012 in accessories, Blog, Gallery, Sketched and Painted Gallery, sketches | 1 comment

And continuing on my sewing break- Sketched SHOES. The first shoe, Valentino Lace Heel, was a google image search. The other two shoes are by Poetic Licence. When shopping in Wichita’s Old Town (at Lucinda’s) they had LOTS of Poetic Licence pieces. I snapped a few pics with my phone and came home to draw them. (quick snapped pictures make for some bizarre perspective- I think I should stick to drawing the nice catalog pics from the internet.) I later looked up Poetic Licence online. …. man, I need those shoes. The sketches were done with an ebony pencil on paper… and then snapped poorly by an iPhone camera so I could have a little jpg action to share with...

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Sketched Animals

Sketched Animals

on Mar 4, 2012 in Blog, Gallery, Sketched and Painted Gallery, sketches | 3 comments

While my website was on a break, I decided to take a short sewing break to sketch. Animals, first. I found images using google search and sketched them in my sketch book. It is so relaxing. Even if an eye is crooked, or the feet are twisted, it is just fun to draw. Thousands of elementary school kids couldn’t be wrong- just sayin. These sketches were done with an Ebony pencil and...

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Quilt Label DVD Vol 1 from CT Publishing

Quilt Label DVD Vol 1 from CT Publishing

on Jun 13, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, business, Sketched and Painted Gallery, sketches | 0 comments

Did you see the fun Quilt Labels DVD released with C&T Publishing. It is on their blog today. You’ll have to check out their post- you might just win a prize! When you take these digital, printable images and couple it with their Transfer Artist Paper- it makes for a super fast, accurate, durable quilt label. I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. Wait ’til you see all the -over 150- fun designs in the collection. Hopefully I’ll be able to give one away here, on the blog really soon. If you don’t already subscribe, add http://reannalilydesigns.com/blog to your blog reader of choice-? so you don’t miss a thing. And soon soon, this little baby will be in my online shop. This is one of my samples- printed directly onto fabric, hand written, then accented with Crayola Fabric Permanent markers. The flower in this particular label is straight out of my sketchbook…. um… that then went onto canvas and currently lives in my studio, right by my light switch. The canvas has quite a different feel than the label, right?? I love them both. I thought you guys might want to see that. Oooh and in the quilt label DVD, there’s a pair of sketched combat boots and a a silhouette of a military man in uniform- for all your Deploy That Fabric quilts. Thanks for checking it out! I hope you win the give away at C&T Publishing’s...

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Pattern Repeat Experiment

Pattern Repeat Experiment

on Mar 23, 2010 in pattern, sketches | 2 comments

Its not quite sketching, but its definitely more like drawing than sewing on the blog today. I’m foolin’ around trying to learn the seamless pattern repeat on the computer. I want my spoonflower fabrics to look lovely tiled, rather than “nice enough” when I manually tile a fat quarter’s amount. I told you about the “cut out” feature on Photoshop. Love that feature. I applied the cutout filter to a rose photograph. I had to clean up some of the extra colors around the background, so all my edges would be pink. Then I changed the hue/saturation to make the whole thing peachy and not pink at all. I set up a new file in photoshop and added some guidelines to the image. Once I clicked the “snap”, the image lined up at all the guideline intersections. I was able to crop the image (originally 5 roses) into this picture above. I highlighted the whole thing and clicked Edit->Define Pattern. I opened a new image and use the paintbucket fill-with-pattern feature to fill the whole new image. After a scalloped border overlay, a couple white rectangles and a grey fold line- I’ve got this little matronly 5×7 card. If you click on the card, you’ll get the downloadable pdf printable version of the card. I haven’t yet figured out how to get the “crop” marks onto the pdf, so if you actually print this, you’ll have to use the paper trimmer around the rose printed corner first, then measure out the 7″ one direction and 10″ the other direction. So that was my big practice test and that is how I did it. I’m sure there are many many other, better resources out there- but I thought I’d share. Now I’m off to go make something a little less...

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Spring Desktop

Spring Desktop

on Mar 13, 2010 in pattern, sketches | 0 comments

Time for the spring makeover of the computer desktop. I thought I’d share it here. {*secretly thinking this would make a great border print on spoonflower*} I think you can click the picture and right-click then save-as to get this graphic on your own desktop. The size is 1440 x 900. My little computer is rockin’ the orange-y image. I think the mouse and keyboard are...

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The Circle Purse Evolution

The Circle Purse Evolution

on Nov 5, 2009 in accessories, art gallery fabrics, recycle, sewing, sketches | 2 comments

Remember this circle purse? Well, I’ve evolved it into my own MILITARY themed purse. I have recycled yet another bit of green BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) fabric. I used the record as my template, which I showed you before; here. And I did a little crazy piecing work on the exterior of the bag. All the fabrics for the exterior were scraps from other projects. The fabrics are Art Gallery Fabrics Alhambra Collection and the US gov’t, of course. The bag is very slim. Definitely more of clutch than a full-on purse. It has no gussets or bottom edge piece. Its a flat circle and can hold just enough for a quick trip out. I haven’t tried to fit anything other than purse essentials down in there. I did add these two large pockets inside, though. The pockets are definitely an upgrade from the previous two circle designs. Maybe the next one will have a wide bottom edge. We shall see where the design process leads. In the meantime, I’m loving my new little camo...

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