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July 26, 2014
Feather-holic from I Patch and Quilt

I took advantage of the Craftsy Sales of this last week. I finally signed up for Angela Walters Free-Motion with Feather Class.

I have been quilting feathers for a while now, so the first part of the class did not reveal new techniques for me, but it did help me with getting the right shapes of the petals, as Angela call them, in the right half-heart shape. The second part of the class contained more new information. I enjoyed the class, and really wanted to see more after it finished.

Testing my new skills in a 20×20 inches piece ...

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July 25, 2014
FMQ this Weekend from The Quilting Reader's Garden

You may remember I did a major shift in my sewing room to make room for a new machine. Well, I was successful and now trying to reduce all the stuff in there.  Yesterday, I spent an entire day sorting through one box!  And I still have 16 more to go!  One day at a time, one day at a time.  Sigh.  In going through the box I found a quilt top I had made maybe 10-12 years ago that actually was

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July 24, 2014
Lazy Sunday 3 from remember your karma

Third quilt with May Chappell's Lazy Sunday pattern. Added borders with flange. Will be a wedding gift:

I love the soft mix of colors with chocolate and teal!
FMQ on my Tiara.

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July 22, 2014
Swoon Block Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Quilting The Swoon Block Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


While on vacation this summer, I had the opportunity to quilt my 60″ Swoon Block.  I made the block/quilt in 2012.  Yes, this project was rocking some serious UFO status, until a couple weeks ago.

Quilting The Swoon Block Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


My mother-in-law has a 28″ Gammel.  That dude is heavy.  Really, heavy when you consider I’m generally sewing on a 9″ Juki on a mid-arm frame.  There was definitely a learning curve with the weight of the machine.

Quilting The Swoon Block Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

I used one color top thread and tried to do an all over design.  In fact, I tried to do the same background free motion ...

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July 21, 2014
Frankenstein Feathers from I Patch and Quilt

During the mayor clear out/clean up of my flat I have stumbled upon a bag full of scraps of batting. To big to throw out, too small to use in individual projects…

Frankenstein them!


Cut the scraps to straight pieces. Use a large zig zag stitch and build a bigger usable piece of batting.

I managed to get a piece about 25 x 35 inches. After piecing it all together… I cut it up again!

For test pieces to FMQ on!

That is right… FEATHERS!!!

I am using unbleached, cheap cotton from IKEA for these test pieces.

I finally ...

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July 20, 2014
Easing back into the blog from remember your karma

Life has been happening.
Traveling a lot with new position (yay)!
Lots of work with new position (loving the challenge)!
Son completed graduate degree (yay)!
Moved back home.
Son found job in career field (whoopee)!
Helped son find apartment in new city 2 hours away.
Gifted son with this quilt in recognition of his accomplishment:
Pattern: Metro Hoops made with Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.
Curve and diamond fabrics are Little Black Dress 1. My son loves green, so I found this mottled fabric and love the classic look with the LBD fabrics.
FMQ on my glorious ...

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July 19, 2014
Labour of Love - A Finished Quilt from Marelize Ries

A couple of weeks ago I shared my experience with you when I visited the Carltonville Country Counters' Regional meeting, and how I volunteered to quilt this quilt for them, you can read all about it here.  

Well the time has finally arrived to share the finished quilt with all of you.  

After they sent it to me I had it 'sit' for a few weeks until I finally decided what I wanted to quilt.  I really wanted the quilting to pop and to emphasize the quilt design.  So I used my all time favourite quilting designs, alternating between swirls ...

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July 16, 2014
Volunteering from Swink Girl Quilts

After getting caught up on some deadline projects I am finally making some time to work on the American Hero Quilts that I volunteered to quilt.  I am almost finished with the first of two. 

It was requested that the quilting not be a large  meander and other than that no instructions.  The panel style quilt top really lent itself to some light custom work so that's what I did.  Each border has its own design.  I did some outlining of the central eagle and faux patchwork stars, along with a bit of cross hatching.

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July 12, 2014
Backwards from machinequilter

Fred & Ginger in Swing Time
"Ginger Rogers did everything 
that Fred Astaire did,
and she did it backwards and in high heels!"
What a brilliant line! It makes me smile. It also brings to mind the next reason why I love machine quilting on a frame. I'll get to that a bit later. Here's the second reason why I love machine quilting on a frame:

A machine quilting frame lets you draw with your needle. I think, perhaps the coolest feature of a machine quilting frame is the carriage that rides on a set of tracks. Sit your ...

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July 10, 2014
Mini Quilt Swap from Swink Girl Quilts

Such fun!  I just participated in the 2nd round of the Schnitzelandboo mini quilt swap.    Partners were randomly assigned and we were set loose to 'stalk' our selected recipient on social media  and then create a mini quilt for them.

I had grand ideas for a unique  quilt featuring rainbow colors since that is what my partner likes.  During my week of vacation in early June I set to work.  I selected fabrics.  I cut circles.  I set the circles into blocks.  I sliced the blocks into quarters.  I made  'sprouts' and stems.  I pieced in white  for the background ...

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July 7, 2014
Blocks, Flimsy and Finish - we've got em all from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Just a little quilting over the long holiday weekend.  I quilted this adorable quilt for a customer.  Hobbs 80/20 batting, Premo Soft on top, bottom line in the bobbin.  I printed out a puppy paw  for the corner stones, drew a dog bone for the sashing and then just simple out line and echo stitch with background loops to really make those pups stand out a bit.  Oh and look at that backing material - puppy love for sure.

Since I had nothing on the waiting to be quilted list and April is getting ready for a spa treatment at ...

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July 3, 2014
MQG Challenge Quilt 2014 from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Modern Quilt Guild Challenge 2014

Have you seen the fabrics?

Have you read the rules?
Here’s a link.

Dragonfly Quilt is my entry.

 MQG Challenge 2014 | ReannaLily Designs | Michael Miller


We each received 1/8th yard of 6 fabrics.  I used 5 fabrics.  The whole piece needed to be constructed of Michael Miller Fabrics.   The background is Michael Miller Cotton Couture Midnight, from Material Girls Quilt Shoppe in Wichita, KS.

Butterfly Design | ReannaLily Designs


The finished quilt is a little way from my original plan.  I wanted to make a butterfly.  I wanted to take all the fabrics, cut them into 1″ strips and have a wild striped butterfly.  And ...

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July 2, 2014
Haahuilua, tikkailua - Wandering and wondering, a bit quilting from Tikkutaiwas

Viikonloppu kului suurimmaksi osaksi puuhassa, jota kutsun "haahuiluksi". Se tarkoittaa kulkemista edestakaisin ompelu- ja tikkaushuoneessa, vähän järjestelyä, vähän kankaiden kutistusta, mutta aika päämäärätöntä puuhaa loppujen lopuksi. En vain saanut tartuttua mihinkään. No, sentään sain tosiaan kankaita narulle kuivumaan ja työpöytänikin suhteellisen siistiksi - onko joku muu muuten havainnut ns. pöytätason kuormitussyndroomaa? Eli jos on jossain on pöytä tai muu vaakataso, niin siihen yleensä alkaa kertyä sekalaista seurakuntaa: lehtiä, kirjoja, kankaita, keskeneräisiä ompeluksia, vaatteita - ties mitä? Meillä sitä ilmenee paitsi ompelutiloissa, myös muualla talossa. Esimerkiksi ruokapöytämme kärsii siitä jatkuvasti. Ja oiretta esiintyy riippumatta siitä onko pöytiä/pöytätilaa vähän tai paljon...

Haahuilun tuloksena ...

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Perfectly Tensioned Layers from machinequilter

Reason Number 1: A machine quilting frame perfectly tensions the layers of your quilt so you NEVER have to baste, pin, glue or tack again. Ever! When I was machine quilting sitting at the sewing machine, I hated trying to get all the layers of the quilt sandwich to stay together, steady enough to machine quilt without shifting while I was stitching. No matter how many hours I spent on my hands and knees and no matter how many safety pins I used, it was never quite right. Despite my best efforts, there were always some rucks and wrinkles on ...

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I Quilt Here from Blossom Heart Quilts

quilting linky

When your good quilting friend is in a bit of a internet connection pickle, you step right on up and help host her weekly quilting linky! Gemma at Pretty Bobbins hosts a quilting linky each Thursday for you to link up any free motion or other quilting posts from the week. It’s kinda ironic that she asked me, considering that the actual quilting is one of the most daunting tasks of the whole process! I have several quilt tops lying around awaiting to be basted and quilted.

Easy As ABC quilt top

Like my Easy As ABC quilt. The backing is finished, the top ...

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July 1, 2014
One Woman's Scraps Re-mix from Swink Girl Quilts

I participated in the same scrap exchange with Francesca.  I pondered for a while on what I would make from my partner's scraps and then decided on a sewing machine cover.  After a sneaky facebook poll of the Guild members about what kind of machines everyone uses, I discovered my partner has a Bernina similar in size to one I own.    With that useful piece of information I was off and running!

The front is a representation of a sewing machine  and on the other side is a replica of a design wall with tiny pinwheels stinkin ...

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June 27, 2014
Bevor..... from Grit's Life

ich nun meine Fäden vernähe und für heute Feierabend mache möchte ich Euch zeigen, was ich an meinem Frauenquilt geschafft habe.
Das Raster ist fertig.....damit geht es dann am Ende weiter. Ich werde es wahrscheinlich noch füllen mit Clamshells oder Cathedral Window oder Schachbrett oder.....
Die Feder um den Mittelblock habe ich weiß nachgequiltet, so ist sie besser zu sehen. Und ein Block ist auch fast fertig.

I stitch up the threads and I make end with quilting for today, I will show you my progress.
The grid is finished....I decide on the end what I do. Maybe ...

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June 26, 2014
Petal Pillow / Cushion Cubed from Cloud CouCou Crafts

Before I went to London for the Quilt Bee meet up I knew I wanted to make something to say ‘thanks’ to the lovely Jen for hosting AND for making me not one, but two pants bags!! I love a … Continue reading

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June 23, 2014
Free Motion Quilting with Mary Palmer from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

This weekend, I attended my first quilting class!  Mary Palmer was giving a class at the Limerick Quilt Centre on Free Motion quilting.  It was great fun!  We saw lots of inspirational work at the beginning of the day.  Mary had brought a huge pile of quilts for Show and Tell and talked us through the design process and quilting choices.  They were all so different and some were quilted on a teeny tiny scale!

Mary helped us set up our machines, ensure tension looked good (something I struggle with on my own at home!), gave us lots of tips ...

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June 22, 2014
HandiQuilter Longarm Quilt Machine from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Handi Quilter | ReannaLily Designs

My mom upgraded her long-arm quilting machine to an amazing Handi Quilter Avante.

The family got to go out to her house, yesterday, and check out the newest addition to the family.  This machine is so smooth and light.  I already love it.  She’s named it Nita.  “I Nita Get to Quilting”  and “I Nita Wind More Bobbins.”  ha.  Plenty more where that comes from.

Handi Quilter  | ReannaLily Designs

The whole family really got in on the writing, drawing and test designs on the sample piece.  This quilted test piece will be turned into a dog bed, by the way.  A coffee cup ...

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