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September 17, 2014
15 Minutes of Play – Quilted from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Free Motion Quilting | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Oh my gosh.  I love quilting.

Hum… I guess after the 6th year of running a sewing/quilting blog, that might be a bit redundant.

But seriously.  I was lucky enough to get to quilt my 15 Minutes of Play scrap quilt on my mom’s longarm Handi Quilter.   If you haven’t flipped through the book, 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, I highly recommend it.

Free Motion Quilting | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

This is the largest quilt I have ever quilted for myself.  It took about 3 hours or so.  I went with an edge-to-edge swirly design.  That is a free motion quilting ...

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Spools and Nine-Patches ~ A Quilt in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

Spools and 9 Patches - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts

A change of direction. My Spool Blocks were looking great and I was pleased with the ease with which they were coming together, but whilst procrastinating (over having to make another 50 Spool Blocks) I started to play around with a block which I could alternate the Spool Blocks with in the quilt layout.

Nine-Patch Blocks | Red Pepper Quilts

And so that is how these nine-patch blocks came about. Now if only I had planned this from the start for then I would have made 6" finished Spool Blocks rather than 5" finished Spool Blocks, and I then therefore would not have needed to make ...

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September 15, 2014
Scrap Jar Star Block Tutorial from On The Go Quilting

When making my Scrap Jar block for the swap, I followed the directions the Queen for September wanted.  However, I have seen another tutorial that was almost exactly the same HERE.

I think the tutorial at A Little Bit Biased is very good and she does have photos so if you need detailed steps beyond what I’m showing here,  I’m going to leave it to you to jump over there and follow her tutorial.  What I will show you is the three different blocks you need that make up the Scrap Jar Block.  If you don’t want ...

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September 14, 2014
Working On My Latest Crazy Quilt from Eric the Quilter

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I finally got back to work on this beautiful piece of color atrocity! I just love it! It is just so bright and annoying! I’m not sure how large I am going to make it, but I’m thinking I’ll make it a larger size throw quilt. Maybe 70″ by 70″. Just a thought! I’ve still got to add a few more embellishments to it. Any idea what else I can add to it?

Tagged: crazy quilts, fabric scraps, modern quilt, scrap, scrap quilt, Yarn

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September 12, 2014
Scrappy Crumb Paint Box from Kat & Cat Quilts

Well, this one took waaay too long to finish, but finally the scrappy crumb jar paint box quilt is done! What got me motivated? Starting my next crumb project, of course! I only wanted to have one going at a time :)

All these little scraps measured 2" x less than 2" to start. I grouped them by color and sewed them in to long chains which I turned in to blocks.

The blocks are sashed in half an inch of white fabric and set in a black and white crossweave that reads as a grey. For me that cross weave ...

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September 9, 2014
Spring into Spring ~ An Hourglass Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A finished quilt and a picture post.

Spring into Spring ~ An Hourglass Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

My Spring Hourglass Quilt is finished! I have really enjoyed making this quilt and it I feels like I have found my sewing groove again. Or maybe it is just that I have stayed with what I know I enjoy doing ~ choosing fabrics, color play and patchwork piecing. 

Spring into Spring ~ An Hourglass Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Spring into Spring ~ An Hourglass Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I am really pleased with how the quilt turned out. I especially like the addition of the plain squares which introduces a new color - orange - and adds another point of interest to keep the eye wandering. I also like the occasional "I Spy" fabric featuring ...

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September 5, 2014
Spring into Spring - A Quilt in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

I have a lot of fabric. There, I said it, but I bet you already knew that. I do use a lot of fabric and love that I have such a great variety of fabric on hand, but I do need to focus on working from stash, and using up all those odd pieces that end up tumbling out of my otherwise tidy piles of fabric ~ the scraps. Much too good to discard.

Spring into Spring - A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts
Note: Cute fox fabric is:
  Dress Me in White by Dear Stella 
For this quilt I have worked predominantly with a yellow, green, and blue color palette ...

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August 22, 2014
Kristy's Ferris Wheel Quilt from Selvage Blog

Dianne made this Ferris Wheel quilt for her daughter's friend Kristy. It's a gift in memory of Kristy's mother. 
Dianne's husband drafted the pattern for the quilting. Beautiful job, Dianne!

Dianne's blog is EatPlayQuilt.

See the pattern here. The fans are made by eye, no foundations or fancy cutting needed.

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August 21, 2014
One Measly Block from Patchwork Sampler Blog

As far as sewing, that is pretty much what I’ve accomplished the past month.  This is the block and it took over an hour to make it but still…


The block is called Modern Star and Pinwheel and is a FREE pattern right now on Judy Martin’s website.  Check it out here.

My small quilting group is doing a 12” block challenge for next summer’s Backyard Quilt Show and this block may or may not be used in a quilt for that challenge. So far, I don’t have a plan but the quilt show will be ...

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August 19, 2014
Pine Burr Quilt and Pattern are Finished! from Selvage Blog

Now I can cross this off my Bucket List! It really is an amazing quilt with so much texture that you can't help but pet it. It's fun to make too. See the pattern here.

See my Pine Burr pattern. Please Pin this for me. Thanks! 

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August 14, 2014
Stash busting from Stitchin' Therapy

  I decided to start this next project as a "leader/ender" while I am finishing off the Scrappy Trips blocks.  Originally, I thought it would be my Let's Book It project for next I am jumping ahead I guess.
   I am sure you have seen or made this one.....published in McCall's Quilting in 2007 by the Gingham Girls.   I waded through my bin of pre-cuts and decided to make a few adjustments to their original pattern.

   I chose to use 5" squares with a 1 1/2" inset strip.  My unfinished square when trimmed is ...

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August 8, 2014
Vintage Friday from Stitchin' Therapy

   Not mine, but DD's find!  She has been searching for an older machine that has a good straight stitch and that would sew through multiple layers of heavier fabrics like denim.  She was over the top when she ran across this older New Home---with the running greyhound logo---in almost like new condition.  It also does a zig-zag stitch, and we think it is from the early 1950's.  I believe it is a 3/4 size machine.  Hopefully, she will get a chance to stitch on it and give me a full report.
   I went to lunch ...

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August 1, 2014
More Retreat Sewing from Humble Quilts

I don't think I showed  you how many of these I made while sewing before the Sisters Show. 
I'm using two lines of fabric (that's unheard of with me!) Crossroads by Jan Patek and Hope Chest prints by Edyta Sitar. I am really loving it. This is a Lori Smith pattern with a busy appliqued border.
Claire made my these wonderful potholders and brought them to Sunriver. I burn a lot of things in the kitchen, including my potholders, so I'm a little worries about using them. :) Thanks again Claire!

We are having more fun this ...

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July 28, 2014
My Modern Crazy Quilt Is Coming Together! from Eric the Quilter

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Here goes nothing! I’ve been randomly piecing this thing together all night. I’ve also been watching the Paradise on Netflix, so it was a long and interesting night. I hope everyone likes it! My class meets next Wednesday so I still need to do a little more work on it! Wish me luck!

Tagged: crazy quilts, fabric scraps, modern quilt, scrap, scrap quilt

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July 21, 2014
Design wall 7/21/14 basket weave quilt from Always Quilts

I had time last night to work on getting some of the rows made on the basket weave quilt. I decided to make the rows and sew them together as I get them made instead of making all the rows and then sewing them together. Here’s what I have so far.

I have almost half of the rows completed. Depending on what size I make the borders, it will end up being approximately 100″ square.

I’m also playing around with a piece if Florida fabric. Not to sure about this…….not exactly coming out like I planned, but ...

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July 20, 2014
Blue scrap quilt from Always Quilts

Sharon and I were in Ark City, Kansas last week (Sunday and Monday) for a program and workshop. We had a great time with wonderful ladies! I took my blue scrap quilt along and worked on the binding in the car and
whenever I could find a few minutes here and there. I finally finished it after getting home.


Another quilt made from my stash! Yea! I have several more ready to cut and I came up with a few more ideas today. My stash is dwindling and I am happy!!! I hope I can continue. :) This is fun seeing ...

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Time to sew from Always Quilts

Woo HOO! I sewed the last of the squares together today and now it’s assembly time!! 181 squares!
They don’t look like much stacked up in a pile.

The setting triangles are cut too. I will decide on the borders later. Hopefully I can get some time this week to assemble this. I am glad all those squares are done. :)

More to come later……

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July 17, 2014
15 Minutes of Play QUILT from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

15 Minutes of Play Scrap Quilt

Scrap Quilt Plan | ReannaLily Designs

So I told you about the 15 Minutes of Play book, right?  I LOVE the quilt that came from “yeah, just sew your scraps together however you want.”  It is such a liberating process.

I opted to sew all my scraps together in color families.  I made the finished “Made-Fabric” pieces any size.  Really, whatever size turned out is what size it is.  So, here’s how the pieces fell together.

Scrap Quilt Plan | ReannaLily Designs

Now I just need to plan an arrangement.

Here’s something funny:  In the book Victoria Findlay-Wolfe talks about what you’ll see ...

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July 15, 2014
Made Some Progress On Carzy Quilt #3 from Eric the Quilter

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I was up late last night working on this tedious beautiful quilt. I love doing crazy quilts, but they take so long to do! I mean, I can work around the puckering of the fabric because of the decorative stitches, but the rub is doing all of these decorative stitches. It is a nice way to use up some thread I didn’t have enough of to do whole projects with at least. At least it is great for mindless sewing work to watch TV during! Speaking of TV, did anyone watch this week’s True Blood??? I think it ...

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July 14, 2014
3rd Qtr Goals - coming late to the party from Sew Sunshine

I am getting to this link up late. My local quilt guild had their bi-annual quilt show this year. There was pre- quilt show work to be done as well as during and finishing up.  Then I had a bonus - three of my sisters showed up to surprise me for the weekend! They came to the show so I am sharing a bit of that. Only one sister new about my "So Blue" quilt - a portrait of my Mother as a

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