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Jun 10, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Jen of Reannalily Designs

Jun 10, 2011
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Busy Friday!  And today on Follower Friday, I have a very busy guest for you!  Jen of Reannalily Designs is sharing a little about herself and her start into quilting.  She is now a full-time pattern designer and has a new book coming out later this summer.  Keep reading for details!

Jen in Andover Kansas

Occupation:  I am a full time pattern designer and author. I'm able to work from home maintaining my pattern company, ReannaLily Designs. I do also devote a bit of time to the Wichita Modern Quilt Guild.

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  I've been married for 15 years this month. We got married in college and then he started out into the USAF. He's now in the Kansas Air National Guard and have 3 super great kids: 10, 8 and 5 yo.

# Years Quilting:  My first quilt was made in 1993, 18 years ago. That is a really really long time to be quilting, I think, considering I'm turning 35 this summer.

How you learned to quilt:  I learned to sew pillows and clothes first. I got into quilting kinda by accident. The first quilt I made had almost zero seam allowances and completely fell apart. Thankfully, I was able to apply more of the garment sewing information to quilting and make more durable quilt tops. The first book I ever used to sew was by Learning to Quilt: A Beginner's Guide by Leisure Arts. Of course, this was way before rotary cutting was popular, so it was quite an undertaking to make a sampler quilt using all templates. I think I made my second quilt somewhere around 1996, in college.

After college I went on to sew for people. Dresses, home décor, that kind of thing. In doing that, I developed a little seam guide tool called Seamingly Accurate. It was the first product released with my company and has done pretty well. It definitely helped make curtains, rod pockets, hems, add trims and that was only the beginning. I now use it like crazy for half square triangles and quilt construction.

Learning to quilt has definitely been an evolution. I'm still trying all sorts of new techniques and styles and I would really like to get better at my free-motion machine quilting.

Favorite Completed Project Description:  My favorite project so far is probably my Cube Purse.

It was the one that really spring-boarded my pattern designs and niche. It was also the first pattern I released which features sewing with military uniforms. That led to my first ever book title- Deploy That Fabric, which is available for pre-order now on the C&T Publishing page and ships later in July.

Quilting workstation setup:
I'm pretty lucky to have one whole room of our home dedicated to the studio space. It has a custom built table, which I LOVE, 20 cubbies for fabric- sorted by color, a design wall, an inspiration wall, great window/light. It really is the happy place in my house. My studio will also be on the Prairie Quilt Guild (Wichita's Large Traditional Quilt Guild) Quilt Studio Tour this coming September.

Machine(s) you sew on:  I sew on an Elna 3007. I own 14 machines, most of which are antiques or collectibles. And I work on a serger occasionally too. I don't plan on upgrading any time soon. I think I'll be sewing on that Elna until the wheels fall off.

Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room:  Oooh- probably the rotary cutter or turning tool. You never know when something narrow will need to be right side out. And I love my big table. The top surface of the table is almost completely covered with a large cutting mat, so every inch is usable workspace.

You can find Jen in lots of places!

Blog: - with over 30 freebies/tutorials/tips and new posts often

I do have a bit of exciting news- I'm going to be interviewed on American Patchwork and Quilting +
Pat Sloan's radio pod-cast on June 20th. I'm a bit nervous, but I cannot wait to share more about the
new book and how it came about.

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilters' Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to Happy Friday!

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  1. Great post. Congrats on the book! I love the scissors on your wall cutting the pattern line. Your whole studio looks great!

  2. Thanks again for another great "interview".

    Congratulations on the upcoming podcast interview.

  3. I love your studio! Just beautiful! Congratulations on your book. Looking forward to checking it out!


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