Friday, November 17, 2017

Bali Love: Free Pattern Friday!

If you've fallen in love with the Bali collections we've showed you this week, we have great news! Both collections have a free quilt pattern you can download. The hardest part will be deciding which to make first! 

"Rose Colored Glasses" quilt featuring the Bali Roses & Lilacs fabrics: 
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

"My Sweet Love" quilt featuring the Bali Sweet Love fabrics:
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bali Love: Sweet Love

Romance is in the air! 
With the Bali Sweet Love collection, it feels like Valentine's Day has come early! The collection mixes bold reds with soft pinks, and adds in a few contrasting neutral prints. You'll fall in love all over again!

Click here to see the entire Bali Sweet Love collection. 
Want to see more batiks? Click here to see the Bali Roses & Lilacs collection, featured yesterday.  
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bali Love: Roses & Lilacs

Fall in love with our new Balis! 
The Bali Roses & Lilacs collection is a mouth-watering collection of pink shades. From light shell pinks to rich raspberry to deep russet, this fabric line has so much to love and will create a beautifully shaded quilt. 

Click here to see the entire Bali Roses & Lilacs collection. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

It's Day 2 of the 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally! 
(find out all the details on the Quilty Pleasures blog)

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks is packed with inspiration--100 blocks worth! If you haven't seen the issue in stores yet, here's what to look for. Before you buy it, scroll to the bottom of this post, because Quiltmaker has given us one issue to giveaway! 

We love a good quilt block...or two...or one hundred...
so we're proud to be a sponsor of the Blog Tour. What does this mean? In addition to a chance to win a magazine, keep an eye out for other yummy fabric prizes provided by us throughout the tour!

Let's take a look at the blocks in the magazine featuring Benartex fabrics. 

First up: Block #1514, Jagged, designed by Amy Friend, using Improv by Amy Friend for Contempo 

Next: Block #1538, Pentagon Wreath, designed by Debby Kratovil using Kismet and Fabricadabra by Paula Nadelstern 

And last: Block #1580, Exploding Stars, designed by Lerlene Nevaril, using Fossil Fern

For a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16, leave a comment below letting us know which of the three blocks featuring Benartex fabric is your favorite. 

Giveaway is open through Friday, November 17th at 11:59 pm EST. 

Head over to Quilty Pleasures to find links for additional posts featured today. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Homestead Interview with Eleanor Burns

This week we've been showing you the beautiful prints of Eleanor Burns' new collection, Homestead. We're finishing off the week with a conversation with Eleanor, talking about her fabrics. (Take a peek at the free quilt pattern at the end of this post as well!)

What inspired your new Homestead collection?
I have a very good friend named Sally Murray; she is an avid antique quilt collector. I have to say Sally is also a collector of every single line of fabric that I have designed; she has stockpiled yards and yards.  Honestly, if I can't remember the name of a line or print, I just call Sally.  Anyway, she has a beautiful quilt top from the 1880s with conversation prints and other beautiful fabrics.  I just fell in love with the conversation prints, and we decided that we haven’t seen a collection that featured conversation prints. It was at that moment I decided my next line would be a documentary collection.  We pulled other fabrics from the quilt top and used them as inspiration for this line.   

Can you tell us about the two different colorways, Colonial and Country? 
My sister Patty is an artist by education; she has been by my side through each collection that I have designed.  I told her I wanted to work with red and teal.  Patty thought about it and actually came up with the idea of making the line in two colorways.  In Homestead Country, we paired teal, turquoise, purple and green. In Homestead Colonial, we paired red, green, cream, and to give the collection a unique pop we included some orange.  I enjoy both lines very much. Both can be used separately or paired together, for a very scrappy look. I actually prefer them together.

Can you talk about a favorite print or two or three in the collection?
The conversation print of the Horse-drawn Carriage is my ultimate favorite. I just adore the little dog running around the carriage. Second, I love the Rosettes.  I have always been a fan of fussy cutting, and these prints are perfect!  My third favorite is the lace. I have not seen a print like this before, and I have been making quilts a very long time.

How does the fact that you’re a quilter influence the fabric design and color palette?
I am a very traditional quilter, and I enjoy bringing new life to antique patterns. I believe the fabric you choose should complement the pattern and give a nod to the time period.  As a quilter, I know that color combinations are one of the most important aspects of a quilt.  That said I think about the colors and scales in fabrics that I would use in backgrounds and borders.  They are just as important as the focus fabrics.  This collection has very traditional prints in very bold rich colors, the perfect combination for exciting quilts.

What do you like best about this collection?
I love the bold rich colors and variety of scale. There are actually 42 different prints between both colorways.  I love having a variety of fabric choices. 

What projects do you have planned to make with this fabric?
2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of my first book “Make a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin Pattern.” I will be updating this classic book, and Homestead will be significantly used in new samples.  The fabric will also appear in other books and patterns, throughout the year; including a very special commemorative book. 

Thank you, Eleanor!

On our website, you'll also find a free quilt design using the Homestead fabrics, "Home is Where the Heart Is." The quilt is shown in both colorways. The downloadable pdf of the pattern will be available soon. 

Click here to see the Homestead Country collection.
Click here to see the Homestead Wide collection. 
Click here to see the Homestead Colonial collection.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Homestead Country by Eleanor Burns

Yesterday we showed you the Colonial version of Eleanor Burns' new Homestead collection; today is the more contemporary Country colorway:

Love these purples and aquas together! 

But wait...there's more! The full Homestead collection also includes Homestead Wide: big, romantic florals perfect for single piece quilt backing! 

Click here to see the Homestead Country collection.
Click here to see the Homestead Wide collection. 
Click here to see the Homestead Colonial collection.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Homestead Colonial by Eleanor Burns

Eleanor Burns' new collection, Homestead, is packed full of vintage-style motifs--florals, stripes, geometrics, and even a horse and buggy print!
The fabric line comes in two different colorways, which we'll be sharing over the next two days. 

First, the Colonial colorway: deep reds, greens, and creams. Delicious!

Let's take a closer look at a few of the prints:
Horse and buggy--we love the little detail of the dog as well!

Rich florals perfect for fussy cutting.

Florals mixed with diamond shapes for a dimensional effect.

Another example of florals and geometrics playing together.

We saved the best for last: an intricate floral stripe that brings in motifs from several prints in the collection.

Click here to see the entire Homestead Colonial collection.
Click here to see the Homestead Country collection.
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