Thursday, August 17, 2017

All's Wool that Ends Wool

All's Wool that Ends Wool from Kanvas--sew fun for knitters, but there's plenty to play with if you're not a needleworker! 

For starters, how can you not fall in love with those sheep?!

Great dots (aka balls of yarn!)


 Fun spirals:

And whimsical swirls:


psst...the collection comes in a red/gray/black colorway as well! Click here to see this second colorway.





Don't miss the free quilt pattern offered on our website, "Have You Any Wool?"

Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

Click here to see the entire All's Wool that Ends Wool collection.
Click here to find the free quilt pattern.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Koala Baby


This "down under" themed fabric is such a cute choice for your next baby quilt! Sweet koala mommas and babies snuggle in the main print (also featured in a panel!), with plenty of cool coordinates. In fact, the coordinates would make a cute quilt all by themselves! Fabrics available in a pink, orange, yellow and taupe colorway and a lime, light blue and periwinkle colorway.








Click here to download the free quilt pattern.
Click here to see the entire Koala Baby collection.
This collection comes in flannel as well!


Click here to find the free quilt pattern.
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bree Blog Hop: Day 4

Welcome to our Bree blog hop! We're excited to show you what four different designers have created with the Nancy Halvorsen's gorgeous new fabric collection! If you missed our introduction to Bree, find it here.



The bright and cheery colors of Bree fit beautifully with these sunny August days! With so many aquas and navies in the collection, a sailboat wall hanging seemed like the perfect seasonal project. The Bree by the Sea wall hanging combines an improv-pieced background with applique--two fun techniques to play with! 

Measures 18-1/2" x 20"

Materials:
1 fat quarter each: aqua dot, aqua berries on white, white/gray dot, white berries on navy, navy dot, green vine, red stripe, orange stripe, gray dot circle, yellow dot circle, and navy/aqua plaid
24" square of backing fabric
24" square of batting
Fusible web

Cutting:
Note: Click here to download the template pages. 
From the aqua dot:
(5) 21" long strips, ranging in width from 1-1/2" to 4" (Note: You'll want wider strips for top and bottom; the three strips in the center can be narrower)

From the aqua berries on white:
(2) 21" long strips, ranging in width from 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"

From the white/gray dot:
(2) 21" long strips, ranging in width from 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"

From the white berries on navy:
(1) 9" x 21" strip (for water; see step 5)

From the navy dot: 
Wave pieces #1-#5*

From the green vine:
Boat* 

From the red stripe:
Large Sail*

From the orange stripe:
Small Sail*

From the gray dot circle:
(1) 1-1/2" x 12" strip

From the yellow dot circle:
Sun

From the navy/aqua plaid:
(5) 2-1/4" x 21" strips for binding

*Trace template pieces onto the paper side of fusible web and cut out loosely around each shape. Fuse to the wrong side of indicated fabric and cut out on the drawn lines.


Make the Wall Hanging:
Note: Piecing the sky uses a relaxed improv method to create a strippy, slightly angled sky. Your sky may look different based on strip width or angles of the strips (i.e. you may need more or fewer strips). Follow the directions below and continue piecing sky strips to cover approximately 16" of the batting, from the top down.

1. Position a wide strip of aqua dot right side up near the top edge of the binding. Position an aqua berry on white strip on top, right sides facing, angling it slightly. 

2. Stitch along the raw edge, following the angle of the white strip, and press open. 

3. Continue adding strips, varying colors and widths, and changing the angle of each new strip.

4. This is what our finished background looked like. (Note the wide piece of aqua dot at the bottom--after you position the water, you can trim this so the water just covers the aqua dot.)

5. Position the water fusible shape on the wrong side of the white berries on navy strip so the wavy edge is near the top edge of the strip. Fuse in place and cut out on the wavy line. Position on the background as desired, trim aqua dot strip if needed, and then fuse the water in place. For reference, our sky section measures about 14" to the water's edge in this photo, the water section measures approximately 9". 

6. Apply fusible web to the wrong side of the 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" dot circle gray strip. From this fused strip, cut out a 1/2" x 11" piece for the mast. 
7. Continue adding applique pieces to the background. Lay out the pieces before fusing in place; you may need to trim the mast (tuck the end under the boat as well). When you're satisfied with placement, fuse in place. 

8. Fuse the five navy dot waves to the water, making sure wave #1 covers the bottom edge of the boat. Use the photo below to help with suggested placement. 

9. If desired, machine stitch the appliqued pieces to secure (We did this as part of the quilting process.) Layer the quilt top (which already includes batting) on the backing. Trim batting to approximately 1" past quilt top edges for easier handling. Machine quilt as desired, outlining applique shapes if you haven't already secured them. 
10. Square up the quilt; ours measures 18-1/2" x 20" (yours may vary slightly--center your design and make sure there's at least 1" background extending past all appliques except waves). 

11. Sew the (5) 2-1/4" x 21" navy/aqua check binding strips short ends together into a long strip and bind as desired. Enjoy!



For a chance to win a bundle of Bree fabrics, leave a comment below letting us know your favorite summer activity. Giveaway is open through Monday, August 14th at 11:59 pm EDT. 



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Thursday: Kristen from KD Quilts
FridayBenartex blog design team
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bree Blog Hop: Day 3

Welcome to our Bree blog hop! We're excited to show you what four different designers have created with the Nancy Halvorsen's gorgeous new fabric collection! If you missed our introduction to Bree, find it here.


Today Kristen from KD-Quilts is here sharing a clever picnic placemat she created. (Doesn't the check in the Bree collection just scream "picnic" to you?!) Check out her tutorial and head over to her blog for a chance to win some Bree fat quarters. 

Here's Kristen:
Hello!! I'm a stay at home mom of two boys who keep me busy. In my spare time I quilt. My specialty is memory quilts, but I LOVE playing with pretty fabrics and designing things to make my home cozy and colorful.
   

I love this line: Bree by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex Fabrics. It screams summertime to me! This print is my most favorite. I'm thinking some major yardage is going to be needed. 

Today I want to share a super easy, super summer picnic placemat tutorial with you all. My biggest struggle with eating outside is my napkin flying away. These placemats are sure to take away picnic troubles...if only I could take care of the flies!


 

Materials (tutorial for one placemat) 
2 assorted fat quarters: 2 colors for the front 
2 additional fat quarters (or 1/2 yard) for back and binding 
Batting

Cutting 
From the check:
(2) 2.5" squares
(1) 2.5" x 12" strips
(1) 2.5" x 8" strip
(1) 4" x 8" piece for pocket 

From the red print:
(2) 2.5" squares
(1) 2.5" x 12" strips
(1) 2.5" x 8" strip
(1) 12" x 8" rectangle 

Binding:
Enough 2-1/4" wide strips to create a 90" long binding strip


Layout:
 

A picture speaks way more than text! The 12" strips are at the top, 8" strips are on the right, and the 2.5" squares are in the upper right corner. 

Sewing: 
1. Assemble the four-patch of 2.5" squares. Next, sew the two 8" x 2.5" strips together and attach to bottom of the four-patch. 
2. Sew both 12" x 2.5" strips together and attach to the long edge of the 12" x 8" red rectangle. 
3. Sew the unit from step 1 to the unit from step 2.
4. Fold down 1/4" on the top and side of the check napkin pocket as shown. Press. Stitch across the top edge to create a finished edge. Set aside.


   

5. Layer placemat top with backing and batting. Quilt as desired. 
6. Baste the pocket to the bottom and left side of the placemat, matching raw edges. Topstitch the right side of the napkin, securing it to the placemat.  Bind. Cook your burgers and enjoy!

   

 The rest of the Bree line is currently being turned into a placemat set with matching runner. I can't wait for the next backyard BBQ! Thanks, Benartex fabrics for inviting me to the Bree blog hop!


Thanks, Kristen! 

We can't wait to see your table runner and remaining placemats! Head over to Kristen's blog to enter for a chance to win a bundle of select Bree fat quarters.

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Thursday: Kristen from KD Quilts
FridayBenartex blog design team
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bree Blog Hop: Day 2

Welcome to our Bree blog hop! We're excited to show you what four different designers have created with the Nancy Halvorsen's gorgeous new fabric collection! If you missed our introduction to Bree, find it here.


Here's Stephanie:
Nancy Halvorsen has been one of my favorite fabric designers for a very long time! I’ve made several projects using her amazing fabrics and proudly display them in my home. I even have a Nancy UFO (un-finished object) … a king sized quilt for my bed completely made from fabrics that she designed! I really need to get that finished, but back to the subject at hand … BREE!

This is such a bright and fun collection – it just makes me smile. We are in the process of revamping our laundry room, and while cleaning it out I found my “Bags of Bags” … oh so many plastic grocery store bags. These “Grocery Bag Holders” will be a great solution to that problem! I love projects that are pretty and functional.



Here is your supply list (this will make 3 bags):
(5) coordinating FQs (I went with Grey, Aqua, Blue and Orange)
(3) 7” pieces of ¼” elastic
Coordinating thread for top-stitching

Cutting Instructions:
From each of (3) FQs cut: (1) 8-1/2” X 18” strip, (2) 3-1/2” X 18” strips and (2) 2-1/2” X 18-1/2” strips

From each of (2) FQs cut: (6) 2” X 18” strips and (2) 2-1/2” X 7” strips



Step 1:
Arrange your 18” strips, then sew together. I like to flip my stitching direction on each strip when I sew longish strips together, it helps to keep the whole project square. Press all the seam allowances in one direction, then square up to 17” X 24-1/2”.


Step 2:
Fold top edge down ¼” and press, then fold again to create a clean edge on the top. Top-stitch 1/8” from top edge.


Step 3:
Fold rectangle in half, lining up seams and pin. You are going to stop sewing 1” from the bottom edge, so I mark this with a different pin. Sew – making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end. Press the seam allowance open, and don’t worry too much if your seams don’t line up perfectly – this will be the back!


Step 4:
Fold bottom edge in ½” and press, then fold and press again. Top-stitch 1/8” from edge all the way around (backstitch at beginning and end) to create casing for elastic. Run elastic through the casing (I like to use a safety pin). Tip: pin loose end of elastic to project so you don’t pull it through and have to start over! Sew ends of elastic together, then tuck ends into the casing.


Step 5:

Fold your 2-1/2” X 7” strip in half and press to mark center. Fold the sides into the center and press, then fold the whole strip in half and press – it should be about 5/8” wide by 7” long. Topstitch close to both edges. Fold in half to find center, then flip one end down at a 45-degree angle – repeat on other side and press. Sew to tack down. Line up inside of center back seam and pin in place – then sew down (Don’t forget to backstitch!)

Finished bag:

Thanks, Stephanie! 

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of select Bree fabrics, leave a comment below letting us know what colors you'd choose from the Bree collection to make these bags. Giveaway is open through Saturday, August 12th at 11:59 pm EDT. 

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Thursday: Kristen from KD Quilts
FridayBenartex blog design team
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bree Blog Hop: Day 1

Welcome to our Bree blog hop! We're excited to show you what four different designers have created with the Nancy Halvorsen's gorgeous new fabric collection! If you missed our introduction to Bree, find it here.



Starting out the hop is Alison from Little Bunny Quilts. She's used a 30-degree ruler to create a three-block table runner in corals, aquas and oranges. Enjoy her tutorial and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a selection of Bree fat quarters.

Here's Alison:


Check out this gorgeous fabric line!



For my stop on the hop, I decided to make a table runner that uses my 30 degree ruler from Creative Grids (not an affiliate link!) to make flower blocks!



To make this runner, you will need:

1 yard navy paisley print for backing and binding
1/4 yard grey dot print for background
1/4 yard coral swirl print
1/4 yard coral paisley print
1/4 yard orange swirl print
1/4 yard orange circle dot print
1/4 yard aqua swirl print
1/4 yard aqua/navy check print



For each pair of flower prints (aqua/aqua, orange/orange, and coral/coral) decide which will be your "accent color" (center of the petal block) and which will be your "main color" (sides of the petal block). Trim each 1/4 yard cut to 9 inches wide, or if using fat quarters, cut 9 inch strips.

From each of your "accent color" strips, cut four (4) 30 degree wedges from your 9 inch wide strip. Also cut four (4) 2.5 inch squares from each "accent color". Set these squares aside for now.





From each of your "main color" strips, cut eight (8) 30 degree wedges from your 9 inch wide strip.



Sew a "main color" wedge to each side of your "accent color" wedges. Don't get too worried if your points aren't perfect! Make four (4) petal units in each color, for a total of twelve (12) petal units.



From your background fabric, cut six (6) 4 inch squares. Cut each square in half diagonally once for a total of twelve (12) background triangles. Sew each triangle along the long edge (hypotenuse, for you mathematicians out there!) to the beveled edge of your petal units.





Trim each of your petal units to 8 inches square. Use the stitch and flip technique to attach the 2.5 inch squares to the center of each petal block with a contrasting color.



Sew your four petal units into one block, making three total blocks. Sew your blocks in a row.





Quilt and bind as desired. Enjoy your summery table runner!







Thanks Alison!

Head over to her blog for a chance to win some Bree fat quarters!



Make sure to follow along on all four days of our Bree hop!
Thursday: Kristen from KD Quilts
FridayBenartex blog design team
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