Friday, December 9, 2016

Deck the Halls Blog Hop: Day 5

The Christmas countdown has begun! This is the last of five holiday-themed tutorials this week to add to that festive feeling. 


Are you ready to make some ornaments? Both of these stars are quick and fun, not to mention addicting! The fun stripes and bold designs of Maria Kalinowski's Holiday Cheer collection are perfect for these ornaments. 


We used the four prints on the right for the folded star ornament, and the stripe on the left for our jumbo star ornament.

You can find the tutorial for the folded star ornament on Betz White's Crafting a Rainbow blog. We'll get you started, though! Cut four 3-1/4" x 12" strips and fold them in half lengthwise, right sides together. Unfold, and then fold the long raw edges in again to create a strip that is like a double-fold binding. Then head to Betz's blog to see how to fold!

These stars are so cute! 
Hint: Press often! 

To make the jumbo star ornament, you'll need 1/2 yard of the stripe (includes backing) and one 12" square each of black solid and batting. 
Download and print our diamond template here. Cut it out.
Cut two 3" x 42" strips with the stripe running the short way and one 12" square for backing. 

Lay the template on the strip and cut a total of eight diamond shapes. (If you don't want to piece diamonds together, consider adhering fusible web to the strip before cutting the diamonds and then simply fuse the shapes into a star!)


 Sew the diamonds together into pairs, pressing the seams open. 

Sew the pairs together to create two half stars. 

 Join the half stars to make a whole star. Press well. 

Layer the 12" backing square right side down and secure the batting and 12" black solid square on top using basting spray. Center the star on top and temporarily secure with basting spray. 

Use a blanket or other decorative stitch to secure the star to the quilt sandwich. Stitch 1/4" past the outer star edges using black thread. Stitch 1/4" inside each diamond shape using white thread. 
Use a pinking shears or pinked rotary cutter to cut out the star shape 1/4" beyond the black stitched line. Hand sew a loop for hanging. 


The back: 





For a chance to win a bundle of one of our holiday collections, leave a comment below letting us know that you follow us on at least one of our social media platforms (either right here on the blog--options in the right hand sidebar, FacebookInstagramPinterest), as well as telling us if you have any handmade ornaments on your tree. We'll randomly pick a winner and announce it next week! Giveaway is open through Monday, December 12th at 11:59 pm EST.    

Make sure to catch all of the tutorials on our Deck The Halls Blog Hop!
Tuesday 12/6: Paula Nadelstern
Wednesday 12/7:  Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts
Thursday 12/8: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Friday 12/9: Benartex blog design team

p.s. Looking for more holiday inspiration? Click here to check out the tutorials featured in our Christmas in July blog hop. 
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Deck the Halls Blog Hop: Day 4

The Christmas countdown has begun! This week we'll be sharing five holiday-themed tutorials to add to that festive feeling. 


Today we're welcoming Alison from Little Bunny Quilts. Back in our July hop, she made a tree skirt using the Sparkle collection, and she's back today with a table runner using the same fabric line. After you check out her tutorial, head over to her blog for a chance to win a bundle of holiday fabric. 

Here's Alison:
Hello! Alison from Little Bunny Quilts here, and I am back today to share another fun holiday tutorial using Amanda Murphy's Sparkle line! Today I'm sharing a fun table runner pattern!


You will need to make three 12 inch finished (12.5 inch unfinished) blocks for a table runner. For each block you will need:

Four (4) - 2 1/2 inch squares in your outer color (green shown in the tutorial)
Four (4) - 3 3/8 inch squares in your outer color (green shown in the tutorial)
One (1) - 4 1/2 inch square in your center color (teal and green stripe shown in the tutorial)
Four (4) - 3 inch squares in your star point color (red and grey print shown in the tutorial) 
Four (4) - 2 1/2 inch background fabric squares
Four (4) - 2 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch background fabric rectangles
Four (4) - 3 inch background squares


Using your 2 1/2 inch squares and 2 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch rectangles to make the corner units as shown below. Make four.



Cut each of your 3 inch squares in half diagonally once. Arrange four triangles around each 3 3/8 inch square as shown below and sew together to make four square in a square units. Pay attention to the arrangement of your outer triangles -- these will form your star points! If necessary, trim your blocks to 4 1/2 inch square.



Arrange your corner units, square-in-a-square units, and center square as shown below. Sew together in rows, then sew your rows together.





Make three total Star of Wonder blocks.

From your background also cut:
Four (4) strips 1 1/2 inches x 12 1/2 inches
Two (2) strips 1 1/2 inches x WOF

Lay out your blocks and background strips as shown below and sew together for your table runner top.





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



You can use this basic table runner pattern with any 12 inch finished blocks (12.5 inches unfinished), so if you have your own favorite blocks, you can switch them up!




For a chance to win a bundle of one of our holiday collections, head over to Alison's blog.  

Make sure to catch all of the tutorials on our Deck The Halls Blog Hop!
Tuesday 12/6: Paula Nadelstern
Wednesday 12/7:  Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts
Thursday 12/8: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Friday 12/9: Benartex blog design team

p.s. Looking for more holiday inspiration? Click here to check out the tutorials featured in our Christmas in July blog hop. 
p.p.s. See another Sparkle table runner on Fons & Porter's website.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Deck the Halls Blog Hop: Day 3

The Christmas countdown has begun! This week we'll be sharing five holiday-themed tutorials to add to that festive feeling. 


Today Debby Kratovil is here playing with the Mistletoe collection. Wait until you see what she does with this adorable panel! You'll never buy Christmas cards again. Enjoy her tutorial (don't miss the link to make a cute child's vest as a bonus!) and then head over to her blog to enter to win a holiday fabric bundle. 

Here's Debby!
I love fabric panels. They capture so much within a large expanse of material, but when I received the Mistletoe collection I realized I couldn't do anything other than make another quilt. Or could I? I really didn't want to make one more quilt to add to the zillions I have here. Hmmmmm. I put my thinking cap on and the wheels were spinning. First, let me show you the group of fabrics I was given - don't you just love that stripe?!
Mistletoe Fabrics by Benartex
OK. Where's the panel? Now you can see my quandary.
The 24" x 42" panel that said "ONLY A QUILT" to me
So, I cut it up. Oh, yes I did. I honestly did! Gasp! I saw those lovely motifs - 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom - as something to play with. I carefully added enough fabric to the motif edges so I didn't cut them off. Mr. and Mrs. Snowman can get their berry wreath garland sliced. See, they're still smiling! I guess that's because they're under that mistletoe, getting ready for a big smooch!
I sliced the top and bottom from the large panel
You may be asking: what is she going to do with those panels? Oh, probably make a book or use them in a smaller quilt. Ha ha. Never guess what's in my brain. You will be disappointed every time!
Small panels, finishing strips, card stock
Oh, we're so happy! We're going to make a little girl happy!
 What's with the card stock?
Add a little batting and we are ready to go!

My almost 3 year old granddaughter loves to draw and color. She will enjoy having some Christmas scenes on one side and a blank slate on the other. Maybe she can use these for her own holiday cards for her pre-school teachers or Sunday School teacher.

But, first I must add some double sided tape to keep the layers from shifting. Yes, I will be sewing these layers on using my sewing machine!

Double sided tape keeps the batting from shifting
Sew the layers, trim using a decorative cutter blade (or some pinking shears - you know you have a pair and probably never use them anymore if you're a quilter).
Stitched and trimmed
Now, let's see the seven I did make.
7 happy scenes on postcard sizes (about 5" x 7" cardstock)
Then I got an idea for one of the fat quarters. I pulled out my trusty kids' vest pattern and discovered I could capture two motifs for the vest front. I was able to fit my vest pattern onto this fat quarter to cut out the two front units. See how happy the postcards are to know they will take more buddies with them to my granddaughter's house!
One fat quarter with large motifs
 Vest pattern placed so I could get the dog/cat panel on one side. I was able to get the kissing bears on the other side.
Placement of vest front
Since I was working with fat quarters, I had to use a second one for the back; one for the inside back lining and another for the front inside linings. Works when your person is a little person!

Let's see the vest:

Front vest; green inside back lining and cream inside front lining
 And the back of the vest is a 4th fabric.
Back of vest
I still have that wonderful stripe and the center of the original panel. I'm sure something will occur to me. This was the easiest vest EVER to make. I found it online and used it for a previous post using the Firefighters Rock and Boys in Blue Collections by Benartex.

You can see the steps for making the vest here: Firefighters Rock. Make sure you look at the steps because it results in having NO raw edges showing and is a very creative approach to how the seams are worked. I love this technique!

Find the pattern here: Kids' Vest





For a chance to win a bundle of one of our holiday collections
, head over to Debby's blog.  

Make sure to catch all of the tutorials on our Deck The Halls Blog Hop!
Tuesday 12/6: Paula Nadelstern

Friday 12/9: Benartex blog design team

p.s. Looking for more holiday inspiration? Click here to check out the tutorials featured in our Christmas in July blog hop. 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Deck the Halls Blog Hop: Day 2

The Christmas countdown has begun! This week we'll be sharing five holiday-themed tutorials to add to that festive feeling. 


Are Christmas trees your favorite part of the holidays? Wait until you add one of Paula Nadelstern's absolutely amazing Opulent Ornaments to your evergreen.  These no-sew ornaments start with a styrofoam ball and a fussy-cut kaleidoscope motif from one of Paula's fabric collections. Add beads and sequins to your heart's content, and you'll soon be adding one of these beauties to your holiday decor! 

Click here to download the pdf with Paula's detailed instructions for creating the Opulent Ornament. Her new collection, Kismet, available this winter, includes her signature kaleidoscope motifs that would work wonderfully for these ornaments; you can likely find her recent collection, Chromazone, in your local quilt shop as well. 


For a chance to win a bundle of one of our holiday collections, leave a comment below letting us know that you follow us on at least one of our social media platforms (either right here on the blog--options in the right hand sidebar, FacebookInstagramPinterest), as well as telling us if you've ever added beads to a fabric project before. We'll randomly pick a winner and announce it next week! Giveaway is open through Sunday, December 11th at 11:59 pm EST.  

Make sure to catch all of the tutorials on our Deck The Halls Blog Hop!
Tuesday 12/6: Paula Nadelstern


Friday 12/9: Benartex blog design team

p.s. Looking for more holiday inspiration? Click here to check out the tutorials featured in our Christmas in July blog hop. 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Deck the Halls Blog Hop: Day 1

The Christmas countdown has begun! This week we'll be sharing five holiday-themed tutorials to add to that festive feeling. 


Our hop begins with Chris from made by ChrissieD. She fussy cut Amanda Murphy's Sparkle collection to make a Dresden Plate Table Topper. We hope you enjoy her tutorial below (plenty of tips for making this sweet project!). Head over to Chris' blog to find out how you can win a fat quarter bundle of one of our holiday lines--the perfect early holiday gift!)

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Here's Chris:
Hi everyone, it's hard to believe we're already five days into December and the Holiday season.  I'm delighted to be back here on the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog again and introducing Day 1 of the Benartex Deck The Halls Blog Hop. 

www.madebyChrissieD.com

Many of you will already know me, but in case this is our first meeting, I'm Chris Dodsley of made by ChrissieD, a sewing teacher in Manhattan and VP of the NYC Metro Modern Quilters Guild, blogging about my textile crafts and travel adventures.  I love to share my tips, tutorials and projects on my made by ChrissieD blog, twice monthly newsletter and various social media sites including FacebookInstagramPinterest and Twitter .


Today I'm working with the Sparkle fabric collection by Amanda Murphy of Amanda Murphy Design.  There are 16 fabrics in the collection - snowflakes, wreaths and ornaments as well as small and stripe prints in wonderful colours.  All fabrics in the collection are 100% cotton.


I chose these five prints from the collection to make my Holiday Table Topper



and once I finished it I realised it also makes a great Holiday Wall Hanging.  
Whatever way you decide to use it - here is my tute.

Holiday Table Topper / Wall Hanging Tute
approx 24" square

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Materials + Cutting Instructions
Benartex Sparkle colours + codes are in italics.
fabric quantities given allow for 13-1/4" length Dresden Blades to be fussy cut with the narrow end extended until the diagonal sides converge into a point, as I have done, but this isn't essential

(8) red blades - 3/8 yard (wreaths red 10052-10)
(8) turquoise blades - 3/8 yard  (ornaments turq 10053-84)
(4) white blades - 3/8 yard (snowflakes white/multi 10051-09)
(1) 25" x 25" quilt top - 3/4 yard (dot geo white/turq 10055-84)
(1) 25" x 25" quilt back - I've pieced together left-over sections of the other fabrics
(1) 25" x 25" Insul-Bright OR batting
(1) 106" length of your choice width of binding -  approx 1/4 yard (ornaments red 10053-10)

Your choice of thread for machine sewing and hand quilting
spray baste or basting pins

You'll also need a Dresden Blade template.
This Dresden plate has 20 blades so you'll need an 18 degree template (20 x 18 degrees=360degrees) that is long enough to cut a blade at 10-7/8"
- or you can extend the lines of a shorter blade yourself with a ruler.
You can purchase an acrylic template or you can draw your own using the instructions over on my blog.

Let's start by taking a look at how I've cut my blades. You'll see I've not left the blades blunt at the end as is normal with a Dresden Plate, instead, I've continued them to a point and the vertical length is 13-1/4".  If you want to leave your ends blunt then your vertical length will be 10-7/8".

On the left you'll see I've fussy cut the wreaths so they're centred down the blade and on the right you can see how I've extended the narrow end of the blade to a point - I've left the original blade end line visible through the blue snowflake so you can see what I mean


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

For the red and turquoise blades, I cut down the length of the fabric to achieve the pattern direction I wanted rather than across the fabric width.  Fabric quantities given allow for you to cut in this manner also though cutting across the fabric width will use far less fabric and is the better way to cut your pieces if you're using a non-directional print.


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com


Piecing Instructions
Lay out Dresden blades as shown below.


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Now work through the 7-stage process shown below to create your finished blade points:

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

1 - Take one blade and layout as shown;
2 - fold the blade in half down its length and right sides together;
3 - sew a 1/4" seam along the short bottom edge of the folded blade (the red line);
4 - turn your fabric right side out and tease that point right out;
5 - fold the blade in half down its length with wrong sides together to create a centre fold line;
6 - line the sewn blade seam up with the centre fold line and press; and
7 - turn over and press again.

You've made a Dresden Blade!  Continue until you've made 20!!!

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Lay your blades back in the circle design shown above and separate slightly into quarter circles - five blades in each quarter


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Join each set of five blades following the 5-step process below:

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

1 - take two blades;
2 - place the two blades right sides together;
3 - using a 1/4" seam sew the 2 blades together starting at the wide end and sewing into the centre - this ensures the outside edge of your Dresden Plate lines up (the purple line).  Double check you're sewing the correct blade edges together to keep the design in order;
4 - Press the seam open on the wrong side; and then
5 press the seam open on the right side.

These five blades form a quarter Dresden Plate.

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Trim the long ends from the centre corner of your quarter Dresden Plate to create a perfect right angle.
Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Create four quarter Dresden Plates. 

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Sew the quarters together and to create the halves. 

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

And finally sew the halves together into the whole.

For this final stage, match the wide ends of the blades and also the centre seam as perfectly as you can.  I used lots of pins to prevent movement.


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Press all seams open.


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Turn to the right side and press the seams open again - the centre, where all the seams meet will need pressing hard as there is a lot of bulk there.  Open out the seams as best you can and press - it is possible to reduce the bulk quite significantly.  If you left your blades blunt and didn't extend them to points then your centre section will be a hole and there won't be any bulk.  The outside diameter is approximately 23-1/2"

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com 

This is how the centre of your Dresden will look on the right side and on the wrong side with all the seams pressed open.


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.comDresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Making Your Quilt Sandwich
Lay out your Insul-Bright or batting and lightly spray baste the back of your 25" quilt top.  It's equally possible to baste with pins also just not quite as quick and easy :D

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Lay the back of your quilt top down on top of the Insul-Bright.  The Insul-Bright can be any side up.  Don't be put off by the size of my Insul-Bright in the photo below, you can just about see that my fabric is cut smaller and I cut the Insul-Bright down after basting the two layers together.

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Spray baste back of Dresden plate


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

and attach to the Quilt Top placing the wrong side of the Dresden Plate onto the right side of the quilt top, be sure to centre your Dresden Plate.  If you're not happy with your placement you can lift it and reposition, the spray baste is very forgiving. 


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

 You might want to mark the centre of your quilt top then place a pin through the centre of your Dresden Plate and match the two together.  I used the pattern lines on the quilt top fabric to line up each end of the Dresden Plate.

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Sew around edges of the quilt top using 1/8"-1/4" stitch to hold quilt top to Insul-Bright (blue lines).

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Quilting
Now we're at the stage where you have to make choices:

1: If your Dresden Plate has a hole in the centre OR if it doesn't have a hole in the centre but you suddenly decide you want to add a turned edge circle to the centre after all (you guessed it, that's exactly what I did when I spotted the perfect snowflake to fussy cut for the middle) then now's the time to add it using your favourite turned edge applique method.  I have a tute showing you how I do it here on my blog.

2: If your Dresden Plate doesn't have a hole in the centre you can move on to hand quilting your blades as I have.  If you'd like some help keeping your hand sewn lines perfectly straight I have a tute here on my blog.  If you want your hand quilted stitches to be visible on the back of your quilt then follow my Hand Quilting Only instructions below OR if you don't want your hand quilting to be visible on the back then follow my Hand and Machine Quilting instructions below.

3:  If you don't fancy hand quilting, you can move straight on to machine quilting your sandwich following my Machine Quilting Only instructions below.

Hand Quilting Only
Before starting to hand quilt your Dresden Plate you'll need to spray baste the back of your Insul-Bright and attach your quilt backing.  Now hand quilt 1/8" inside the edge of each Dresden Blade and the centre circle too, if you've added one.  This will hold everything securely in place.  Any additional quilting is up to you.

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Hand and Machine Quilting
Hand quilt 1/8" inside the edge of each Dresden Blade and the centre circle, if you've added one.  When you've completed your hand quilting you'll spray baste the back of your Insul-Bright and attach your quilt backing.  Now machine stitch in the ditch around the edge of each Dresden Blade and around the appliqued centre circle too if you've added one.  This will hold all layers securely in place.  Any additional quilting is up to you.

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Basted Quilt Back
Machine Quilting Only
If you are heading straight to machine quilting you'll need to spray baste the back of your Insul-Bright and attach your quilt backing.  Now stitch 1/8" inside the edge of each Dresden Blade and around the appliqued centre circle too if you've added one.  This will hold everything securely in place.  Any additional quilting is up to you.


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

You can just about see my machine quilted lines on the back of my piece in the photo above.

Finishing Your Quilt
for all quilting methods
When you've finished quilting, machine baste around the edge of the quilt, square up and trim at approx 24".

Now bind the quilt using your preferred method.
I've used double fold 2-1/4" straight grain binding, machine sewn to the quilt top with a 3/8" seam, then handsewn to back.  This means the binding is narrow on the back than on the front.


The Finished Holiday Table Topper / Wall Hanging


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com 
Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com


HOLIDAY TABLE TOPPER / WALL HANGING TUTE

Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I hope you've enjoyed my day on the Deck The Halls Blog Hop and want to make your own Holiday Table Topper or Wall Hanging!  Head over now to my made by ChrissieD blog for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of holiday-themed fabric and I'll be sharing more photos of the finished project with you and all those tutes I promised you too.  Looking forward to meeting you there! Chris :D


Dresden Table Topper/Wall Hanging Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Make sure to catch all of the tutorials on our Deck The Halls Blog Hop!
Tuesday 12/6: Paula Nadelstern


Friday 12/9: Benartex blog design team

p.s. Looking for more holiday inspiration? Click here to check out the tutorials featured in our Christmas in July blog hop. 
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