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Friday, August 28, 2015

Let's Party!

It's Friday! TGIF! Let's Party! 

Keep that party feeling going with Maria Kalinowski's new Let's Party collection for Kanvas. These prints are ready to celebrate! Use them for a birthday-themed placemat or a string of pennant flags. Or maybe a quilt that is used on birthdays and special occasions only. You decide!
 Balloons with beautiful shading

Confetti on black--use with solids or tonals to tie a color palette together

Wouldn't this be a great print for backing or focal squares?!

Can't go wrong with a stripe!


Click here to see the entire Let's Party collection.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Love's Brewing

Tea lovers, if yesterday's Jumping Java collection has you feeling left out in the cold, we're back today with a collection that is just your cup of tea! (pardon the pun; we couldn't help ourselves!) 

Love's Brewing by Greta Lynn for Kanvas is a tea party like no other: vibrant colors, tea bags galore, and fun tonal coordinates.



Is there a homemade tea cozy in your future? We think so!

Tea cups for any mood

 Your choice of tea bags


 Love this zigzag!

Try this free pattern, "Mad Tea Party," by Heidi Pridemore
Click here to download the free pattern.



Click here to see the entire Love's Brewing collection.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jumping Java

If the kitchen coffee pot or local coffee shop is your first stop every morning, get your daily jolt from Maria Kalinowski's Jumping Java collection for Kanvas. This collection features a number of coffee-themed prints in soothing brown, cream, red and aqua prints, as well as cool coordinates that aren't coffee related. Something for everyone! 


For coffee lovers:


For everyone:



Click here to see the entire Jumping Java collection.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hen Pals

Have you seen Hen Pals? This new collection from Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas takes the coop to a whole new level with mod chicken prints! Perfect for kitchen accessories. Cool color palette. Birds in two sizes, feathers, stripes, eggs, and a really neat nest and egg print. You'll have so much fun playing with these fabrics!


Take a closer look at a few of these prints:



Try this free pattern, "All Cooped Up" by Heidi Pridemore.
Click here to download the free pattern.

Click here to see the entire Hen Pals collection on our newly redesigned website!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Introducing a whole new look!

We pride ourselves on staying current and connected--from our fabric collections to quilt patterns to ways to create a community with our customers, our goal is to be at the head of the pack.  We've been working hard on a project, and it's time to share our fresh new look.

We are excited to introduce our redesigned website!

Benartex.com homepage


What does this new-look website mean for you?

It's easier than ever to search out your favorite new fabric lines.  We've divided the website into separate areas for Benartex, Kanvas, and Contempo collections. Pick your favorite or browse all three. 

Free patterns and large-scale swatches at your fingertips. Navigate your way through our free pattern section, and click on the round swatches for larger views, including a ruler for scale.

Surround yourself with inspiration. Clean, bright photos show our fabrics in their best light and offer ideas for using them. With images this appealing, you'll never want to leave!

More ways to stay connected. Easily accessible links to News and Fabric Locator tabs, plus social media options, from a quick link to the blog to Facebook and our Pinterest boards. 


Take a quick peek at the screen shots below, and then head over to the website to check it out yourself!
The Benartex page, featuring our classic collections.


Kanvas, novelty prints and more


Contempo; the new face of modern


When you click on the Fabric Gallery, here's what you'll find:




And then click on a specific fabric line to see all the available swatches.


Free pattern gallery, alphabetized and organized!


We invite you to browse around our redesigned website--get to know it, enjoy it, and discover a new fabric line today! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Technique Tuesday: Fruit Salad

Despite the blog post's title, this week's Technique Tuesday is not going to teach you how to make an actual fruit salad.


Instead, Debby Kratovil is back, showing how to give Dresden Plates a summer spin! Enjoy her tutorial, let your mouth water at those tasty-looking fruit fabrics from Greta Lynn's Fruit Salad collection for Kanvas, and get sewing! Plus, Debby's hosting a giveaway on her blog. Head over to check it out!


Here's Debby:

Warning! Put your cup of coffee down before you scroll any further! Sometimes my ideas get a bit zany and I only blame it on the fabric, of course.

I received a lovely bundle of Fruit Salad fabrics from Kanvas and the watermelon images jumped out at me. What do you think?
Fruit Salad Collection by Greta Lynn for KANVAS and Benartex Fabrics
What? You don't see watermelon? You see strawberries and blueberries and cherries? Hold on. I'm getting to the watermelon, because I WANTED watermelon and I tried to make this a watermelon quilt. Strawberry watermelon, maybe?

I like playing with my Vortex ruler (actually an 18 degree Dresden Plate ruler). I thought of the green watermelon rind, the white inner rind and the red fruit part and grabbed 3 fabrics. Actually, four. Let me show you how I auditioned the fabrics to decide what size strips to cut.

First, the green, cherry print and strawberries on black:
Auditioning fabrics and getting an idea of the size strips to cut
Next, the green, cherry print and realistic watermelon color (minus the black seeds):
Auditioning the fabrics with my 12-1/2" ruler
The strawberries got a hold on me. I should have listened to the voices in my head!
Strips for strata
 I cut an 8-1/2" wide strip of the strawberry print, a 1-1/2" strip of the cherry print, and a 3-1/2" strip for the green rind. I actually needed 3 sets of these in order to get the needed 20 wedges. As you can see in the photo below, as you flip-flop the ruler, you are cutting a second set of wedges. You have to cut for two blocks to get one full block of 20 wedges.


Ruler flip-flops along the stitched wedge set of strips (with a height of 12-1/2")
This wedge is the same one we used for the Christmas in July tree skirt I featured here a few weeks ago. The template is still there. This link will take you to the Sew in Love with Fabric blog posting with the tutorial for the tree skirt: Christmas in July with Homespun Holiday

Now let's see my wedges:
Each strip set will yield 7 wedges (that's why we need 3 strip sets)
Now let's turn them into Dresden Plate units!
1. Fold wedge in half along the vertical. Sew 1/4" along the widest edge.
2. Clip the inner corner at the fold. This makes for a sharp point when turned.
3. Turn seam right side out and press little pocket so the seam runs along the center of the wedge.
4. No need to use needle-turn applique. Neat, huh?
Dresden Plate Sewing
Make 5 wedges for each quarter circle. Press these seams open (you'll see this later)
Five wedges make a quarter circle. Press seams open.
What's up with that triangle at the bottom? I don't want a center circle for my dresden plate. I cut a 4-1/2" square, placed it along the straight sides of the 5-wedge unit, marked the diagonal and sewed ON the line; trimmed 1/4" away. Discard cutaways. Press triangle out as seen in photo above.


Sew on diagonal line; trim away
What do two halves look like? For the whole block you will need two 4-1/2" squares of both green and red.
Two watermelon halves joined.
Make sure each of your four quarter circles are perpendicular on the straight sides. If not, you will have a little mountain in the center of the unit when all four come together. Trust me. I know this from experience, I'm just saying . . .

I cut a piece of the background fabric. I wish I had 30-1/2" of the watermelon print, but I only had 28", so I went with that. Pinned and pressed and pinned again. Selected matching green thread and a simple zigzag stitch and now it's time to trim away the background fabric.


Trim away the background fabric from behind the Dresden Plate block
OK. Last warning! Put down that coffee cup! Nothing liquid in your mouth! Here is my wild and crazy Watermelon Quilt with a 28" center block (the Dresdens are about 25" from tip to tip across the center). First from the back:
Notice all the pressed seams. Removing the background fabric reduces the bulk
And from the front:
Wild and Crazy Watermelon Delight Table Cloth
My husband has been asking me for a table cloth for our circular table on the deck. This will be it! Sure to shock our summertime guests! I will quilt it and show it soon finished.

Now for the giveaway. I have two bundles of LONG QUARTER cuts from this collection. Each contains 5 long quarters (9" x wof). I don't like fat quarters when I'm working with a quilt that needs borders and long strips.
Cherries and Berries, Purple Colorway


Berries and Watermelon, Red Colorway
Visit my blog and let me know if you've ever made a quilt and used it for a table cloth. And tell me which of the two bundles you like. I will select two winners. Deadline for comments is Friday August 21 at midnight. International winners will need to help with postage if you are chosen to win ($10, US). Or you can have any of my Craftsy patterns.

Thanks Debby!
Click here to see the entire Fruit Salad collection.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Christmas in July Blog Hop Winners!

Thanks to everyone who followed along on our Christmas in July Blog Hop! 
(If you missed any of the posts, you'll find the links below.)

Congratulations to these randomly drawn winners! Enjoy your fabric bundles and get a head start on this year's holiday sewing!

Monday: Santa Sack by Chris from Made by Chrissie D using Happy Holidays Snowmen
Bundle winner: Debbie D.


Tuesday: Tree Skirt by Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts using Homespun Holiday
Bundle winner: Margaret S. 


Wednesday: Throw Pillow by Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation using Ornamental Splendor
Bundle winner: Heather S.



Thursday: Wonky Star Placemats by Kristen from KD Quilts using Santa's Here
Bundle winner: Beth T.


Friday: Christmas Card Organizer by Melissa from My Fabric Relish using Frosty Forest
Bundle winner: Needled Mom


MondayTable Runner and Napkins by Nikki from The Girl Who Quilts using Frosty Forest
Bundle winner: Brenda A.


Tuesday: Wintry Wall Banner by Wendy from Ivory Spring using Shades of Winter
Bundle winner: Patricia

Congratulations, winners! We'll be contacting you via email to get your mailing addresses!