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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Quilt Market Booth Tour: Contempo

Welcome to day 1 of our three-day Quilt Market booth tour. Last weekend, we were in Salt Lake City sharing our newest fabric collections from Benartex, Kanvas and Contempo with quilt shop owners. Now we're ready to give you a sneak peek so you know what to watch for (and ask for!) at your local quilt shops. 

First up, Contempo. 

Here's a look at the full Contempo section. We highlighted three main lines: Kitchen Love by Cherry Guidry, Sparkle by Amanda Murphy, and Lemon Squeezy by Holly Helgeson

Cherry in her booth. Her new collection, Kitchen Love, is exactly what the name suggests: lots of love for all things kitchen-related! And of course, with Cherry, you'll see plenty of whimsical applique and embroidery work as well. 

Sweet hand towels and a cupcake wall hanging:

Table toppers, wall hangings, a purse, a pillow and more:

Love the main quilt in the booth--so much detailed and beautiful applique and embroidery design!

This beautiful wall hanging uses the text print as the background:
Click here to see the fabrics in Cherry's Kitchen Love collection. Available in shops August/September.

Next up is Amanda Murphy's new collection, Feathers & Flourishes. This line features Amanda's well-loved feathers and flourishes, as well as intricate medallions! Don't forget dots, a fancy stripe, and geometric prints--great coordinates or stand alone prints. 
Here's Amanda in the booth:

And a closer look at this medallion-style quilt, built out from an appliqued center motif.

Quilts, pillows, sundresses, a sunhat, a tuffet...so much fun!

Click here to see the fabrics in Amanda's Feathers & Flourishes collection. Available in shops July/August!

And last but not least, Lemon Squeezy by Holly Helgeson! This summery line is full of lime, bright pinks, and happy yellows. The prints include lemons (obviously!) and lemonade, but also an adorable pennant print, text print, and a cool chevron stripe. Think of Lemon Squeezy as an upgrade on your childhood lemonade stand ambitions.
Click here to see the fabrics in Holly's Lemon Squeezy collection. Available in shops June/July.

Check back tomorrow, when we'll continue our Quilt Market booth tour. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Find that Fabric! Answers + Winners

Happy Monday! 
We hope you enjoyed our Find that Fabric game, introducing you to some of our new fabric collections that debuted at Quilt Market. We'll be back soon with a tour of our Quilt Market booths, but for today we're sharing the answers to Find that Fabric and the winners, randomly drawn from emails with the correct answers. 

First, the answers:


And now, the winners:
Ann Dunn
Gene Black
Judy Chastain
Allison Church Bird
Mary Davis
Diane Oaks
Renie Rowland
Beth Talmage

Diane Schumtzler

Congratulations and thanks for playing along! 
The winners will each receive a randomly selected FQ bundle of fabrics from one of the collections featured in the game.
We'll be contacting you for your mailing addresses so we can get your fabric prizes sent out. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Find that Fabric! Day 3

Today is the third and final day of our Find that Fabric! game--some fabric fun for you while we're at Quilt Market.

Here are today's swatches; if you need a quick recap of how this works, scroll to the bottom of the post or click here for the full instructions. 


Find that Fabric: Day 3
Swatch #1

Swatch #2

Swatch #3


Remember, to enter: 
Find the fabric on our website and identify the collection name, the actual fabric name, and the fabric SKU. Email us at socialmedia23 (at) gmail.com by 10 a.m. Sunday, May 22 with the correct information for each swatch. This contest is now closed. Thanks for playing! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Find that Fabric! Day 2

We're back with another round of our Quilt Market game, Find that Fabric! 

Here are today's swatches; if you need a quick recap of how this works, scroll to the bottom of the post or click here for the full instructions. 


Find that Fabric: Day 2
Swatch #1

Swatch #2

Swatch #3


Remember, to enter: 
Find the fabric on our website and identify the collection name, the actual fabric name, and the fabric SKU. Email us at socialmedia23 (at) gmail.com by 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 with the correct information for each swatch. 

This contest is now closed. Thanks for playing!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Find that Fabric! (+ Bali Hop Winners)

We're in Salt Lake City at Quilt Market this week, sharing our newest fabric collections with quilt shop owners. While we're doing that, we thought we'd have some fun sharing some of these same fabrics with you! 


It's time for...
Find that Fabric! 

Each day, we'll post a fabric swatch from each of three different brand new fabric lines from Benartex, Kanvas, or Contempo. 
Your mission: Find the fabric on our website and identify the collection name, the actual fabric name, and the fabric SKU. 
How to win: Don't leave the answers as a comment. Instead, email us at socialmedia23 (at) gmail.com with the correct information the day's swatches and you'll be entered for a chance to win a FQ bundle of one of the fabric lines we'll be featuring. Each correct answer each day is an entry, so if you correctly identify all nine fabric lines we show, you'll have nine chances to win! One email per day per person, please.
Timing: We'll be showing three swatches a day for three days, beginning today. You'll have 24 hours to find the fabric and email us; then that day's contest ends and we move onto the next one. 

Here's an example:


Find this fabric:


After browsing the website, we found this swatch in the Chelsea collection. The specific fabric name is Addison Light Turquoise, SKU #894-84.


You'd send us an email with "Find that Fabric" in the subject line. In your email, you'd write:
Swatch #1: Chelsea - Addison Light Turquoise #894-84

Caution...browsing our website may introduce you to many new "must-have" fabrics! 
Have fun! 


Find that Fabric: Day 1
Swatch #1

Swatch #2

Swatch #3


Remember, to enter: 
Find the fabric on our website and identify the collection name, the actual fabric name, and the fabric SKU. Email us at socialmedia23 (at) gmail.com by 10 a.m. Friday, May 20 with the correct information for each swatch. This contest is now closed. This contest is now closed. Thanks for playing!



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Bali Blog Hop Winners

Here are the winners from last week's blog hop. Congratulations! We'll be contacting you via email for your full names and addresses. Prizes will be sent out after Quilt Market. 

Monday: Chris @ made by ChrissieD
The winner is: Karin

Tuesday: Stephanie @ Stitched Together Studios

The winner is: Sue Halter

Wednesday: Benartex Blog Design Team
The winner is: Dody

Thursday: Kirsten @ KD Quilts

The winner is: Monica

Friday: Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

The winner is: Janet T.

Saturday: Debby @ Debby Kratovil Quilts

The winner is: Rosa


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

International Museum Day

Did you know that today is International Museum Day? 
(Side note to whoever comes up with all of these "days"...we'd like a "No Housework Day," an "Eat All the Chocolate You Like Day," and a "My Bobbin Will Never Run Out Day," if you're ever short on themes to celebrate...)
In honor of Museum Day, here's a list of (and links to) several quilting museums. Plan a trip to visit one--they're an amazing combination of visual eye candy and rich history! 
The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY



If you've been to one of these or another quilting museum, leave us a comment letting us know what you liked best from your visit. And feel free to also leave a comment adding other museums to the list!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bali Blog Hop: Day 6

It's Saturday! Welcome to the last day of our Bali Blog Hop. We hope you've enjoyed all the block tutorials we've featured this week. Up today is Debby Kratovil with a lesson in ruler use that you'll enjoy! Debby always likes to say that she lets the fabrics tell her what they would like to become. Whether they whisper to her or send text messages to her cell phone - she trusts what they say! Check out her tutorial on how to make hexagon flower blocks and then head over to her blog for a chance to win a bundle of Rio and Dolce fat quarters. Let's join her as she tells us how the  Rio and Dolce Collections of batiks guided her.



Batiks from the Dolce and Rio Collections by Benartex

Hello, blog readers! 

Here are the five colors I chose for my project from the lovely Dolce and Rio collections. 
Five fabrics for Debby's flowers

I am still enamored with hexagon shaped blocks and patches. The most recent is the jewel (some call it a gem). I discovered how to cut it using a standard acrylic ruler with 60 degree lines and a 60 degree multi sized triangle ruler. For a finished 6" high jewel, I cut 4-1/2" wide strips. Then I cut the selvedge off on the left side at a 60 degree angle as shown below. I measured 4-1/2" from that edge and cut again. I was able to get three of these diamonds from each 4-1/2" x 22" strip (remember, I'm working with fat quarters).

Cutting 60 degree diamonds

I did this for each of the four bright batiks. The black and white will be my background fabric.
4-1/2" 60 degree diamonds

Then, to make the jewel, I needed to cut a 2" triangle off of one pointed end. Why 2"? Because the diamond will finish to 4". Other than that, I just know it works, ok?

Cutting a 2" triangle from one end of each diamond

Jewels and cut away triangles (which I don't use in this project)

I then cut 2-1/2" triangles from my black and white batik. These are cut using a multi-sized 60 degree ruler which I bet is in your sewing studio!

2-1/2" high 60 degree triangles

Here's is how these patches work together:
Sew a small triangle to each short side of all the colored jewels

And then what? I used 6 of the units above to make my daffodil block.
Sew 3 jewel/triangle units together into a large half-hexagon; repeat

I pressed the triangles away from the yellow fabric (toward the black batik). All other seams were pressed open.

Here is my "Daffodil" block, which finishes to 12" high.

Daffodil Block #1
And then I sewed a block using two each of the other 3 colors:
Tri-colored Block #2
And then I sewed one last block, also using two each of the other 3 colors, but this time I put each color together and if you use your imagination, you might see hearts!
Three Hearts Block #3

I hope you enjoyed seeing how versatile your acrylic rulers can be. No need to buy single size templates for these shapes!

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the Dolce and Rio fabrics we're featuring in this blog hop, head over to Debby's blog. Let her know which of the 3 blocks you like (#1, 2, or 3).


Click here to see the entire Rio collection.
Click here to see the entire Dolce collection. 

Stop back each day this week to catch all of the tutorials!
Monday: Chris @ made by ChrissieD
Tuesday: Stephanie @ Stitched Together Studios
Wednesday: Benartex Blog Design Team
Thursday: Kirsten @ KD Quilts
Friday: Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts
Saturday: Debby @ Debby Kratovil Quilts