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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Burlap Brights Blog Hop: Day 11

Welcome to the eleventh and last day of our Burlap Brights Block Hop! We hope you've enjoyed the eleven block tutorials our designing friends have been sharing here this week and last week. Be sure to stop by each day to see a new block and have a chance to win some Burlap Brights for yourself!





Today, Wendy from Ivory Spring is sharing her block. Check out her tutorial and then scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights prints featured in our hop.


Hello Everyone, this is Wendy from Ivory Spring.  I am brightly happy to be participating in Benartex's Burlap Brights blog hop.  It's always fun to be part of Benartex's hops.

So the idea is to use 6 colors from the fabric line to construct a 12" block.  Because I am kind of on a personal quest to see how many ways I could doctor and use the sawtooth star block, my block is a sawtooth star variation block.  I am calling my it Happy Go Around Star!


Supplies and cutting:
For this block, we will be using all 6 Burlap Bright fabrics and 1/8y of white ground fabric.
From white ground fabric, cut
4 (4" x 4") squares
6 (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") squares
4 (1 1/2" x 3 ") rectangles

From blue, green and purple fabrics, cut 
1 (4" x 4") square

From red fabric, cut 
1 (4" x 4") square
1 (1 1/2" x 1 1/2") square

From yellow and orange fabrics, cut
1 (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") square
2 (2" x 2") squares



Block assembly:
1.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all the colored squares, except for the (1 1/2" x 1 1/2") red square.

2.  Using the green square as example.  Place (4" x 4") green square, right sides together, on 1 (4" x 4") white square.  Sew 1/4" away from, and on right and left sides of drawn line.  


Cut along drawn line.  Open and press to yield 2 half-square-triangle (HST) units.  

Repeat for the red, blue, purple (4" x 4") as well as the yellow and orange (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") squares, using white squares of corresponding sizes.
3.  Lining up the diagonal line of the HST units against the 45 degree line of the ruler, trim the red, purple, blue and green HST units to measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" raw edge to raw edge, and yellow and orange HST units to measure 3" x 3" raw edge to raw edge.


4.  Making Block Center.
Sew 1 yellow HST unit and 1 orange HST unit to the opposite long sides of 1 (1 1/2" x 3") white rectangles.   Repeat to make 2 pieced rows.
Sew 2 (1 1/2" x 3") white rectangles to the opposite sides of 1 (1 1/2" x 1 1/2") red squares into a pieced rows.

Sew the rows together to complete block center.


5.  Sew 1 green HST and 1 purple HST together into a pieced column.  Repeat to make 2 columns, and add to the right and left sides of block center.

6.  Making Corner Unit.
Place 1 (2" x 2") yellow square, right sides together, on 1 (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") white square.  Sew on drawn line.  Trim 1/4" away from sewn line.  Open and press to reveal yellow corner triangle.



Repeat to make a total of 2 yellow and 2 orange corner units.
7.  Arrange and sew together 1 yellow corner unit, 1 orange corner unit, 1 red HST and 1 purple HST into a pieced row.  Repeat to make 2 rows, and add to the remaining opposite sides of block center to complete block.



Quilt Option:
You can easily make a number of these blocks, and sew them to make a quilt. 

My husband walked by my work station, and commented how he liked the block!  So, I will be making a few more blocks myself to turn it into a quilt!
Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have liked my Happy Go Around Star block.  The colors sure make one happy, don't they?!
Even more so, I hope you have enjoyed seeing the other designers' creatively designed blocks!

Have a great day!



For a chance to win your own rainbow bundle of Burlap Brights, make sure you're signed up to follow our blog (through a blog reader or by email; both options are in the right hand sidebar). Leave a comment letting us know that you are and tell us if you've ever made a rainbow colored quilt



Make sure you check out each day's tutorial!


Day 1: Chris from made by ChrissieD
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Day 4: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts
Day 5: Kristen from KD Quilts 
Day 6: Benartex design team
Day 7: Stephanie from Stitched Together Studios
Day 8: Julie from The Crafty Quilter
Day 9: Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework

Day 10: Jessica from Quilty Habit 


To see the entire schedule, click here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Burlap Brights Block Hop: Day 10

Welcome to the tenth day of our Burlap Brights Block Hop! We hope you've been enjoying the eleven block tutorials our designing friends have been sharing here this week and last week. Be sure to stop by each day to see a new block and have a chance to win some Burlap Brights for yourself!




Today, Jessica from Quilty Habit is sharing a wonky improv block using all six of the rainbow colors. Check out her tutorial and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights prints featured in our hop.



Hi, I'm Jessica Skultety of Quilty Habit, and I'm excited to be a part of the Burlap Brights Blog Hop! I'm a teacher and lecturer of modern and modern traditional quilting, long-term blogger, writer, commission sewist, and home machine quilter. I blog several times a week and you can also check up on me on Instagram daily - @quiltyhabit. 
These Burlap Brights textured solids add a bit of "oomph" to what could just be a solid (I love solids, too, but that's beside the point). I can't wait to add these to my fabric stash, which is sorted by rainbow color. I use bright colors the most in my sewing, and I also love improvisation. Put both together and you have magic! That's why I decided to write a tutorial for an improvisational block, which I'm calling Wonky Piano Keys.

Wonky Piano Keys Block Tutorial

1. Cut a strip 5" wide x 18" from each of your rainbow fat quarters.

2. Cut 6 strips from each color between 2.5 inches and 1.25 inch wide. 
You can layer them for faster cutting (usually I would place them directly 
on top of each other but I have both showing here, so you can see). 


3. Decide how you will lay out your block in three horizontal panels. You 
could mix it up and go completely rainbow scrappy for the whole thing, 
or you could separate colors. I decided to make two panels of cool colors 
and one middle panel of warm colors. 

4. Sew strips together at a slight angles, with a quarter inch seam allowance. 
You can vary it up - just make sure the width of your overall strip doesn't go 
less than 4.5 inches. I decided to alternate the colors and the sizes. 

5. Trim after sewing each strip.  

6. Press the whole strip when it gets between 12.5 - 13" long. Press individual 
strips in the same direction. 
*Note: You may have to cut more strips of fabric from your 5"x18" pieces, 
based on the size of your angles. 

7. Repeat steps 4-6 for two more panels.

8. Trim all strips down to 4.5".

9. Sew together using a quarter inch seam. Press both long seams. 
10. Trim block down to 12".
 

Enjoy your new block! A whole quilt of these would be fabulous. 
If you sew it up warm vs. cool as I did, you could even alternate for the 
next block (cool in the middle, warm on the outsides). I hope you are 
inspired to experiment with improvisation!


Thanks Jessica! Head over to Quilty Habit to enter to win a fat quarter 
bundle of the six Burlap Brights she used to make her block.




Make sure you check out each day's tutorial!




Day 1: Chris from made by ChrissieD
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Day 4: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts
Day 5: Kristen from KD Quilts 
Day 6: Benartex design team
Day 7: Stephanie from Stitched Together Studios
Day 8: Julie from The Crafty Quilter

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Burlap Brights Block Hop: Day 9

Welcome to the ninth day of our Burlap Brights Block Hop! We hope you are enjoying the eleven block tutorials our designing friends are sharing here this week and last week. Be sure to stop by each day to see a new block and have a chance to win some Burlap Brights for yourself!


Today, Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework is sharing a block made using Flying Geese using blue, red, orange, and yellow. Check out her tutorial (she also shows the block in green and purple!) and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights prints featured in our hop.


Hello -  I'm Cynthia of Quilting is more fun than Housework.  I often realize how blessed I am to make a living doing what I am passionate about...and that is quilting.  I am a longarm quilter, pattern designer and quilt instructor.
  I have the Best. Job. Ever!
 
When I was recently approached by Benartex to design a block for their Burlap Brights, I was thrilled!  I love color and to have the opportunity to play with these bright fabrics made my "job" even better!



I mean take a look at this bundle!  
With such intense colors, I knew I wanted to make something that played with both the hot and cool colors that were provided.   And I am happy I get to share the tutorial for my block with you!

 So lets get started.



I will be using the cool colors for my background and the hot colors for some flying geese. 

For each block you will need to cut the following:

2 ea - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles (Red)
2 ea - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles (Orange)
2 ea - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles (Yellow)
12 ea - 2 1/2" squares (Blue)
1 ea - 8 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle (Blue)


Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all 12 background squares.




 Align one square as shown on each of the colored rectangles and sew on the marked line.  I always sew from the middle down to the point (so the point doesn't get sucked down into the machine or distorted with sewing)




  Trim the corners off 1/4" above the seam and press toward the background.






Add a second square to the other side of the rectangles using the same method. 





 Once again, trim and press toward the background.





You end up with a pretty geese component like this one!
 To make the finished block, you will be making 2 red, 2 orange and 2 yellow geese components.






Once your geese components are finished, they need to be laid out in this configuration.  
To sew the strip, you just join the components.





When I sew two geese together, I like to have the component with the point on top so I can see the point of that triangle so I know where to sew.  This will help to ensure you don't lose those points. 





Once you have the strip sewn, you just need to join it to the right side of the large rectangle.



Here is the finished block. It measures 12 1/2" and will finish up at a 12" block.  

It might look a bit plain...





 ...but the magic happens when you start playing with the layout!  
Here is one quick option but there are many more to discover.


Not a fan of blue, these block look great in the purple and green too!



I have enjoyed my day here on the Burlap Brights Block Hop. It was great fun playing with these wonderful fabrics.  

If you happen to use my block tutorial for a project of your own, I hope you share it with me.  
Thanks so much!  Cynthia


Thanks Cynthia! Head over to Quilting is more fun than Housework to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights she used to make her blocks

Make sure you check out each day's tutorial!


Day 1: Chris from made by ChrissieD
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Day 4: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts
Day 5: Kristen from KD Quilts 
Day 6: Benartex design team
Day 7: Stephanie from Stitched Together Studios
Day 8: Julie from The Crafty Quilter
Day 10: Jessica from Quilty Habit 

To see the entire schedule, click here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Burlap Brights Block Hop: Day 8

Welcome to the eighth day of our Burlap Brights Block Hop! We hope you'll enjoy the eleven block tutorials our designing friends are sharing here this week and last week. Be sure to stop by each day to see a new block and have a chance to win some Burlap Brights for yourself!



Today, Julie Cefalu from The Crafty Quilter is sharing a block made using Flying Geese in all six of the rainbow colors. Check out her tutorial and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights prints featured in our hop.


Hey everyone! My name is Julie Cefalu from The Crafty Quilter blog, and not only do I get to teach and work in a quilt shop, I also get to share my creativity online to a much larger audience. I have lots of tips and tutorials that I share on my blog, and I hope you'll visit me there! I am so glad to be participating in the Burlap Brights Block Hop! I'm a fan of burlap, but I'm even more of a fan of the texture and color of these fabrics from Benartex. There is just the right amount of texture and "feel" to these solids and their color is beautifully saturated. When I received my fat quarter bundle of fabric, I felt like I was opening up a box of crayons!
burlap bright crayons    

I named my block Rainbow Geese Rotation. I really wanted to use all six of the colors that were provided, and I'm so happy with the design I came up with. It's fairly simple, but the colors make is seem more complex. A little rainbow pizazz in your geese!

Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    

The construction of this block is pretty straight forward. You will be making two flying geese units of each color that measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished. There are many techniques to make flying geese units. Whenever I can, I like to make my pieced units OVER-SIZED so I can be trim them down to the perfect size later. 
NOTE: The cutting instructions, below, are for making over-sized flying geese units. For this tutorial, I have used a Bloc Loc ruler to trim down the flying geese units. You can also use a square ruler to trim them down. If you prefer, you can cut your pieces to the standard size as follows: for each flying geese unit you need (1) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" colored rectangle and (2) 2 1/2" squares of white. The piecing technique is exactly the same. 
Here's what you need to make one 12 1/2" (unfinished) block: 

Fabric and cutting instructions:
  • White: (4) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles, (24) 2 3/4" squares
  • Yellow: (1) 4 1/2" square, (2) 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" rectangles
  • Orange: (2) 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" rectangles
  • Red: (2) 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" rectangles
  • Purple: (2) 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" rectangles
  • Blue: (2) 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" rectangles
  • Green: (2) 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" rectangles
Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}

Construction: 
Make flying geese units.
  • Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2 3/4" white square.
  • Place a white square, right sides together onto one side of each 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" rectangle.
  • Stitch on the diagonal line.
  • Trim. Press toward the corner.
  • Repeat for the opposite side.
Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    

You can chain piece them through to save time and thread: Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    

Trim the flying geese units to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles. Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}

Let me show you how the Bloc Loc ruler works, and then I'll show you how to use a standard, square ruler to trim up your units. The Bloc Loc ruler has a groove on the back side that locks into place along the seam allowances. This allows for quick and easy placement of the ruler and accurate trimming of the first two sides (right and top).
Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    

Then, you rotate the unit around so that you can trim the remaining two sides as shown below:
Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    


You can use a square ruler with a diagonal line to trim your flying geese units as well. You need to locate the 2 1/4" lines on the ruler. (This is the center of a 4 1/2" side). The 2 1/4" intersection on the ruler gets placed on the center point of the flying geese unit. The diagonal line of the ruler gets placed on the seam. Then you can trim the right edge. Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    

Next, trim the top edge by keeping the right edge of the ruler along the previously trimmed side and placing the 1/4" line of the ruler at the center seam of the unit. Trim along the top edge. trim with square ruler 2    

Now you rotate the flying geese unit around so that you can trim the remaining two sides. This time, line up the 2 1/2" and 4 1/2" lines of the ruler on the previously trimmed edges. Trim along the right side and upper edge. Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    

Make two flying geese units of each color: yellow, orange, red, purple, blue and green.
Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    

Assemble the block: 
Place the 12 flying geese units, the 4 1/2" yellow square, and the (4) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" white rectangles as shown below: Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    


Stitch each unit into pairs; they should measure 4 1/2" square. Then stitch the pairs into three rows as shown below: Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    

When you sew flying geese units together, make sure you stitch right through the center "X" or point. You'll make nice, sharp points that way! Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    
Sew your rows together, matching seams. Press. Your block should measure 12 1/2" square.
Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}    
This is such a happy-looking block. I think it would make a great center for a mini medallion quilt or you could make a bunch of them and you've got a perfect kid's quilt. There are lots of possibilities; I hope you are inspired to make one, too! 
Rainbow Geese Rotation Block tutorial by Julie Cefalu for the Burlap Brights Block Hop at Sew in love {with fabric}  


Thanks Julie! Head over to The Crafty Quilter to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the six Burlap Brights she used to make her block

Make sure you check out each day's tutorial!


Day 1: Chris from made by ChrissieD
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Day 4: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts
Day 5: Kristen from KD Quilts 
Day 6: Benartex design team
Day 7: Stephanie from Stitched Together Studios
Day 9: Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework
Day 10: Jessica from Quilty Habit 



To see the entire schedule, click here.