Monday, May 5, 2014

Day 6: Flower Favorites Blog Hop

Hello! We're back with Day 6 of our Flower Favorites blog hop. We're featuring blocks made with flower fabrics and/or blocks that are themselves flower-themed. We're excited to share these tutorials with you, and hope they'll inspire 
your next quilt, wall hanging, or table runner! 



Today we're combining themes--since it's May 5th, we're using the Cinco de Mayo collection from Kanvas to create a flower-themed block for the hop (and more...we've got an entire celebration for you!)

First, take a look at these fun fabrics: 
Chili peppers, sombrero-sporting dogs, cactus flowers, guitars...so much color and so much opportunity! (And don't forget large desert blooms--just what we needed for the Flower Favorites blog hop!)

We started with this block (turned into a hot pad), which had a southwestern feel to it that mimicked the fabric:
(Don't you love the fussy-cut dog in the sombrero at the bottom?!)

And then altered it to make a rectangular placemat, perfect for Cinco de Mayo parties or patio eating:



You'll Need:
(for 2 matching placemats)
  • 1 fat quarter red hat print
  • 1/2 yard white pepper print
  • 1/2 yard large floral on black
  • 1/2 yard backing fabric
  • Two 14" x 19" backing pieces


To make one placemat:
1. Cut one 7-1/4" square each from white pepper and red hat prints. Cut diagonally in half twice. 


2. You'll be sewing the triangles together along a short side. To create points and allow for seam allowances, make sure you overlap the two triangles by 1/4" as shown before stitching. Sew and press open. 

3. Make 3 pairs of triangles.

4. Now sew the pairs together to make the triangle row. Again, you'll need to overlap the tips 1/4", but make sure to take the seam allowance into account. (In other words, depending on how your previous seams are pressed, it might look like you've overlapped more than 1/4"--see the right side of the photo below.)

5. Here's the three pairs sewn together into the triangle row.

Here's a close-up of the 1/4" created past the points. This will become your seam allowance when you stitch the triangle row to the large triangles.

6. Cut one 13-1/2" square from the black floral. Cut diagonally in half once.

7. Matching points, sew the large black triangles to opposite sides of the triangle row. Try to avoid stretching the fabric, as you're working with the bias edge of the large black triangles.

8. Layer with 14" x 19" backing and batting rectangles and quilt as desired. Use two 2-1/4" x 42" strips to bind. Placemat measures approximately 12-1/2" x 17"


We made the placemats in a different colorway as well--which do you like better?

In case you'd rather make the square block on its own (or to make into a hotpad), here are the measurements to cut:

Cut two 4" squares and cut diagonally in half twice (you'll use two of each)
Cut one 7-1/2" square and cut diagonally in half once (you'll use one)
Cut one 10-3/4" square and cut diagonally in half once (you'll use one)
Cut two 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding.
Cut one 12" square for backing
Make the block in the same manner, but your triangle row will have five triangles rather than 6. Sew the larger triangle to one side and the smaller triangle to the opposite side. 
If you make this into a hotpad, don't forget a layer of insulated batting to protect against heat!

What else would you do with these fabrics?
We'd use the large white floral and the black chili pepper prints to make double-sided napkins, and wouldn't the dogs wearing sombreros on orange make talk-of-the-party coasters?!


For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Cinco de Mayo, leave a comment letting us know that you follow our blog (you can sign up via email or a blog reader in the right hand sidebar). For a second chance, follow us on Facebook and let us know that you do. Also, let us know if you've got any Cinco de Mayo plans for today. Giveaway is open through Thursday, May 8 at 11:59 PM EST. 


Don't miss the other tutorials featured in our Flower Favorites Blog Hop!
Day 1: Debby Kratovil from Debby Kratovil Quilts featuring Fossil Ferns and Palm Springs
Day 2: Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting featuring Palm Springs
Day 3: Benartex Blog Design Team featuring Palazzo
Day 4: Jackie Robinson from Animas Quilts featuring He Still Loves Me
Day 5: Benartex Blog Design Team featuring Venezia
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103 comments:

  1. I love the bright and fun prints - the sombrero dog is too cute! I follow with GFC.

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  2. Love the prints and the ideas. Celebrated Cinco de Mayo at favorite Tex-Mex restaurant.

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  3. Cinco de Mayo is one of my grandson's birthday. He is 5 today, we celebrated with him yesterday. I follow with GFC and email.

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  4. I'm already a follower of your blog via email as well as on Bloglovin'

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  5. I've already liked your Facebook page as well.

    Not too sure what we'll be doing for Cinco de Mayo. Hubby's sick and stayed home so not sure he'll be in the mood for spicy Mexican foods, although it would help clear his sinuses. LOL

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  6. Love the prints and the ideas. I love the beer drinking at Cinco de Mayo partys, like St Patricks day

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  7. I've already liked your Facebook page as well.

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  8. These fabrics are amazing!! Love the prints and colours!! I am a long time follower via email and Bloglovin' - thanks for the chance!!

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  9. I follow via FB - thanks for an extra chance to win this fun, fun bundle!!

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  10. I follow by email. Well, there are table runners, can wraps, coffee wraps or mug rugs, or you could really spice things up and make one of those Mexican dresses (don't know the name) the girls whirl and twirl in that take about 50 yds of trim. Can't you see them whirling around?

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  11. I love the Cinco de Mayo fabric! I don't have any plans for Cinco de Mayo today, but a visit to our local Mexican eatery sounds good! I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  12. I follow via email (laura84watt) Fun fabric!

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  13. I follow on FB (Stitching Happily)

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  14. Following on bloglovin'. Nos special plans for today.
    24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  15. I just started following you via email. Gardening and getting camper ready for a few days away. Love the fabric it reminds me of summer holidays!

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  16. Follow you on FB (Linda Goulty)

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  17. Great Fabrics!
    I follow you via email!

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  18. Yea, another great block! These shout out the party is on. This is so fun.
    Thanks for the great tutorial. I follow via e-mail.

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  19. I like you on Facebook too!

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  20. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I am a BL and E-mail follower.

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  21. i love these bright fabrics and so cute! i love the tutorial,yall make it so easy and fast! i am a very happy follower of your blog via email. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  22. i like you on facebook. i love the fox and hedge hog in your avatar. your fabrics and the blocks you make from them is so inspiring. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  23. I'm a follower! Love the doggie fabric the best! Thanks so much!

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  24. I follow your blog. How fun these 5 de maio prints!

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  25. I follow through email. Love the hot colors!

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  26. I follow your blog. Thanks!
    notwendy gmail

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  27. I also follow you on Facebook (kelly wilson)
    notwendy gmail

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  28. No particular plans today except attending the luncheon fundraiser at work which is Cinco de Mayo themed.
    Thanks! notwendy gmail

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  29. I follow you by email. I don't have plans for Cinco de Mayo

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  30. I follow you be email valerie dot boudier at ntlworld dot com

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  31. Those large floral prints would look lovely as napkins; I've seen something similar in a store (can't remember which) and almost bought them.

    I follow on bloglovin

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  32. I follow via GFC and email. Just got back from lunch with my son at his favorite Mexican place, so that's my Cinco de Mayo celebration!

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  33. i have some ties to make. i follow via gfc.

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  34. I already follow via email. We enjoyed a Mexican lunch today!

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  35. How fun! I follow via e-mail.

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  36. We had tacos for dinner tonight! Love your ideas for these cute fabrics! I follow by email :)

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  37. I follow on facebook as Liz Tillstrom.

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  38. We are having chicken chimichangas for dinner tonight and Mexican beer. I get your emails and follow on bloglovin' too.

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  39. FOLLOW ON FB

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  40. FOLLOW ON BLOG LOVIN'
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  41. I follow via bloglovin. No plans for Cinco De Mayo, but love the table décor ideas. great plan on the placemat.

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  42. Cute fabric and project. I follow via email. I don't have any plans for today, except to have Mexican for dinner. :-)

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  43. I like Benartex on Facebook.

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  44. I follow on bloglovin', no plans for the day, but I love Mexican food!

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  45. I "Like" you on Facebook.

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  46. Gorgeous fabric and project. I follow via email.No plans.
    Today I have eaten at work and was a macaroni salad.

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  47. Very cute fabric! I follow your blog on bloglovin. Thanks for all the gorgeous giveaways! sarah@forrussia.org

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  48. I follow on email, Facebook and get the preview packs. The fabric is so pretty! The office went out for Mexican for lunch.

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  49. I love that idea and the fabrics work so well for Cinco De Mayo.

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  50. I love this Cinco De Mayo fabrics!! I'm going to the dentist! xD

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  51. I follow your blog. No plans to celebrate, but enjoy seeing what others are doing for the holiday.

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  52. No plans for today other than sewing. I follow your blog through GfC. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  53. I am following Benartex on FB.

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  54. I follow via email. I was planning to have taco salad for dinner, but discovered that I had no lettuce. And I didn't want to run out to the store. So we had spaghetti!

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  55. I also follow you on Facebook.

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  56. I follow you on Bloglovin. We had fajitas for dinner tonight!

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  57. Love these fun fabrics. I would make my granddaughters aprons out of the prints. I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  58. Cute fabric! I follow your blog and liked your Facebook page! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  59. I follow with Facebook . That dog is stinking cute. Love your hot pad. Thanks for the chance.

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  61. Cute fabrics!! So bright and fun!! I follow your blog :)

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  62. I follow on facebook. No special plans, just work then piecing blocks!

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  63. I love the bright colours. And the peppers fabric--cute!
    I follow via email.

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  64. I follow on FB.
    No, no special plans.

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  65. Hi. I follow your blog.
    I celebrated on Sunday by eating out. We have
    great Mexican food here in AZ.
    Thanks!

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  66. Love this bundle, but no definite plans for Cinco de Mayo. For the bundle? I could come up with something pretty easily for a friend in Yuma.

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  67. Oh, I follow you through BlogLovin'.

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  68. And, I like you on Facebook.

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  69. Following on bloglovin. We usually celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta on the porch.

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  70. I follow by email. A wonderful bundle of fabrics.

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  71. The Cinco de Mayo fabric is just the most fun prints. The little hat wearing dog is priceless. I follow on Bloglovin.

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  72. I follow Sew in Love on bloglovin.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  73. I follow Benartex, Inc.on FB as Kathy Newsom Davis.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  74. We are eating Mexican food. And I'm dream planning of traveling to Mexico some day.

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  75. I follow you with Bloglovin.

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  76. I follow you via e-mail. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  77. I like you FB page. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  78. I follow you with bloglovin

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  79. I like you on FB. I didn't do anything special for Cinco de Mayo.

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  80. I follow your blog with blog lovin!' We had beef tacos on the Cinco de Mayo; we will be extending the celebration with some Mexican green rice and chicken quesadillas tonight - can't ever celebrate TOO much!

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  81. I like your Facebook page! The doggie fabric sure is cute, isn't it?

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  82. Those are some happy fabrics. I follow your blog with bloglovin.

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