Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Day 7: Flower Favorites Blog Hop


Hello! We're back with Day 7, the final day 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 Wendy from Ivory Spring is here, sharing a windowpane block she made using the Gramercy collection by Kitty Yoshida. Great news if you find yourself adding this block to your "gotta make it" list--Wendy has also designed a quilt that uses this block, Midori's Place, and you can download the entire pdf from our website

Here's Wendy:
Hello Benartex Fans!  It's me again - Wendy from Ivory Spring!  I hope you are well, and have enjoyed the Flower Favorites Blog Hop!  And I am sure you have noticed that Benartex DOES have some really gorgeous flower-themed fabric lines!  My flower-themed fabric line of choice for today's tutorial is Gramercy.

I love the contemporary interpretation of the floral imagery, and teamed with that yellow background (3505-33), my heart goes a tad afluttering!

So, I used 3505-33 and white solid in my "window pane" block.  The white solid is used to give 3505-33 a clear contrast.  And we will start with constructing the block center.  Here you see all the pieces cut -- 9 (2" x 2") white solid squares; 6 (1" x 2") and 2 (1" x 6") floral rectangles.  First, you would sew 3 (2" x 2") white solid squares and 2 (1" x 2") floral rectangles to make a row.  Make a total of 3 rows.

Sew the rows and 2 (1" x 6") floral rectangles together to complete block center.

To add the framing piece, you will need to cut 2 (3 3/4" x 6") and 2 (3 3/4" x 12 1/2") floral rectangles.
Sew 2 (3 3/4" x 6") floral rectangle to the opposite sides of block center.

Sew 2 (3 3/4" x 12 1/2") floral rectangle to the remaining opposite sides of block center to complete block.

Technical Notes:
1.  When dealing with small pieces, I always try to starch-press my fabrics prior to cutting.
2.  Through the process of constructing the block center, I ONLY finger press.  I would use the iron to set the block center only after the block center is constructed.
3.  In making the window panes, I finger pressed the seam allowance AWAY from the white patches.  

4.  I also made sure the sashing pieces matched up from row to row in the block center to ensure that I don't end up with a wonky window pane block center. 

This window pane block is easy to construct.  

I have used the block in Midori's Place, a free to use pattern available for download here.

I hope you have enjoyed today's tutorial, and are enjoying the May Flowers brought by the April Showers!

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Gramercy, 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 your favorite print in the Gramercy collection. Giveaway is open through Friday, May 9 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
Day 6: Cinco de Mayo!
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115 comments:

  1. Yes, I'm a follower! Very cute block and perfect for highlighting that happy fabric!

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  2. What a cute block and love the quilt setting using it. I follow with GFC.

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  3. Following on bloglovin'. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  4. loving these flowers and I just began following!

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  5. I follow on email and blovin, such a cute block

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  6. I follow you on facebook. What a pretty quilt!

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  7. I follow you by email. Love the leaves on black and all the plaids in this collection.

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  8. I follow ob FB also. Really enjoy this hop

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  9. A lovely block Wendy - thank you for the fine tutorial. That fabric is gorgeous! I'm a Benartex blog follower via email -- and happily so! I also follow the talented Wendy Sheppard -- such an inspiration to so many quilters <3

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  10. I LOVE this quilt. The windows in the blocks are just fabulous. Great job, Wendy, and those fabrics are yummy.

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  11. I like receiving via email. This is a quilt I would love to make - really like the contrast. Thank you Wendy.

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  12. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and many thanks to Wendy for her detailed tutorial. Love this fabric!! I'm a follower on Facebook too!!

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  13. What a lovely quilt! I really love the colours! Thanks for the tutorial!
    I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  14. I follow on FB (Piroska B...)

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  15. Im a follower & I really love this fabric & block!!

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  16. follow on fb

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  17. HAPPY TO FOLLOW ON BLOG LOVIN' TOO!
    LOVELY COLLECTION!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  18. I follow Sew in Love by email. I love the Hudson white/pink fabric.

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  19. I follow on facebook and love the Hudson white/pink.

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  20. A very pretty block and a great tutorial. I really like the fabric choice! I follow Benartex via email and love to hear from them.

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  21. I am particularly fond of Gramercy Black/Multi, but would have to have all the others to make it work for me. I think I am going to give the Midori's Place free pattern a shot as I really like how it turns out with this fabric. I follow Benartex on FB

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  22. This is so pretty! I love these cheery fabrics!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  23. I love the Gramercy Yellow/Multi fabric. I follow your blog with Bloglovin.

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  24. Love the yellow backgrounds with these big flowers. Super block for these!

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  25. I follow by Facebook and newsletter!

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  26. I love Lexington in Yellow. I follow on gfc.

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  27. I love your quilt and layout,you got the Spring with these yummy fabrics!!
    I do follow by email and GFC.

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  28. I follow on Facebook also.

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  29. Cute fabric and great block! I follow via email. My favorite prints are the plaids. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  30. I like Benartex on Facebook.

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  31. ...and my favorite is the large flowers (3505-33). I love, love, love Wendy and her quilts; she inspires me.

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  32. Great tutorial ... thank you! I follow via email.

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  33. I also follow you on Facebook.

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  34. I like the High Line Geo fabrics - in both the pink/multi & the black/multi.
    Thanks! notwendy gmail

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  35. I follow your blog via email - kelly wilson
    notwendy gmail

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  36. I also follow you on Facebook - kelly wilson
    notwendy gmail
    Thanks for the opportunity - this has been a fun hop!

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  37. Beautiful spring block. I especially like your fabric choice. I follow you on e-mail. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. I follow by email. My favorite print is the Lexington Black. Thanks!

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  39. Love this fabric & your block!! Soooo Spring!!

    I already follow your Blog thru Bloglovin & Email too :)

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  40. I am a follower via email.

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  41. Lexington and Irving Place are both great prints, but the whole collection is great. I love Wendy's designs, and this is a great use for this collection. I follow via bloglovin and email.

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  42. I follow via email. Lovely block and the fabrics are ideal.

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  43. you did a great job!! i am very impressed! i am a very happy follower via email. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  44. i like on facebook. thank yall for a great giveaway, hope i win some of these beautiful fabrics.

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  45. I follow by email. Love this blog.

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  46. I also follow on facebook. I'm hoping I win some of these beautiful prints and designs; they look like springtime and I could use some spring on this gloomy day.

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  47. OMG!!! I love, love, love this pattern!!! It reminds me of Hardanger embroidery!!! This is on my Quilting Bucket list (if I can figure out how to put it there!!!) Thanks for the chance to win this yummy fabric! I am already following you via email!, Bloglovin', and FB!

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  48. I think that I put my second entry with my first comment... So I should mention that I follow via Facebook! Thanks again!

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  49. Lovely fabrics, lovely quiltQ Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway. I follow your blog and Ivory Spring's, and I think my fave of the Gramercy collection is the yellow/multi.

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  50. I follow with email and GFC. I really like the Lexington Yellow.

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  51. I follow by email. I love the Wendy's block.

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  52. I follow via GFC and email. I love the Lexington Yellow print!

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  53. Yea, Another awesome block and fabric. Thanks for the great directions.
    Love Wendy's work. I follow via email.

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  54. new to your blog but I am now following on Bloglovin. I love the yellow print. How bright and happy looking. The made up block would make a nice pillow.

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  55. I already follow your blog via email and on Bloglovin'

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

    I really like a number of those fabrics from this collection, but I really love Lexington Green the most.

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  57. What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for the block tutorial. I follow Sew in Love with Fabric via Bloglovin.

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  58. I follow you on Facebook and my favorite print is the yellow floral - 3505-33. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful fabric!

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  59. The quilt is gorgeous. I love the fabrics that were used. My favorite is Lexington Pink and Lexington Green. Thanks for the giveaway. I follow via GFC.

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  60. I am a follower on email. Thank you so much for sharing. Cynthia Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  61. Love this block! I follow via email and bloglovin. My favorites in this collection are the prints with the black background. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  62. What a great block, thanks for sharing! I follow via Bloglovin.

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  63. I follow your blog with Bloglovin. I love the High Line Geo in Pink fabric.

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

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  65. I also like you on FB. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  66. Love Irving Place in all 3 colors

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  67. I think my favorite is the Lexington Green. The quilt is wonderful and I especially appreciated the tutorial on how to make it.

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  68. I follow you with Bloglovin. My favorite fabric is the pink background with leaves. This for the give away.

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  69. I follow you by email. Love the Chelsea Yellow valeriedotboudieratntlworlddotcom

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  70. I like the Lexington Pink the best!

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  71. I am a follower and enjoy your posts!

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  72. I also Like on Facebook - guess I'm connected!!!

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  73. Favorite would be the lexington leaf prints - I'm having trouble deciding between the black (love the contrast, but I haven't used anything that dark before), the yellow (very happy) and the green (I think I could actually figure out how to use it!)

    I follow you on bloglovin

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  74. And I follow on FB

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  75. I follow you via BlogLovin'.

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  76. It's a hard choice because the fabrics work so well together, but I'll choose the lime green with small leaves as my favorite right now.

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  77. I follow on Bloglovin, and by email. I like pink, so 3510-1 is my favorite fabric in the Gramercy line.

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  78. I also "Like" Benartex on Facebook!

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  79. I follow on bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

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  80. Awesome pattern! I follow on bloglovin' and like the Gramercy Yellow/Multi print the best.

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  81. I already "Like" you on FB.

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

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

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  84. I follow your blog with bloglovin.

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  85. My favorite Gramacy fabric is Irving Place Orange.

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  86. I follow with bloglovin. Thanks

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  87. Great block!
    email follower!

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