Monday, May 9, 2016

Bali Blog Hop: Day 1

If last week's posts of our current and upcoming Bali collections got your mouth-watering, then you're in for a treat this week! It's time for our Bali Blog Hop, featuring the Dolce and Rio collections. We selected six gorgeously saturated prints from each collection and will be sharing tutorials using those fabrics from six different designers. Each day you'll see a different block (or in some cases blocks), and you'll have a chance to win Rio and Dolce bundles for yourself!

Our first tutorial comes from Chris @ made by Chrissie D. She is sharing a few modern blocks, each showcasing one print. Put them all together (as she does on her blog) for a stunning modern design. Don't forget to visit her blog, not only to see the rendering of 36 blocks together, but also to enter for a chance to win Dolce and Rio bundles. Enjoy!

Hi, I'm Chris Dodsley of made by ChrissieD, a sewing teacher in Manhattan, NYC, blogging about my textile crafts and travel adventures. 

I love to share my projects and tutorials with everyone on my made by ChrissieD blog and various social media sites including FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and Flickr.

Day 1 on the Dolce and Rio Bali Block Hop and I'm sharing my 'Kukulcan' block pattern with you here on the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog.

For the Block Hop, I've created my 'Kukulcan' block pattern which is made up of 3 different blocks using only two fabrics.  
I'm using a white solid and while the cutting instructions are for one coloured fabric I've actually used three in this tute just so I can showcase more of the Bali Batiks for you: Kukulcan Inner Block - Sunny Leaf Plum from theDolce collection; Kukulcan Middle Block - Thousand Vines Red from the Rio collection; and Kukulcan Outer Block - Sunny Leaf Carribean also from the Rio collection.

Let's get started.

Kukulcan Block Pattern (12" finished)

cutting mat / rotary cutter / small scissors or clippers
cutting ruler / marking pencil or pen / pins neutral thread

Sew each block together using a 1/4" seam.
Start by sewing A1 to B2 and work your way around the block adding each piece in numerical order A1 to C9.
Press all seams in your preferred manner, I've pressed my seams open for a flatter more modern look.

When you have added all the B pieces to the A piece the block should measure 8-1/2".  It is worthwhile checking the size at this stage to ensure your finished blocks measure up correctly at 12-1/2".

Block 1: Kukulcan - Inner
Section A - coloured fabric / Section B & C - white fabric


Block 2: Kukulcan - Middle
Section B - coloured fabric / Section A & C - white fabric


Block 3: Kukulcan - Outer
Section C - coloured fabric / Section A & B - white fabric

3 Kukulcan Blocks - finished

On the made by ChrissieD blog today I've created a digital image showing how the block can look made up into a 9 block quilt using the 3 Bali Batiks I've used here.  I've done another image showing a 36 block quilt using all of the Bali Batiks shown in the above Dolce and Rio bundles.  There's also a chance to win your own Bali Batik bundle so lots of reasons to click through and take a look.

I hope you've enjoyed my day on the Bali Block Hop and if you do use my tutorial I'd love to see what you make - Chris :D

Thanks, Chris! Head over to Chris' blog for a chance to win Dolce and Rio bundles. 

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

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  1. I love her tutorial, you can do so many things with her design Thanks!

    1. That's how I feel about the blocks too Janie, you could really change the look around depending on the fabrics and colours - Chris :D

  2. Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. They each look so different. Great tutorial.

    1. Don't they just and yet because they're all exactly the same they're super easy to cut out and make. I'm really pleased you like them - Chris :D

  4. Looks easy - translates to "fun". And quite pretty :)

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks Rosa, the blocks are very simple to create and look like there's a lot more to them than there is - Chris :D

  6. What a cool design! I love the contrast of the bright , beautiful fabrics, against the white!
    Thanks for the tutorial, Chrissie!

    1. I've had such a great response to the blocks, thanks so much - Chris :D

  7. I'm so excited to have come across this wonderful tutorial. I can't wait to make several children's quilt. Thank you Chrissie!!!

    1. Thrilled you love it Lucy and thanks for nipping over to my facebook page too - Chris :D

  8. I would have liked to see the finished quilt so I would understand your block placement. What kind of binding did you use? What kind of loft was used in the inner layer? And what color backing was used to finish the quilt? Did you use sashing or were the blocks taken to the binding edge? I would like to make this quilt someday but with maybe a little more information. ;-)