Friday, September 22, 2017

Meadow Dance Blog Hop: Day 4

Get ready for more Meadow Dance inspiration! We've seen what Amanda Murphy has created with her new fabrics (click here if you missed it), and now it's time for some more fun! This week we'll be featuring four different projects using the gorgeous Meadow Dance florals and coordinates. Enjoy the tutorials, and make sure to enter to win a fat quarter bundle!


Today Chris from made by ChrissieD is here with a pillow made from Meadow Dance (watch for the coordinating table runner next week!). There's so much color variety in the Meadow Dance fabrics--this pillow has a totally different feel than the other projects we've seen, just because of the palette chosen. Follow Chris' tutorial and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Meadow Dance. 


Hi, I'm Chris Dodsley of made by ChrissieD, a sewing teacher blogging about my textile crafts and travel adventures.  I love to share my tips, tutorials and projects on my made by ChrissieD blog, in my newsletter and various social media sites including FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and Flickr.

Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

It's the final day of the Meadow Dance Blog Hop and what a great collection we're sharing.

Meadow Dance by Amanda Murphy has 28 fabrics and a learning panel designed for long arm quilting too.  With focal prints and smaller florals and textures in plum, turquoise, green, grey, white, red, aqua, orange, coral and yellow ... my own favourite is the crochet lace, absolutely stunning ... and they're all 100% cotton.

Meadow Dance Cushion by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I have a couple of projects to share with you that I've made using some of the fabrics from Amanda's latest collection.

Meadow Dance Cushion and Table Runner Tutes by www.madebyChrissieD.com

My first project is the Meadow Dance Pillow Cushion. I'm sharing the tute for the cushion front today, here on the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog while the tute for the cushion back is already available over on my blog, so you have all the instructions you need to make one too.

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

My second project is the Meadow Dance Table Runner (approx 48" x 13"). The tute for this project will be available on my blog early next week, so be sure to visit again!

Meadow Dance Table Runner Tutes by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Meadow Dance Pillow Cushion
fits an 18" pillow insert

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Supplies Needed To Make the Pillow Front:
All fabric sizes are width x height and Benartex fabric codes are in italics.
Note: Additional supplies will be needed to make the cushion back and complete the cushion cover.

HSTs
(12) 3" squares of Floral Blender White on White 4044-09
(2) 3" squares and (2) 2-1/2" squares of each of  the following 6 fabrics from the Meadow Dance  collection (totalling 24 squares)
Garden Path Red 4041-10
Crochet Lace Aqua 4043-05
Floral Blender Turquoise 4044-84
Little Flowers Grey 4045-11
Diamonds Aqua 4046-05
Diamonds Green 4046-44

Inner Border
(2) 12-1/2" x 2-1/4" and (2) 16" x 2-1/4"
of Crochet Lace Grey 4043-11 

Outer Border
(2) 16" x 1-1/2" and (2) 18" x 1-1/2"
of Garden Path Grey 4041-11

Batting + Lining
Batting (1) 18" square
White muslin or cotton lining (1) 18" square

Creating The HST Centre
 Pair each of the (12) 3" Meadow Dance prints with the (12) 3" Floral Blender White on White squares and create 24 HSTs using the HST method I detail in this tute on my blog.

HST Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

TIP: If you make the Meadow Dance Table Runner (tute available next week on my blog) you can use the left-over 24 bonus/no-waste HSTs to make the centre of this pillow front - that's what I did.

Trim the 24 HST squares down to 2-1/2". 
Place the diagonal line on your ruler along the diagonal seam of your squares to ensure your squares are square.

 HST Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

TIP: Using 3" squares to make the HSTs allows you plenty wiggle room for trimming, if you're super comfortable with making HSTs you can actually get away with using 2-7/8" squares to make a 2-1/2" (unfinished)/2" (finished) HST .

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Lay out the HSTs in 6 rows of 4, as shown below.

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Sew the HSTs into rows using a scant 1/4" seam allowance.

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Place a 2-1/2" print square at each end of its matching HST row.

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Sew each 2-1/2" square in place and then sew the rows together always using a 1/4" seam.

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Trim HST centre to a 12-1/2" square.
Take care to leave a 1/4" fabric visible above the top of your top row white triangles when trimming.  Better to lose the base from the bottom triangles than the points from the top triangles, ask me how I know! 

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Adding the Inner Border

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Add the two shorter length inner borders to the sides of the HST centre.
Add the two longer length inner borders to the top and bottom of the HST centre.

Adding the Outer Border

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Add the two shorter length outer borders to the sides of the centre section.
Add the two longer length outer borders to the top and bottom of the HST centre.

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Quilting The Pillow Front
Using spray baste or pins, sandwich the batting between the pillow front and the lining fabric.
Quilt as desired - in the pics below you can see how I've quilted my pillow, 1/8" from the ditch.

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.comMeadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

You now have a finished 18" pillow front.  
   
Making The Pillow Back
Below you can see both the finished pillow front and the finished pillow back.  For the pillow back I've used the following fabrics from Amanda's collection.

Floral Blender Turquoise 4044-84
Diamonds Red 4046-10
Wildflowers Grey/Multi 4040-11

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

And take a peek at the hidden zipper in my pillow back.

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Don't let that zipper make you nervous!  I'll walk you through how to do it, just click below to head over to my blog where there's a step-by-step hidden zipper tute.

Hidden Zipper Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Meadow Dance Pillow Cushion

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.comMeadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.comMeadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I hope you've enjoyed my day on the Meadow Dance Blog Hop and want to make your own Meadow Dance projects.  Head over now to my made by ChrissieD blog for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of Meadow Dance fabric and, of course, I'll be sharing all the tutes and tips you need to make the full cushion cover.  Don't forget that next week I'll be sharing the free tute for the Meadow Dance Table Runner on my blog too.  Looking forward to meeting you there! Chris :D

Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

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Meadow Dance Cushion Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Follow along on all 4 days of our Meadow Dance Blog Hop!
Tuesday: Alison @Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday: from Sandra @MMM Quilts
Friday: Chris @made by ChrissieD

Click here to see our original Meadow Dance post.
Click here to see the full Meadow Dance collection.
Click here to visit Amanda's website and find her patterns.



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Meadow Dance Blog Hop: Day 3

Get ready for more Meadow Dance inspiration! We've seen what Amanda Murphy has created with her new fabrics (click here if you missed it), and now it's time for some more fun! This week we'll be featuring four different projects using the gorgeous Meadow Dance florals and coordinates. Enjoy the tutorials, and make sure to enter to win a fat quarter bundle!







Today Sandra from mmm! quilts is here to share her quilt design, Ribbon Stars. Enjoy her tutorial and then head over to her blog to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Meadow Dance fabrics. 

Here's Sandra:
Hello everyone! I am Sandra of http://www.mmmquilts.com/.  I originally named my blog Musings of a Menopausal Melon, because I'd recently retired early from teaching, was just beginning menopause and was musing about that and the new direction my life was taking, and was also blogging about my quilting. I shortened it to mmm! quilts when I started to gain readership, and the focus became primarily on quilting with occasional diversions, 😉.  So now you know where mmm! comes from. I was super-excited to be asked to take part in this hop for Amanda Murphy's new line, Meadow Dance.


I have been a fan of her designs and her quilting for some time, and I own her book, Modern Holiday, but this is the first time I've worked with her fabric. And what a line!  Love! In fact, I could NOT decide on just a few of the fabrics, and so I got a bit of it all because the quilt I designed is perfect to show how the various prints work so beautifully together.  Here is the quilt, Ribbon Stars, on a farmer's fence, in a meadow!
In case you're thinking, gack! an entire quilt? Rest assured this baby goes together in no time at all because of a very intelligent (if I may say so) construction method that eliminates several seams. The quilt measures 42.5 X 45.5". 

Fabric needed (based on 43" of useable fabric width) 
Background: 1 yard 
Star points: 1/4 yard of each of two different fabrics (Note that the four cornerstones in the border will be cut from the remainder of one of these fabrics.) 
Centre ribbon blocks: a variety of prints to TOTAL 1/2 yard, OR if you prefer to do all the centres the same with four colours only, then a 1/4 yard of each colour will do it. 
Border:  1/2 yard 
Backing: 1 1/2 yards (This means your quilt will just fit across the width of the fabric; if you prefer to have extra allowance along the sides, you will have to piece the backing, so 2 yards will allow for this.) 
Batting: a piece that is approximately 45X50"

Cutting 

Background 

Cut 2 strips @ 7 1/4". Subcut into seven 7 1/2" squares. 
Cut 4 strips @ 3 1/2". Subcut into 12 rectangles 3 1/2 X 12 1/2" and four 3 1/2" squares. 
Cut 2 more 3 1/2" squares from the remainder of the 7 1/4" wide strips for a total of six 3 1/2" squares. 

Star points 
Cut 14 squares @ 3 7/8" of two different fabrics for a total of 28 squares. 

Centre ribbon blocks 
Scrappy look: cut a total of 48 rectangles @ 6 1/2 X 2" which will make 12 centre ribbon blocks. Matching: cut 12 rectangles @ 6 1/2 X 2" of each of four different prints to total 48 rectangles which will make 12 centre ribbon blocks. 

Borders 
Cut two border strips 3 1/2 X 36 1/2" (or the width of your quilt centre) and two strips 3 1/2 X 39 1/2" (or the length of your quilt centre) 
Cut four cornerstone squares @ 3 1/2" from the remainder of one of the star points fabrics.
Quilt centre pieces all cut! No borders cut yet; might be an idea to wait to check your quilt centre measurements before cutting yours.

Sewing

Star points 
Draw a diagonal line on each of the 3 7/8" squares. I like to use my Hera marker. Lay two squares of one colour across the diagonal of a 7 1/4" square as shown below, left. The 3 7/8" squares will overlap slightly in the centre. Sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line.

Press the seams to the 3 7/8" squares (turquoise in my case). The units look a bit like a heart shape. Now lay a 3 7/8" square of the second star point fabric atop the background fabric at the bottom point of the heart shape unit. Again, sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the drawn diagonal line.

Cut apart on the that drawn line. Press to the star point fabric. Trim to 3 1/2 X 6 1/2".  You will get two of each orientation as shown below. Make 28 of these flying geese units. (Note that the quilt requires 27, so you will have one extra.)

Centre blocks Sew four 6 1/2 X 2" rectangles together to form the centre ribbon block. Tip for scrappy: I separated my rectangles into basically cool and warm colours, and then paired them up. Then I sewed the pairs together. This controlled the scrappiness a bit, and evenly distributed the cool and warm colours as well as the prints. The block should measure 6 1/2" square.  Make 12.

Quilt Assembly

The quilt is constructed in columns, not blocks. Lay out the pieces on your design wall according to the diagram as shown below.

Sew the pieces for column 1: a 3 1/2" square, a flying geese unit, a 3 1/2 X 12 1/2" rectangle, another flying geese unit, followed by one more 3 1/2 X 12 1/2" rectangle. Press the seams toward the background fabric, away from the flying geese units, or open if you prefer. Place column 1 back on the design wall; you can label it column 1 if you wish with painter's tape or a numbered pin. 

Now piece column 2: a flying geese unit, a centre ribbon block oriented horizontally, a flying geese unit, a centre ribbon block oriented vertically, a flying geese unit, and so on, but press the seams toward the centre squares. This will ensure opposing seams nest. 

Continue in this manner until you have all 9 columns pieced. Now sew columns 1, 2, and 3 together, pressing the long seams outward. Set this unit back on the design wall.  Now sew columns 4, 5 and 6 together, and then 7, 8 and 9 together, pressing as before. You will have 3 larger columns now.

Finally, sew these three columns together to make the quilt centre. It should measure 36 1/2 X 39 1/2". Borders Sew a 39 1/2" border strip (or whatever length your quilt centre measures) to either side of the quilt. Press to the border fabric. Sew a cornerstone to each end of the two 36 1/2" border strips. Press to the border fabric (away from the cornerstones). Sew these units to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press.  Your quilt should measure 42 1/2 X 45 1/2".

Quilt, bind and enjoy!  I free-motion quilted wavy flowing lines across the quilt but switched to vertical wavy lines where the ribbon centre blocks were vertical. I did a simple dot to dot design in the cornerstones. In the floral border I did a piano key motif, but just with wavy lines, not sraight! It gives a wonderful texture to the quilt and quilts up in about an hour. I used Floral Blender Turquoise for the binding.

Here's the back. I love pieced backs that are fun and give the viewer a surprise. However, for this quilt, I'd intended to use my favourite print, Wildflowers in white/multi as the sole backing, but when I got the fabrics, I fell hard for this one and so I cobbled together leftovers from the centre ribbon blocks to allow me to have the half yard of fabric I saved grow up into a cushion aka pillow or maybe a bag. So I got my fun quilt back after all!


This quilt has so many possibilities. I've got a rainbow rendition on the go (it was my pattern testing quilt) that has the ribbon centre blocks all the same using some other Benartex fabrics. Check out my blog to take a peek. There you will find links to the other two quilts that I've made from my pattern, one multi-coloured like this one, the other all in blues, as well as a superb giveaway! 

Follow along on all four days of our Meadow Dance blog hop!
Tuesday: Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday: Benartex blog design team
Thursday: Sandra @ Mmm Quilts
Friday: Chris @ made by ChrissieD


Click here to see our original Meadow Dance post. 
Click here to see the entire Meadow Dance collection.
Click here to visit Amanda's website and find her patterns.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Meadow Dance Blog Hop: Day 2


Get ready for more Meadow Dance inspiration! We've seen what Amanda Murphy has created with her new fabrics (click here if you missed it), and now it's time for some more fun! This week we'll be featuring four different projects using the gorgeous Meadow Dance florals and coordinates. Enjoy the tutorials, and make sure to enter to win a fat quarter bundle!


Today we're sharing two strip pillows using the red floral and coordinating red, teal and green prints from the Meadow Dance collection. One pillow features wonky angled strips--a bit of improv piecing--and the other features straight strips. Both are fun to make and both are quilt as you go! 


A look at the fabrics we used: 

You'll Need:
1/4 yard each of 5 prints
3/8 yard of red floral print
1 yard light red floral
Batting
18" square pillow form
12" x 22" pillow form

Cutting:
From each of the 5 prints:
1-2 strips in a variety of widths ranging from 1-1/2" to 3"; then cut each strip into (2) 21" lengths

From the red floral print:
(2) 5" x 14" pieces
1-2 strips in a variety of widths ranging from 1-1/2" to 3"; then cut each strip into (2) 21" lengths

From the light red floral:
(2) 13" x 18-1/2" pieces (for square pillow backing)
(2) 12-1/2" x 14" pieces (for rectangle pillow backing)
1-2 strips in a variety of widths ranging from 1-1/2" to 3"; then cut each strip into (2) 21" lengths

From the batting:
(1) 20" square of batting

(1) 14" x 24" piece of batting

Make the Square Pillow:
Step 1: Position 1 strip face up along the edge of the 20" batting square. Position a second strip on top, right sides together, angling slightly as shown. 

Step 2: Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance. Fold batting out of the way and trim excess red strip 1/4" past the seam allowance. 

Step 3: Press the second strip open. 

Step 4: Add another strip in the same manner, angling slight in a different direction. 

Step 5: Continue adding strips.

Step 6: Add strips until the entire piece of batting is covered. 

Step 7: If desired, quilt the pillow front. (You don't have to, because the top was assembled using the quilt as you go method.) Ours is quilted using straight lines at a variety of angles. Trim pillow front to measure 18-1/2" square. 

Step 8: Fold a long edge of each 13" x 18-1/2" light red floral strip over 1/4" and then 1/4" again to create a finished edge. Press and then topstitch. 

Step 9: Layer one backing piece right sides together on the pillow front, aligning raw edges. Pin in place. 

Step 10: Layer the second backing piece on top, overlapping the first backing piece. Pin in place and stitch around all sides of the pillow using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Step 11: Clip corners and turn the pillow right side out. Stuff with the 18" square pillow form. 


Make the Rectangle Pillow:
Step 1: Layer two strips right sides together on the 14" x 24" batting piece as shown. 

Step 2: Press strips open.

Step 3: Continue adding strips. Tip: You can pin strips in place on both sides to speed up the efficiency of the project.

Step 4: Here's what it looks like with four strips added. Measure after adding strips and trim strips (not batting!) as needed to keep everything straight. 

Step 5: Continue adding strips until section measures 14-1/2" wide. 

Step 6: Sew 5" x 14" red floral strips both ends.  Quilt as desired (we quilted 1/4" from each seam line). Trim to measure 12-1/2" x 22-1/2", making sure the red floral strips at each end are equal width. 

Step 7: Use the (2) 12-1/2" x 14" light red floral pieces to make the backing, creating finished edges along one shorter edge of each piece. Layer pieces right sides together on the pillow top, matching raw edges, and overlapping in the center. 
Step 8: Sew around the pillow edge with a 1/4" seam allowance. Clip corners and turn pillow right side. Stuff with the pillow form. 

Two pillows, ready to enjoy! 

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Meadow Dance fabrics, leave a comment below letting us know your favorite print in the collection. Giveaway is open through Saturday, September 23rd at 11:59 pm EDT. 


Follow along on all four days of our Meadow Dance blog hop!
Tuesday: Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday: Benartex blog design team
Thursday: Sandra @ Mmm Quilts
Friday: Chris @ made by ChrissieD

Click here to see our original Meadow Dance post. 
Click here to see the entire Meadow Dance collection.
Click here to visit Amanda's website and find her patterns.

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