Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at Benartex we are thankful for so many things ... but we are especially thankful for you! Thank you for your support and your love of our fabrics. 

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tangle Time: An interview with Nancy

Have you seen Nancy Smith's Tangle Time collection? It's packed full of Zentangle designs--fun to fussy cut and use just as they are, or to color in with your favorite markers. We asked Nancy to tell us more about the Zentangle method and Tangle Time. Click here to see Tangle Time in action in yesterday's post.

How did you get hooked on Zentangles?
About 6 years ago I signed up for a Zentangles class. It was one of the most impulsive things I’ve ever done. I fell in love with it and came home so excited. I’m now a certified Zentagle teacher. But…I’m also a quilter. I wanted to find a way to do something with Zentangles and quilting.

Can you tell us more about what the Zentangle concept is?
It’s a form of meditative drawing. Anyone can do it—it’s totally unplanned—patterns are drawn one line at a time. Because nothing is planned, what you draw is a surprise, and you can never fail. I love it! Zentangles are also totally portable—you can draw them anywhere.

Tell us about the Tangle Time fabric.
They’re all drawn by me. Me, who couldn’t draw! Many of them are familiar patterns if you know Zentangles. They’re really fun to work with.

We’ve really enjoyed seeing the different projects you’ve made with the Tangle Time prints. Any tips for us?
Do a little bit of experimenting with what type of marker you want to use. Definitely try out markers on the test strip (printed along the edge of the blocks). Some types can bleed, and you don’t want to find that out while you’re coloring.

You can iron a panel piece onto freezer paper before you color to give it more stability, but you don’t have to.

What do you like best about the Tangle Time fabrics?

It’s like having a preprinted panel that you can do so much with. You can add embroidery. I’ve added beads as well. It’s just a great starting point for doing something that is so much fun.

Here's a look at two more black and white quilts Nancy made using Tangle Time:

Click here to see Nancy's Tangle Time collection.
Click here to learn more about the Zentangle method.
Click here to see more inspiration for using the Tangle Time panels.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Tangle Time: Unleash your creativity with markers!

If you've spent any time browsing our website, you've likely run across Nancy Smith's Tangle Time collection. With just three fabrics, it's one of our smallest lines, but arguably one with the widest range of creative opportunities. Tangle Time is a panel of fun doodles just begging to be colored in. Each panel measures at approximately 36" x 40" and includes 20 unique designs that are around 8-1/2" square. Panels come in black, metallic silver and metallic gold. 

A variety of markers work well on the Tangle Time prints:

The question becomes, then, what CAN'T you do with Tangle Time? 

Here's some inspiration from Nancy to get you started:

Coloring with a cool color palette:

A panel colored in blues, greens and purples:

Fussy cut a square and use it for a throw pillow...either colored or in or not!

Make placemats and host a coloring lunch!

One color per placemat...

Surround blocks with bold, bright color!

Look how the designs pop with colored frames:

More lush color for sashing and borders:

Love the pieced sashing!

Keep it monochromatic in black and white:

What would you do? Ask for Tangle Time at your local quilt shop and get coloring!

Click here to see the Tangle Time prints.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Bali Love: Free Pattern Friday!

If you've fallen in love with the Bali collections we've showed you this week, we have great news! Both collections have a free quilt pattern you can download. The hardest part will be deciding which to make first! 

"Rose Colored Glasses" quilt featuring the Bali Roses & Lilacs fabrics: 
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

"My Sweet Love" quilt featuring the Bali Sweet Love fabrics:
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bali Love: Sweet Love

Romance is in the air! 
With the Bali Sweet Love collection, it feels like Valentine's Day has come early! The collection mixes bold reds with soft pinks, and adds in a few contrasting neutral prints. You'll fall in love all over again!

Click here to see the entire Bali Sweet Love collection. 
Want to see more batiks? Click here to see the Bali Roses & Lilacs collection, featured yesterday.  
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bali Love: Roses & Lilacs

Fall in love with our new Balis! 
The Bali Roses & Lilacs collection is a mouth-watering collection of pink shades. From light shell pinks to rich raspberry to deep russet, this fabric line has so much to love and will create a beautifully shaded quilt. 

Click here to see the entire Bali Roses & Lilacs collection. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

It's Day 2 of the 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally! 
(find out all the details on the Quilty Pleasures blog)

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks is packed with inspiration--100 blocks worth! If you haven't seen the issue in stores yet, here's what to look for. Before you buy it, scroll to the bottom of this post, because Quiltmaker has given us one issue to giveaway! 

We love a good quilt block...or two...or one hundred...
so we're proud to be a sponsor of the Blog Tour. What does this mean? In addition to a chance to win a magazine, keep an eye out for other yummy fabric prizes provided by us throughout the tour!

Let's take a look at the blocks in the magazine featuring Benartex fabrics. 

First up: Block #1514, Jagged, designed by Amy Friend, using Improv by Amy Friend for Contempo 

Next: Block #1538, Pentagon Wreath, designed by Debby Kratovil using Kismet and Fabricadabra by Paula Nadelstern 

And last: Block #1580, Exploding Stars, designed by Lerlene Nevaril, using Fossil Fern

For a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16, leave a comment below letting us know which of the three blocks featuring Benartex fabric is your favorite. 

Giveaway is open through Friday, November 17th at 11:59 pm EST. 

Head over to Quilty Pleasures to find links for additional posts featured today. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Homestead Interview with Eleanor Burns

This week we've been showing you the beautiful prints of Eleanor Burns' new collection, Homestead. We're finishing off the week with a conversation with Eleanor, talking about her fabrics. (Take a peek at the free quilt pattern at the end of this post as well!)

What inspired your new Homestead collection?
I have a very good friend named Sally Murray; she is an avid antique quilt collector. I have to say Sally is also a collector of every single line of fabric that I have designed; she has stockpiled yards and yards.  Honestly, if I can't remember the name of a line or print, I just call Sally.  Anyway, she has a beautiful quilt top from the 1880s with conversation prints and other beautiful fabrics.  I just fell in love with the conversation prints, and we decided that we haven’t seen a collection that featured conversation prints. It was at that moment I decided my next line would be a documentary collection.  We pulled other fabrics from the quilt top and used them as inspiration for this line.   

Can you tell us about the two different colorways, Colonial and Country? 
My sister Patty is an artist by education; she has been by my side through each collection that I have designed.  I told her I wanted to work with red and teal.  Patty thought about it and actually came up with the idea of making the line in two colorways.  In Homestead Country, we paired teal, turquoise, purple and green. In Homestead Colonial, we paired red, green, cream, and to give the collection a unique pop we included some orange.  I enjoy both lines very much. Both can be used separately or paired together, for a very scrappy look. I actually prefer them together.

Can you talk about a favorite print or two or three in the collection?
The conversation print of the Horse-drawn Carriage is my ultimate favorite. I just adore the little dog running around the carriage. Second, I love the Rosettes.  I have always been a fan of fussy cutting, and these prints are perfect!  My third favorite is the lace. I have not seen a print like this before, and I have been making quilts a very long time.

How does the fact that you’re a quilter influence the fabric design and color palette?
I am a very traditional quilter, and I enjoy bringing new life to antique patterns. I believe the fabric you choose should complement the pattern and give a nod to the time period.  As a quilter, I know that color combinations are one of the most important aspects of a quilt.  That said I think about the colors and scales in fabrics that I would use in backgrounds and borders.  They are just as important as the focus fabrics.  This collection has very traditional prints in very bold rich colors, the perfect combination for exciting quilts.

What do you like best about this collection?
I love the bold rich colors and variety of scale. There are actually 42 different prints between both colorways.  I love having a variety of fabric choices. 

What projects do you have planned to make with this fabric?
2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of my first book “Make a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin Pattern.” I will be updating this classic book, and Homestead will be significantly used in new samples.  The fabric will also appear in other books and patterns, throughout the year; including a very special commemorative book. 

Thank you, Eleanor!

On our website, you'll also find a free quilt design using the Homestead fabrics, "Home is Where the Heart Is." The quilt is shown in both colorways. The downloadable pdf of the pattern will be available soon. 

Click here to see the Homestead Country collection.
Click here to see the Homestead Wide collection. 
Click here to see the Homestead Colonial collection.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Homestead Country by Eleanor Burns

Yesterday we showed you the Colonial version of Eleanor Burns' new Homestead collection; today is the more contemporary Country colorway:

Love these purples and aquas together! 

But wait...there's more! The full Homestead collection also includes Homestead Wide: big, romantic florals perfect for single piece quilt backing! 

Click here to see the Homestead Country collection.
Click here to see the Homestead Wide collection. 
Click here to see the Homestead Colonial collection.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Homestead Colonial by Eleanor Burns

Eleanor Burns' new collection, Homestead, is packed full of vintage-style motifs--florals, stripes, geometrics, and even a horse and buggy print!
The fabric line comes in two different colorways, which we'll be sharing over the next two days. 

First, the Colonial colorway: deep reds, greens, and creams. Delicious!

Let's take a closer look at a few of the prints:
Horse and buggy--we love the little detail of the dog as well!

Rich florals perfect for fussy cutting.

Florals mixed with diamond shapes for a dimensional effect.

Another example of florals and geometrics playing together.

We saved the best for last: an intricate floral stripe that brings in motifs from several prints in the collection.

Click here to see the entire Homestead Colonial collection.
Click here to see the Homestead Country collection.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Introducing Abigail

Our new Abigail collection has classic charm with an updated look. Mini prints in florals, geometrics, stripes, and more, all in a soft palette of blues, greens, golds, and roses. 
The collection kicks off with this great allover print--Grandmother's Fans. Perfect for backings, or even for large focal blocks.

Add in 38 coordinates (all the prints you see in the fans!) and there's so much to play with:

Use the gorgeous rainbow of coordinating prints to sew this free lap quilt pattern, Abigail's Garden.
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

Click here to see the entire Abigail collection.
Click here to find the free quilt pattern.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Quilt Market Tour: Contempo

Welcome back for Day 3 of our Quilt Market booth tour! Today we're showing the Contempo Studio sections of the booth, featuring six different designers. 

First up is Amanda Murphy. Amanda showed two lines at the show; Meadow Dance (quilt on the left below) and Winter Games (center and right quilts).

Plenty of fun accessories made from her two fabric collections--a close-up of the Slope quilt made with Winter Games is on the wall, and then decorated hand towels featuring Meadow Dance on the shelf.

Meadow Dance tuffets and bags!

Cherry Guidry's Christmas 2018 collection (previewed now) is Let It Snow.

We are loving the bold, bright colors of Christa Watson's new Modern Marks collection!

Dot lovers, get ready for dotty fun with Dot Crazy collection by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.

Gloaming by Shelley Cavanna: Watch for this collection early next year!

Click here to see the Benartex booth tour.
Click here to see the Kanvas booth tour.
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