Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Folk Art Fantasy Blog Hop: Day 2

We've introduced you to Amanda Murphy's new fabric collection, Folk Art Fantasy, and given you a behind-the-scenes look at the prints, as well as plenty of inspiration from Amanda's quilt patterns. But we're not done! Follow along on our blog hop as four different designers share projects they've made using Folk Art Fantasy fabrics! 


Today's post will be right here on the blog, created by our blog design team. When we think "folk art," penny rugs come to mind (helped, no doubt, by Amanda's fun rug print, which we used as the backing for our runner!). Below we are featuring a tutorial for a scrappy Penny Rug Runner. Enjoy!

Finished size: 62-1/2" x 20-1/2"

The fabrics used in this project: 

Materials:
1 fat quarter each: black leaf print, turquoise leaf print, pink diamond print, black diamond print, turquoise diamond print, green stars and horses print, red stars and horses print, and periwinkle medallion print
1/2 yard each white and periwinkle wedding ring print
7/8 yard red leaf print (includes binding)
1/2 yard black medallion print
1-1/2 yards for backing (we used the turquoise rugs)
25" x 67" piece of batting
Fusible web
Paper or clear plastic template material for creating circle templates

Cutting:
Note: Click here to download the quarter circle templates.

From the black leaf print:
(1) 13" square

From each of the turquoise leaf print and pink diamond print: 
(1) 10" square

From each of the black diamond print and turquoise diamond print: 
(1) 7" square

From each of the red and green stars and horses prints:
(1) 13" square

From the periwinkle medallion print:
(2) 5" squares, fussy-cut to center a medallion

From the red leaf print: 
(1) 13" square
(4) 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding
(4) 1-1/2" x 42" strips

From each of the white and periwinkle wedding ring prints:
(2) 14-1/2" squares

From the black medallion print:
(2) 5" squares, fussy-cut to center a medallion
(5) 2-1/2" x 42" strips

From the fusible web:
(4) 13" squares

Making the Runner:
Step 1 Download the quarter circle templates here and print out. Cut out along all four curved lines (you'll have one quarter circle and three sizes of quarter rings). 
Step 2 To create the 4" diameter circle template, fold a 5" square of paper in half and in half again. position the right angle corner of the smallest curve on the two folded edges and trace the curve. Cut along the curve through all four layers and unfold to see your 4" circle template. Repeat with remaining three circle sizes, using a piece of paper 1" larger than the circle size. Note: We conserved paper by tracing multiple sizes of templates onto one 13" folded square of paper. You'll end up with template rings for the larger sizes, but that's fine--you only need the curved outer edge for tracing.


Step 3 Trace the 12" diameter circle onto a 13" fusible web square. Center and trace the 9" circle inside. Center and trace the 4" circle inside. This will allow you to nest templates on the fusible web and use it more efficiently. Make 2 sets of fusible shapes. Draw dotted circles roughly 1" in from both the 12" and 9" circle templates as shown below. Draw another dotted line roughly 1/2" beyond the 4" circle line. These will be your cut lines, allowing you to use the window technique and eliminating bulk in your blocks. Note: If this seems too confusing, you can simply trace each circle onto a separate piece of fusible web and cut out roughly 1/2" outside the circle line and 1" inside the circle line. You'll use more fusible web and have more scraps left this way, but it's simpler if you're having trouble visualizing the nesting and dotted line cutting we've shown. 
Tip: If you're not familiar with the window method of fusible web, basically rather than adhering fusible web to the entire back of a large shape (like the 12" circle), you fuse a ring to the back of the fabric. The inner edge of the fusible ring doesn't need to be perfect--it won't show. The outer edge of the fusible ring should be roughly 1/2" past the drawn circle line to allow for smooth cutting like in typical fusible applique techniques. (See the photo after step 6 for a visual). This reduces bulk in your finished project and keeps it softer than it would be if you used multiple layers of fusible web, which become stiff.

Step 4 Cut along the dotted lines of both sets, creating (2) 12" diameter ring fusible shapes, (2) 9" diameter ring fusible shapes, and then (2) 4" diameter circle fusible shapes.
Step 5 Repeat steps 3 and 4, substituting a 7" diameter ring for the 9" ring. Make 2 sets of fusible shapes and cut as directed in step 4. 
Step 6 Fuse one 12" ring to the wrong side of a 13" red stars and horses square. Cut on the drawn line, creating a circle. Repeat with smaller two sizes of circles, adhering each to a square 1" larger than the fusible shape (refer to photo and cutting list to match up correctly sized templates with fabric squares). 

Step 7 Repeat step 6, creating the following layered circle combinations (note: they're not fused together yet--this is just for show). You'll have (2) 12" circles with a 9" and a 4" circle on top, and (2) 12" circles with a 6" and 4" circle on top.

Step 8 Fuse the periwinkle medallion circle to a 6" black diamond circle, folding each circle into quarters and matching up finger pressed fold lines to ensure centered placement. Use a blanket stitch to secure in place. In the same manner, fuse the black diamond circle to the 12" green horses and stars circle and blanket stitch to secure.

Step 9 Flip the layered circles over and cut out the green background fabric inside the blanket stitched line as shown below. Be VERY CAREFUL not to cut through the center fabric. 

Step 10 Repeat with remaining sets of circles for a total of (4) circle sets. Fuse (2) circle sets to 14-1/2" white wedding ring squares and (2) circles to 14-1/2" periwinkle wedding ring squares as shown. Blanket stitch to secure.


Step 11 In the same manner as in step 9, flip each block over and cut out the wedding ring backing fabric inside the stitching line. 
Step 12 Sew the 4 blocks together into a row, alternating background colors. 

Step 13 Sew (3) 1-1/2" x 42" red leaf strips short ends together into one long strip. Cut into (2) 56-1/2" lengths. Sew to the long sides of the runner. Cut the remaining strip (2) 16-1/2" lengths and sew to the short ends of the runner. 
Step 14 Sew (5) 2-1/2" x 42" black medallion strips short ends together into one long strip. Cut into (2) 58-1/2" lengths and (2) 20-1/2" lengths. Sew the longer strips to the long sides of the runner and the remaining strips to the short ends to complete the runner top.

Step 15 Layer the backing right side down, batting, and quilt top right side up.Baste the layers together and quilt as desired. Trim the batting and backing even with the quilt top. Use the (5) 2-1/4" x 42" red leaf print strips to bind the runner. 

You're done! This concept would make a fun quilt as well--just a few (or a lot!) more circles to cut! 

You can really have fun quilting the different rings in this runner.




Click here to see the entire Folk Art Fantasy collection. 
Click here to visit Amanda's website--see her patterns, read her blog, and follow her on other social media platforms. 

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Folk Art Fantasy, leave a comment below letting us know your favorite print in Amanda's Folk Art Fantasy collection. Giveaway is open through Saturday, June 30 at 11:59 pm EDT. We'll announce all four blog hop winners next week. 

Follow along for all four days of our Folk Art Fantasy Blog Hop! 
Tuesday: Mandy of Mandalei Quilts
Wednesday: Benartex Blog Design Team
Thursday: Alison of Little Bunny Quilts
Friday: Amanda of Material Girls Quilts

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62 comments:

  1. all the prints are wonderful but i kept going back to Floral Light Blue. And those horses, yesssss
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  2. I am loving all the Folk Art Fantasy prints, but I have a special fondness for the turquoise diamond print.

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  3. My favorite is the folk village houses followed very closely by the horses in the light green!

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  4. My favorite is the red leaf print, but I love all of the prints!

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  5. Medallion Black is my fav although the leaf blender is very nice!!!

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  6. I really like the floral light green.

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  7. My favorite is the periwinkle Rugs print--so cute!!

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  8. I really like the Leaf Blender Light Grey.

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  9. Melinda ArmstrongJune 28, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    I love the print with the barns in the red background...

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  10. The leaf blenders are nice. And any of the blue. They are all awesome! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  11. I have a weakness for house prints, but my favorite is the Black Medallion!

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  12. Love Medallion in Periwinkle. Also love the leaf blenders as are so versatile. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

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  13. I LOVE the runner. It is absolutely beautiful!
    My favorite is the green print with the stars and horses.Thank you for the giveaway.

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  14. I love the Wedding Ring in black! So pretty and different than other designs!
    Sandy A

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  15. If it was my last 10 bucks I would by the folk village. ..love them all... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  17. I LOVE THEM ALL but the folk art village is my fav. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  18. I LOVE THEM ALL but the folk art village is my fav. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  19. Leaf blender in black /turquoise... Or any of the wedding rings

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  20. All of the blue and turquoise colors are my favorites.
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  21. The wedding rings of all colours, then the leaf design......these are beautiful!!

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  22. Like this runner! Leaf blender in black /turquoise are a favorite! Thanks for sharing!msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  23. The houses are so cute and, if I have to pick one, the turquoise would be a favorite.

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  24. It was hard to decide--but black medallion is my favorite!

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  25. I have to say this is a really cute fabric line, it was hard to choose just one fabric! But I love turquoise and lime green so I'm going with the turquoise leaf print. Thanks for the give away and the super cute table runner pattern!

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  26. My favorite print is the Medallion Black, but you certainly asked a difficult question. Nice runner.

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  27. This is the first time I truly wanted to pick each and every print and color! Yet, I will chose the Medallion Black as my favorite. Thank you for the fantastic pattern and the chance to win this fabulous prize!

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  28. Love the print called FLORAL LIGHT BLUE.

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  29. I am really loving this fabric collection! My favorite is the Medallion Periwinkle. All these patterns and colors are wonderful.

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  30. Leaf blender dark turquoise and black/turquoise leaf blender.

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  31. I like the houses in red :)

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  32. So pretty! I love the Medallion in Periwinkle.
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  33. What a lovely runner! This would give me the practice I need with curves! My favorite fabric in Amanda's collection is Leaf Blender Red. I love those tiny flowers and hearts!

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  34. I like her Medallion Black. To me, all her black prints are so beautiful and so destincitive.

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  35. Wowie! soooo hard to choose one..just one!! Arrrrrgh! But think will go with "Leaf Blender" Black/Turquoise :)

    Thank you for chance to win such an Awesome Give-a-way too :D

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  36. I adore the folk village houses!! thanks!

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  37. I very much like medallion black.

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  38. I love the white wedding ring print.

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  39. It's hard to pick just one but I'll say the leaf blender in red.

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  40. I like all the prints but especially like MEDALLION BLACK.
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  41. It is a beautiful line. My favorite is Medallion Periwinkle. Thanks for the blog hop, they are such fun and so inspiring. FabriCatz@aol.com

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  42. I like the Medallion Black.

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  43. I like the leaf blender in red but they are all great.

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  44. My favorite print is the Leaf Blender Dark Turquoise....I tend to like the blenders best, in general. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway!

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  45. I love the pattern. I can't wait to get started.

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  46. Yummiest fabric line and one of my best favorite is Floral Light Blue .

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  47. Love the fabric line, especially love the Medallion Black followed by the Turquoise leaf. Thanks for the pattern and giveaway.

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  48. O.k.--I don't want to sound ignorant, but I love the dark navy/black with the turquoise vines with the lime green shapes in it! Lol! That is my favorite, but I love the other ones too--the colors are all so great. And Really, really love this table runner!! If I win the bundle--I am definitely making this!

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  49. The rug prints with all the fabulous florals are amazing!

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  50. The Floral in light green is my favorite although the medallion and leaf prints are close behind that.

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  51. It is difficult to choose a favorite - all of the prints are awesome. But I would choose Wedding Ring Periwinkle as my favorite. Thanks!

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  52. I like the village houses, but they are all lovely.

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  53. Ooo, that's a tough choice! I'll have to say the Floral Light Green might edge out he others.

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  54. Great pattern for a runner!!! Love it!!! My favourite print is Leaf Blender Black/Turquoise.

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  55. I like the blue background wedding ring print.
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  56. I love the double wedding ring print. And I love this runner! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  57. That's a tough one......but the Medallion Balck and Wedding Ring Black sure did get my attention! Charlotte

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  58. I really love the Medallion Black.

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  59. I love the red horse print!
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  60. Medallion in Black is my favorite print--not an easy choice, since all of Amanda's illustrations are so charming! Computer problems kept me from commenting in time for the drawing, but I still wanted to leave a note saying how much I love this new line. I hope it will show up at my LQS.

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