Monday, April 28, 2014

Day 1: Flower Favorites Blog Hop

Welcome!! We're celebrating spring with a Flower Favorites blog hop, 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! 

First up is Debby Kratovil from Debby Kratovil Quilts. She's paired a 
classic favorite (Fossil Ferns) with a fresh tonal print from Contempo's 
Palm Springs collection using oh-so-hot hexies. Enjoy her tutorial and 
then head over to her blog to see how you can enter to win some 
fabric for yourself!

Here's Debby:

Yes, I still love FOSSIL FERNS
Spring colors make me happy. I love the greens and the 
purples and pinks, and - well - all of it!

I made these 2" EPP hexagons in the past few months using 
my bits and pieces of Benartex's Fossil Ferns. Did you know 
that Fossil Ferns have stayed strong for over 15 years? And 
there are 100 colors. That's unheard of in the quilt fabric 
world. I didn't know what I wanted to make, but I knew 
something would hit me eventually.

I was asked to join in the Benartex Blog Flower Favorites 
Block Hop and use any fabrics to make any flower. Now 
that's what I love! I have the brand new Palm Springs 
Collection and selected a neutral background for my block 
and two other fabrics which will become sashing and border.

3 fabrics from the new Palm Springs Collection

I have enough hexies to make at least 4 blocks. First, let's see 
it from the back:
All those hexies sewn in a Grandmother's Flower Garden variation
Notice my basting. I never sew through the papers; just 
stitch in the folds at the corners.

Background is cut 12-1/2" x 18-1/2"
This is a BIG block. I love big blocks (hence the title and 
theme of my second book, Supersize 'Em Quilts). Notice 
that I've taken the papers out of the patches and it's pinned
for stitching. How did I stitch it?
I used monofilament in the top and white thread in the bobbin
- all machine sewn
Notice that the patches were joined by hand. There is no need 
to remove the basting. Saves time!

Stitched onto the background and then background fabric 
is trimmed away
Nice big piece of fabric to be used for another project
And how does it look stitched?

Grandmother's Flower Garden Variation block: 
12" x 18" finished

Thanks Debby!
Stop by Debby's blog to find out how you can enter to win 
a bundle of Palm Springs to play with yourself. And be sure 
to visit Sew in Love with Fabric each day this week for another inspiring flower block tutorial.
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  1. That's a beautiful hexie block...nice job Debby! Love the fabric colors, too!

  2. Lovely job Debby - I don't trim the basting threads either.

  3. Great job and I just love hexies.

  4. Love the bright colours!!! Awesome hexies!!

  5. Great block Debby and I love the fabrics!

  6. Been in love with hexies for a loooong time. Love that it is super-size, none of those 1/4" hexies for me.

  7. The cord and design say "spring" through and through. Beautiful work.

  8. That was meant to read "color" and not " cord"!!!

  9. Beautiful! Wonderful tutorial, Debby.

  10. Stunning block - the colours are gorgeous, all my favourites! - I am addicted to hexies

  11. beautiful work as always.

  12. Gorgeous.Thanks for sharing !!

  13. Just gorgeous hexies. I love Fossil Fern after buying some for the first time a few months ago.

  14. Beautiful, Love Hexies to. Great idea. Thank for sharing.
    Would love to win. Happy sewing from Montana.

  15. I love hexies. They are so portable. Beautiful fabric too. Thanks for the giveaway

  16. Love those hexies. So portabe, versatile and great fabric. I love the fossil ferns as they are so adaptable to many projects.

  17. Very nice! I'll be sure to check out the rest of the week too. Thanks!

  18. Love your use of hexies, Debby! & the Palm Springs neutral is perfect for a lot of backgrounds!

  19. Love that a fabric is popular for so long and they are so lovely in those hexies.

  20. Just love those hexies! They are so cheerful & beautiful.

  21. What a lovely block! The fossil fern line is so versatile!

  22. Great block, love the supersize idea. These fabrics work so well with this pattern too. It's fun that the hexies can go outside to sit on the deck with coffee or just to enjoy the sunshine. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Hexies are becoming my new favorite. Thanks for the Supersize.

  24. Wow, that is a gorgeous block! Hexes are on my bucket list, but haven't had the nerve to try them yet - the secret just may be to do them "super-size". Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Your block is great. I love Hexies