Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bree Blog Hop: Day 3

Welcome to our Bree blog hop! We're excited to show you what four different designers have created with the Nancy Halvorsen's gorgeous new fabric collection! If you missed our introduction to Bree, find it here.

Today Kristen from KD-Quilts is here sharing a clever picnic placemat she created. (Doesn't the check in the Bree collection just scream "picnic" to you?!) Check out her tutorial and head over to her blog for a chance to win some Bree fat quarters. 

Here's Kristen:
Hello!! I'm a stay at home mom of two boys who keep me busy. In my spare time I quilt. My specialty is memory quilts, but I LOVE playing with pretty fabrics and designing things to make my home cozy and colorful.

I love this line: Bree by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex Fabrics. It screams summertime to me! This print is my most favorite. I'm thinking some major yardage is going to be needed. 

Today I want to share a super easy, super summer picnic placemat tutorial with you all. My biggest struggle with eating outside is my napkin flying away. These placemats are sure to take away picnic troubles...if only I could take care of the flies!


Materials (tutorial for one placemat) 
2 assorted fat quarters: 2 colors for the front 
2 additional fat quarters (or 1/2 yard) for back and binding 

From the check:
(2) 2.5" squares
(1) 2.5" x 12" strips
(1) 2.5" x 8" strip
(1) 4" x 8" piece for pocket 

From the red print:
(2) 2.5" squares
(1) 2.5" x 12" strips
(1) 2.5" x 8" strip
(1) 12" x 8" rectangle 

Enough 2-1/4" wide strips to create a 90" long binding strip


A picture speaks way more than text! The 12" strips are at the top, 8" strips are on the right, and the 2.5" squares are in the upper right corner. 

1. Assemble the four-patch of 2.5" squares. Next, sew the two 8" x 2.5" strips together and attach to bottom of the four-patch. 
2. Sew both 12" x 2.5" strips together and attach to the long edge of the 12" x 8" red rectangle. 
3. Sew the unit from step 1 to the unit from step 2.
4. Fold down 1/4" on the top and side of the check napkin pocket as shown. Press. Stitch across the top edge to create a finished edge. Set aside.


5. Layer placemat top with backing and batting. Quilt as desired. 
6. Baste the pocket to the bottom and left side of the placemat, matching raw edges. Topstitch the right side of the napkin, securing it to the placemat.  Bind. Cook your burgers and enjoy!


 The rest of the Bree line is currently being turned into a placemat set with matching runner. I can't wait for the next backyard BBQ! Thanks, Benartex fabrics for inviting me to the Bree blog hop!

Thanks, Kristen! 

We can't wait to see your table runner and remaining placemats! Head over to Kristen's blog to enter for a chance to win a bundle of select Bree fat quarters.

Make sure to follow along on all four days of our Bree hop!
Thursday: Kristen from KD Quilts
FridayBenartex blog design team
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  1. Whats a picnic without checks! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  2. Love this... pocket is great, napkin won't blow away. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  3. Love this... pocket is great, napkin won't blow away. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  4. Thanks for sharing - this is really cute and practical too! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. this is great. thanks for the tutorial
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  6. Great idea to add pocket.Gorgeous project!

  7. This placemat idea is super sweet!!

  8. Love this project, keeps everything where you need it, without blowing away if it's a windy day when you are having a picnic. Thanks so much!

  9. What a great idea! I always struggle with that as well.

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