Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Technique Tuesday with Debby Kratovil: On the Front Porch

Well, not exactly ON the Front Porch. The name of the fabric line is Front Porch by Cherry Guidry. We asked Debby Kratovil of Debby Kratovil Quilts to come up with some quick and simple projects using this collection and the companion panel. First let's see the fabrics.
Front Porch by Cherry Guidry for Benartex
Here's Debby:
I was asked to make something with the main panel. Ooohh! I love a challenge. As you can see, it has various squares and rectangles. The center was calling to me: Make me a pillow! The four little squares are a perfect size for mug rugs; I saw journals with real paper on the inside. And I even thought that I could make two good sized bookmarks with those tall, skinny rectangles.

Front Porch panel: 23" x 42"
Now, let's see how I did it.

BOOKMARKS were made by cutting out the flower panels. I left a little bit of the white background fabric on to give me some trimming room. I then transferred fusible webbing to the wrong side and then ironed each one to card stock. I used my Fiscar specialty scissors with a curved blade to cut around the outside, as you can see. Easy. Quick. Not too big for most books


Next, I pulled out my Tri-Recs tool and cut half-rectangles to tilt those four little squares. It's good to audition the triangles to make sure they are in the right position (ask me why I say that . . .)

Added 1/4" to small flower square and cut slightly oversized half-rectangles
As you can see, sometimes you sew the wrong triangles to the wrong side! Time to rip out!


Here are my set of four mug rugs. Of course, I added batting and backing. Left an opening for turning and then top stitched it closed. Very cute, don't you think?!

4 Mug Rugs using Front Porch
I didn't have the time to make a pillow with that center design with those inviting chairs under that awning, but let me show you how I made my two art journals!

I cut out two adjoining rectangles, planning on the pinwheels print to be my front cover (the book is finished in this shot).

Two adjoining rectangles will be the front and back covers for my journal

I cut a piece of contrasting fruit salad print for the inside pocket. It is the same size as the two panel piece above (with seams, of course). Fold in half, wrong sides together. This is now pocket height.
I cut the pocket fabric the same size as the rectangles and folded it in half

Now, align it with the inside green honeycomb print (the same size as the journal cover) with a piece of batting wedged between. Pin.

Align folded pocket fabric with inside lining

Place journal front piece right side down on the pocket and pin.

Align parts and pin

Stitch 1/4" seam around, leaving about 6" open for turning. You can see my opening right under the "s" in "Quilts" below.

Stitched with opening for turning

 Trim the four corners to reduce bulk:
Trimming four corners


I turned the journal right side out and stitched around the outside about 1/8" from edge. I took 7 sheets of 8.5" x 14" paper, trimmed it to fit the inside (took 1" off both horizontal and vertical), centered it and stitched right down the middle!

Paper added to inside!

And let's see the pocket!

Journal with pocket for a pen

Here is a picture of two rectangles joined by a small piece of that blue floral print from the top and bottom of the panel. The book is finished.

Two rectangles joined by the blue floral print. I wanted the Lemonade stand to be the front

And the inside of this journal with one of those bookmarks!

Inside of 2nd journal with a handy bookmark!

Now I bet you won't look at panels the same anymore, will you? I can't wait to gift these to my grandsons' teachers. This sunny group is quick and easy, don't you think?

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Introducing Cherry Guidry's Front Porch collection

Spring is here to stay! Cherry Guidry's lastest Contempo collection, Front Porch is full of vibrant, warm weather fun. It starts with an adorable panel--vases full of blooms, honey bees, summer fruit, a lemonade stand, and of course, a Front Porch! 


Add in colorful coordinates:

And you're ready for some cheery projects! We asked Cherry to introduce us to the Front Porch fabrics.


Tell us about the panel.
The panel is very summery! The center section is a front porch with Adirondack chairs and lemonade. The welcome sign in it is cute, and if you look at the pillows, they’re made from the flowers in this collection.
I think my favorite section of the panel is the lemonade stand. I also love the flowers in the mason jar at the bottom. I keep fresh flowers in my house all the time.



The bees are really sweet.
They’re so popular in the quilting world! There’s a bee in the floral print. I wanted to use something besides a bird. It also became its own print and the honeycomb.



We love the flip flop and sunglasses prints!
I do too! The panel originally looked very different—it had flip flops in it, and other designs. When the panel changed, I kept those little designs as perfect summer prints. They work with the whole theme. What’s fun about them is you can do a lot of fussy cutting—flip flops for the center of a star block, for example.



The collection has a bunch of blenders too. Hexies and mini florals—they’re great for appliquers. But you can also pick one of the summery prints and mix it with the blenders for a completely different looking quilt.



We have more Front Porch fun to share! We'll be showing ideas for using the panel, as well as a virtual trunk show of Cherry's Front Porch quilts. 


Click here to see the entire Front Porch collection.

Click here to visit Cherry's website. 
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Rainbow of Colors: New Hue

We'd like to introduce you to your new favorite basic collection, New Hue from Kanvas. 


This textured tonal is available in 43 vibrant, saturated colors, all sprinkled with speckles. They work beautifully on their own, or as a blender to coordinate with those prints you just bought. Some of the prints even have metallic accents.


A rainbow of colors!

New Hue is available as yardage, as well as a pinwheel of 2-1/2" strips and a 5x5 square pack.


Heidi Pridemore designed the Rubick Cube Quilt using New Hue. 
Click here to download the free quilt pattern. 

Click here to see all 43 New Hue colors.

Click here to find the free quilt pattern. 
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy Farms Make Happy Kids


What kind of kid prints make you smile? How about patchwork cows, patterned pigs and fussy sheep?  Each print in Happy Farms from Kanvas is cuter than the next! In addition to the sweet farmyard animals, you’ll find tractors, swirls, and a scenic farm print. 


Don’t forget the panel and a barnyard stripe—both are perfect to make a quick quilt that’s bursting with detail! 



Need a kid quilt? Try our On the Farm free quilt pattern:
Click here to download the free quilt pattern. 
Click here to see the entire Happy Farms collection. 
Click here to find the free quilt pattern.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring-spiration!

It's mid April and we're all eager for spring flowers. If Mother Nature isn't cooperating, we can enjoy those flowers in fabric! Today we're featuring two magazine quilts packed with florals. These issues are on sale now, so grab your own copy and start sewing!

Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton used Kanvas' Floral Impressions collection to create the lovely Romantic Impressions quilt. The name describes this soft rose and ivory quilt perfectly! 

"Romantic Impressions" designed by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton;
quilted by Naomi Polzin; featured in Quilter's World Summer 2018

 Joanie talked to us about this quilt: 
What attracted you to the Floral Impressions fabrics?
I think what pulled me in first is the background print of loose petals and flowers. I actually worked backwards on this design—I knew I wanted that in the background because it was so romantic and fresh.

This collection comes in two colorways. How did you choose which to use?
I’m not usually much of a pink person, but the blush and cream combination was such a fresh coloration.

Tell us about the design.
The orange peel is such a nice gradual curve to work with, and I love the effect it creates. I like on-point layouts because it changes the feel of the block. It really creates movement and helps the circles to show up. We added a thin border to help stabilize the bias edges without standing out too much.

What do you like best about this quilt?

I just think it’s pretty. It has such a soft, romantic feel and I always love a good butterfly print. And I really love how the background fabric pulls everything together.

Click here to see the entire Floral Impressions collection.
Click here to find the Summer 2018 issue of Quilter's World.


Jackie Robinson designed this striking wall quilt using the delicious blues and yellows from her Hydrangea Blue collection. Made up of a simple block, the Color Drift quilt flows from blue to yellow with plenty of blooms along the way! 

"Color Drift" designed by Jackie Robinson;
pieced and quilted by Pat Szymanski;
featured in Easy Quilts Spring 2018
Jackie talked to us about her quilt: 
What inspired this quilt design?
It’s a take-off of my Easy Trip Around the World pattern. It uses the same simple block, but I changed the layout and color placement to create this design.

What makes this quilt so easy to sew?
It’s made from strip sets—you make what I call a “fancy nine-patch” which is a 3x3 with a couple of double long units.

You love the blue and yellow combination, don’t you?
I do. This quilt gradates from blue to yellow. There are three main color combinations that make people happy, and this is one of them. The prints that are both blue and yellow help to bridge between the tonal coordinates.
Photo: The Quilting Company

Click here to see the entire Hydrangea Blue collection by Jackie Robinson.
Contact Quilting and Crafts by Mercer to purchase a kit for this quilt. 
Click here to see Jackie's other patterns featuring Hydrangea Blue. 
Click here to purchase the digital quilt pattern. 
Click here to find the Spring 2018 issue of Easy Quilts magazine.


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