Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Winter Games Mug Rug Blog Hop: Day 1

Who's ready for winter?! 
We're celebrating Amanda Murphy's new Winter Games fabric collection with a blog hop, featuring mug rugs. They're perfect for a cozy cup of hot chocolate. Enjoy all three mug hop posts and make sure you enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Winter Games fabrics to play with!


Today's tutorial focuses on the athlete prints. We've put the athletes into action--a little fussy cutting and a themed background. Have fun! 


You'll Need:
(for both mug rugs)
Eight fat quarters (Mittens Aqua, Blizzard Aqua, Rings Grey, Dots Red, Text Grey, Athletes Aqua, Skis Red, Dots White)
Fusible web
(2) 7-1/2" x 10-1/2" pieces of batting



Cutting:
Note: Click here to download the templates for the mug rugs and print it out.
Skier Mug Rug:
From the Text Grey:
(1) 7-1/2" wide x 6-1/2" high

From the Dots White:
(1) 1-1/2" x 10" strip
(1) ski hill from template

From the Rings Grey:
(1) 1-1/2" x 10" strip

From the Dots Red:
(2) 2-1/4" x 21" strips for binding
(1) 1-1/4" x 7" strip

From the Skis Red:
(1) 10-1/2" x 7-1/2" piece for backing

Skater Mug Rug
From the Dots White:
(1) 6-1/2" square

From the Blizzard Aqua:
1 skating rink from template
(2) 2-1/4" x 21" strips for binding
(2) 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces

From the Text Grey:
(2) 1" x 6-1/2" pieces

From the Mittens Aqua:
(1) 10-1/2" x 7-1/2" piece for backing

Make the Skier Mug Rug
Step 1: Choose the skier you want to use from the Athletes Aqua print. Measure the athlete and cut a piece of fusible web about 1/2" larger than the figure. Fuse to the back of the fabric and cut out the figure, leaving a slight aqua edge.


Step 2: Trace the ski hill template onto the paper side of fusible web. Fuse to the Dots White print and cut out on the drawn line. Fuse the hill to the bottom right corner of the 7-1/2" x 6-1/2" Text Grey piece. Fuse the skier to the background as well. Use a zig zag stitch to secure the applique if desired.

Step 3: Sew the 1-1/2" x 10" Rings Grey and Dots White strips together lengthwise and press open. Cut into (6) 1-1/2" wide segments.

Step 4: Sew the segments together into pairs to make a four-patch. Make (3) four-patches.


Step 5: Sew the (3) four-patches together into a column.

Step 6: Fold a 1-1/4" x 7" Dots Red strip lengthwise in half wrong sides together. Pin the raw edges to the left edge of the Text Grey piece. Position the four-patch column on top, right sides together, and stitch through all layers.

Step 7: Press open so the red flange rests on the Text Grey background.

Step 8: Isn't this great backing fabric?!?! Layer the backing, batting, and mug rug. Baste the layers together and quilt as desired. 

Step 9: Use the (2) 2-1/4" x 21" Dots Red strips to bind the mug rug. 


Make the Skater Mug Rug
Step 1: Select the skater you want to use from the Athletes Aqua fabric and add fusible web to the back and cut out as directed above. Fuse and cut out the skating ring from Blizzard Aqua. Fuse both to the 6-1/2" Dots White square.  Use a zig zag stitch to secure the applique if desired.

Step 2: Sew 1" x 6-1/2" Text Grey and 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" Blizzard Aqua strips to the white square. 

Step 3: Our backing fabric--toasty warm! Layer the backing, batting, and mug rug. Baste the layers together and quilt as desired. 

Step 4: Use the (2) 2-1/4" x 21" Blizzard Aqua strips to bind the mug rug. 

Enjoy your mug rugs! 

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Winter Games prints, leave a comment below letting us know your favorite winter sport to play or watch. Giveaway is open through Friday, October 20th at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Check out all three days of our Mug Rug Blog Hop!


Winter Games Mug Rug Blog Hop
Wednesday: Sandra @ Mmm Quilts

Thursday: : Debby @ Debby Kratovil Quilts

Want to see more of Winter Games?
Click here to read the interview with Amanda about her fabric.
Click here to see the entire Winter Games collection.
Click here to visit Amanda's website.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Introducing Amanda Murphy's Winter Games

It's game time! 
Winter Games, that is. 
Amanda Murphy's newest fabric collection, Winter Games, is here for your next snow-themed project. As the name suggests, the fabric line focuses on winter sports, which is perfect with the Olympics coming in February 2018. Here's a quick look: 







We asked Amanda to walk us through the Winter Games fabric collection.

Where did you get the idea for Winter Games?
It was the athletes. I had an idea to do winter sports athletes, and with the Olympics being this winter, it was perfect timing.


I originally called it Nordic Games, as a spinoff of Nordic Holiday, my previous winter collection. If you look at the animals in Nordic Holiday, they’re very graphically treated, and I’d say I did the same thing with the athletes. They’re not pictorial—there are no faces—almost silhouettes except for the clothes.

Do you participate in any winter sports?
I have no athleticism! I was the last kid picked in gym class every time.

Let’s talk about color.
I wanted to do something with the deep gray. There’s more depth and masculinity to this collection. I really like all the different colors of gray. Overall my favorite thing about these fabrics are the colors. There are so many different depths in tonality—from dark gray all the way to white—that it was really easy to design quilts in this collection.


How did you capture the body positions of the athletes?
I took ballet as a kid, so I can draw dancers pretty well. That helped for the skaters. I also looked at photos—for example to see how the skiers bend over the skis (as they jump).

You captured so much detail on the prints.
I couldn’t put every detail in, but started with the main lines—for example, the shape of the ski—and then filled it in however I wanted. I’m not sure if real skis actually look like that. For the ski boots, I looked at photos to get an idea of how the boot fits into the ski, and how the boot closures work, and went with those ideas without copying every detail exactly. But you get the feel of it.



Do you have a favorite print?
I love the text print with all the Olympic sports. I don’t usually do text prints and I had to figure out how to fit in all the Olympic sports. I really like the snowflake too. And the athletes.


Tell us about a few of the other coordinates.
For the latte print, I was thinking what would you do in a ski lodge. My daughter loves coffee drinks. I just thought they were fun.


The silver rings are definitely a nod to the Olympics—the idea of interlocking rings that would tile across. They work well because I needed something rounder. The skis are straight, and I needed a coordinate with circles.


The blizzard print is inspired by machine quilting. It’s an easy fabric to quilt over, especially using swirls. Machine quilting definitely influences what I draw, and I think it’s an incredibly usable print. I really like the dark teal—it has so much depth.



The snowflake print is more traditional—it plays off the more modern feel of the text, the rings, and the ski prints. It’s my favorite type of blender because it has pops of color that you can play off of in other parts of the quilt.


Click here to see the entire Winter Games collection.
Click here to visit Amanda's website.

We're getting into the winter spirit with mug rugs! This week we'll be sharing mug rug tutorials as well as introducing you to Amanda's new patterns featuring the Winter Games fabrics. 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Oops a Daisy Free Pattern Friday!

Yesterday we introduced the Oops a Daisy collection from Kanvas. 
If you loved the line, great news! We have two free quilt patterns available on our website featuring these fun prints.

First, Coming Up Daisies, featuring appliqued blooms on alternating blocks.
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

And second, Framed Daisies, a simple quilt with a graphic pop.
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.



Click here to see the entire Oops a Daisy collection.
Click here to find the free quilt patterns.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Oops a Daisy!

He loves me, he loves me not....

We know you'll love this fun daisy collection from Kanvas! 

The fabric features photo realistic daisies in a modern and cheery black, white and bright yellow color palette. Add in a cool stripe, polka dots, and checks, and you've got fabric perfect for kitchen decor, curtains, an apron, or a truly spirit-lifting throw quilt!
psst...this collection is also available in precut 10" squares and 2-1/2" wide pinwheel strips!

Click here to see the entire Oops a Daisy collection.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Enter our "Best of Benartex" Photo Contest!

Have you made a project using some of our fabrics?
We want to see it! 
(And you could win BIG!)


Enter our "Best of Benartex" photo contest! 
(It's open now through October 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST; voting begins October 23rd). 

How to enter:
Take a photo of a project you have made using any one of our fabric lines (new or old!) It could be anything from a quilt to a runner to a small project that may not even use sewing at all. 
All photographs should accurately display fabrics from Benartex, Kanvas or Contempo. 
Entries can be submitted to benartexmarketing@gmail.com with the title "Photo Contest" preferably in a .jpg format. One submission per person. (Sponsor reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules)

Entries should include:
• Your name: First and Last
• Where you are from
• What fabric line your project is using (if known)
• And a brief caption about your project

Prizes will include: 
1.Grand Prize – People’s Choice (1 Lucky Winner)
Photo that gets the most likes. Winner will receive a box filled with assorted FQ bundles for all your quilting and sewing needs.

2.First Prize – Judges' Choice (1 Winner)
Winner will be selected by members of our Marketing department and will receive a thread and notions prize pack sponsored by AURIFIL, OESD and BREWER.

3.Second Prize – Honorable Mention(1 Winner)
Second place winner for fan votes will receive a thread and notions prize pack sponsored by AURIFIL, OESD and BREWER.


The Photo Contest submission entry window is open from 5:00 pm EST on October 2, 2017 until 11:59 pm EST on October 15, 2017. Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. 

Voting will begin at 12:00 noon EST on October 23, 2017.

Submit your entry today! We'll be back with more voting details on October 23rd.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

All About Color!

Ready for a brilliant pop of color? Designed with art lovers in mind, these fabrics are rich and appealing! Mix large watercolor dots with painterly stripes, spirals, and cool art supplies. Pair them with Colors for Quilters Solids or Shadow Blush blenders for a fun, graphic quilt. 




Click here to see the entire All About Color collection.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Here Comes the Sun: Virtual Quilt Show

Get ready for more sunflower love! 
Today Ann Lauer is back to share a virtual trunk show of her quilt patterns featuring the Here Comes the Sun collection. 

Here's Ann:
Bargellos work up beautifully with these fabrics! When you cut those great big sunflowers up, it creates wonderful movement and color play. I think the range of colors in these quilts make them look almost like watercolors.

It’s Magic is a great way to try out a bargello quilt on a small scale. You have the added fun of fussy cutting sunflowers and appliqueing them on top, too! I prefer to sew this with the quilt-as-you-go technique, and using Creative Grid Flannel to keep everything straight.
Click here to find the It's Magic pattern and kit options.


Free Fall, like the name suggests, has such a huge drop in it. I love the outer border on this quilt—it enhances the drama of the quilt.
Click here to find the Free Fall pattern and kit options.


Morning Melody is always a favorite. It’s available in lap, queen and king sizes, and the pattern has been designed specially so the main movement will fit on the top of a bed.
 
Click here to find the Morning Melody pattern and kit options.

Reflections is a brand new pattern. I love the how the bargello design flows across the center of this quilt!
Click here to find the Reflections pattern and kit options.


I talked about the sunflower stripe the other day, and here are a few quilts that put that stripe to work.

All That Jazz is one of my favorites. It starts out with a medallion center, and then it’s surrounded by easy pieced borders and fussy-cut stripe squares. It looks fancy, but the fabric does the work.
Click here to find the All That Jazz pattern and kit options.


The stripe does all the work in Steppin’ Out and Around the Block—simply cut the fabric and assemble! I love the outer border on Around the Block. It just makes the quilt.
Click here to find the Steppin' Out pattern and kit options.

Click here to find the Around the Block pattern and kit options.


Both the large and medium sunflower prints work beautifully as a focal fabric. I used focal sunflower prints in the middle of Center Stage, Stardom, and Imagine This. They provide such a great place to show off the prints.
Click here to find the Center Stage pattern and kit.



Click here to find the Stardom pattern and kit options.



Click here to find the Imagine This pattern and kit options.



Sunswept is available as a free pattern download on Benartex's website. It also features a large rectangle of the main sunflower print, surrounded by a pieced border and fussy-cut sunflower appliques.
Click here to download the free quilt pattern. Find the kit here.


Want to see more from the Here Comes the Sun collection? 
Click here to see the entire fabric collection.
Click here to visit Ann's website and see her patterns featuring Here Comes the Sun. 
Click here to read Ann's interview about the fabrics.
Click here to follow Ann's demonstration using the sunflower stripe.
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