Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Benartex Precut Project Hop - Better Not Pout by Nancy Halvorson

I am so excited to be part of Benartex's Precut Project Hop !  I hope you have been enjoying the hop as much as I have been.  It's so much fun to see all the beautiful fabrics and patterns that are being showcased.   If you are finding the hop for the first time today, be sure to hop on Benartex's Facebook or Instagram pages for the full tour! 



I'm also equally excited to have the opportunity to make a quilt using Nancy Halvorson's Better Not Pout fabric collection.  

Nancy is one of my favorite designers and there is so much I love about this collection - you must check it out.  

I used my new Courthouse Corners pattern which is designed specifically for fat quarters.  The pattern is available for digital download in my Etsy shop and the print pattern will be available soon too!
I had a lot of fun with the layout for this quilt and arranged the blocks from light to dark diagonally across the quilt.  The pattern really showcases the fabrics!  Here are a few more photos of my Courthouse Corners quilt.   Enjoy!









Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St Patty's Day Mug Rug

Since I didn't have anything quilted to celebrate St. Patty's Day, I decided to make a new mug rug!  

I'm using my Super Simple 9-Patch Mug Rug pattern that is available for FREE in my Bluprint Pattern Store.  (While you are there, check out my other patterns available too!) 

This is a completely stash based project.  I grabbed two greens that played well together for the 9-patch and binding and a coordinating green for the backing. 


The first step is to make the 9-Patch block.  


Next I layered the backing, two layers of batting and the top.  This is where I deviate from the pattern which uses a fusible foam instead of batting.  Since this was a stash project, I used what I could easily access in my studio.  

Please note:  if you are planning on using this mug rug with really hot coffee mugs or soup bowls, make sure you use a heat-reflective batting to prevent any damage to your furniture. 


I did some really simple 1/4" quilting to hold everything together. 


And now, I'm really to celebrate St. Patty's Day in style!  
And as an added bonus, the fabrics I pulled go perfectly with my green Depreciation glass pieces!  Maybe I need to make more green table runners & toppers to match my antique dishes :) 



Monday, March 16, 2020

Benartex Precut Project Hop

Who are my precut lovers?  I know I am one!  
I'm excited to share Benartex's Precut Project Hop!



Here is the schedule for the hop and I can't wait to see what everyone is showcasing!  I hope you join along and enjoy!

Monday 3/16:

Tuesday 3/17:

Wednesday 3/18:
Modern Quilt Studio - https://www.modernquiltstudio.com/

Thursday 3/19:
Charisma Horton - http://charismascorner.com/

Friday 3/20:

Saturday 3/21:
Andy Knowlton – http://www.abrightcorner.com/

Sunday 3/22:
Shelley Cavanna - https://www.corasquilts.com/
Sandra Walker - https://www.mmmquilts.com/

Monday 3/23:

Tuesday 3/24:

Wednesday 3/25:
Nancy Halvorsen - http://www.arttoheart.com/

Thursday 3/26:

Friday 3/27:
Christa Watson - https://christaquilts.com/



Benartex is also running a fantastic giveaway celebrating National Quilt Month during the hop! 
It will be run concurrently on both Benartex's Facebook and Instagram (@benartex_fabric) starting 3/14 and ending 3/27 with the winners announced 3/28.  
The grand prize is an Ever Sewn sewing machine, and there will be two 1st prizes of (3) precut fabric bundles (1 winner each on FB and IG) and two 2nd prizes of (1) precut fabric bundle (1 winner each on FB and IG).