Benartex Dream Scape Tonals

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I recently had the opportunity to play with Benartex’s new line: Dream Scape Tonals as part of their recent blog hop.  These fabrics are solid enough to work as a solid, yet have enough depth and interest to work as a print.  And the colors, they are so vivid and jewel tone bright!

When my assignment was to make a 12.5 inch block to showcase this fat quarter bundle, I knew I wanted something bright and bold.  I love these flower style traditional blocks and thought it would make a great  base for a bright flower block.  So I introduce you to my star flower:

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The tutorial (as well as many other great blocks made with these fabrics) can be found on Benartex’s blog: Sew in Love With Fabric.

 

 

GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

And if you want a chance to play with a fat quarter bundle of Dream Scapes, Benartex is giving one of my readers a bundle of their own! To enter the GIVEAWAY leave a comment on this post letting us know what you prefer sewing with:prints or solids.  Please follow Benartex on any of their social media platforms, and I would love if you follow me as well!

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 27 at midnight.  Winner will ever contacted Monday and their information passed along to Benartex.  Giveaway sponsored and shipped from Benartex fabrics.

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One Big Love, Split Six Ways

img_1408 I was recently contacted by a past customer and asked to make some quilts again to give at Christmas. The patriarch of their family had passed away and she wanted quilts for each of the six children.

The majority of the quilts contained the same pieces of clothing, giving them a sense of unity.  These quilts were even more unique as they contained kitchen curtains, special blankets and robes in addition to various shirts.  One quilt even had his high school letter sweater as each quilt contained one special memory shirt that was specific to each child.

my customer also has an embroidery business, so she was able to embroider special squares from one of the shirts with a loving memory message, and each quilt has what they called their dad in the square.

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Another thing I did to make them coordinate was half had yellow back, and blue binding and vice versa as those were his favorite colors.

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It was an honor to make these quilts for this family.  I hope they bring them conforting hugs during this holiday season!

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Modernistic Leaf: Benartex Bloghop

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing a very quick and easy tutorial for a 12.5 inch block over at Sew in Love With Fabric (Benartex Fabric’s blog) as part of their Rio and Dukce blog hop!
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I was given a bundle of Rio and Dulce Fat Quarters. I’ve said it a million times: personally, batiks are not my thing.  However, the colors in this line are so rich and vibrant, you can’t help but love them!

I wanted something that resembled a leaf to go with the prints.  I based it on a strip leaf quilt I made years ago,  but made the leaf more subtle, to not just be a leaf.  I’m planning on making a few to create a wall hanging for above my machine. (And one fat quarter bundle will be plenty to do so!) Head over to their blog for this tutorial and many others using this line!

If you’ve been around Benrtex for a while, you know they are in very generous during their many blog hops and love to share their fabric with readers, so they have offered to giveaway a bundle of these pretties to a lucky reader!

To enter:

Please leave a comment telling what your favorite colors to work with are.  *Must be following Benartex to enter*

For a bonus entry, follow KD-Quilts on blog, Facebook or Instagram and leave a separate comment telling me that you do!

Giveaway will remain open until Monday, May 16. Winner will be randomly drawn by Benartex Fabric and shipped directly from them.

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A Different Sort of Quilt

I have kept up with my middle school math teacher and volleyball coach via Facebook.  (It was a super small, close knit school community) I’ve made a few memory quilts for her in the past, but this recent project was a different sort of quilt.

Her eighth grade class that she teaches just finished reading the book Night by Elie Wiesel.  In case you are unfamiliar with the book, it is a memoir about his experience in Nazi concentration camps.  I have not personally read the book, but plan to now!

The assignment was for the students to create two quilt blocks, one with a picture about some aspect of the book and a second with a quote in the book that stood out to them.  I then pieced these together making a quilt for the classroom.

I had sparsely quilted around the blocks, as to not take away from the children’s work. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I absolutely love this idea for a class project!

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For the Love of Solids

I was recently asked to make a quilt from the book For the Love of Solids.  She was in love wth this quilt, with some slight color variations.  We spent a few days finding the perfect colors to fit the quilt and her style, thank you Kona color card!image

I had suggested we quilt it with either all straight lines or some pebbling and swirls.  We ended up going with straight lines and I think that was the perfect choice for this quilt!image This is the second quilt I’ve ever made with only solids.  I don’t know why I don’t make more solid quilts.  They always look so nice!!

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This quilt had colors way different than my normal jewel tones purple quilts, but I absolutely love it all the same.  It had a modernly traditional feel to it and I think it will fit in at its new home nicely!

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Christmas Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!!

Hi all! The super wonderful people at Benartex invited me to be part of their Christmas Blog Hop. They have some fabulous Christmas lines and always have some great bloggers in their hop!

I am sharing how to make a super easy patchwork apron. Great for people who aren’t garment sewers as there is no pattern, and uses a lot of quilty skills! Plus, with the fabric listed, you will have enough left over to make a child size too!

Patchwork Apron Tutorial by KD-Quilts

 

Benartex is giving away a bundle of Frosty Friends, the fabric line I used in the apron, to a lucky reader.  To enter:

Leave a comment with what your favorite Christmas cookie is.

Gain a bonus entry letting me know you follow KD-Quilts!

**Must be 18 or older and a follower of Benartex fabric to win.**

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Handmade Holidays Inspiration

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Hi all! Just wanted to drop in and let you all know that I am guest posting on Ellison Lane’s Handmade Holiday Inspiration series today. I’m sharing a super quick, scrappy bookmark tutorial. Great quick gift add on for the reader on your list!

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Be sure to check it out, not just to check out my awesome bookmarks, but to get lots of gift ideas and enter the phenomenal giveaway!!

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Modern Maples Fall Quilt

The leaves here seemed to show off their colors and start to fall overnight.  So of course the stunning leaves had reminded me that I haven’t shown you all my maple leaves quilt yet!  (I did show off some pictures of the finished top over on Instagram!)

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I used the modern maples pattern by Hey Porkchop. I made the throw version, with adding a few more leaves and making my own layout. The throw version is a free pattern on interweaves website.

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I had a bundle of Hope Valley and have been holding onto it for a fall quilt for six years now.  This year, I knew I have waited for my fall quilt long enough!

I quilted it will all over loops to (maybe) resemble fall wind and the path the leaves take.

I don’t know if it was because I was making this quilt, but it seemed like a lot of people were making  modern maples quilt this year. It has made a revival of sorts!  As it well should since this is the perfect fall quilt pattern.

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Best “Around the House” Shorts EVER

I’m sure,dear reader, that you have already seen the City Gym Shorts by Purl SoHo.  You’ve probably seen them a lot.  Like everywhere.  And  there is a reason for that, believe me.

I finally sewed up a pair for myself.  I had a little time, in between projects, and wanted to make something fast for myself.  With just a little fabric, and about an hour of my time, I created my most favorite around the house shorts ever!  Comfy, cute, can’t go wrong!
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Super awkward trying to get a picture of them on with no other photographer around.  I debated even putting seemingly random pictures of my legs on the internet, but here they are.

I was so pleased with my shorts that I immediately made another pair!  My uncle had passed away a few years ago and everyone got one of his giant hawaiian shirts.  Obviously, not being worn, it has been sitting in the back of my sewing closet since I got it.  I was waiting for something to sew it into.  Well, duh!  There was more than enough material for a pair of shorts.  Perfect for wearing to the beach!

And another awkward leg picture:
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So if you haven’t made a pair of these super comfy shorts, I totally recommend that you do!  Even with the sweater weather upon us, they are perfect for inside paired with a hoodie!

And if you are wondering (I was) yes, these can be made with regular quilting cotton.  I used Pam Kitty print and some Kona for the back of my first pair.  They are still so soft, comfortable and aren’t rigid at all!  So no fancy substrates required!

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Beach Bee Quilt…aka: My Allison Glass Crazy Improv Quilt

My chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild recently held a fun challenge of sorts.  Each participating member made 12 identical blocks, and then swapped them with 11 members to get a set of 12 different blocks.  The only requirements were the finished block was 12.5 inches and had to have a piece of Alison Glass’ Field Day print Spent inside.

This was my block:

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No offense to sampler quilts.  Some people put together AMAZINGLY gorgeous sampler quilts….I saw quite a few at our guild beach bee reveal!  Personally, they aren’t my thing. And since I loved so many of the blocks that were made in this swap, I really wanted a quilt that I would use and love.

So with a sampler style quilt out, and stuck for a true plan, I just cut. Then sewed, then cut and sewed and just went at it with no plan at all.  I was just sewing and it was SO NICE!

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For the quilting, I ended up going with my most favorite swirled FMQ design.

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I had all of my Alison Glass collection in one bucket and just pulled prints and figured out how to fit them in.  It really was great fun!20150916_202815190_iOS

The quilt is backed with a soft gray flannel.  My new obsession when it comes to quilt backs.  It makes them so snuggly and warm!  With the bonus of not being too terribly fussy to quilt with!

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I may have used up almost all of my Alison Glass collection piecing this quilt together, but let me tell you, it was SO worth it!  This quilt (which has the colors of my house so beautifully arranged) has been a constant quilt on the couch and loved by my family!

Thank you members of the VBMQG who were in my group for their lovely workmanship and the creativity that was put into these blocks.  It is one of my favorite  quilts in my collection!

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