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October 5, 2018
Quilting the Batik Skyline to highlight Banyan Batik Broken Glass fabric from Quilt Social

 

Today is the last day of the Batik Skyline quilt we’ve been making all week featuring the Banyan Batik, Broken Glass batik line that is available to quilt stores this month!

In yesterday’s post the bold batik street unit was created and joined to the buildings to complete the wallhanging front. Now it’s time to finish the project by quilting it – which means we need a backing and some batting.

 

Quilted batik night skyline
Quilted batik night skyline

 

For this wallhanging I decided to use several of the Broken Glass fabrics to create a modern pieced backing.

There’s enough fabric ...

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October 4, 2018
Creating a bold batik street for the quilted night skyline from Quilt Social

 

The night skyline is almost complete! In yesterday’s post a high-rise building and a building with solar panels were sewn together.

We’ve been using one of Banyan Batiks’ latest lines, Broken Glass, to make the wallhanging; the batiks are helping to create a dynamic look to the skyline. Today we’ll add one more house and create a bold street to go in front of the buildings on the quilted wallhanging.

Make Triangle Roof house Unit

To make the roof draw a diagonal line on the back of each black 2½″ square.
Refer to the photo for ...

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October 3, 2018
Adding height to a quilted skyline with batik high-rise from Quilt Social

 

It’s time to add some height to our skyline! In yesterday’s post, we constructed a row of houses with half rectangle rooftops. In today’s post, we add to the batik skyline with some more buildings.

The Broken Glass batik fabric line from Northcott lends itself to designing a night scene. I really like how the fabrics add depth to the design and make it look realistic when you walk down a street at night with light playing off all of the windows.

Make Highrise Unit

Join pairs of dark blue and blue-gray 1½″ x 4½ ...

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October 2, 2018
Perfecting your Half Rectangle units to make rooftops from Quilt Social

 

Construction begins today on the quilted batik night skyline quilt. In yesterday’s post, the fabric requirements and cutting instructions were given. The Broken Glass batik fabrics really help to set the mood of a skyline at night, it’s in stores this month! It’s a fun challenge to use these dark fabrics to make a city scene – join me!

Make Half Rectangle Units for Roofs

Cut one black and one gray 2½ x 4½ rectangle in half lengthwise on the diagonal by cutting from the top left corner down to the bottom right.

 

Half rectangles cut in half
Half rectangles cut in half ...

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October 1, 2018
Making a batik skyline quilt from Quilt Social

 

The inspiration for this design came from my son – in fact, he did the drawing and I did the pattern writing! I have involved both of my children in different aspects of my quiltmaking and it has led to some very interesting collaborations. This time I showed my son these very dramatic batiks from the Broken Glass line by Banyan Batiks which will be making an appearance in your local quilt store this month.

 

Banyan Batiks Broken Glass fabric
Banyan Batiks Broken Glass fabric

 

I knew Halloween was coming up, but while we were trying to decide what to design it was still summer which ...

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September 28, 2018
QUILTsocial Giveaway 227: Fat Quarter Bundle of Rock City by Banyan Batiks! from Quilt Social

 

Enter now for your chance to win…

…a 15 piece fat quarter bundle of stunning Rock City by Banyan Batiks!

Rock City is inspired by the unique location of our new design studio in Colorado! This collection showcases the vibrant contrasting colors and shapes found in the everyday rocks we see. Rock City offers a beautiful double border print in 6 colors and many designs that showcase cultural symbolic messaging found in historical rocks and hard surfaces. Visit BanyanBatiks.com to view the entire line.

This contest ends at 11:00PM on Sunday October 7th. Get your entries in NOW ...

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September 14, 2018
A gourmet finish for a quilted designer cushion from Quilt Social

 

This week has been so much fun as we have learned how to express pretty words through quilting using the beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread.

Yesterday we completed the background quilting to really make the letters and trapunto sections stand out. Now it’s time to complete our designer cushion.

 

Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion

 

Preparing your pieces

Trim the quilted cushion front to measure 18½” square. Set aside for now.

 

Trim the quilted cushion front
Trim the quilted cushion front

 

Prepare your machine with a new SCHMETZ 75/11 Quilting needle and the standard sewing foot.

Thread withGütermann 50 weight ...

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September 13, 2018
Making quilted words pop – it’s all about the thread from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was such a fun day!

We set up our machines for free motion quilting, did our first set of outline quilting, learned how to trim the batting for trapunto and layered our piece to prepare for today’s background quilting.

Now it’s time to really make those quilted words pop as beautifulGütermann Dekor rayon thread brings life to our designer cushion!

 

Beautiful thread makes the design come to life
Beautiful thread makes the design come to life

 

All of the stitching from now on will be done with Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread that contrasts with the background fabric.

I used a single color ...

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September 12, 2018
Quilting words – so much to say using Gütermann Dekor thread! from Quilt Social

 

I hope you’ve been having fun getting ready to free motion quilt words and more for a designer cushion.

Was it hard deciding what you wanted to say? Maybe you’re already making more than one?

In yesterdays post we learned how to mark, layer and baste your piece. Now it’s time to create our trapunto using wonderful Gütermann thread.

 

It's time to quilt!
It’s time to quilt!

 

Prepare your machine for free motion quilting

Put a new size 75/11 SCHMETZ Quilting needle on your machine.

A quilting needle will pierce the multiple layers of batting and fabric quickly and ...

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September 11, 2018
Mark, layer, baste, easy preparation for machine quilting from Quilt Social

 

Quality materials and good preparation are the keys to successful machine quilting. Yesterday we gathered our supplies and cut our fabric and batting to size. Now it’s time to prepare our pieces for quilting.

Let’s go!

 

Good preparation is the key to success.
Good preparation is the key to success.

 

Our pillow front will be quilted twice in some areas to create an effect called trapunto.

This is a form of stuffed quilting in which some areas use two layers of batting to give a raised, 3-dimensional effect.

Our Gütermann Dekor rayon thread will really make the quilting stand out!

Marking Matters

Before we layer ...

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September 10, 2018
Say it with free motion quilting, a designer cushion from Quilt Social

 

Free motion quilting is one of my favorite things to do and I’m always exploring new and exciting variations.

I had fun using applique words in my QUILTsocial blog post 5 easy steps to make a quilted spring banner and wondered could I also create words with quilting?

With my beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread the answer, of course, is a resounding yes!

Join me for a week of fun as we create a lovely designer cushion.

 

Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion

 

materials

Gütermann thread – a quilters palette

My thread of choice for quilting this project ...

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September 7, 2018
Flip and stitch to make a marvelous mug rug from Quilt Social

 

This week we started out with 8 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks Tie One On collection and some coordinating Banyan Batiks Ketan fabrics.

After making your table runner and/or placemats, you probably still have some strips or squares left over. Let’s make a quick mug rug or table mat and use up all those leftovers!

 

Table mat from leftover strips
Table mat from leftover strips

 

  • Start by layering a backing piece and a piece of batting. My backing was approximately 13″ x 17″ but yours will depend on the width and length of strips you have left over.

 

Layer batting and backing.
Layer batting and backing ...

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September 6, 2018
Making a quilted table runner out of a placemat pattern from Quilt Social

 

I hope you’re enjoying using your 8 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks Tie One On fabric.

Yesterday, I showed you how to make some placemats using 5″ and 2¾” strips left over from the table runner that was made on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

 

Fat quarter-friendly placemats using Banyan Batiks Tie One On fabric
Fat quarter-friendly placemats using Banyan Batiks Tie One On fabric

 

Today you’ll see how to make another table runner, this time using placemat shapes.

 

Finished placemat table runner
Finished placemat table runner

 

Following yesterday’s instructions, make 4 or 5 more placemat tops, using 2 – 5″ strips and 7 – 2¾” squares for each placemat. Each ...

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September 5, 2018
Quilt pattern ideas for using leftover fabric, Banyan Batiks Tie One On from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday, I showed you how to finish up your fat quarter-friendly Banyan Batiks Tie On On table runner. Today you’ll see how you can use up the remaining 5″ and 2¾” strips from the fat quarters to make some placemats.

 

Finished Tie One On placemats
Finished Tie One On placemats

 

Let’s Get Started

  • Each placemat is made from 2 – 5″ strips and 7 – 2¾” squares.
  • To make 1 placemat, choose 2 different 5″ strips. Cut the strips so they’re 16¼” long.
  • Cut 7 – 2¾” squares from the remaining 2¾” strips. Choose fabrics that will contrast with your 5″ strips. You might have ...

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September 4, 2018
Finishing the Banyan Batiks Tie One On table runner from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to cut 8 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks Tie One On collection in preparation for making a table runner. Today, you’ll be sewing everything together to finish the runner.

 

Finished table runner made with Banyan Batiks Tie one On fat quarters
Finished table runner made with Banyan Batiks Tie one On fat quarters

 

When planning a project like this, I find it very useful to put all the pieces on a design wall to arrange them. You could also use a table or other flat surface.

I finally decided on this arrangement. I’ll be adding strips of Banyan Batik Ketan #442 Steel Gaze in between ...

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September 3, 2018
Making a modern quilt design using traditional quilt blocks from Quilt Social

 

In my QUILTsocial posts from April 30 – May 4, 2018 and July 26, 2018, I showed you how to make some modern quilts using fat quarters from the Northcott Banyan Batiks “Feathers”, and Visual Sound collections.

This week, I’ll show you how to use 8 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks “Tie One On” collection in the Ventura colorway, along with some coordinating fabrics from the Ketan collection, to make table runners and placemats.

 

Fat quarter bundles of the Banyan Batiks "Tie One On" collection
Fat quarter bundles of the Banyan Batiks “Tie One On” collection

 

All fat quarters are not created equal! Most fat quarters are 18″ long ...

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August 20, 2018
QUILTsocial Giveaway 223: Fat Quarter Bundle of Tie One On by Banyan Batiks! from Quilt Social

 

Enter now for your chance to win!

…a 20 piece fat quarter bundle of gorgeous Tie One On by Banyan Batiks!

Tie One On by Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios is Banyan Batiks’ first guest designer collection. Tie One On is based on a fictional character by the name of David Kingsley Morris, who is a fashion designer with a love for 1950’s vintage ties. The colors are a celebration of the four cities and neighboring countrysides that have been his source of inspiration.

Tie One On is available in four colorways; Ventura, Sedona, Nashville, and Manhattan. Tie ...

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August 10, 2018
Completing the quilted tic tac toe game set from Quilt Social

 

I’ve had some serious fun this week sewing Banyan Batiks’s Recess fabric into a quilted game. There’s still a little bit of sewing left to do today. In yesterday’s post, we pieced and quilted the game board. The pieced Xs and Os still need to be quilted and we’ll also make a bag to carry them in.

Let’s get started finishing!

 

Quilted tic tac toe game set
Quilted tic tac toe game set

 

Make blocks into quilted playing pieces

1. Sandwich playing piece (X or O) with the corresponding background fabric.
2. Lay batting square on pinning surface.
3. Place ...

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August 9, 2018
Making a quilted tic tac toe game board from Quilt Social

 

This week has been all about the fun of creating using Banyan Batiks. One of the newest lines to be coming to your local fabric store is the Recess fabric line. In yesterday’s post, we made the pieced O blocks to go with our piece X blocks – now all we need is a board to play on! My husband really likes the fabric I picked to use as the background for the quilted game board.

 

Quilted game board
Quilted game board

 

Cut background fabric into 3 – 6½″ x 18 strips.
1. Sew 1½″ x 18 Fabric O background strip between two pieces ...

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August 8, 2018
Piecing O blocks for quilted game using trendy Banyan Batiks, Recess from Quilt Social

 

Are we having fun yet? In yesterday’s post, we made pieced X blocks for our quilted game. Today we’ll use two different fat quarters from the Recess fabric line to make pieced O blocks. The fabric is coming to quilt stores this month so there’s no excuse for you not to play along and create with me! Let’s go!

 

Pieced and quilted O blocks
Pieced and quilted O blocks

 

Make O blocks

To make one O block you’ll need:

from O fabric

  • 2 – 1½″ x 5½″ strips
  • 2 – 1½″ x 3½″ strips
  • 4 – 1½″ squares

from O background fabric

  • 1 ...

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