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March 8, 2019
Inspiration for your next Banyan Batiks Island Vibes quilt! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to finish up an adorable baby quilt using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes quilt and get it ready for quilting.

Baby quilt (or wall quilt) made with Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabric
Baby quilt (or wall quilt) made with Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabric

I hope you’ve enjoyed using the Banyan Batiks fabrics this week. There are more fabrics being added to the Banyan Batiks collection all the time. Be sure to check out the Banyan Batiks website to see all the newest fabrics. And remember to click the Product Finder Button on the Northcott site to find out which shops have your favorite Banyan Batiks.

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March 7, 2019
Finishing a baby quilt with sashing makes it sweeter! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to make curvy, strip-pieced blocks using fabric from the Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection in the Palm Bay colorway.

Arrange blocks in rows of 3 for the quilt top; Curved strip-piecing using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes creates a sweet baby quilt. Free pattern!!
Arrange blocks in rows of 3

In this post, I’m adding sashing and borders to finish up this little quilt. Let’s get started!

cutting Instructions

  • From the sashing fabric cut 10 – 1½” x WOF (approximately 20″)
  • Re-cut to make 28 – 1½” x  6″ strips.
  • From cornerstone fabric cut 24 – 1½” squares. I used blue scraps from our first 2 projects this week.

 sewing instructions

  • Sew sashing strips to the 5 rows of blocks. Note ...

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March 6, 2019
QUILTsocial Giveaway 249: Island Vibes 17-Fat Quarter Bundle! from Quilt Social

Enter now for your chance to win a 17-Fat Quarter Bundle from the Island Vibes collection by Linda J. Hahn for Banyan Batiks!

Island Vibes brings the beautiful colors of ocean, sand and sky together with rich, tropical brights to inspire your next project. Whether a lap quilt for those cool summer evenings, or an oversized bag for shopping along the boardwalk, the Island Vibes collection is just what you’re looking for!

Visit to view the entire line. Use the Product Finder tool on the website to find the local quilt shops near you that carry this ...

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Curved strip-piecing using Island Vibes fabric creates a sweet baby quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to add some contrasting strips to your curvy, strip-pieced segments to create an original block. Today I’ll an adorable small baby quilt – it could also be a  wall quilt – using more fabrics from the Banyan Batiks Island Vibes Palm Bay collection.

This quilt will be 30″ x 43″ when finished. Ready?

Baby quilt made with Island Vibes batiks
Baby quilt made with Island Vibes batiks


  • 3 fat quarters from the Island Vibes collection for the blocks
  • 1 fat quarter for the sashing. I used Banyan Batiks Ketan #120 Cashmere.
  • 24 – 1½” squares for cornerstones for sashing; blue scraps were used ...

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March 5, 2019
Making a versatile Island Vibes curved strip pieced quilt block from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to do some easy curved strip-piecing using fabrics from Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection.

2 strip sets made with curved strip piecing; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
2 strip sets made with curved strip piecing

Today I’ll show you how to re-cut those strip sets and create a unique, modern-looking block.

Let’s get started!

  • Straighten the left-hand edge of each strip set.
  • Cut each strip set into 5 – 4″ segments.

Use a rotary cutter to cut the strip set into 5 - 4" segments; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
Cut the strip set into 5 – 4″ segments.

  • Using 3 segments from 1 strip set and 2 segments from the other one, arrange the segments as desired. I found it more interesting to off-set the segments ...

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March 4, 2019
Curved strip piecing with the NEW Banyan Batiks Island Vibes from Quilt Social

In previous QUILTsocial blog posts, I’ve shown you how to make projects using fabrics from the Tie One On and African Violets  Banyan Batiks collections from Northcott along with fabrics from the basics Ketan collection.

This week I’ll be using fabrics from the new Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection that will be in quilt shops in March 2019. After weeks of snow, ice and cold where I live, this was just the fabric I needed to make me think of spring and maybe a vacation in a warm, sunny climate near the water.

There are 3 colorways in ...

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February 22, 2019
Quilting options for a Banyan Classics rail fence quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I cut and sewed the rail fence blocks and placed them on the design wall so I could see the quilt come to life. The Banyan Classics fabrics make a very striking quilt, don’t you think? I just love the color palette!

Whether you finish your quilt yourself on your domestic sewing machine or have it professionally quilted on a longarm quilting machine, you have many options for the quilting design which will hold the three layers of the quilt sandwich together. Here is my design thought process.

Choosing a design

When choosing a quilting design, I ...

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February 21, 2019
It’s hip to be square! Cutting and sewing rail fence blocks from Quilt Social

As a beginner, you likely won’t have a lot of specialized tools at your disposal, but a 12½” x 12½” square up ruler is one you should invest in right from the start. You’ll use it constantly, as in the following step.

Cutting the blocks

Yesterday I showed you how to press the strips of Banyan Classics Collection, pieced together to make rail fence blocks. Now it’s time to take them to the cutting table and align one long edge with a grid line on the cutting mat. You’ll likely find it easier cutting through the ...

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February 20, 2019
A Couple of Shop Events from Terificreations's Weblog

But first. In the next couple of weeks I will have a couple of quilter interviews including Elizabeth Rosenberg. Elizabeth had a great influence on my early quilting life, and still does in many ways. The link is to her new facebook page and new venture The Quilt Whisperer. Please take a moment and give… Continue reading A Couple of Shop Events

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Easy pressing tips for a perfect square rail fence blocks from Quilt Social

If making a quilt is new to you, you may wonder about this constant back and forth between stations; cutting, sewing and pressing. I call it the trifecta of quilting. Each is an integral part of constructing a beautiful quilt, one which will hopefully be well-used and well-loved forever.

Pressing Makes Perfect

Yesterday, I gave you the cutting instructions. The next step in creating this striking Banyan Classics rail fence quilt is to press your strip sets, and, as mentioned in the title of this segment, pressing makes perfect.

Press the seam flat the way it was sewn to "set" the seam before pressing the strip open; using Banyan Batiks Banyan Classics! Free rail fence quilt pattern.
Press seams flat as they were sewn to “set” the seam ...

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February 19, 2019
Quick and easy cutting instructions for a classic rail fence quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I introduced the colorways for the NEW Banyan Batiks, Banyan Classics Collection. I’m thrilled to start the rail fence quilt with this new batik line.

Before cutting into your fabric it’s a good idea to give it a quick press, especially if you’ve chosen to wash it. Ah, to prewash, or not prewash; that is the question! It’s a question as old as Shakespeare and its answer is entirely up to you. After all, it’s your quilt. In general, batiks have a history of color bleeding because of their rich saturation of dye, so ...

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February 18, 2019
NEW Banyan Classics Collection makes for a knockout rail fence quilt from Quilt Social

I was beyond excited when asked to write about Banyan Batiks NEW Banyan Classics Collection. After all, what quilter doesn’t love the idea of receiving a box of fabric in the mail, right?

Christmas came early!

Imagine my delight when I saw the beautiful palette of the Banyan Classics Collection in tones of black, white and grey. You can’t get more classic than that! Six dynamic prints in five timeless colorways of Pearl, Opal, Silver, Pewter, and Onyx.

Banyan Classics Collection featuring the Opal Colorway, NEW February 2019!! Are you ready for the free pattern fun! Join Michael Smith for Rail Fence Quilt this week using 5 strips!
Banyan Classics Opal Colorway

These fabrics definitely appealed to my more masculine sensibilities; no big floral or cutesy prints, so ...

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February 3, 2019
Quilting, Creativity, Vulnerability, Good Friends from Terificreations's Weblog

A beautiful side effect of traveling as a sales rep is that I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with friends I don’t get to see often enough, friends who know me well. To have this time now is priceless. Every now and again there is an opportunity to feature other quilters, and their… Continue reading Quilting, Creativity, Vulnerability, Good Friends

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February 1, 2019
QUILTsocial Giveaway 247: Banyan Classics Fat Quarter Bundle! from Quilt Social


Enter now for your chance to win…

…a 12 Fat Quarter Bundle of the new Banyan Classics Collection in Opal and Pearl colorways!

Discover endless creative possibilities with Banyan Classics, the new tonal line from Banyan Batiks that looks stunning when mixed with other Banyan Batiks collections or alone to create a classic, neutral look. Banyan Classics offer a variety of designs in scale, style and motif that can complement any modern quilter’s project!

Visit to view the entire line. Use the Product Finder tool on the website to find the local quilt shops near you that ...

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January 22, 2019
Speaking Gig from Terificreations's Weblog

I’m visiting with the Huntington Quilt Guild in East Northport on Tuesday February 5th. I met Alyson at the City Quilter a few years ago, striking up a conversation with her, and her mom. We were still doing the magazine and I thought the idea of parent/kid quilt duos were a neat story idea. It… Continue reading Speaking Gig

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January 11, 2019
Daisy Chain fabric: how to properly bind the Magic Mushrooms table runner from Quilt Social


In yesterday’s post you learned how to add some simple straight line quilting to your table runner to give it a fresh and modern feel. Today you’ll learn the steps to complete your Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain project so that you may display it with pride!


A close up showing the front, back and binding of the Marvelous Mushroom table runner
A close up showing the front, back and binding of the Marvelous Mushroom table runner


Trim the table runner. Using a long ruler (6″ x 24″ if you have it) and rotary cutter, trim the edges. It should measure approximately 18″ x 36″.

Prepare the binding. I chose a lighter color from ...

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January 10, 2019
Echo and modern grid quilting: how these make Magic Mushrooms the star! from Quilt Social


In my last post I completed the straight line applique of the marvelous mushrooms and today I’ll finish the quilting with some simple but effective machine quilting.

After you complete the applique, press your table runner and make sure to check the back for any bunching or puckering. The beauty of using Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain fabrics is that they’re smooth and not prone to bunching or distorting, however, it’s always easier to address any problems you may have now than later!

If you’re happy with the applique stitching, you’re ready to add some modern ...

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January 9, 2019
Stitching straight line applique for instant quilting satisfaction! from Quilt Social


Do you have all your applique pieces ready? Check out yesterday’s post if you missed it.

To begin quilting the Magic Mushroom table runner, sandwich your table runner by placing the backing fabric on a flat surface, right side down.

Next, add your batting and smooth gently and try not to pull too much on the batting or it will become distorted.

Finally add your pieced top and fused applique top, again smoothing gently in place.

Aren’t the Banyan Batiks beautiful? I particularly love the Sun colorway of the Daisy Chain collection. This collection is shipping out in ...

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January 8, 2019
Fantastic fusible applique with HeatnBond Light from Quilt Social


Yesterday, I shared with you the material list and cutting information for the Magical Mushrooms table runner I’m working on this week. Did I say work? It’s all fun when using Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain fabric!!

I love fusible applique and I encourage everyone to try it! It’s quick and simple.

The advantage of using batiks for your fusible applique is that the thread content is high and allows for a crisp edge to your applique pieces.

Step 1 Trace mushroom templates onto the paper side of the fusible using a pencil.

You’ll need to cut ...

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January 7, 2019
Marvelous Mushroom Magic with Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain from Quilt Social



Welcome to my first blog post with QUILTsocial. My name is Tania Denyer and I have been designing quilts for about 20 years. I love to create projects that are fun and whimsical. I hope you enjoy this pattern and please comment and ask questions… I’m happy to help out! Please share your projects on social media too… you can find me @iamgingerq on Instagram.

I’m excited to get started and show you how to make a marvelous mushroom table runner with Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain!

First things first… materials

  • ½ yd of two background fabrics (fabric ...

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