Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at Benartex we are thankful for so many things ... but we are especially thankful for you! Thank you for your support and your love of our fabrics. 

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tangle Time: An interview with Nancy

Have you seen Nancy Smith's Tangle Time collection? It's packed full of Zentangle designs--fun to fussy cut and use just as they are, or to color in with your favorite markers. We asked Nancy to tell us more about the Zentangle method and Tangle Time. Click here to see Tangle Time in action in yesterday's post.

How did you get hooked on Zentangles?
About 6 years ago I signed up for a Zentangles class. It was one of the most impulsive things I’ve ever done. I fell in love with it and came home so excited. I’m now a certified Zentagle teacher. But…I’m also a quilter. I wanted to find a way to do something with Zentangles and quilting.

Can you tell us more about what the Zentangle concept is?
It’s a form of meditative drawing. Anyone can do it—it’s totally unplanned—patterns are drawn one line at a time. Because nothing is planned, what you draw is a surprise, and you can never fail. I love it! Zentangles are also totally portable—you can draw them anywhere.

Tell us about the Tangle Time fabric.
They’re all drawn by me. Me, who couldn’t draw! Many of them are familiar patterns if you know Zentangles. They’re really fun to work with.

We’ve really enjoyed seeing the different projects you’ve made with the Tangle Time prints. Any tips for us?
Do a little bit of experimenting with what type of marker you want to use. Definitely try out markers on the test strip (printed along the edge of the blocks). Some types can bleed, and you don’t want to find that out while you’re coloring.

You can iron a panel piece onto freezer paper before you color to give it more stability, but you don’t have to.

What do you like best about the Tangle Time fabrics?

It’s like having a preprinted panel that you can do so much with. You can add embroidery. I’ve added beads as well. It’s just a great starting point for doing something that is so much fun.

Here's a look at two more black and white quilts Nancy made using Tangle Time:

Click here to see Nancy's Tangle Time collection.
Click here to learn more about the Zentangle method.
Click here to see more inspiration for using the Tangle Time panels.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Tangle Time: Unleash your creativity with markers!

If you've spent any time browsing our website, you've likely run across Nancy Smith's Tangle Time collection. With just three fabrics, it's one of our smallest lines, but arguably one with the widest range of creative opportunities. Tangle Time is a panel of fun doodles just begging to be colored in. Each panel measures at approximately 36" x 40" and includes 20 unique designs that are around 8-1/2" square. Panels come in black, metallic silver and metallic gold. 

A variety of markers work well on the Tangle Time prints:

The question becomes, then, what CAN'T you do with Tangle Time? 

Here's some inspiration from Nancy to get you started:

Coloring with a cool color palette:

A panel colored in blues, greens and purples:

Fussy cut a square and use it for a throw pillow...either colored or in or not!

Make placemats and host a coloring lunch!

One color per placemat...

Surround blocks with bold, bright color!

Look how the designs pop with colored frames:

More lush color for sashing and borders:

Love the pieced sashing!

Keep it monochromatic in black and white:

What would you do? Ask for Tangle Time at your local quilt shop and get coloring!

Click here to see the Tangle Time prints.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Bali Love: Free Pattern Friday!

If you've fallen in love with the Bali collections we've showed you this week, we have great news! Both collections have a free quilt pattern you can download. The hardest part will be deciding which to make first! 

"Rose Colored Glasses" quilt featuring the Bali Roses & Lilacs fabrics: 
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

"My Sweet Love" quilt featuring the Bali Sweet Love fabrics:
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bali Love: Sweet Love

Romance is in the air! 
With the Bali Sweet Love collection, it feels like Valentine's Day has come early! The collection mixes bold reds with soft pinks, and adds in a few contrasting neutral prints. You'll fall in love all over again!

Click here to see the entire Bali Sweet Love collection. 
Want to see more batiks? Click here to see the Bali Roses & Lilacs collection, featured yesterday.  
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bali Love: Roses & Lilacs

Fall in love with our new Balis! 
The Bali Roses & Lilacs collection is a mouth-watering collection of pink shades. From light shell pinks to rich raspberry to deep russet, this fabric line has so much to love and will create a beautifully shaded quilt. 

Click here to see the entire Bali Roses & Lilacs collection. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

It's Day 2 of the 100 Blocks Blog Tour Road Rally! 
(find out all the details on the Quilty Pleasures blog)

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks is packed with inspiration--100 blocks worth! If you haven't seen the issue in stores yet, here's what to look for. Before you buy it, scroll to the bottom of this post, because Quiltmaker has given us one issue to giveaway! 

We love a good quilt block...or two...or one hundred...
so we're proud to be a sponsor of the Blog Tour. What does this mean? In addition to a chance to win a magazine, keep an eye out for other yummy fabric prizes provided by us throughout the tour!

Let's take a look at the blocks in the magazine featuring Benartex fabrics. 

First up: Block #1514, Jagged, designed by Amy Friend, using Improv by Amy Friend for Contempo 

Next: Block #1538, Pentagon Wreath, designed by Debby Kratovil using Kismet and Fabricadabra by Paula Nadelstern 

And last: Block #1580, Exploding Stars, designed by Lerlene Nevaril, using Fossil Fern

For a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16, leave a comment below letting us know which of the three blocks featuring Benartex fabric is your favorite. 

Giveaway is open through Friday, November 17th at 11:59 pm EST. 

Head over to Quilty Pleasures to find links for additional posts featured today. 

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