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Monday, 25 July 2016

Christmas In July 2016 Blog Hop for Benartex


Welcome to Day 1 of the Benartex Christmas in July Blog Hop 2016.

Disclosure/Disclaimer: 
Fabrics for the penguin pillow, quilt top and binding along with the fq bundle giveaway are supplied by Benartex for the purposes of the blog hop and at no cost to mbCD, all other materials are my own.  In all other respects, this post is for informational purposes only and no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.


If you haven't visited Benartex's Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog yet today then let me introduce you to the Jolly Penguin fabric collection by Mitzi Powers for Benartex.  The collection is available in 100% cotton and also in flannel.


I've worked on two projects for the blog hop, both using the flannel version of this collection and can confirm it's very soft before and after washing.  The flannel washes beautifully with no colour run and there is no pilling on the fabric surface - if you've worked with flannels before you'll no that's not always the case.  I did pre-wash the flannels because of the shrinkage involved and this was particularly important when I made the quilt as the backing is minky which doesn't shrink at all.


My first project is the Jolly Penguin Pillow (approx 16-1/2" tall).  Click here to head over to the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog where I'll guide you through making up the pillow from the panel with tips for stuffing cuddlies and closing openings.  We'll learn one of my favourite stitches - Ladder Stitch - which has so many uses from closing openings to binding quilts - and yes, it's invisible too.


How cute is he?!!! There have already been squabbles over who's having him, it's a toss up between Flicky or the dogs!!!


My second project is my Hand Tied Snuggle Quilt (47" x 47"), click through to the full quilt pattern here.


The quilt has a patchwork square flannel top using 9 fabrics from the Jolly Penguin collection and a whole cloth minky back, though you can also make it from cotton with batting.  While making the pattern we'll talk about working with that dreaded fabric - minky - and hopefully when you discover my 5 Steps To A Perfect Minky Backed Quilt tute you'll rethink anything you've heard or experienced using it previously.  


In the pattern tutorial, I'm also covering: an accurate way to match open pressed quilt seams; spray basting techniques; how to match a binding pattern so you can't see the joins; hand tying a quilt; and caring for your self-healing cutting mat and other mbCD tips - WOW, that's a lot!
  

And now for a giveaway - everyone loves a giveaway right?!

7 Chances To Win a Jolly Penguin FQ Bundle!
(open to US residents only, apols to everyone else) 

Here're 7 chances to win a Jolly Penguin collection fq bundle - you need to leave a separate comment here on my blog for each chance to win:

1:  Leave a comment below telling me your favourite Christmas song.
2: Follow the made by ChrissieD blog via email or blog reader then leave a comment below letting me know where you're following via.  Existing followers can join in too :D



3: Follow made by ChrissieD on Facebook and leave a comment back here letting me know.
4: Follow made by ChrissieD on Instagram and leave a comment back here letting me know.
5: Subscribe to the twice monthly made by ChrissieD newsletter and leave a comment back here letting me know.
6: Head over to Sew in Love with Fabric, sign up to follow their blog by email or blog reader then leave a comment back here letting me know that you did so.
7:  Follow Benartex on Facebook and leave a comment back here letting me know.

NOTE: Please be sure I can access your email.  
If you're a WordPress, Google+, no-reply or anonymous commenter, or maybe you're just not sure, please add your email address to each comment.  If I can't find you I'll immediately draw another winner.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and closes on Monday, 1 August 2016 at 10.00 am (EST).  A winner will be chosen from the comments using a random number generator, contacted via email and shared at the bottom of this post and on the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog.  Giveaway bundles will be mailed directly from Benartex to the winner.

Best of luck!

AND THE WINNER IS!!!



The winner of the Jolly Penguin fat quarters is lindak21 who shared with us that Joy to the World is one of her favourite Christmas songs - though she found it difficult to pick just one!  I hope you find it easy to decide what to make with the Jolly Penguin FQ bundle that's heading your way direct from Benartex along with the other bundle too.


Many congratulations Linda,  I've sent you an email asking for your snail mail address so be sure to check your junk folder if it isn't in your inbox.  You'll have to let us know what you make with your new fabrics too :D


Here's the Benartex Christmas in July Blog Hop schedule - 25-29 July 2016:
Monday: Chris from made by ChrissieD featuring Jolly Penguin and Friends
Tuesday: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts featuring My Little Chickadee
Wednesday: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts featuring Sparkle
Thursday: Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework featuring Holiday Cheer
Friday: Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog featuring Joyful

 

And finally a recap (there's so much going on I'm concerned you might miss something!):
1) if you're looking for the pattern for my Hand Tied Snuggle Quilt, click through here; and
2) head over to the Benartex's Sew in Love with Fabric blog today to see my Jolly Penguin pillow tute;
3) enter the Jolly Penguin fq bundle giveaway detailed earlier in this post; and
4) pop back to Benartex each day, through to Friday, 29 July 2016 to check out that day's new tute and for a fresh chance daily to win a different Christmas fabric bundle at each blog on the schedule.



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Disclosure/Disclaimer:  
Fabric for the penguin pillow, quilt top and binding along with the fq bundle giveaway is supplied by Benartex for the purposes of the blog hop and at no cost to mbCD, all other materials are my own.  In all other respects, this post is for informational purposes only and no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.

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315 comments:

  1. love your penguin theme they are so cute

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  2. Cute penguin and quilt. My favorite song is Silent Night.

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  3. I follow your blog with bloglovin.

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  5. I follow the Sew in Love With Fabric blog with GFC.

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  6. I love those penguins, and am now enjoying Sew in Love with Fabric! I'm off to poke around some more over there!

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  7. And I just signed up for your newsletter. Thanks!

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  8. Oh, and you're in my feedly, too!

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  9. My favorite song would be O' Mary did you know?

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  15. Jolly old Saint Nicholas is my favorite Christmas song. I will be singing it all day now! ;)

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  16. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is my favorite Christmas Song. I will be singing it all day now! ;)

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  17. I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas is my favorite song

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  22. I follow Benartex on Facebook as well.

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  23. Little Drummer Boy is my favorite Xmas song!
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  28. I subscribe to Sew in Love already
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  29. I'm a nut for Christmas songs just about any time of the year! I'd say my favorite is White Christmas. Living in Iowa, it's always a wish that we have fresh snow at Christmas time!

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  32. I follow Sew In Love With Fabric on Bloglovin too!

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  33. The penguin is adorable!

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  34. these are so adorable. My favorite Christmas song is "Mary Did You Know?"
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  35. Silent Night is my favorite. I love your cuddly quilt, and that penguin is adorable!
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  37. I follow you with bloglovin. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
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  42. I already follow Sew in Love with Fabri via email. Love this fabric bundle.
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  43. I love Silent Night. Thanks for sharing.
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  44. Jingle Bells is my favorit Christmas song. I follow on Sew In Love . Scott_3508@netins.net

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  45. My favorite Christmas song is the Little Drummer Boy.

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  46. I follow you by email and on Bloglovin'.

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  50. Cute. I follow Benartex on Facebook.

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  51. Carol of the Bells is my favorite. I follow Benartex by email.

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  52. Do you hear what I hear is one of my favorite carols. :)
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  56. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night.

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  57. Cute pillow and quilt. Favorite songe is Jingle Bells. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  66. Chrissie, your projects are adorable! So fun! Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite Christmas song is Mary, Did You Know as sung by the Pentatonix.

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  67. Silver Bells is my favorite.

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  71. My favorite Christmas song is 'O Holy Night'

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  77. My favorite Christmas song is White Christmas!
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  79. My favorite song is O Come Emmanuel. I follow you on bloglovin, Facebook and Instgram, and am a follower of the Benartex blog and their Facebook and preview packs, which practically makes me a Benartex stalker.

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  80. My favorite song is O Come Emmanuel. I follow you on bloglovin, Facebook and Instgram, and am a follower of the Benartex blog and their Facebook and preview packs, which practically makes me a Benartex stalker.

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  84. Love your Penguin Pillow, so cute! My favorite Christmas song is Little Drummer Boy.

    Awesome giveaway!

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  86. Favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells.

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  87. I follow ChrissieD on my blog reader.

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  88. I followed madebyChrissieD on Instagram. :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  89. Favorite Christmas song is Holy Night.

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  93. I like the David Bowie & Bing Crosby version of Little Drummer Boy.

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  97. You certainly have been busy Chrissie! I LOVE all the penguin things you've created. Thank you.

    Favorite Christmas song is "O Holy Night". It's such a beautiful song.

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  98. My favorite Christmas song is Carol of the Bells.

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  99. I follow Sew in Love with Fabric by email.

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  100. I am already a follower of your blog via Bloglovin' and also via email notification.

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  101. Signed up for your great newsletter.

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  102. I am following on Facebook, but you will find my full name there as well as a different email addy if you check.
    If you need to email to inquire more about those, please do. I will say the email there starts with vterp rather than the email used on blogs which starts as vburr.

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  103. I don't know how I never knew it before, but I am now subscribed to your newsletter as well.

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  104. Following you on FB. Thanks for your tutorials for the quilt and penguin stuffy - great tips!

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  105. I already saw your post on Sew In Love With Fabric's blog and commented there as well. Plus I am already subscribed to follow their blog via email notification.

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  106. I am already a follower of the Benartex Facebook page also.

    My name is slightly different than what is used on blog comments as well as using a different email addy on FB. Please email me if you need to verify those.

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  107. My favorite Christmas song is White Christmas!

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  109. I follow you via Instagram!

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  112. I love so many Christmas songs. Probably the one I like the best is Silent Night. It just puts me in the mood for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  113. For the purpose of your giveaway I choose Silver Bells, one of my favorites. But I think I love most of the classic Christmas songs and wouldn't say I really love only one. I love your quilt; thanks for the tutorials.

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  114. I'm following on facebook.

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  118. My favorite Christmas song is White Christmas.

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  121. I once was a French teacher, so my favorite carol is Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant.

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  123. What a cute penquin! I think Silent Night is a classic. jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  124. Love the penguin pillow. How adorable. I follow your blog via Bloglovin.
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  125. I follow Sew In Love with Fabric via Bloglovin.

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  126. One of my favorite Christmas songs is Oh Come Let Us Adore Him. I really love Christmas holiday music. So inspirational. So fun.

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  127. I follow Benartex on facebook.

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  129. LOOOOOVE this Bundle!!! The Penguin is Adorable!! Favorite Christmas song is "Mary Did You Know"...my Husband sings it at Church! :)

    Thank you for chance to win this Super Give-a-way!! :D

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  130. I follow you thru Bloglovin & Email too :)

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  131. I already subscibe to your Newsletter :)

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  132. Already get Sew In Love's Emails too :D

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  133. Blue Christmas by Elvis--I follow you by E mail and signed up for Bloglovin.
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  134. My favorite Christmas song is, "Once in Royal David's City".

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  136. I am following via Bloglovin

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  137. I already follow Sew in Love with Fabric via email.

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  138. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night!

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  139. I follow through Bloglovin. :)

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  140. So many good Christmas songs. I think O Come, All Ye Faithful is one of my favorites, though! That and Straight No Chaser's Twelve Days of Christmas. :)

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  141. I follow your blog via Bloglovin!

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  142. And I just started following you on Facebook.

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  143. I just signed up for your newsletter.

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  144. And I already follow Sew in Love with Fabric via Bloglovin.

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  145. And I follow Benartex on Facebook. (And before I leave this last comment, I want to say that I adore the quilt you made. I haven't had the guts to try minky before, but maybe I will now!)

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  146. I'm a follower via FB.

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  147. Im a follower via IG (@usairdoll)

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  150. I'm a follower of Sew in Love With Fabric via BlogLovin.

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  151. Subscribed to the twice monthly made by ChrissieD newsletter!
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  152. Following Sew in Love with Fabric blog by email!
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  154. Great quilt and tutorial. My favorite Christmas song is "Silent Night". I really like all of them except in October and early November.

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  155. I enjoy your posts and follow via email. Thanks!

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  156. Carol of the Bells, by TSO is my forever very favorite. I can never hear it enough no matter what day of the year.

    Love your projects.

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  157. I follow via my blogger dashboard blog roll and also by Bloglovin just in case Google does me in.

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  158. The penquin is just super adorable!! I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  159. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night.

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  160. My favorite Christmas song is Oh Holy Night. I follow you on Bloglovin and I get your newsletter by email. I love that cute little penquin pillow. Are those in stores already?

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  161. My favorite song is O Holy Night.

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  162. I follow you via bloglovin.

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  163. My favorite song: Oh Holy Night-John Berry does a great job on this song!

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