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Marvelous Mushroom Magic with Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain

 

Hello!

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 A; fabric B)
  • ¾ yd backing fabric
  • ¼ yd binding fabric
  • fat quarters in three or four colors for the mushrooms
  • cotton batting
  • cotton thread

As you’re choosing your colors, which is a very exciting part of any project, keep in mind the importance of contrast.

If you want your mushrooms to pop, have them in brighter or more saturated colors than the background.

If you want your project to be more subtle, you can choose fabrics for your mushrooms in a softer color, perhaps closer to your background fabric, but not so close as to make your mushrooms disappear!

For my project, I chose basic neutrals for the background to let the brighter yellows and oranges of this colorway of Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain pop.

 

Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain fabric selection for this Magical Mushrooms table runner
Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain fabric selection for this Magical Mushrooms table runner

 

I’m including a PDF drawing of the pattern if you want to print and color it in to help you decide. This is a technique I use often and helps a lot with color choices, and besides, it’s fun to color!

 

a line drawing to print and color in
a line drawing to print and color in

 

Another tip, keep in mind the color of your binding… a muted color will keep your project simple and brighter color to give a crisp edge to your project. I chose a muted shade to allow the mushrooms to be the star of the show.

For your backing, it is good to have a pattern that you can use in reverse as the quilting I’ll be demonstrating will create the design on the back.

You may notice my fabric is slightly wrinkly… I pre-wash all my fabrics. The project will work wonderfully, either way, it’s simply a matter of personal preference.

 

Banyan Batiks fabric selection for binding and backing
Banyan Batiks fabric selection for binding and backing

 

Now to cut into your chosen fabrics…

From the background fabric cut the following:

9 squares @ 6½” square of fabric A

9 squares @ 6½” square of fabric B

Next arrange your square into 3 squares x 6 squares (total 18 squares).

Sew together in a checkerboard pattern.

Press well but resist the urge to trim or square the backing at this point. That is best left for the end.

 

Nine patch layout
Nine patch layout

 

 

Background checkerboard should be laid out like this
Background checkerboard should be laid out like this

 

Join me tomorrow, I’ll show you how to fuse the applique pieces to the checkerboard background using HeatnBond Light. I can’t wait to show you how awesome the applique mushrooms look in the Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain fabric!

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Tania has been a quilty creator for over 20 years. She loves to make quirky quilts ranging from a bowl of ramen to a Christmas turkey or a fruitcake. She has not yet found a subject that she wouldn't like to see rendered as a quilt. Her current focus is on food quilts and her work has been featured in magazines such as Cottage Life, Make Modern, Gastro Obscura and SBS (a food network in Australia). Her creative interests also include illustration, painting, and crocheting. There is nothing she likes better than to try something new. Tania believes curiosity in all things is key to a creative life.

14 Comments

  1. Gail Kelly

    You have beautiful fabrics that look like they would be fun to work with!

  2. Diane Mikkonen

    Beautiful table runner

    • Thank you Diane, I wanted to offer something simple to start off the New Year ☺️

  3. Sandra Dufoe

    I wish I had the know how to make quilts I love them so much.

    • Hi Sandra, you can try a super simple project to begin (maybe placemats?) and then go on from there.

  4. Sandra Lee

    Gorgeous!

  5. Barbara Lima

    I love the batiks, their so versital.

  6. Cecilia

    Cute project, I love the mushrooms and your fabrics.

    • Thanks Cecilia! Mushrooms are always so cute and fun to make and I thought greys and yellows would be more gentle after the bling of the holidays 🙂

  7. Nancy Giese

    I love working with Northcott fabrics. they always make my finished projects so much better

    • Definitely, the thread count and fabric quality are amazing to work with.

  8. kathy Persons

    I love those colors You cando so much with them

    • I agree 🙂 I love grey and yellow, they play so well together!

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