I am participating in “It’s All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event”!


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Happy Friday, Friends!  I am honored to be part of It’s All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event, hosted by SewCalGal!  I am particularly excited to be part of the hop because as you know, Miss Baby, has been a huge part of my life — and as a result, my blog.

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I think the medium of crafting can vary when crafting with kids.  This post documents a bit about my crafting experience with Miss Baby starting when she was about 2 till the present.  Besides being fun, crafting with children is great for building relationships as well as teaching useful skills.

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PAPER

My crafting experience with Miss Baby started out with paper and stickers.

1.  Teaching fall colors, handling glue stick and paper pieces – this project was done before Miss Baby turned 2.  You can see that at this point it was a “monkey see monkey do operation” with the sample on the side that I had made.

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2.  Teaching following instructions through the alphabets and concept of stickers using sticky foamies.  That snowman project was about the time when we introduced crayons at our house.  These projects were also done before Miss Baby turned 2.

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3.  Teaching sizes from big to small using a muffin linen cup Christmas tree craft – we repeated the project two years in a row because the project made such an impression on Miss Baby.  The good thing about this craft project is that Miss Baby was able to disassemble the tree and reassemble the tree over and over again.

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4.  Teaching pattern – a paper quilt with crayons and stickers.

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5. Card making – Miss Baby did this with the shapes I drew and cut for her two summers ago. You can see here Miss Baby is starting to write down her thoughts!

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PAINTING AND DRAWING

I make sure Miss Baby always has drawing tools (pencils, pens, crayons, paints, markers etc) ever since she was old enough to scribble.

1.  Birdhouses

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2.  Coloring

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3.  Drawing – I started asking Miss Baby to use stories for her drawings.

Summer 2013 / Noah’s Ark

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Spring 2013 / Peter Rabbit (you remember that scene where Peter Rabbit was stuck at Mr. McGregor’s garden?)

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Here are a few she did just within the last week or so.

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Miss Baby Fishing:

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NEEDLE AND THREAD

I find that crafting with Miss Baby was limited to paper, stickers and crayon for a while until she was old enough to tackle the needle and thread.  I am not quite comfortable with Miss Baby using the sewing machine.  So, this year I started her only on handsewing.

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1.  Random sewing of buttons to teach the mechanism of stitch formation through the up and down of needle.

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2.  Uniform stitching to teach patterns, counting and patience – although Miss Baby didn’t have too much trouble with the patience part!  Click here and here to read more about how to prepare the projects for a child.

Miss Baby’s first “real” cross stitch finish, August 2014:

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Miss Baby’s second cross stitch finish, September 2014:

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We currently have a couple of work-in-progress projects.  So stay tuned for more details. :)

I am passionate about passing down the love of crafting to the next generation. The process is most gratifying to both the parent and the child, and most importantly, it is building a treasury of memories to be passed down to generations in the future — when Miss Baby is able to tell her kids and grandkids how she remembers crafting with me!

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GIVEAWAY — FAT QUARTER SHOP has generously sponsored a giveaway of a $25 gift certificate. All you need to is to leave a comment in the comment section to be entered in the giveaway between now and Nov 6.  Winner will be announced next Friday, Nov 7.

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Thank you for stopping by.  Have a most lovely weekend.

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I realized it’s October 31 today — I think there are going to be a lot of happily “candy-coated” children!!! :)  It’s a bit strange, but Miss Baby does not eat candies.  But she gets most offended if she is not given her fair share.  She brought home about two pounds of candies last night from church, and never even bother to taste a piece from her stash.

I am supposed to have somewhat of a “German” meal for dinner tonight for Reformation Day.  Happy Reformation Day! Click here, here and here to read about my past Reformation Day posts.

Signed copies: Recreating Antique Quilts

Dear Friends, I hope you are well.  I am slowly getting back to the swing of things. I didn’t know just how exhausted I was from Market.  I made some blocks yesterday, and hope to finish up the entire quilt by this weekend.  This is going to be a very fun “on the fence” design. :)  Stay tuned for designs.

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I am now able to ship you signed copies for my book Recreating Antique Quilts. However, I am a one-woman operation – I hope you understand.  And I have a limited number of books.

So, while I am trying to waiting for my husband (who works long hours) to work out the fancy way to speed up the checkout process for your purchase, for now, we have to do it the Mom and Pop way.  If you would like to purchase a signed copy of Recreating Antique Quilts…

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1.  The cost is $24.95 (book) + $5.75 (shipping) — total of $30.70.  

Note:  The $5.75 shipping cost is what USPS charges for a Flat-rate envelope (with tracking number) that I feel will give the book some support during shipment.  If you would like your book shipped via regular Media Mail in an envelope.  The shipping cost is $4.

Please email me if for shipping cost if you live outside of the US.

Please also email me if you would like to purchase multiple copies of the book as that will affect the shipping charges.

2.  You may send payment to me electronically via www.paypal.com to wendy2@wendysheppard.net.

Please email me if you would like to send payment using a check via snail mail.

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3.  Please also include a note about how you would like me to sign your book.

a.  Just signature?

b.  To a certain person – do spell the name clearly?

c.  Date?

d.  Any special message to include?

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4.  After I receive your order, I will

a.  send you an initial email acknowledging your order

b. follow-up with another email with tracking information (if shipped USPS Priority) after I ship your book.  I will include a receipt of payment with the shipment.

And of course, anytime you have any questions, just ask!

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If you live close to, or in northwest Arkansas, feel free to purchase the book from Rogers Sewing Center.  I will be in the area April 2015, and I will sign your books for you then!  Contact Rogers Sewing Center for further details.

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And today is the last day to enter the giveaway of a free copy of Recreating Antique Quilts over at the blog of Landauer Publishing, Quilt Books and Beyond.

If you wish to purchase the book directly from my publisher, just click here.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Come back tomorrow for a few thoughts I have about crafting with kids.  I am participating in SewCalGal‘s It’s About The Kids Craft Blogging Event!

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FREE PATTERN: Expressions of Faith Tablerunner

Hello Friends, yesterday I shared with you the free-to-use Expressions of Faith sofa quilt pattern!  Click here for information on how to download the pattern.

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Today I am sharing with you another free-to-use table runner design using the non-panel prints in the same Expressions of Faith fabric line. You can easily make more blogs to enlarge the design into a quilt design if you are wish.

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The blocks are probably one of my favorite cross blocks because I think one can have so many possibilities with them!

Click here to view the complete fabric line.

Click here to download the pattern instructions for free.

I hope you have had a good day, and I do hope you will have a lovely rest of the week! Blessings to you.

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under "FREE PATTERNS" on the side bar.]

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

FREE PATTERN: Expressions of Faith Sofa Quilt

Hello Friends!  I am very happy to share with you a series of designs I did for Quilting Treasures to promote their newly released line, Expressions of Faith. Expressions of Faith features fabrics that are printed with uplifting Bible verses. Today I am sharing with you the sofa quilt.  This design uses the panel print in the collection.

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I can see this “made to be used” quilt drape over a sofa in a den.  I can also see an elderly friend, or a college kid, a friend, or a hurting someone being gifted with the quilt that aims to encourage and comfort.

Click here to view the complete fabric line.

Click here to download the pattern instructions for free.

Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your friendship, as always!  Hugs to you all.

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under "FREE PATTERNS" on the side bar.]

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

To Market and BACK!

Hello Friends! I hope you are well. I have quite the traveling adventure this time around — a constantly screaming child on the plane for three hours, a guy at the waiting lounge moaning about forgetting his comb on his trip (I was forced to listen in on his side of the conversation because he was talking so loudly!), delayed flights etc! I enjoy watching people at airports, so I didn’t quite mind the aforementioned hiccups in air travel!

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The acclaimed red and white quilt exhibit is at Market this year – an overwhelmingly amazing collection.

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And there were hundreds upon hundreds of quilts in addition displayed in the special exhibit hall.  Many of them are documented in this book, 500 Traditional Quilts by Karey Bresenhan. Photography was not allowed – so, I just bought the book.  You may purchase the book here.

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Following are just some of the pictures I managed to snap here and there about 40 minutes before I headed out to come home.  I hope the pictures, which by no means exhaustive, will give you a glimpse of the workmanship, displays, colors, and just the general hustle and bustle on the floor.

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More about this cute fox later!

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And at Landauer’s Publishing‘s booth…. there is a little section set aside for Recreating Antique Quilts!

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Dear friend Annelle emailed me about seeing pictures from my Schoolhouse session on Recreating Antique Quilts here on Fat Quarter Shop’s instagram page.  The Fat Quarter Shop team has posted an unbelievable collection of Market photos!  Check out their Instagram page for more photos!!

Click here to enter the giveaway of a copy of Recreating Antique Quilts if you haven’t already!

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I skipped out a bit early on Market, but I was there and back!  I am exhausted, and I still have to unpack, sort through business cards and catalogs, catch up with laundry and meal plans, and get back to my “real” life!!

If you asked me what my favorite part of Market was – Besides meeting and making new friends, it was being able to meet the wonderful people in the industry with whom I work FACE TO FACE!  The personal contact solidifies the friendships for even more adventures!  With that, I shall sign off for the day!  Have a great week.

Recreating Antique Quilts in Spring Market 2014

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Hello Friends, this is a picture of how the projects in Recreating Antique Quilts were displayed at Spring Market in Pittsburgh earlier this year.

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You have read about Calico Trail and Ivory Baltimore here, and even though I have yet to share in detailed the quilt, Oh, Happy Stars!, on the top left, you know it’s the cover quilt. The top right quilt, Floral Fancy, is my contemporary interpretation of a green/red album applique block.  I will share more Oh, Happy Stars! and Floral Fancy later.  

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I need to get going, Dear Friends, and get to Houston, and see how Landauer is going to do their booth this time around.  I hope to have some Market pictures to show you post-Market!  Take care, Dear Friends!!!

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My official appearances at Market this year are as follow.  If you are going to Fall Market, would you drop by and say hi?  If you aren’t going, would you have your LQS rep stop by for you instead?  I would love to meet all of you!

Oct 24, 11:50am, Room 382A – Schoolhouse session on further thoughts on Recreating Antique Quilts

Oct 25, 2pm, Booth 2305 – Meet & greet and book signing session hosted by Landauer

Quilty THIS or THAT #3

Okay, ladies – it’s time for our third round of Quilty THIS or THAT!  So our THIS or THAT question this time is STEAM or DRY PRESS [during the piecing process]?

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Personally, I dry press when I piece because my blocks experience less distortion as compared to when I steam press.  It could be due to the way I press… I don’t know.  I only steam press when I am trying to deal with a stubborn wrinkle before the fabric is cut for piecing.

HOW ABOUT YOU?  Won’t you share about your preference with us?

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Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #1. Click here for Vicki’s follow up post.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #2.

A Scandinavian Romance: Final Sneak Peek

Hello Friends!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I have gotten A Scandinavian Romance finished for a couple or weeks now,

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and realized I haven’t shown you a final sneak peek!  Here it is…

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I loved working with the fabrics so much I am getting to work on another quilt with the same fabrics!  Stay tuned for sneak peeks.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week!  I have more Market preparations to do… I shall catch up with you later.  Hugs to you all.  What do you have going on this week?

Learn to Machine Quilt offer cards now available!

Hello Friends!   I hope you have had a lovely Fall!  We have had some glorious as well as wet days.  You remembered the foxy jumper I showed you last week?  Miss Baby modeled the jumper at a recent event.

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I want to also show you these postcards about my Learn to Machine quilt class that just came in the mail today.  Click here to read more about the class.  Click here and here to view students’ class sample.

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These postcards have on them a $5 off offer code that is good through 12/31/2014.  They are available for distribution at your quilting group or quilt guild or quilt shop at no cost to you!  If you would like to have them at your quilt group meeting, please email me your mailing address and the number you need at wendy2@wendysheppard.net.   Also, please write “postcards” in the subject line.  I will get them mailed to you!

Meanwhile, have you checked out the behind-the-scenes thoughts that shaped my book Recreating Antique Quilts hereDon’t forget to enter the giveaway while you are there.

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For the FIRST time in months, I am able to say I won’t be feeling guilty for sleeping more than 4-5 hours a night!  So, you know I am going to sleep well tonight.  I have still a lot to do, to be sure, but at least I think I will be able to put in a good night rest tonight before tackling what’s next on my list!

Have a great weekend, my Dear Friends — and goodnight!

Linda’s Plain & Fancy: Progress Picture

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Hello Friends!  I hope you are well.  I am glad many of you, like Linda, have been keeping up with Plain & Fancy BOM quilt — unlike me! :(  I am stuck in Block 2. So it is extra exciting to receive from Linda a picture showing the 6 completed blocks on her design wall.

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Linda wrote, “I thought I’d share with you a photo of my six finished blocks. I’m really happy with how easily the blocks go together, and the fabrics are so beautiful. Thank you so much for this awesome pattern!  (((hugs))) to you and Miss Baby!”

Hugs right back at you, Linda!  And thank you for sharing your Plain & Fancy progress picture!  It made my day.

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I need to get right back to my pre-Market frenzy… busy, but exciting time!  I shall catch up with you tomorrow, hopefully.

More on Recreating Antique Quilts & Giveaway

 

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It is official!  Recreating Antique Quilts are now shipping.  I have already gotten word that the books have arrived at their destinations from some of you! Thank you for letting me know.

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I thought I would share with you a picture showing three of the featured projects in Recreating Antique Quilts.

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The quilt on the left, Calico Trail, is my husband’s favorite of all my book projects. It is actually a very easy quilt to construct.  Click here to go to Landauer Publishing’s blog to read more about the “behind the project” thoughts on Calico Trail, and a couple of other projects.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment there to be entered in the giveaway of a free copy of Recreating Antique Quilts!  I am turning off comments here so that you can leave your comments at Quilt Books and Beyond!  Also, be sure to note my Fall Market appearance if you (or someone you know) plan on being at Fall Market this year.

Information on signed copies will be forthcoming.  Meanwhile, you may order your own copy of the book here.

If you have missed previous features and want to catch up, click here, and here.

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Over time, I will share more about each project.  But it is the aim of Recreating Antique Quilts to meet the needs of quilters in an individual and group setting through treasures of the past.  And I hope you will have the time of your life attempting/making the projects in this book.

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Thank you again for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you soon.

FREE PATTERN: At the Pond

Happy Monday, Dear Friends! I hope your week got off with a rousing start! I am feeling a bit disoriented from the things I have to get done before I leave for Fall Market next week. So, this will be a quick post… :)
Do you remember these fabrics?

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These fabrics are from Benartex’s Leap Frog fabric collection.  I designed a free-to-use design using fabrics from the same collection: At the Pond.

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I like this fun pattern – I can see it done for a kid’s playroom, especially for a boy, or an adventurous girl who loves bugs!

Click here to view the entire Leap Frog collection.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I need to hop (pun intended!) for now to get back to work.  You all take care, and have a lovely week!

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[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under "FREE PATTERNS" on the side bar.]

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex