Color Me Raven Black!

So I tried to shorten the following excerpt, but I think the full effect will be lost if shortened… or you can watch the clip on youtube here.

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“Dyed it! Dyed your hair! Anne Shirley, didn’t you know it was a wicked thing to do?”

“Yes, I knew it was a little wicked,” admitted Anne. “But I thought it was worth while to be a little wicked to get rid of red hair. I counted the cost, Marilla. Besides, I meant to be extra good in other ways to make up for it.”

“Well,” said Marilla sarcastically, “if I’d decided it was worth while to dye my hair I’d have dyed it a decent color at least. I wouldn’t have dyed it green.”

“But I didn’t mean to dye it green, Marilla,” protested Anne dejectedly. “If I was wicked I meant to be wicked to some purpose. He said it would turn my hair a beautiful raven black—he positively assured me that it would. How could I doubt his word, Marilla? I know what it feels like to have your word doubted. And Mrs. Allan says we should never suspect anyone of not telling us the truth unless we have proof that they’re not. I have proof now—green hair is proof enough for anybody. But I hadn’t then and I believed every word he said IMPLICITLY.”

“Who said? Who are you talking about?”

“The peddler that was here this afternoon. I bought the dye from him.”

“Anne Shirley, how often have I told you never to let one of those Italians in the house! I don’t believe in encouraging them to come around at all.”

“Oh, I didn’t let him in the house. I remembered what you told me, and I went out, carefully shut the door, and looked at his things on the step. Besides, he wasn’t an Italian—he was a German Jew. He had a big box full of very interesting things and he told me he was working hard to make enough money to bring his wife and children out from Germany. He spoke so feelingly about them that it touched my heart. I wanted to buy something from him to help him in such a worthy object. Then all at once I saw the bottle of hair dye. The peddler said it was warranted to dye any hair a beautiful raven black and wouldn’t wash off. In a trice I saw myself with beautiful raven-black hair and the temptation was irresistible. But the price of the bottle was seventy-five cents and I had only fifty cents left out of my chicken money. I think the peddler had a very kind heart, for he said that, seeing it was me, he’d sell it for fifty cents and that was just giving it away. So I bought it, and as soon as he had gone I came up here and applied it with an old hairbrush as the directions said. I used up the whole bottle, and oh, Marilla, when I saw the dreadful color it turned my hair I repented of being wicked, I can tell you. And I’ve been repenting ever since.”

“Well, I hope you’ll repent to good purpose,” said Marilla severely, “and that you’ve got your eyes opened to where your vanity has led you, Anne. Goodness knows what’s to be done. I suppose the first thing is to give your hair a good washing and see if that will do any good.”

Accordingly, Anne washed her hair, scrubbing it vigorously with soap and water, but for all the difference it made she might as well have been scouring its original red. The peddler had certainly spoken the truth when he declared that the dye wouldn’t wash off, however his veracity might be impeached in other respects.

“Oh, Marilla, what shall I do?” questioned Anne in tears. “I can never live this down. People have pretty well forgotten my other mistakes—the liniment cake and setting Diana drunk and flying into a temper with Mrs. Lynde. But they’ll never forget this. They will think I am not respectable. Oh, Marilla, ‘what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.’ That is poetry, but it is true. And oh, how Josie Pye will laugh! Marilla, I CANNOT face Josie Pye. I am the unhappiest girl in Prince Edward Island.”

Anne’s unhappiness continued for a week. During that time she went nowhere and shampooed her hair every day. Diana alone of outsiders knew the fatal secret, but she promised solemnly never to tell, and it may be stated here and now that she kept her word. At the end of the week Marilla said decidedly:

“It’s no use, Anne. That is fast dye if ever there was any. Your hair must be cut off; there is no other way. You can’t go out with it looking like that.”

Anne’s lips quivered, but she realized the bitter truth of Marilla’s remarks. With a dismal sigh she went for the scissors.”                                      ~~~ Excerpted from Anne of Green Gables

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Two Fridays ago, I had my hair colored for the first time…. because you see, I have been consistently seeing these pesky gray peeking through my “formerly raven black” hair!  I told my hairdresser as long as I didn’t have an Anne of Green Gables experiences with the coloring session, I was good to go. After all, I did have a rather important event to go to.  I surely didn’t want to show up with the potentially comical visual effect of a botched up hair coloring job!

I was also saddened a couple of weeks ago to find out the actor who played the Gilbert Blythe, Jonathan Crombie, passed away.  So, I have been watching the Anne of Green Gables series by Kevin Sullivan for old time’s sake. My favorite scenes are the “Lily Maid Rescue” scenes.

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<p>Probably the best scene from Anne of Green Gables, with Anne’s recitation of ‘The Lady of Shalott’ being a close second. I’m also extremely jealous of Gilbert’s ability to rock out the hat. :)<br />
Gilbert: Anne Shirley. What in heck are you doing here?<br />
Anne: Fishing for lake trout. <br />

Curious mind wants to know if you have a favorite Anne of Green Gables scene?

Thanks for suffering through my “vanity of vanities” post today! :)  I hope you have a lovely weekend!  See you next week.

FREE PATTERN: Baby Boutique

Hello Friends, I am still in catching up mode.  I am glad I am slowly getting to the list of things I hadn’t been able to get to in the last few weeks.   I have a very quick and easy to finish baby quilt pattern to share with you today using Quilting Treasures’ Baby Boutique fabrics.

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Aren’t the fabrics just so cute?  You may purchase quilt kits from Fons and Porter here (boy), and here (girl).

Click here to view the entire fabric line.  I especially love the alphabet print!

Click here to download free to use pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you later.  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: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

Sunny Delight in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (January/February 2015)

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Hello Friends, I have been terribly behind on posting about my magazine quilts this year.  One of the reasons is that I have been really pressed for time… it always takes a bit of time for me to style my quilts for my very un-professional photo shoot sessions.  My photography skills are very minimal, and I often rely on the outdoors to be the backdrop of my quilts.  Anyway, the weather was finally warm enough for us to venture outdoors a couple of weekends ago.

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I am happy to share with you my Sunny Delight quilt that was featured in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting January/February 2015 issue.  Click here to purchase quilt kit that will save you time in gathering your fabrics.

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This quilt has LOTS of pieces.  I have to say I actually enjoyed piecing the quilt top.  Maybe my love for piecing has grown over time without me even realizing it.

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Sunny Delight uses fabrics from a sweet, bright and cherry fabric line, LuvBugs by Benartex.

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I used quite a bit of white to break up the prints used in the quilt top.  And that means, lots of quilting opportunities. I meant for the quilting to reflect a feeling of informal and fun.

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You may recall I had shared with you two free-to-use designs featuring the same fabric line.

Lovey Buggy (Click on name to download pattern instructions)

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Sweet Hearts (Click on quilt name to download pattern instructions)

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And with that, I shall bid you good bye for now.  Thank you for visiting, and I shall catch up with you tomorrow.

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My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Sunny Delight

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Family Dinner

Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Spring 2015): Stars are Brightly Shining

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2015): All In Knots (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015): Making Valentines

Quilter’s World (Spring 2015): Zigs and Zags

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

There and Back…

I was there (i.e. Rogers Sewing Center aka Sewing Mother Ship), and now am back (i.e. Home) – all within the span of a few short days.  I had a wonderful time in Northwest Arkansas.  I had a couple of unexpected turns (including an almost 4 hour delay at the airport on my way there last Thursday), but they all worked out!  The sweet quilting ladies made it all worthwhile!  It was nice to catch up with old friends, and make new friends.  My only regret is that I didn’t have at least 30 minutes to spend with each one.  Thank you to everyone who came to my presentation and classes, and a HUGE thank you to the Rogers Sewing Center Team who made it all happen!  I am still mulling over in my mind the stories told to me, especially the creepy ones!!! 

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One of my college professors came to my presentation on Thursday night – talk about shock, surprise and absolute delight!  I commented to him that I must be eligible for the “Weirdest Chemical Engineering Alumni” award if there was one considering what I do now, compared to what I was trained to do.  I was a bit bummed out I didn’t get a picture with him.   But as it was, due to the flight delay I got there just in time to change, smooth down the wrinkles (!) and put on my lipstick and went out there to meet the group!   Mind you, I had been up since 2:30am that morning to get myself ready to go to the airport.  Nonetheless it turned out to be a most memorable day.  You can go to Rogers Sewing Center’s Facebook page to see more pictures.  And if you live in the area, and haven’t stopped by to meet Dan and Rhonda in person, you simply have to!  Mention my name, and they will give you the royal treatment… not that they don’t already treat anyone and everyone royally who walks through the door.  I owe them for the opportunities afforded to me in my quilting journey.  I wouldn’t have been able to do what I do without their encouragement and support all these years!

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So, I always optimistically think I am able to keep up with emails etc while I am traveling.  I never learn…. so, I will be playing catch up for the rest of the week.   Oh, I was also forced to remember how much I didn’t miss packing school snacks for Miss Baby while I was gone.  I don’t know why, but I never know just what to pack for snacks for Miss Baby…

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But come back tomorrow and anytime this week, I will have a couple of editorial features to share with you, finally. It took a third round of photo shoot to finally get some decent pictures of a couple of quilts!  So, I will catch up with you tomorrow!

FREE PATTERN: Bonjour Table Runner and Throw Quilt

Hello Friends, I have worked extensively with Quilting Treasures in the last couple of years.   I have a whole bunch of designs to share with you in conjunction with the releases of their many new lines!  Today, I am happy to share with you two projects that have a French bakery/bistro feel using Quilting Treasures’ Bonjour fabric line.

Here is the table runner:

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Here is the throw quilt:

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I love red, and I love gray, and I really like how the roosters are stylized in the Bonjour prints.

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions for runner.

Click here to download pattern instructions for throw quilt.

So, tell me how you are liking Bonjour, especially if you are a rooster person!

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

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

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

Checking in post…

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are well.  I have been well, but extremely busy.  I saw this on Keepsake Needle Arts, and that pretty much described my life these last couple of weeks, except I would add Miss Baby to my version. :)

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I completed and shipped out a quilt that I think could be my all-time favorite quilt — but then, I have a tendency to think that my most recently completed quilt is my all-time favorite.  But this one is different….

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I bound and shipped out a quilt my quilting angels completed for me — this one is SWEET — REALLY REALLY sweet!!!

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And then, I mailed out this little project.

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Then, there were a few things I will share with you in due time.  But I can’t complain, because spring is here!

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We also picked up Miss Baby’s Christmas ornaments now that the Needlework Show is over. Getting the “real” ribbon is a big deal for the Miss – you can read how she was bummed out here.  In the car on the way back, she said, “Mom, having this ribbon makes me feel like I am a little famous.”  It’s so fun to be 6, ha!

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I will be teaching my painless fusible machine applique method for one of the classes at Rogers Sewing Center later this week.  Below you see how small a shape I could applique using the method.

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And I still have to complete a quilt from start to finish within the next 36 hours before I leave town…. GRRR…. I’d better run!  Sometimes I think I have a screw loose…. Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope you have a most lovely week!  Hugs to you all.

FREE PATTERN: Shimmering Constellations

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a great week!  I have another free-to-use pattern to share with you today.  It is my Shimmering Constellations, designed with Benartex’s Gold Standard fabric line.

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The image above simply does NOT do the fabrics justice.  You really have to see these metallic fabrics in person. They don’t just make great quilting fabrics. I think they also make beautiful home dec fabrics as well!

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A big thank you to my lovely quilting elves (Sherry of Indiana, and Darlene of Sew Graceful Quilting) who graciously helped out by making the sample,  I have an upcoming editorial feature with these amazing fabrics!  I like to make my own samples whenever I can, but when I can’t, Sherry is the only one who pieces my tops, and Darlene is the one who quilts them.  Stay tuned for details of the editorial feature — it is breathtaking!  You will also start to see the other samples Sherry and Darlene have made for me popping up in the near future.  These two dear ladies allow me to sleep better when I do go to sleep, ha (!), but seriously, I know I leave my samples in good hands when they work on them.

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Click here to view the Gold Standard fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a lovely rest of the week.  My busy week just got more complicated — so, I need to get going for now!  Hugs to you all. Oh, and don’t forget to see if you couldn’t view these fabrics in person at your local quilt shops!

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

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #63

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Hello Friends, I thought I would share with you a peek of another recently completed quilt that is another example of subtle contrast quilting.  I have talked about subtle contrast quilting in the past here.  I am calling my pink on yellow quilting the lemonade color scheme.

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I am not really a pink person, and oftentimes my pink threads just sit in the box.  So it is nice to be able to use my pink thread to quilt this sweet quilt.  And come to think of it, I almost always quilt with a subtle contrast color scheme now that I have discovered how slightly different color threads add to the quilting.

I hope this encourages you to go check out all your colored threads and see if you can use them in doing some subtle contrasting quilting!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs to you all.

Back from Down Under…

No, not me (though I wish!)…. it’s this quilt below. :)  I received my quilt back from Australia, and it is packed again and sent to Rogers Sewing Center.  I really like the quilting on this quilt, if I may say so myself. :)

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Speaking of Rogers Sewing Center, I will be appearing live for a presentation and classes – very excited to go back to my “Sewing Mother Ship”!  Click here for details.  Will I see you there?

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I am going to run for now.  Lots to get done before I leave for my trip.  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week.  So tell me, what is going on at your end this week.  Hugs to you all.

FREE PATTERN: Yuki

Hello Friends, I have long admired Hoffman’s fabrics – actually ever since I started quilting. Recently, I have had the pleasure of using some of Hoffman’s fabrics in a couple of projects. Even more thrilling for me is that I have also started designing with Hoffman’s fabrics.  I designed the following free-to-use design using Hoffman’s new line Yuki.

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Yuki features wintry woodland themed fabrics that just look so soothing and peaceful to me. You have to check out the focal woodland deer print – it’s gorgeous.

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Well, I know it’s a bit soon to think about winter yet (ha!), but be on a lookout for these fabrics at your local quilt shops if you want to make these quilts, or add the fabrics to your stash!

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have enjoyed Yuki.  I sure enjoyed designing with the line.  I shall catch up with you later!

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

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

A very hodge podgey Wednesday post!

Hello Friends, I am taking a little break from my last stretch of work marathon, and  decided to check in with you! I hope you have had a good day.

First all, I am very happy to share the news that my Star Struck  design won Benartex’s 2015 Fan Favorite!  You may download the pattern instructions here.  It’s always an honor and joy to be able to work with Benartex’s fabrics. You can read here the reason why Benartex is so special to me.

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Meanwhile, Mary wrote and asked me if I have been working on any cute projects.   Boy, have I ever!  I have been working on some sweet projects.  While I can’t really reveal the projects, I can share a sneak peek of one of the projects.

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And here is a conversation I had with my husband late one night while we were both working late… really late!

Me: I just realized I don’t have nearly as many pinks as I think I do!

Husband: I guess you can’t never have enough fabrics.

It was late… I was tired, and I really appreciated his kindness in not commenting about the huge stash of fabrics I already have.  Well, most of the fabrics you see in the picture below (and more not shown in the picture) made it into a recently completed project that finishes only at about 20″ x 40″.  It is going to be a fun project!

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And at lunch this afternoon, the first thing that jumped out at me was — the pebbles “background quilting design” on my Spode botanical plate!  Quiltingly pathethic, is it not? :) I think I have been working too much lately, ha!

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Thanks for letting me share these very mundane snippets with you.  I shall get back to work now.  I am curious though… what color fabrics are the fewest in your stash.

Oh – I almost forgot… A Mayo study was released today showing quilting and other arts and crafts activities helps with our brain power!  Click here to read more.  Now, I have the perfect excuse to badger everyone I know to start quilting, ha! :)

FREE PATTERN: Baby Bunny

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a great day!  Tuesdays are always extra busy for me because of music lessons after school.  But it’s okay, because being a chauffeur is part of my job description as a Mom.   I have a baby quilt design that is free to use to share with you today!  Baby Bunny (offered in boy and girl versions) is designed with Benartex’s Bunny Hop fabric line.

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The neat thing about this line is that Benartex is also offering the flannel option for the fabrics!  I know some babies are going to be extra blessed with sweet things made with this fabric line.

Click here to view the entire fabric line.

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you are enjoying your week.  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: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)