FREE PATTERN: Camp Cozy

Happy Wednesday, Friends!  I hope you are well.  I have another free-to-use pattern to share with you, featuring Quilting Treasures’ new fabric line Camp Cozy.

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Fabric strips + 9-patch blocks = an off-centered design that highlights a woodland camping fabric.  I love that focal print, don’t you?  Perfect for scouts, and the out-doorsy type, yes?

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a loveliest of days.

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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)

FREE PATTERN: Zoey’s Flowerbed

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well.  Thank you for visiting again.  A major reason for my demanding schedule is due to a large amount of designing I have been doing since summer last year for upcoming fabric lines.  After all these months I am finally able to share with you many of those designs aimed to feature these new fabric lines!

I was honored to be able to design a quilt for the beloved Eleanor Burns’ new line Zoey!  If you like soft, sweet, romantic, English gardens… you will love ZOEY!

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Click here to view the entire fabric range. [I can definitely see these fabrics used in a girl’s room!]

Click here to download the pattern instructions.

And remember — ask your local quilt shops to carry Eleanor’s newest fabrics just because… we love Elenaor!

Another busy day… so, I’d better run for now!  I hope you have a lovely day!  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)

Winner of McCall’s Quilting Magazine Giveaway!

Hello Friends, I am happy to announce that Jocelyn (#7) and Nancy (#17) won the McCall’s Quilting Magazine (March/April 2015 issue) giveaway from last Friday!  An email was sent to you, Jocelyn and Nancy — please email me your mailing address. :)  CONGRATS!

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You can find pattern instructions for my Making Valentines quilt in the magazine issue. Click here to read more about Making Valentines.  Click here to purchase the kits.

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Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway!  If you haven’t checked out McCall’s Quilting magazine – you simply have to!!!

My design, your quilt: Color Burst

Hello Friends,  it’s been quite a week at Ivory Spring - besides running a bit behind on the planned stuff in our schedules, I received some unexpected assignments that demanded my immediate attention.  But it’s okay, some weeks are like that… I re-adjusted my schedule while waiting for Miss Baby get out of school, I think everything that should fall in place will still happen — except getting back to your comments will probably not happen this weekend. Please know I am NOT ignoring you!

Most of you probably know of my Iron Man quilt, more daintily known as Color Burst.   It is a DAR-inspired quilt.  Click here to read more about the quilt.

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Elizabeth of Such A Sew and Sew sent me a picture of her version — absolutely GORGEOUS! Me thinks her color choices are much prettier than mine!!  She beautifully calls her quilt Jardim da Amizade (Friendship Garden).  Seeing Friendship Garden made my day!  Elizabeth has graciously given me the permission to show off her quilt on Ivory Spring. Thank you, Elizabeth! I love that Elizabeth uses the HST units from her stash to make the quilt. We ALL have those HST units stored in boxes and baggies, don’t we? I know I do. :)

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I love how the sun rays kissed Elizabeth’s Friendship Garden quilt because true friendships brings warmth and light into our lives!  Click here to read more about Elizabeth’s Friendship Garden.

And to close out this week, please allow me to say thank you again for YOUR friendship!  Have a great weekend.  I shall catch up with you next week — I would probably be half dead from trying to check everything off my list, but I promise I will check in! :)  Hugs to you all.

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Click here to see other readers’ projects.

FREE PATTERN: Farmville

Hello Friends, when asked if I would like to design something for Benartex’s Green Farms fabrics, the thought of saying no never even crossed my mind!  Resulted is Farmville, an easy row quilt design.

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The Green Farms fabrics are simply adorable.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

Do you have a favorite fabric from the Green Farms collection?  I think mine is the pig in the mud! But wait, I also like the sheep prints, as well as the panel print!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to check out your quilt shops for Green Farms.

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)

Making Valentines in McCALL’S QUILTING (March/April 2015) & Giveaway!

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Hello Friends, you know how excited I was when my first feature in McCall’s Quilting happened! I thought I had arrived when I saw with my own eyes Spiral Squared in the magazine spread.

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I am so excited I have another feature in McCall’s Quilting this year… meet Making Valentines.

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Making Valentines consists of easily constructed heart blocks, colored differently by different fabrics.  When I make Valentines with Miss Baby, I tend to make variations of the same style after making 5 of the same Valentines.   It just makes making Valentine that much more fun.

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Thus, the differently colored heart blocks in Making Valentines.

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I used Lynette Anderson’s Hearts and Flowers fabrics (released by RJR Fabrics) for a slightly different take on the usual Valentine’s Day colors — slightly muted and darker red paired with beige, gray and taupe.  I used white to offset the gray to give the overall design a Scandinavian feel.  Limited number of kits are available here.

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The simplicity of the 9-patch sashing blocks add whimsical touches to the quilt.  Notice my blocks aren’t wonky — that’s because I have a little trick when piecing small squares.  Click here for my little trick to chase away the wonkiness.

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I quilted allover Jester’s Hat on the quilt – using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  You can read about my Jester’s Hat motif herehere, and here.

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I hope you have liked seeing (and even making) Making Valentines.

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Now about the Giveaway… McCall’s is having a giveaway of my Recreating Antique Quilts book on their blog.  Read about my book here Click here for more information on the giveaway, and what others thought of Making Valentines.  My heart had gone afluttering reading about some of the sweet comments on my quilt.  Hurry to enter the giveaway – the deadline is Feb 14th.

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And a big(!) thank you to McCall’s Quilting for sending me 2 magazine copies to give away to Ivory Spring readers.  Just leave a comment and tell me what you think of my Making Valentines quilt to enter the giveaway.  Winner will be announced on February 20th.

Thank you for stopping – and I do hope you have a sweet Valentine’s Day weekend!

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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

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)

Family Dinner in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (January/February 2015)

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Hello Friends – I hope you are well.  I have been working – well, no surprise there.  But in case you haven’t heard much from me, I want you to know it’s not because I don’t like you.  It’s just that I have been working.

I am happy to share with you today my Family Dinner  table runner that is featured in Fons and Porter‘s Love of Quilting January/February 2015 issue.  I am always excited to be featured in any of the Fons and Porter’s publications.

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Family Dinner uses fabrics from Quilting Treasures’ Hot Little Dish.  You may purchase the runner kit here.  I like that the fabrics are non-seasonal, rendering the runner non-seasonal as well.  What really appeals to me about the fabrics is that they exude hospitality that just speaks of fellowship and meaningful conversations.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.  Don’t you just love that quilt backing “ombre flatware” print fabric?

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I quilted allover large feathers on the quilt.  Quilting feathers is always therapeutic for me, mainly because I quilt with quality thread (Aurifil Mako 50 cotton) over quality batting (Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting).  With Aurifil threads, my stitches always come out looking right, and with Hobbs batting, my quilts end up looking well quilted.

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I decided that it was worthwhile to quilt allover feathers on this runner because the fabrics aren’t so bright and busy that the prints would swallow up the feathering effects.  Instead, the resulted effect is a nice overall texture for the runner, especially when the light hits the runner just right.

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You may also recall the table ensemble patterns I designed for Quilting Treasures late last year. Click here for more information on the patterns.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing the options you can have with this really fun group of fabrics.

Thank you for stopping by!  Hugs to you all.  Till next time!

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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

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)

My design, your quilt: Movement in Squares

Hello Friends, I hope you are well!  It’s another busy week at Ivory Spring with lots of designing, class proposals etc…. but I am slowly getting there.  At least I think I am over with the yucky flu!

Christine sent her version of my Movement in Squares quilt.   Click on quilt name to download the pattern instructions.

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Christine is entering her quilt in a show — thanks for sharing your quilt with us, Christine, and all the best to your quilt at the show!

Thanks for stopping by!  I will have a couple of magazine projects to share with you before the week is over.  Stay tuned, and stay warm for my northern Hemisphere friends!

FREE PATTERNS and more: Happy Home

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  Take a look at these fabrics — they are from Quilting Treasures’ new line Happy Home - designed by Christine Graf.

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The Happy Home fabrics remind me of a hymn I used to sing at church growing up… I haven’t heard that sung at church ever since I came to the States.  I miss singing it.

Happy the home when God is there,
and love fills every breast;
when one their wish, and one their prayer,
and one their heavenly rest.

Happy the home where Jesus’ name
is sweet to every ear;
where children early speak his fame,
and parents hold him dear.

Happy the home where prayer is heard,
and praise is wont to rise;
where parents love the sacred Word
and all its wisdom prize.

Lord, let us in our homes agree
this blessed peace to gain;
unite our hearts in love to thee,
and love to all will reign.

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And I am using the fabrics (really loving them!) to make this quilt – the pattern is a free to use design offered by Quilting Treasures to feature their newly release Happy Home fabrics!

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I also designed a table runner with the fabrics.

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And a simple throw quilt as well.

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Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions for House quilt.

Click here to download pattern instructions for runner.

Click here to download pattern instructions for throw quilt.

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And I completed a TOTALLY different looking quilt using some of the fabrics.

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I hope you will have a lot of fun with Christine Graf’s new line Happy Home.  I, for one, am never tired of designing with Christine’s fabrics!

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a stupendous week!

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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)

Guest blogging at McCall’s Quilting’s blog today!

Hello Friends, I am guest blogging at McCall’s Quilitng’s blog today — sharing about my Making Valentines quilt that is featured in the latest McCall’s Quilting issue!  Don’t forget to check out the exclusive kits available for this quilt here.

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Click here to go to McCall’s Quilting blog, and there is a giveaway of my book Recreating Antique Quilts there as well!  Would you mind spreading the word for me?

I had a rather dramatic start to my week – more about that tomorrow!  Have a lovely rest of the day. Hugs to you all.

FREE PATTERN: Star Struck

Hello Friends, it’s lovely to have you visit again!  I am happy to share with you another free-to-use pattern I designed for Benartex using their Caryl’s Feathers fabric line.

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Come meet Star Struck:

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I always love the sawtooth star blocks – and am always looking for ways to incorporate them in neat ways in my designs.

Click here to view Caryls’ Feathers fabric range.

Click here to download the pattern instructions for Star Struck.

Incidentally, I have an editorial feature in the latest Quilter’s World magazine using the same fabrics.  Stay tuned for details.  Alrightie, my dear friends, I am going to have a very stressful next 7 days in trying to meet a few deadlines.  So, you might not hear from me much!  But please know that I appreciate you and your friendship!  Hugs to you all.

So tell me what you think about the Caryl’s Feathers fabrics – UP or DOWN?

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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)

Hoppity Hop in FONS AND PORTER’S EASY QUILTS (Winter 2014)

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Hello Friends, I am happy to share with you today my Hoppity Hop quilt, featured in Fons and Porter‘s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014).  This is technically a leftover feature from 2014 that I didn’t manage to get to sharing before the New Year.

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The quilt features rectangular snowball lily pad blocks (with a twist!) that are really easy to construct.  Plus the fun and cheerful fabrics from Benartex’s Leap Frog will certainly make one smile.  Click here to view the fabrics.

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Quilting is done with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting! I used my Jester’s Hat allover motif.  My Jester’s Hat motif (here, here, and herehas become my “stippling” in that I have used it a lot for utility quilt designs, and also when I have limited time in getting a quilt finished.

You can also see I tried quilting rounded zig zags in one of the inner borders.  Not perfect for a first attempt, but I did learn something to carry me forward.

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You know, every so often, I end up really really liking the back of a quilt!  And it is certainly the case with Hoppity Hop.  You can see why…

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These frogs are fun!  I actually have fond memories of frogs.  I remember my mother drawing out a frog for me on a piece of paper to identify the various parts of a frog in preparation for an exam when I was in first grade.  And of course, I used to try to catch the tadpoles that hatched in a ditch by where I lived as a teenager (no joke – I was at least 15 or 16 years old then!), ha. I wonder how many teenage girls out there empathize with my tadpole catching, frog egg watching experiences. But then, my life was simple growing up in the tropics…

You can see why the free-to-use pattern I designed for Benartex, At The Pond, really struck a chord. You may click here for information on downloading the pattern instructions.

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I guess this will be the last time I will show my 2014 line up.  But I am already starting to have a 2015 lineup when I share about my next feature quilt.  Before you completely hop off the Hoppity Hop train, do head on to Sew In Love with {fabric}, would you?  There are a few more Hoppity Hop facts you might like to know… Also, if you want to be kept updated on new Benartex releases, that’s the blog to be!

With that, I shall hop off.  I have a very very two days where I have to get A LOT of things done. Have a great weekend, my Dear Friends!  I will see you next week.

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Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70): Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner

Fons & Porter Table Toppers Book (September 2014): Silver Maple

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall

McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Popular Patchwork, UK (September 2014): A Mother’s Love

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

The Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise

Free to use designs / PDF download:

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

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days/Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

November: Sew Lovely using Made With Love by Benartex