Mini Mini Quilt {Sizzix Jar Applique}

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Sometimes something small is better than something big 🙂  I designed this mini mini quilt for a sweet friend.  It can be hung from a clothespin, tacked to a wall or bulletin board, or placed in a hutch; where ever you need a little happy!  I love this jar die by Lori Whitlock.

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I was thrilled to meet up with Lori at Quilt Market!  She is a super talented designer of fabric, paper, Sizzix dies, and crafts.IMG_8221

Let’s get started!!

Supplies:

Sizzix Jar #2 Die

(8) 2 1/2″ squares of white dot

(8) 2 1/2″ squares pink print

Fabric for jar, lid, and hearts

Heat n Bond Lite

2 1/2″ x WOF binding

batting

backing

Bakers Twine

Heart Charm

 

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All seams 1/4″.  Begin by sewing the 2 1/2″ squares together in an alternating pattern with 4 rows of 4.  Press.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the jar fabric, lid fabric, and heart fabric. IMG_0444

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Die cut the jar, the lid and the hearts.  I die cut 11 hearts.  Peel off the backing paper.

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Position the hearts on the jar and the jar on the quilt block.  Mufasa and I are working very late tonight!!IMG_0449

Press the applique pieces in place.

Baste the backing fabric, batting, and quilt block.  Quilt.  I quilted loop de loos around the jar, then quilted with dark gray thread outlining the jar and lid.  I also quilted inside each heart.  Square up the quilt block and add the binding.

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Tie a bow out of bakers twine and tack it to the side of the jar.  I added a little silver heart charm – yes I’m cute 🙂

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I hope you love making this project!  I can’t wait to make more and give for gifts.  You might want to tuck this little idea away for Valentines Day!!

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Pixie Noel Blog Tour – Snowflake Quilt Tutorial

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It’s my turn on the Pixie Noel Blog Tour!  Yay!  I have been in love with this fabric as soon as I saw Tasha Noel post a few sneak peeks months and months ago!  I love how whimsical her art is and I love her choice of colors!

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 1.33.33 PM It was a little bit challenging to sew with winter fabric when the temperatures here in Southern California have been in the 110’s and our town is literally ablaze!   I decided to beat the heat by creating this whimsical snowflake quilt.

I don’t know about you, but cutting snowflakes and sewing snowflakes is not on my top 10 list of favorite things to do.  Super time consuming!  This quilt has 2 amazing shortcuts that will have you whipping one up in an afternoon.

First, all the snowflakes were die cut on my Sizzix Fabi – 3 at a time!

Second, the snowflakes are appliqued using Heat n Bond Ultra which means no tedious applique top stitching necessary!  Heat n Bond Ultra is heavier than Heat n Bond Lite which I normally use for applique.  The Ultra requires no sewing.   Just cut, press, and go!  The snowflakes get sewn over during the quilting process – which helps incorporate them into the quilt and makes it even more durable.

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Here’s how you can make one:

Supplies:

55″ Heat n Bond Ultra

Sizzix snowflake die

1 yard white fabric

1 yard aqua main fabric (or additional if you want to fussy cut)

fat quarters for applique, red, navy, green

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Instructions:

Cut (32) 6.5″ squares of white fabric

Cut (32) 6.5″ squares of the aqua Pixie Noel theme print

Cut the Heat n Bond Ultra into 5″ strips.  Fuse to the wrong side of the snowflake fat quarters.

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Make sure your cat helps you die cut the snowflakes.

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We cut 3 at a time.

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Center the snowflakes on the white squares and heat set with hot dry iron.

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Die cut 6 green snowflakes, 12 navy snowflakes, and 12 red snowflakes.

Lay out the quilt according to the diagram below:

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Sew the squares together in rows using 1/4″ seams.  Press each row alternately.  Sew rows together pinning at each intersection.

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I always use Spray n Bond to baste my quilts – its fast, secure, and no pinning!  Seriously this quilt can be made in a matter of hours!!

I quilted loops and stars.  I sewed right over the snowflakes.  It helps to make them feel like part of the quilt and not puff out.

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I love that there are 3 stripe colors to choose from in Pixie Noel.  Even better, they are printed on the bias which makes cutting bias striped binding a snap!!!

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Mufasa loves the quilt!  Don’t tell him it’s not for him 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by!!!!  Happy Christmas in July 🙂  pixie noel quilt

Captain America Inspired Quilt {a patriotic quilt}

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I couldn’t resist putting this quilt together.  My family is totally obsessed with the Avengers, especially  Captain America and Iron Man.  We were so excited for the movie to come out!!!  We went to the first showing at 9:30 pm last night!  I was so much fun.  I love going to movies when the theater is packed with fans who cheer and clap together!

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To celebrate this milestone in Marvel history, I created this quilt inspired by Captain America.  My 8 year old daughter is totally in love with him.  I guess we will be fighting over the quilt!

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I curated this selection of Fat Quarters from Fat Quarter Shop just for this project.  You can view it here.  I wanted a fun mix of red, white, and blue fabrics.  This quilt totally works for a summer patriotic quilt if you’re not into #teamCap.

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Lets Get Started

Finished block 9″, Finished Quilt 54″x72″

All Seams 1/4″

Supplies:

18 Fat Quarters (I used each one pictured above)

1.5 yards solid white

3 yards Heat n Bond Feather Lite Fusible Applique

Pattern, click HERE

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Make the Stripe Block

Cut the red prints and white prints into 3.5″ strips.  (Since we are using Fat Quarters, they will be half the WOF long)

Sew in strip sets of red, white red.  Press toward the dark.

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Cut each strip set in increments of 9.5″.  Each block should measure 9.5″ square.

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For the applique block…

Cut 24 blue squares 9.5″

Draw the pattern onto the Heat n Bond Feather Lite.  You will need 24.  I like to used the Feather Lite because it doesn’t add any weight or stiffness to your quilt.  It holds it in place just long enough to cut and sew it.

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Press the heat n bond to the wrong side of the white solid fabric.

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Put on Captain America I and II and cut out all the circles and stars following the pattern line.

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Position the circle and star in the center of each blue block and heat set in place.

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Top stitch around each piece with white thread.

***Optional **  “Winter Solider” Block.  My teenage daughter is in love with Bucky the Winter Solider so she insisted we represent him in the quilt.  We switched out one of the blue blocks for a gray block with red star applique.

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Now it’s time to have some fun with all the blocks!  I hand them all to my daughter and she lays out the quilt for me.

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Sew the quilt together in rows, pressing after each and matching each seam intersection.

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This quilt is totally Mufassa approved!

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And approved by The Captain himself!  (Yes we have a giant cardboard cut out of Captain Rodgers!!!)

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OK, I am seriously in love with it!  It screams summer picnic!!!!

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Strawberry Festival Pillow Tutorial

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It feels like summer here in Southern California and that means fresh strawberries!  We always pick up a flat of juicy ripe berries on the way home from the beach.  This new fabric from Jennifer Jangles called Strawberry Festival totally reminds me of summer days eating strawberries and making strawberry jam!  This cheerful pillow is sure easy to make.  I used Heat n Bond® Feather Lite to applique the pennant shapes.  I love the Lite version of Heat n Bond® especially in quilting because it makes the fabric easy to cut and applique yet is super soft and you almost can’t tell it’s there.  The pennants are cut with the Sizzix Fabi which makes perfect cuts every time.  I’m sharing all the details and measurements over on the Therm O Web Blog!

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This Sizzix die is called Rocking the House.  It’s actually a quilt block but one of the shapes makes a perfect pennant!

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True Blue Summer Satchel


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I love summer! Isn’t it the best!!!! In our family we have lots of outdoor actives and camps scheduled. Sometimes I need to carry a few items around that I can have quick access too, like my clipboard, water, bug spray and flashlight. I came up with this pattern for a cross-body satchel. It’s not complicated and sews up quick – it would be fun to make one for the whole family – you can match at your family reunion!IMG_8140_2

I used Heat n Bond® Medium Weight Fusible Stabilizer to give the bag more stability. Don’t you just love these whales by Blend Fabrics!!!
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Here is how you can make one:

Supplies:

1/2 yard outer bag
1/2 yard lining
1/3 yard bag strap
1 yard Heat n Bond® Fusible staibilizer

Cut:

(2) outer bag 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) lining 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) stabilizer 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) Strap 5″ x WOF


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Fuse the HeatnBond® stabilizer to the wrong side of the (2) outer bag pieces.IMG_8109_2

With right sides together, pin all the way around the outer bag, leaving the top open. Do the same with the lining pieces. Sew using 1/3″ seam all the way around leaving the top open. You should have (2) bags, one outer and one lining.IMG_8110_2

To form a pleate in the bottom, cut a 1″ notch out of the bottom corners of the outer bag and the lining.IMG_8111

Match seams, pin, and sew 1/4″ seam, backstitching to start and stop.IMG_8112

Sew the (2) 5″ strap pieces together end to end. Press the seams open. Measure how long you want your strap. Mine was 48″. Cut at the desired length. Fold in half, right sides together and sew 1/3″ seam all the way down.
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Baste (1/8″) the ends of the strap centering on the side seams on the right side of the outer bag.IMG_8115

Place the lining inside the bag so that right sides are facing each other. Match side seams and pin all the way around.IMG_8116Sew 1/4″ seam all the way around the top of the bag leaving a 3″ opening. Turn bag right side out and press. Sew a 1/8″ top stitch around the bag top, sewing the opening closed.
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To add a little detail to the fabric, I used Deco Foil™ Transfer Adhesive and followed the loops on the fabric. After it dried I rubbed the Deco Foils™ on the adhesive. You can add a little shine to any project this way!!

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Patchwork Tote Bag Tutorial

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I love sewing for Sally!  And I love that she loves everything I make for her!  I was thrilled to receive this bundle of fat quarters from Ft. Worth Fabric Studio.  Every Friday they feature a fun Friday bundle!  This is the perfect project to make with a handful of fat quarters and a few cuts of yardage. patchwork tote bag 3This is such a versatile size of bag!  And the fabrics are so perfect for a little girl 🙂

Let’s get started!

Supplies:

7 Fat Quarters assorted prints

1/2 yard lining

1/4 yard handles

quilt batting

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Press all your fat quarters so they are nice and smooth.

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And by “press” I don’t mean let your cat lay on the fabrics!

The bag is made up of 2 outer pieces and 2 lining pieces.  For the outer bag, cut 3.5″ blocks.  You will need 25 for the front and 25 for the back.  I added in 1 solid white square to applique a heart on.

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For the applique, draw a heart onto Heat n Bond Lite.  Cut the heart out 1/4″ larger than the drawn heart.  Iron it to the wrong side of the flaming fabric.  Press.  Then cut out on the heart line.  Peel off backing paper and press the heart onto the white fabric.

Top stitch around the heart a few times in an accent color.

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Once you have all the blocks cut and arranged, sew them together using 1/4″ seams, just like you would a quilt.  Press each row in opposite direction so the seams match up nicely.  Make 2 of these.  This should measure 15 1/2″ square.

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Next we will be making a quilt.  Baste each patchwork outer bag piece onto the quilt batting.  Then baste onto plain fabric for the backing.  This backing will NOT be seen.  I used some fabric I didn’t like very much 🙂  This extra layer will give the bag a bit more weight and stability.

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Basting spray is the greatest invention ever!!!

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Here you can see my “junky” fabric on the back.

Quilt as desired.  I quilted 1/4″ away from each of the seams.  The quilting will shrink the up the quilt a little bit.  Measure the size of the patchwork piece, mine measured about 15.25″

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Once each of the 2 pieces is quilted, trim off any excess batting.  Pin right sides together, matching at all side seams, leaving the top open.  Sew around the sides and the bottom using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Cut (2) lining pieces 15.25″.  This should be the exact measurement as the patchwork outer bag.  Place the two lining pieces right sides together, and sew around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.  I like to take a slightly larger seam on the lining, so a generous 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Cut a 1 3/4″ notch out of the bottom of each corner.

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Open each notch, and match the seams, pinning.  Sew a 1/4″ seams across.  The picture below is slightly confusing because I used 2 different fabrics on my quilt back.

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Once each of the corners are sewn, it’s time to make the handles.

Cut (2) 4″ x 23″ strips.  Press in half lengthwise.  Then fold each side up to the center.  Then fold again, giving you a 1″ wide handle.

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Top stitch each handle 1/8″ from the edge.  Position the handle 4″ from the side seam.  Pin in place.  Baste in place.

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Place the outer bag and the lining right sides together, matching side seams, and pinning all the way around.  Sew all the way around the top of the bag using a 1/4″ seam.

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Unstitch a little section on the side of the lining and turn the bag right side out.

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Top stitch the opening closed.  Tuck the lining down inside and press the top edge of the bag.  Pin along the edge so the lining stays down.  Top stitch all the way around the bag using a 1/4″ seams allowance.

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It’s all done!!!  And it’s oh so sweet!!

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Jewelry Pouch Travel Set

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I am so excited to share this project with you!!  I LOVE jewelry!  (Especially Twisted Silver Jewelry) This is the perfect way to store your jewelry when you travel so it doesn’t get tangled or damaged.  You can sew as many of these little pouches as you want and they all fit in this zipper bag.  This would make such a great gift for Mother’s Day, Birthday, or Graduation.  The full tutorial is over on the Therm O Web Blog.jewelry zipper pouch 21

All the fabrics are from Riley Blake Designs Vintage Market Fabric Line by Tasha Noel.  I used Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece in the zipper bag and then a medium weight fusible stabilizer in the little pouches.

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Each little pouch has a button closure.

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Printable Image Fabric Key Chains

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We are huge “Fan Art” people in my family!  My daughter spends her days painting and drawing fan art of Star Wars and Marvel characters.  I think everything we own has a Star Wars or Super Hero (or cat) on it!  I created these fun keychains that you can customize to any theme!  I even made one with Mufasa’s picture on it.

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Supplies

Sizzix 2 1/2″ circle die

1 3/4″ paper punch

Heat n Bond Ultra

Heat n Bond EZ Print transfer sheets

white fabric

scraps of fabric

scraps of cotton batting

twill tape

key ring

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Begin by designing your image on your computer.  I’m not Photoshop savvy so I like to use Microsoft Power Point.  You can use photos or clip art.  I love buying cute clip art from Etsy!  Crop them to a circle shape and size them so they will fit in the 1 3/4″ circle punch.  Print a test run on plain paper to make sure they are how you want them.  Then choose “Mirror or Reverse Image” in printing and select a high print quality as you would for photos.  Print them on the Heat n Bond EZ print transfer sheets.

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These transfer sheets are a great way to get any digital image onto fabric!  I use them all the time!

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Once they are printed, use the 1 3/4″ paper punch to punch out each image.sizzix fabric keychain 3 With a dry, hot iron, place the image face side down on the right side of a solid white fabric.  Heat set for about 10 seconds applying firm, constant pressure.  Let cool completely.

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Peel off the backing paper and cut around the image using pinking shears.

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Cut 2 pieces of Heat n Bond Ultra slightly larger than the 2 1/2″ circle.  Iron them to the wrong side of the desired fabric.  Let cool.  sizzix fabric keychain 7

Cut a piece of batting roughly the same size as the fabric – these are super rough cuts, no measuring required.  Peel off the backing paper of both of the fabrics and press the fabric pieces onto both sides of the batting.  Let cool.  This makes a fabric sandwich 🙂sizzix fabric keychain 8

Run the fabric sandwich through the Sizzix Fabi using the 2 1/2″ die.  It cuts a perfect circle.  Since we used the Heat n Bond Ultra, the edges of the fabric won’t fray!sizzix fabric keychain 9

Cut a 2″ piece of twill tape and loop it through the key ring.  Using a zig zag stitch, stitch all the way around the circle, catching the edge of the twill tape.sizzix fabric keychain 10

Turn the keychain over so the raw edge of the twill tape is on the back.  Position the image on the front (add a little Spray n Bond basting spray so it doesn’t move) and straight stitch around the image.sizzix fabric keychain 12

These make great little gifts and they are fun for kids to help with!

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And who doesn’t love having their pet on their key ring!

Come Sail Away With Me Nautical Quilt

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I LOVE this quilt!  I had the quilt top finished AND quilted and it has been waiting for binding for a long time.  This weekend was cold and rainy and it was the perfect time to finish up a little work in progress.  Today the sun came out and I was able to take a few pictures of the final quilt!  I am so ready for spring and MORE nautical quilts!!!

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I love the fabrics in this quilt: Day Sail by Moda.  They have such a fun feminine-nautical feel.  The pattern is available HERE with a bonus wall hanging pattern as well.

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Since I don’t own a sail boat (which this quilt would be perfect for) it will be a great size for the beach or a picnic or maybe I will just hang it on the wall so it doesn’t get dirty 🙂

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I have the best quilt “modelers”.  So cute and helpful!!!

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Let me know if you get a chance to make this by tagging me on Instagram!sail away with me quiltCome Sail Away With Me!!!

Penny Rose Strawberry Jam Quilt

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I’m happy to share this delicious little quilt called Strawberry Jam. Living in Southern California, it’s strawberry season all year round! This quilt reminds me of fun times spent in the kitchen making popovers, biscuits, rolls, and anything else we could bake to hold our fresh strawberry jam on! YUMMY!! The Shabby Strawberry fabric line is brand new from Penny Rose. Let’s get started!

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First make sure you have some hot buttermilk biscuits and fresh strawberry jam to keep you going while you make the quilt 🙂  For the full instructions hop on over to the Penny Rose Blog!!

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I used my Sizzix Fabi machine to die cut the jam jar. This die is called Jar #2 by Lori Whitlock. It’s the cutest!

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Stitch around the jar and lid with gray thread.

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