Preppy Quilt {a Five Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s August 1st!!  (which I am totally not excited about!  I want to live in a forever JULY!!!!) I am so in love with this month’s 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt!!  Amber and I invited our friend, Andy from A Bright Corner, to design this mont’s quilt.  Andy came up with this super AMAZING and super fun quilt called “Preppy”.  I love all things preppy!  I dream of living in New England and owning a sail boat!!  So this is so totally me!!!  You can download the full PDF pattern over a A Bright Corner – and be sure to follow @abrightcorner on Instagram!!Preppy quilt pattern 1a

I love Amber’s version of this pattern!  She made it a little bit smaller so it would be perfect for a baby quilt!

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For my nautical inspired version my heart ran straight to Cotton + Steel S.S. Bluebird line from Fat Quarter Shop.  Not only do I love all things nautical, I am a whale lover and bird lover!!  So this fabric was totally designed just for me!  I added in the navy Swiss dot (favorite) from Riley Blake Designs.
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I love how it turned out!  I’m going to put it on the end of the guest bed in the Nautical room!!  I can dream, right!!

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Mufasa did such a good job posing!  I didn’t even have to twist his paw….hahahah!!

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This pattern is super fun to make and it is FAST!  It will be on my list of “go-to” quilt patterns for sure!!  You’re gonna LOVE it!

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Rustic Pines {A 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s Christmas in July!  I love making a Christmas quilt in the summer – I never have time when it gets closer to Christmas!!  You are going to love this Rustic Pines Quilt!  Choose your 5 favorite Christmas Fat Quarters and let’s get sewing!!

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I choose the Comfort and Joy line from Riley Blake.  It has such a wonderful cabin-like Christmas feel!
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The trees are strip pieced and cut at 60 degree angles and then appliquéd on!!  Super fast – who has time for hand work in the summer!!
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A little tip for appliquéing:  Use Spray n Bond and put the trees wrong side up on old wrapping paper.  Spray the backs and set them in place.  Just unroll more paper for a clean basting surface!!
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I love that the pattern calls for a scrappy low volume background – it gives it such character!!  I added an accent border instead of a low volume border – you can choose!

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Hop over to Amber’s blog to read all about her version and to download the free pattern!
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Amber’s version is even more cozy with all kinds of homespun plaids from Moda!!!

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Be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see your creations! @jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble
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Sharkey Quilt {Free Pattern}

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When I saw this new fabric from Riley Blake Designs called Sharktown I completely FREAKED OUT!!!  And then I showed my daughter (whose favorite animals are sharks) and she TOTALLY FREAKED OUT!  So I promised her a Sharkey Quilt for one of her many graduation presents.  I Love Love Love theme prints, especially animal theme prints.  However, they sometimes pose a design challenge: showing off the fabric + quilt design.  I put on my thinking cap…..I wanted something that looked sharkey……and the Sharkey Block was born!  I love the idea of using half square triangles to resemble shark fins (or shark teeth!). The center block lets you show off the super amazing fabric designs!
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I designed this fun pattern using the Sharkey Blocks which measure 10″ and some blue water sashing!  I choose the all the blue fabrics from the Sharktown fabric line and added in the solid gray accent.  You can download the PDF pattern by clicking HERE.

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Star Spangled Pineapple Quilt

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Amber and I have had so much fun sewing along with you these past few months!  We love your versions of our Five Fat Quarter Fun patterns and have enjoyed making new friends through this sewing series!!  Thank You!!!  We are so happy it’s June 1st and we get to share this fun Star Spangled Pineapple Quilt with you!!!  IMG_7929a

This quilt uses 5 fat quarters: 3 red and 2 blue.  Add in 2 1/2 yards of light to medium chambray and you’re ready to get going!!  I love Amber’s light chambray background!!  Be sure to check out her blog post also!!

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I know pineapples are super trendy right now, but I do have a little family history that involves pineapples….want to hear it?  My Dad’s ancestors left Portugal and Brazil and immigrated to what is now Hawaii to work the pineapple plantations.  I often imagine how bad life must have been to want to live in a shack and pick pineapples everyday.  My Grandma was raised in Hawaii as a result and as a child I remember her always wearing a muumuu…… and so pineapples are close to my heart.IMG_7953a

The finished quilt measures 40″ x 48″ and the finished block measures 8″ x 14″.

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You can download the free PDF pattern by clicking HERE.  pineapple quilt 4

Make sure to tag us on Instagram (@jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble) when sewing along!  and use #starspangledpineapplequilt

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We hope you love making this quilt and enjoy having it out all summer long!
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Garden Box Quilt

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I’m super excited to share this fun quilt with you!  I’m always looking for ways to sew quilts with large prints – because I fall for large prints every time!27735815-A523-44B4-B8AC-7A47820C0210

These adorable fabrics are from Garden Roost by Blend Fabrics.  I love the vintage feel they have and the colors are so amazing!!!  DSC_0625

Each block measures 12″ when finished.  This quilt is also fat quarter friendly!  It uses 10 fat quarters and 2 1/4 yards of background fabric.  You get 2 blocks per fat quarter!

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It measures 64 1/2″ x  78″ when finished so it’s a great size for a large throw or even for a twin bed!!
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You can purchase this pattern in my Etsy shop by clicking HERE.
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Circa 1974 Quilt Pattern – Featuring Gingham Girls

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It’s a 1970’s sunshiny day over here!!!  As soon as I saw Diary of a Quilter’s Gingham Girls new fabric line I knew it was for me!!  She did an amazing job of packaging up my childhood into a fabric line!  (And yes, all of you now know how old I am!!!)

DSC_0269 2You can read all about Amy’s inspiration for the fabric line by hopping over to her blog.  I created this quilt to be your new favorite that you would take to the beach, the park, a game,  or snuggle with on the couch.  It’s 60″ x 76″ so a perfect throw size. You can customize the date to fit any occasion: birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.

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This quilt is just for me!  And it’s my new favorite pattern – you’re gonna love it!

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DSC_0286The blocks are 8″ with a little appliqué insert.  You can purchase the PDF pattern in my Etsy shop and get sewing today!!

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Aren’t these fabrics just amazing!!!!!  There are so many more things I want to sew!!!

Gingham Girls fabric by Amy Smart, inspired by vintage 1970's prints and colors.

Here are a two little dresses my mom sewed for me when I was 2 & 3 years old.  I got them out to inspire me when making this quilt!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a groovy day!!

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Lemonade Stand Quilt

Living in California it’s all about the citrus and we love our lemons!  One of the fabrics in Happy Day has little jars of lemonade and that is where I got my inspiration for this wall quilt!

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The finished quilt is 33″ square, has pieced pinwheels and appliqué.
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DSC_0979There is nothing better!  I thought this would be a fun little quilt to add to your summer decor 🙂
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The inspiration for this project came from Lori Whitlock’s latest fabric line Happy Day.  It’s so summery and fun!!

Here’s how you can make one!!

(All seams 1/4″,   finished quilt 33″ square, finished block 4″)

Supplies:

1 yard solid white
1 red fat quarter – Letters & hearts
12 fat quarters – pinwheels
1 red fat quarter – strip block
Scraps for jars and straws
1/3 yard red floral – outer border
1/3 yard stripe – binding
1 yard backing
Therm o Web HeatnBond® Lite
SpraynBond® Basting Spray

Pattern download, click HERE


For center applique portion:

Cut a 20.5″ x 20.5″ square from the solid white fabric.

Trace or print the letters and images (in reverse) on to HeatnBond® Lite Fusible Adhesive Sheets.

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Heat set them according to manufacturers instructions to the wrong side of the desired appliqué fabrics.

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Cut out each letter and image.

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Peel off the backing paper and position according to the completed project photo.  Outline stitch each piece two times (ugh) in black tread.  The two times really makes it stand out.

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Pinwheel Blocks:

There are 12 total pinwheel blocks in this quilt. Choose a different fabric for each pinwheel.  I used my Sizzix Fabi to cut the triangles.  Use your favorite method of constructing half square triangles (HSTs).  They need to measure 2.5″ when completed.  Make 4 HSTs of each fabric.IMG_1260

Press seams open. IMG_1263Lay out 4 HSTs like this and sew together as a 4-Patch.  Press all seams open.
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For the Strip Blocks:

Cut 3 strips from red fat quarter 1.5″ x the length of the fat quarter.

Cut 3 strips from white fabric 2″ x WOF.  Cut the strips in half so they equal the length of the red strips.

Sew together in strip sets as pictured below.  Press toward dark.
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Row Diagram

Once the top, bottom, and side rows are complete, sew the side rows to the sides of the “Lemonade” appliqué portion.  Press toward the appliqué piece.  Then sew the top and bottom rows, pressing ward the appliqué piece.

Border:

Cut (4) 3″ x WOF strips of the red floral.  Sew one to each side, pressing toward the red floral border.  Square up the edges and cut off excess.  No need to measure the length first.

Then sew a strip to the top and bottom, pressing toward the border and squaring up when finished.lemonade quilt layout

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Once the top is complete, use SpraynBond® Basting Spray to baste the quilt for quick pin-free basting.  

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I quilted meanders over the entire quilt.

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Now gather some lemons and have yourself a lemonicious afternoon!!  We made strawberry and blueberry lemonade too!!

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Sally and I had fun making strawberry lemonade and blueberry lemonade!!  Bring on summer!!!

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Isn’t fresh lemonade just the best!!!

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Thanks for stopping by!!

{Garden Path} a 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt

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It’s April 1st and our new 5 Fat Quarter Fun quilt pattern is no joke!  Meet Garden Path, our latest quilt using only 5 fat quarters, background fabric and border fabric!  We love the challenge each month brings with designing a fresh quilt with only 5 fat quarters.  We love that you are sewing along with us!  Be sure to follow Amber @gigis_thimble and myself, @jedicraftgirl on Instagram…and make sure to tag your posts with #fivefatquarterfun so we can see your versions!!

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Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 12.33.46 PMGarden Path uses 5″ squares alternating with background squares and 9-patch blocks.  I choose a selection of Cotton + Steel fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop
and I love the fun spring vibe they have.  I wish I could leave this quilt outside because it perks up the yard!!  It measures 50″ square.  It’s a perfect size for a baby/toddler quilt, for hanging on the wall, for throwing over a couch, or for putting on the end of a bed!IMG_7833a

Amber’s version uses a selection of Cotton + Steel blues from Fat Quarter Shop – I’m so in love with it!!  Hop over to her blog to read all about her version!  Amber’s borders are slightly different and we’ve given you both options 🙂

You can download our pattern by clicking HERE and download the alternate border pattern by clicking HERE.   And then you’re invited to come over for a garden tea party!!!
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The beautiful quilting was done by my friend Kayleen who you can find on IG @quilterlove66.DSC_0712
Thanks for stopping by and we hope you love this pattern!!
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A Tribute to My Nana and Memory Quilts in Her Rememberance

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This month our family lost our sweet Nana at age 97.

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Nana has been a major part of my life since I was born.  She was a woman of faith and love, always caring more for others than herself.  She delighted in every day and found joy in the little things.

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Nana left a wonderful legacy especially to all her great-grandchildren who were blessed to be close to her.

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I wanted to make something to remember her by.  Nana was always a classy lady and always wore a blouse purchased from Macy’s.  She never owned a t-shirt or a sweatshirt, always a crisp blouse with a collar.  I had the idea to take all of her beautiful blouses and make them into memory quilts for each of the 4 women in our family.
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The process of laundering, pressing, cutting, and sewing all of these blouses was very healing and I needed the hours spent on this project to help me feel close to Nana.  I thought it would be fun to share some photos of her wearing the blouses we used in the quilt.  She was just the sweetest!
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How to Make a Memory Quilt

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Each quilt is made up of 6″ squares.  There are 10 rows by 14 rows.  You need 140 squares total: 70 squares from the blouse fabrics and 70 squares from the background fabric.

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Gather up all the shirts or blouses you want to use and give them a good washing.  I tried to use only 100% cotton.  I think one was a rayon blend, and a few had a linen blend.  If you find you have blouses with stretch in them, you will need to stabilize with a light weight fusible stabilizer before cutting.

Because I was making 4 quilts, I needed my blouse fabrics to go far so I choose a quilting cotton to act as the background for the checkerboard design.  You will need 2 yards of the background fabric.

Cutting the Blouses

First cut the sleeve off along the sleeve/shoulder seam.

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Next, cut the cuff off along the seam.  Discard the cuff.

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Cut along the sleeve/arm seam and press.  This give you a nice flat surface to lay on your rotary mat.  I cut four 6″ squares out of each sleeve.
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Cut off the button strip and the button hole strip.  I am having the quilts machine quilted so I didn’t want any buttons or button holes getting in the way.  If you are hand quilting, you could leave elements of the shirt intact to give the quilt character.  I had my daughter cut off all the buttons and put them in a little box.  I may come up with a keepsake button project in the future!

IMG_0743 Cut off the collar.  If the shirt has pleats in the back you need to cut along the back seam as well so the pleats lay flat.

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This should give you a nice big piece of fabric to cut from.  Start cutting strips of 6″ then cross cut to give you 6″ squares.

A note about darts…..Most of the shirts did not have darts, a few did, however.  I did not include the dart in the 6″ block because it made the fabric lay weird and uneven.  You could also pick out the seam of the dart so it lays flat.

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Once you have all your 6″ blouse squares, cut the 2 yards of background fabric up into 6″ squares.  I let my girls lay out the quilts on the floor.  I wanted them to have a random look, so we tried to space the blacks, and pinks so they didn’t make a pattern.  It’s also helpful if you let your cat in on the project 🙂

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Sew the squares together in rows, and press.  I pin numbers on to the first square in each row so I won’t get them mixed up.  I pressed the seams toward the odd number and away from the even number.  If I do this I don’t get mixed up either!  Pin each row together matching the seam intersections.  Sew the rows together and press all the seams going in one direction.  The finished quilt measures 55″ x 82.5″
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I choose matching minky to go on the back of each quilt so they are super soft and cuddly.  I envisioned these quilts becoming the quilts the family fights over when it’s movie night or the first quilt you grab when you are going to the park or the beach.  They are made to be used & loved so we can think of Nana often 🙂

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I hope this inspires you to make something special for your family!
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This one is my favorite picture because it looks like it might be on the farm in Kansas where Nana grew up….and now the tears 🙂
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Snuggle Bunny Quilt {Wonderland 2 Blog Tour}

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I’m super excited to be participating in the Riley Blake Designs Wonderland Two Blog Tour today.  Melissa Mortenson from the Polka Dot Chair is as sweet as her adorable bunny fabric!!  I can’t even begin to say how much I love this fabric line!!
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I wanted to make a little something that used most of the fabrics and showed off the bunnies!!

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My sister unintentionally raises bunnies and this sweet little baby bunny volunteered to be the quilt model 🙂

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I came up with this fun little wall/table quilt that is perfect to add to your spring decor.  Now I wish I had a big giant quilt of this!!!DSC_0472

The quilt measures 32″ square and the blocks are 9″ finished.IMG_0528

Let’s get started!

All seams 1/4″

Press Seams Open on all seams

Fabric Requirements:

1 yard white background fabric

9 fat quarters or quarter yards of assorted Wonderland 2 prints for blocks

1 fat quarter white bunny fabric

1 fat quarter or quarter yard corner squares

1/3 yard gingham for binding

1 yard backing

Fussy Cutting

Cut a 3 1/2″ window out of a piece of ugly gold card stock…….heeeeheee.

I label my windows with the size and save them so I don’t have to repeat this process.

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Lay the window over the rabbit and center.  With a pencil, draw a line following the window edge.  Cut roughly around it with scissors.

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Lay the rough cut square on the rotary mat and align the pencil lines with the grid lines.  Use the ruler and cutter to cut a nice even 3 1/2″ square.  Cut 9 of these.

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They are so cute!

Half Square Triangles

I use my Sizzix machine for making half square triangles (HSTs).  You can also use your preferred method to make the HSTs.  They need to measure 3 1/2″ .

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Press seams open.

For each block make (8) HSTs and one center rabbit.  You will need to make 9 blocks.IMG_0400

Sew together in rows and press seams open.  Pin rows together matching intersections.  Sew and press open.

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For easier open seam pressing, press seams to one side and then press open.  It saves you from burning your fingers.  Quilt block should measure 9 1/2″ at this point.IMG_0401

Ta Da!  Continue until you have made 9 blocks.  I made 4 pink and 5 teal.

Quilt Sashing

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Each of the 9 blocks are sashed.

Cut (24) 2″ x 9 1/2″ background rectangles

Cut (16) 2″ x 2″ floral setting squares

Lay the quilt out as pictured above.  Sew the sashing strips and setting squares together and press toward the sashing.

Sew the blocks with the white sashing strips and press toward the sashing.

Pin the rows together, matching seams and sew.
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Time to quilt!  I quilted loops and small 5 petal flowers in an all-over pattern. Mufasa supervised.IMG_0418

Once it’s quilted, add the gingham binding.  I love that the gingham is printed on the bias because it makes for easy cutting!IMG_0429

I love how this little quilt turned out!  It is so precious!  I can’t wait to sew something else with this fabric!!
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And now for all the baby bunny photos!!!!

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