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Bento Bag ~ A Lunch bag Tutorial

Sew Mama Sew and Spoonflower put together a fabulous

Kitchen Linens Challenge!

The challenge was to choose a kitchen fabric from Spoonflower and make anything kitchen related… I made this fun Bento Bag!

Bento Bag ~ a lunch and snack bag tutorialI think selecting the fabrics was almost harder than making the bag!  I was deep into the fabric ‘rabbit hole’ at Spoonflower, but I couldn’t get my eyes off this Equilibrium from Scrummy’s food and drink collection!  And I’m sure you can see why!  Am I right?

equilibrium fabric by scrummy on spoonflower

I chose a coordinating fabric called Springtime Gold Spot, also by Scrummy to coordinate!

Bento Bag - lunch bag and snack bag tutorial

Both fabrics are in Spoonflowers Linen Cotton Canvas.  If you are not familiar with Spoonflower, you choose your fabric design (or design your own!) and then you choose what type of fabric to print it on!  You can get Kona Cotton, Minky, Knit, Satin, Canvas and more!  If you are a quilter check out my Quilt Labels with Spoonflower Tutorial and design your own quilt labels!

Want to make this Bento Bag?

Bento bag - lunch and snack bag sewing tutorial

General Notes:

  • Always sew 1/2″ seam unless otherwise noted.
  • Backstitch at all start and stops.

Here is what you need…

Materials

  • 3/4 yard equilibrium cotton canvas fabric
  • 1/2 yard springtime gold spot cotton canvas fabric
  • (2) 14″ x 12″ pieces of insul-bright
  • 1/2 yard of ripstop nylon for lining
  • 7″ separating zipper
  • steam a seam 1/4″ tape
  • 15″ nylon strap for handle
  • optional fusible interfacing

To get started, from the equilibrium fabric cut:

  • two 10″ x 12″ for the bag exterior
  • two 2 1/4 x 5″ for the side pocket binding
  • four 3″ x 10″ pieces for the top zipper flaps

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Optional: For a more structured bag, back both of the 10″ x 12″ pieces with fusible interfacing cut to 9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″.  Center and fuse in place.

bento bag - lunch and snack bag tutorialFrom the Springtime Gold Spot fabric, cut:

  • two 5″ x 9 1/2″ for the bag sides
  • two 5″ x 6″ for the side pockets

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Optional: For a more structured bag, back both of the 5″ x 9 1/2″ pieces with fusible interfacing cut to 4 1/2″ x 9″.  Center and fuse in place.

Bento Bag - lunch bag and snack bag tutorial

Now sew the 2 1/4″ x 5″ binding strips to the top of the 5″ x 6″ pocket pieces.  Matching at 5″ sides and sewing a 1/2″ seam.  Press seam open.

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Turn raw edge under two times to the back of the pocket piece and covering stitching. Press and pin in place.

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Turn to the front of the pocket piece and topstitch along edge of binding, catching the fold of the binding on the back side.  I topstitched twice and used this Aurifil 12 weight thread for topstitching to make it stand out and to be a little more decorative.

Bento Bag - lunch bag and snack bag tutorialNext, place your pockets on top of the side exterior pieces ~ align at the bottom edges and baste in place with 1/4″ seam.  Align side units with the top edge of the equilibrium exterior piece and join with 1/2″ seam.

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Press open.

Bento Bag - lunch bag and snack bag tutorial Join second exterior piece, aligning at the top edge again…

Bento Bag - lunch bag and snack bag tutorial

After sides are attached align bottom edges of exterior pieces and sew 1/2″ seam.

Bento Bag - lunch bag and snack bag tutorial

Now, box the bottom corners and sew 1/2″ seam across edge.

Bento Bag - lunch bag and snack bag tutorial

Turn your exterior bag right side out and set aside.  Let’s work on the top zipper now…  We will be using the four 3″ x 10″  exterior pieces (two for each zipper half) and the steam a seam for these steps.  Center the zipper, right side down, with the raw edge aligned with the 10″ edge of the fabric.  Use steam a seam or pins to secure zipper bottom and top fabrics.

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Layer second fabric carefully on top (right side down) and pin or iron to secure.  Sew 1/2″ on each short end and sew along zipper (with zipper foot) on long edge.

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Repeat for second zipper side.  Clip corners and turn both pieces right side out.  Top stitch around three sides.

Bento Bag - A lunch bag sewing tutorialZip parts together, center zipper and cut to 5″ width.

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorial

Unzip and pin one zipper part, right side together with each side of bag.

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorialPin handle ends in place right sides together with bag.

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorialSet aside bag exterior while we work on the lining… Cut two 12″ x 14″  lining pieces from your nylon ripstop fabric and two from the Insul-bright.  Layer and cut two 2 1/2″ corners out along the bottom 14″ edge.

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorial

Now place the two ripstop pieces right sides together, sandwiched in between two pieces of Insul-bright.

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorial

Sew along two sides and a couple inches along the bottom edge at each corner.  Leave the corners open and the center of the bottom open (for turning bag later). Trim away excess Insul-bright in the seam to reduce bulk.

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorial

Box two corners and sew with 1/2″ seam.

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorial

Keep lining wrong side out and place your exterior bag inside the lining.  This step is a bit tricky with the bulk and the handle inside but just go slow and match up sides at center points and pin well.  Sew around top edge with 1/2″ seam.

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorial

Turn bag right side out and sew lining opening shut.

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorial

Enjoy your new Bento Lunch Bag!

Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorial

Plenty of room inside to pack a good lunch!
Bento Bag - a lunch bag sewing tutorial

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Thank You Sew Mama Sew and Spoonflower for offering this challenge!

Check out the participants!

Michelle from Falafel and the Bee
Alicia from Two Kids and a Blog
Mary from See Mary Quilt
Trina from Will Cook for Shoes
Daisy from Ants to Sugar

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Flat Iron Case ~ Tutorial

Travel Case for Flat / Curling Iron ~

a Sewing Tutorial

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I’m in love… with all this pink!

This case isn’t just pretty…   It’s insulated with Insul-Bright and perfect for packing a hot iron!

I teamed up with The Warm Company to bring you a tutorial and Give-Away!

Here are the supplies you need to make this case:

Body ~ exterior fabric  12” x 18”
Body ~ lining fabric  12” x 18”
Insul-Bright for body ~  12” x 18”
Pocket fabric ~ 12″ x 11 1/2”
Pocket lining fabric ~ 12″ x 11 1/2”
Insul-Bright for pocket ~ 12″ x 11 1/2”
Binding ~  aprox 2 yards
Ribbon ~  40”
Velcro Dots ~  2 sets

You can find the complete tutorial below but here are a couple tips on quilting the case and binding the pocket…

QUILTING

I started with Insul-Bright so the case would be insulated.  If you’re not familiar with this product you can use it to insulate anything ~ hot or cold! I use it in my Lunch Bag Tutorial AND my Potholder / Towel tutorial)

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I layered the bag parts (Insul-Bright / fabric) following the tutorial and marked them for quilting using this hera marker I found on amazon.  I used my ruler and marker to make marks at 1″ intervals to keep my stitching lines straight..

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 You can see the marks here…

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After all my lines were marked, I just stitched right on them!

BINDING

After my quilting was done I got my binding strip aligned on the top edge.  I lined up the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the pocket and stitched the binding on with 1/4″ seam.

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Then I flipped the fold edge to the back of the pocket, top stitched along the binding catching the back (fold) of the binding on the lining side!  Easy!

flat iron case sewing tutorialPlace your quilted layers together and bind around all the edges, add your velcro… Done and Done!

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 Find out more about Insul-Bright here.

flat iron case travel sewing tutorialWant to make one too? You can!

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Please pin this tutorial and share!

PRINTABLE PDF is below…

Free Sewing Tutorial for a flat iron or curling iron case.

Here is the Flat Iron Case PDF.

If you are new to my site, find more free tutorials on my

TUTORIALS PAGE.

And don’t forget to visit my shop for patterns, fun sewing machine clocks, quilt-a-longs, mitten patterns and more!

 

The Warm Company is giving away

FIVE PACKAGES of Insul-Bright!!! (US residents)

To enter:

 Like The Warm Company on FB

and/or

Pin this post on Pinterest!

 Comment that you did! Easy!

I’ll pick and post the winners on Sunday 4/26/15!
Sorry this Drawing is closed but Please Pin and Share this tutorial!

 

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Quilt Pattern Giveaway

It’s Giveaway Day at Sew Mama Sew!  I’m giving away a

quilt pattern bundle

to a US AND INTERNATIONAL winner!

free quilt pattern giveaway

I have 5 quilt patterns offered in print that will be added to my shop this week.  To kick it off, I’m giving one printed pattern bundle (including my block of the month pattern)

AND

 a couple of these cute quilt labels :)

to a US Winner!

how to make a quilt label You might remember these from my quilt label tutorial

spoonflower quilt labels Cuteness!

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 I’m not forgetting all my international friends!  I’ll pick an international winner too!  One international winner will receive all the PDF patterns via email!

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The two winners will be chosen at random on December 14, when Give Away Day (ok, it’s really a week) is over!

Just leave a comment and tell me where your visiting from!

(I’m in Massachusetts and it’s a cold, wet and messy week!  Where is the sun?)

Don’t forget to visit SewMamaSew to check out all the other giveaways!

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 Winners!

Here are the two winners…

Alis at ·

Hello from my kitchen in Melbourne, Australia

and

Whit Clark at ·

Illinois!

Join the Quilt~a~long!block of the month 2015

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diy ~ a hanging phone pocket for charging

Phone Charging Pocket Tutorial

I have a quick tutorial for you today!  I made this little pocket for my daughter to use in her dorm room at college.  Now she has a place to hang her phone near her bed while it charges.  So Cute!

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You will need:

* one jean pocket

* piece of fabric and batting slightly larger than pocket

* embellishments/perle cotton, lace, fabric, beads etc.

* command hook

* d-ring & scrap of ribbon

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Cut out your jean pocket approx 1 inch around all edges.  Cut (or piece) a scrap of fabric the same size.

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Place your fabric right side up on a slightly larger piece of batting.  Quilt your fabric and batting piece together. I did a little straight line quilting following my piecing lines…

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Slip the d-ring on your ribbon (about a 5″ piece) and fold ribbon in half.   Pin onto the top center of your pocket.  You can see I sewed a belt loop onto my ribbon first, just for fun!

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Place your pocket and quilted fabric square right sides together and sew around perimeter of actual pocket shape – using the pocket edge as a guide.  Leave an adequate opening on long edge for turning your piece right side out.

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Trim away excess pocket and fabric/batting, clip corners.

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Turn right side out and stitch opening closed.

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admire the back…

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Add applique and embellish pocket with fabric, perle cotton, ribbon, lace, beads… whatever makes you happy!

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Finishing ~ Quilt Sandwich

After your quilt top layout is pieced and you’ve added a border (if you choose to) it’s time to plan out your quilt back and make your ‘Quilt Sandwich’.  My quilt top is scrappy, and I’m determined to use up ‘stash’ (even the big pieces)  so I decided to go with a scrappy back as well.

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QUILT BACK

Remember that your backing will always need to be larger than the top (add 6″ to width and length.)  If your going to make it scrappy, you need to plan where your seams fall.  You don’t want them close to the edges of the final quilt.  The excess backing that extends beyond the quilt top is cut away after quilting so your seams will need to be well inside the ‘quilt top’ parameters.

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QUILT SANDWICH Supplies:

quilt top

backing

batting ~ I’m using warm and natural cotton batting (love cotton!)

painters tape ~ if your pin basting on a surface or floor

quilting pins ~ the bent ones

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Your ‘Quilt Sandwich’ consists of three parts:

QUILT TOP 

BATTING ~ I want my batting to extend 2″ all the way around my quilt so I will add 4″ to the length and width of the quilt top.

BACKING ~ I want my backing to be just slightly larger than my batting.  I want it to extend 1″ beyond my batting.  To accomplish this I will add 2 inches to my batting length and width.

QUILT TOP

 

Why do you need to extend the batting and backing?  During quilting there can be some shifting of the layers.  Extending the batting and backing will ensure this isn’t a problem, your quilt back will be large enough and you’re not quilting tiny bits lined up at the edge.  Some quilters are more generous with their extended measurements, so do what suits you and your quilting needs.  If you are sending your quilt to a longarmer they may have specific requirements so be sure to check in advance. 

Making a Quilt Sandwich

(I’m cheating and using a quilt block for my demo so it’s easier to photograph!)

Lay out your batting on a large surface or the floor. Layer your quilt top over the batting so batting extends at least two inches around.  Trim batting to size.

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Roll up batting and quilt top together and set aside while you lay out backing. DSC_0030 700x logoPress quilt back and smooth out on floor/surface with right side down.  Using painters tape (girls best friend) generously tape backing to surface.quilt sandwich tutorial Move your quilt top / batting ‘roll’ on top of quilt back.DSC_0049 700x logo Center, unroll and smooth out batting / quilt top.  This is your quilt sandwich.  quilt sandwich tutorialNow, pin the heck out of it!  Be sure to put a few pins the batting area that isn’t covered by the quilt top.quilt sandwich tutorial Also be sure to fill the pins up.  If they are not ‘full’ they will slide and all that work will be for nothing! (boo)quilt sandwich tutorial

There are other methods of basting your quilt sandwich ~ if you try spray basting be sure to spray outside.

Now Your Ready to Quilt!

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

 

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Finishing ~ Quilt Sampler Layout

FINISHED!!

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Time to start finishing your Sampler Quilt?  If you’ve pieced all your 12 blocks, I’m certain you’ve already been playing with your layout and you’ve probably come up with a couple (if not a few) possible layout options on your own.

SCRAP HAPPY SAMPLER QUILT PATTERN

 I want to share my layout with you including the coordinating block/month numbers…

scrap happy block layout

There are four pieced sections…

layout 1

You will notice that the 4 pieced sections in my layout are identical (divided by color) ~ there are 2 full and 2 half blocks in each section, in the same order.  They are all simply rotated in a different direction.  If you decide to follow this layout shown above:

1) piece all 4 sections

2) piece 3 bottom columns/sections together

3) add top row/section.

sampler layout PDF

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or you could position all the rows/sections horizontally shown below in option 2…

layout 2

You can move around the blocks in each row to come up with a new layout.

Here is a third option shown below.  The two blue rows are identical and the two purple rows are identical.

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There are several ways you can put these blocks together… do what suits YOU! I’ve really enjoyed offering this Block of the Month, thanks so much to everyone who took time to send me messages, comment on posts and add pics to the flickr pool (Maureen!).  I love my quilt (yes I’m keeping this one!) and I hope you love yours too!

 

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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More finishing tips:

I’m going to share more finishing tips over the next couple weeks.  Here is what I have planned…

Borders ~ how I pieced my sampler border

wedge quilt border

 Quilt Sandwich ~ batting, backing, basting

how to make a quilt sandwich

 Quilting ~ hand quilting and other methods

how to hand quilt with perle cotton tutorial

Binding ~ bias binding

bias binding tutorial

Binding your Quilt

how to bind a quilt

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Giveaway Day!

I’m participating in the giveaway day over at Sew Mama Sew today ~ I’ve got a bundle of fat quarters from Kate Spain’s ‘in from the cold’ collection to give away today!

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Remember I used it for my Holiday Hostess set?  I made a mug rug and a wine bottle gift bag (find the tutorial here).

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Now I’m offering one of my followers a four fat quarter bundle for your stash!  (US shipping only)  If the winner is an international follower I’ll send you two free patterns from my etsy shop of your choosing!

Everyone can be a winner! 

The giveaway closes on the 13th, I will announce the winner (random generated) on the 15th and I’ll ship out the ‘stash’ on or before the 20th!

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If you like me on facebook or if you

 Follow on Bloglovin

please comment below for a chance to win… * 

and tell me what you’d like to make with this fabric bundle!

12/15 Update: We have 2 winners!

US Fabric Winner is Jenniffier from jenniffier.blogspot.com

and the International Pattern winner from Canada is Laura from  craftyhour.com

I will be in touch!! Congrats!!

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Countdown to Christmas ~ Hip Holiday Houses

hip holiday fabricI have a fun project to share with you today.  I know I’ve mentioned my love of the holidays with you already ~ and you also know I love a good challenge so when I stumbled upon the Holiday Challenge from Ruth at Sew Love Fabrics hosted by Rachel over at Stitched in Color  I couldn’t resist!  Look at the Yummy Fabric they sent me to play with!!  Six fat quarters from Artist Josephine Kimberling‘s new Hip Holiday collection!

I was in the  midst of setting up my Christmas Village… and that’s where my inspiration came from ~ How about some Hip Holiday Houses! (insert loud cheers!)

Department 56 North Pole Village display

Is it possible to resist such cuteness?  I think not!  Don’t you want to make a snowman?  Have a hot cocoa?  Watch a Wonderful Life?  You know you do!

North Pole Village Department 56 Display

All this happy inspiration was not lost on me!   I made my own happy hip holiday houses! (that’s a mouthful!)

House Shaped Pillows Sewing tutorial

I had so much fun with this project!  I got to play with a bunch of buttons and ribbons sparkly stuff in my stash…  Ellie couldn’t resist my  hip holiday houses… but she was a little upset I didn’t invite her to model ~ that’s her shy face… but she made the cut ~ more cuteness! Can’t even stand it!

Hip Holiday Houses sewing tutorial

This would make a sweet house warming gift! Free motion stitch or embroider ‘home’ on the door or a street address,  house number, family name  over the door :)

House Pillows sewing tutorial

 how to sew house shaped pillows tutorial Here’s a quick tutorial on how to put one together…

Gather your fabric and embellishment supplies  (ribbon etc)

how to make house shaped pillows sewing tutorial

1) Cut one 8.5″ W x 11″ H rectangle for the body of the house and a 9.25W x 8.5H rectangle for the roof.  Place them right sides together (roof will overhang on each side of body) and sew together with 1/4″ seam.

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2) cut some roof ‘snow’ ~ use your rotary cutter and free hand a wavy line in a cut of fabric at least 9.25″Wide (as wide as roof) and aprox 2-3″ High.

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 3) Align your ‘snow’ along top edge of roof and attach by sewing around edges and add any trim you like.

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4) Trim left and right roof edges by measuring from the bottom corners in one inch from top corners.

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5) Add some trim to the seam where the roof meets the house body.  Place unit on top of some batting ~ I used warm and natural batting.  Quilt your house.  Add a door and windows to your liking.  I made a felt door embellished with ‘Hip Holiday’ from the fabric selvage and stitched it in place after my quilting was done.sewing holiday houses

6) Trim away excess batting after your quilting is done and repeat steps to make the back panel for your pillow.  I didn’t embellish the back but you can!

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7) Place your panels right sides together and stitch around entire perimeter leaving generous opening at bottom.  Turn right side out, stuff and whip stitch opening closed.

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8) ENJOY!

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Check out what everyone else made in the challenge over at Stitched in Color and if you’re looking for some hip holiday fabric – hop over to Sew Love Fabrics for a fat quarter bundle.

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MORE HOLIDAY PROJECTS & TUTORIALS:

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Black Friday Sale!!

Sewing Patterns will be on sale this week on Black Friday!! 

I’ll be having the sale in my Craftsy Store!  Most of my patterns will be  30-50% off all day (EST) on November 29th ~ Black Friday!

If you’re not in a turkey induced coma ~ come back Friday!  These patterns will all be part of the sale…

coupon bag tutorial
coupon holder bag
quilt block patterns
quilt block patterns
cloud 9 geocentric tote bag
Victoria tote pattern

Christmas Mug Rug
Christmas Mug Rug
ipad case sewing pattern
iPad cover
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iPad sleeve pattern

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Enjoy the Sale!

Go to my Craftsy Store.

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Tiny Prints Cyber Monday

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Handmade Holidays!

Don’t miss out on Handmade Holidays!  Every November Kristin and Beth over at SewMamaSew host this fantastic series of tutorials, recipes, and printables to get you ready for the holidays!  Not only is this is a fun tradition over at Sew Mama Sew ~ they have prizes GALORE!

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Every day this month there is a guest curator offering links to free tutorials… and PRIZES!  Here is a peek at the topics this past week…

November 1 ~ Handmade Gifts for Tweens

November 2 ~ Handmade Gifts for Gadget Lovers

November 3 ~ Handmade Gifts for Cooks

November 4 ~ Handmade Holiday Clothing and Accessories

November 5 ~ Handmade Gifts for Babies & Toddlers

November 6 ~ Handmade Gifts for Geeks

November 7 ~ Handmade Gifts for Travelers (ME!)

November 8 ~ Handmade Gifts for Make Believe

HAVE FUN!

 And Don’t Forget ~

Have you signed up for these New FREE Classes over at Craftsy yet?

Learn How To Piece, Patch, Quilt with Craftsy for FREE! – This class is perfect for the ultimate beginner to learn the basics of quilting. Who knows, maybe they could catch on quick and have a quilt in time for Christmas!

Learn How To Take Professional Family Portraits with Craftsy for FREE! – How perfect a class is this for the holiday season? Everyone is getting ready to take their family portraits for Christmas cards or just to have in their picture frames at home! Now they can wow everyone with professional quality pictures.

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Scrap Happy #11 Block of the Month

The November block is ready!  For November I made a Basic Bargello block!

bargello quilt block

This block is made using strip piecing.  Precise seams are the key with this otherwise ‘easy’ block.

bargello quilt block tutorial

If your just catching up here are some of the blocks…

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

block of the month quilt pattern

Thanks so much for following along!

Please Pin and Share this quilt!

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

 

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Mitten Workshop Weekend!!!

It’s been a Wooly Weekend!  I had so much fun this weekend teaching my Mitten Workshop!  I brought my camera along to take pictures of all the fabulous mittens and do you think I took one picture?  Of course not!  (boo)  This sorta thing always happens to me when I get excited… I completely lose track what I’m doing and just get caught up in the moment.

BUT… All is not lost…  I managed to find some time to make some mittens TOO!

I made this pretty red and pink pair…

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They have a super warm white fleece lining…. yummy

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They are slightly deeper red than they look in the picture – definitely prettier in person if you can believe it!  Find the red mittens for sale on etsy.

And check out these brown ones… toasty!

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I love the buttons on this pair (is that weird?)

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Earth tones with a little pop of color :o) Find this brown pair for sale in my Etsy shop.

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This pair is a nice hunter green and blue…

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The cuffs have all the colors of the mitten parts mixed in… find the green mittens for sale in my etsy shop.

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Another pair with pink and orange…

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You can find the pink and orange mittens for sale here on Etsy. This last pair I made for myself… I’ve been a purple fan since birth I think… pretty sure it might have been the first word I spoke… purple!  It’s only the second pair I have kept for myself and I love them!

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So there’s the latest!

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If you’d like a pair head over to my etsy shop where I sell the mittens…

or go to craftsy for the Madawaska Mitten Pattern

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Countdown to Christmas ~ Hostess Gift

Ok the Countdown to Christmas has begun!   First off the checklist is a Hostess gift!  Today I have a Wine Bottle Gift Bag and a Mug Rug tutorial to share with you! Image If you steppin’ out for the holidays you can’t just show up empty handed!   How about a bottle of your favorite holiday ‘spirits’ in a cute gift bag and a mug rug!  I’m imagining a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream or maybe some espresso vodka?  YUM!  Couple it with your favorite creamy drink recipe and some sweets?  Wouldn’t that be a super sweet gift?

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This quilted Bottle Gift Bag Tutorial is easy enough to whip up… and it’s so cute in this ‘in from the cold’ fabric by Kate Spain… remember I used this fabric in my Merry KrisMoose Pillow?  I told you I was hooked (confessions of a fabric hoarder!)  I ordered a fat quarter bundle of it (merry Christmas to me) and it came with some stocking panels… who knew? happy surprise bonus!

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The mug rug is made from a 9″ eight pointed star and measures 11.5″ square when finished with border and binding.

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I printed the cutting directions in EQ7 – you can also print most block cutting instructions with the FREE ‘Block Fab’ App right on your phone/ipad/tablet.  First cut your star pieces using the mug rug star cutting instructions.  You should have the following pieces cut:

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Now piece your blocks.

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Make your rows.

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Piece rows together and add a 1.5″ border.  Make a batting sandwich with fabric right sides out.

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Add binding to finish.

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Easy as Pie!  sherri

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Scrap Happy Sampler #10 – BOM

I can’t even believe we are at #10 ALREADY!  I mean… WHAT?  It’s been so much fun creating the blocks for this sampler and I just can’t wait for the big finish!!!!

I’ve already been thinking of the coming year – I have so many projects on the table that I just don’t know where to begin!   Ok, ok, ok … more on that later…

BLOCK #10 is ‘Balancing Act’ – it’s an improv block that’s a little wonky 100_6497 Can I just say that I love wonky?  Who doesn’t love a little break from matching seams perfect?  Wonky is fun and I love that it’s ok to be imperfect… so no worries!  Yay!

and another shot… sideways!

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This ‘block’ is actually a set of two rectangles that we will keep as two separate units for the quilt if your following along – if not sew them together for a block!

Here are some of the other blocks if your just catching up…

 Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

block of the month quilt pattern

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

 

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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Dear (Alphabet) Abby… WIP Wednesday

After posting about the ‘bubbles’ block, I had circles on  my mind and a gift in the works for little baby Abby – a sweet pillow!

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I used the same ‘bubble’  applique method for the circles on this (soon to be) pillow and machine appliqued the letters on after fusing with heat n bond lite. (note – if you are new to applique I used the same basic method for the letters as seen in the ladybug love post & pdf )

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I layered the pillow top over a piece of warm and natural batting and practiced my (wip) free motion flowers…

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If you’d like to make your own pillow – find the applique letter templates here…

Applique Letters

or add it to your

Craftsy Library!

And if your name is Abby or ‘Abby’s Mama’ this is your spoiler alert!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced Work in Progress Wednesday!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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First Aid Tutorial @ Sew Mama Sew

My oldest daughter is off to college this year so I’ve had ‘back to school’ on my mind all summer…  the panic excitement all started back in May when she graduated high school… and it’s been quite a blur of campus visits, paperwork, lists, revised lists, more paperwork and let’s not forget packing!

One item on the packing list was ‘First Aid Stuff’…  So I answered the ‘911’ with an Emergency kit suitable for College, Car, Bride or Baby with this tutorial!

To top it off, Sew Mama Sew wanted to share my tutorial in their back to school series!

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I designed this with easy construction and style in mind, so you can make them up quick!  I’m thinking that this is not only great for the college student – but it’s also great for  makeup,  travel, or fill it with emergency essentials for a bride or a new mom!   F. U. N.

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It’s got a few slip pockets on one side and then one large zip pocket on the other!  Perfect!

first aid kit sewing tutorial

Fold it up and your on the GO!

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Get The Tutorial at SewMamaSew!

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Merry ‘KrisMoose’?

Remember last year when I posted about starting my first embroidery pattern? No?  Well, you’re not the only one who forgot… I did to!  Oh as usual I had good intentions of stitching right along but, I got busy and you know how that goes!  I finally got back around to it and it’s FINISHED!  I ordered a 2.5″ charm pack go around the embroidery and make a pillow – the fabric line is called ‘In from the Cold’ by Kate Spain – I absolutely love it!!!- matter of fact I’m making a mental note to get more!

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My very dear friend, and Swedish American Artist, Karen Forsman Wakem did the Artwork for this design.  I’m IN LOVE with my KrisMoose!

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And let’s not forget my Swedish Santa!  How much fun is he!!

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I had so much fun with this pattern… sometimes I forget how relaxing it is to stitch by hand.  For me it’s the perfect time of year in New England… with the nights getting crisper and soon, a fire in the fireplace and the smell of Autumn in the air  – I feel so cozy just thinking about it!  I am itching to start the next embroidery project!

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You can find the pattern for my ‘Merry KrisMoose’ on Craftsy!

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Scrap Happy Sampler # 9 BOM

September is here and so is quilt block of the month number 9!  It’s all about the ‘Bubbles’ this month.  Sewing curves and circles can be intimidating, but here is a technique you will enjoy and likely use again and again…  It allows you to layer without any bulk – because the ‘bulk’  is cut away!  Let your imagination go with how you can use this technique with other shapes and projects.

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Of course you don’t have to follow my bubble design – you can create your own!

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block of the month quilt

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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Coupon Holder – in Cloud Nine

The Extreme Coupon Holder ~ Organizer sewing Pattern!

I still had some Cloud 9 fabric from the Geocentric Bag Challenge so I made this Coupon Holder!  Want to make one? Here is the Coupon Bag Pattern.

Coupon organizer sewing pattern

This Coupon Bag has all the bells and whistles…

2″ of space for coupons!
a front pocket for grocery list, store cards and TODAY’s coupons!
a back pocket for checkbook and calculator!
a pen holder!
a clasp for keys and store cards!
it even hangs on the seat of your shopping cart!

Coupon Holder Organizer Sewing Pattern

Organize your coupons with space for up to 25 dividers… and a handy pen holder to cross things off your shopping list!  Use the front pocket for TODAYs Coupons, your phone and shopping list!
coupon organizer bag / holderThe other end of your coupon bag has a handy clasp for all those store cards… you’re ready for checkout!  And a second pocket on the back is a great spot for a calculator!
COUPON HOLDER SEWING PATTERN

Check out the Geocentric Bag Challenge post

or

make your own coupon holder with the

Coupon Bag Pattern.

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Extreme Coupon Holder Sewing Pattern.  Bag by RebeccaMaeDesigns.com

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Scrap Happy Sampler #8 Block of the Month

Carpenters Square is the block of the month for August!  Another great block for all those scrappy strips of fabric hanging around.

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I chose three colors to work with – red purple and blue.  Then I just picked scraps in each color!  When sewing this block you work from the center out so it helps to press and square up your block as you go…

carpenters square quilt block tutorial

Hope everyone is having a good summer!  Have fun with this block!

As always, this months block pattern is free for the current month (August) and then I will list it.

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

 block of the month quilt

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

Thanks so much for following along!

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Cloud 9 Geocentric II Bag Challenge @ Sew Mama Sew

Challenge, Giveaway AND Tutorial!

It was a little bit hard to contain my excitement when the gals over at SewMamaSew  chose me to participate in the GeoCentric II Bag Challenge!

Cloud 9 Fabric is launching their amazing line of organic cotton canvas (YUM!),  GeoCentric II!  The new line has 3 new fabulous colors and 3 new prints to choose from and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some!  Patiently I waited, stalking  the mailman checking the mail each day… until… it… arrived! (alright, it waaaas in an envelope…)

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I planned on resisting the Cloud 9 references… I wasn’t going to say anything silly like ‘I was on cloud 9’ but I WAS thinking it!  The quality of this fabric is SO NICE!  Seriously, Cloud 9 Organic Cotton Canvas just sounds Fabulous!   No one else in my house was allowed to touch it (mine all mine) but I couldn’t stop!  It’s very soft and not at all like the canvas I’ve worked with before… I only put it up to my cheek once… don’t be a hater!

I decided to make a Victoria Tote and although the pattern doesn’t call for leather I had some that matched PERFECT!  So I swapped out the canvas bottom in the original pattern and top stitched the leather on instead.  And added leather straps… Could it get any better?  I’m super pleased with how it came out…

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I’m in love with the daffodil and metal colors together…

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This fabric is really a dream to work with, it presses so nicely and is just crisp and soft and not as heavy and stiff as regular canvas / duck cloth.  And I really think it looks great with the leather accents… check out the bag bottom…

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love it!

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The pattern has an exterior and interior d-ring and an interior pocket –

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

All you need is some GeoCentric Fabric! How will you choose what color with so many to choose from?  Really… I don’t know!  I love the interlock/sprout color in this next photo but I also love the diamonds/sky and the interlock/coral…

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I had so much fun working with this organic canvas,  I couldn’t stop, so I made a little zipper pouch!

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check out the daffodil lining…

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

GIVEAWAY – Like me on Facebook and and I’ll randomly choose someone August 10th to win a free Vicotoria Tote Pattern!  Please be sure to comment below that you liked me on Facebook so you’ll be officially entered.

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Make your own Zipper Pouch using this TUTORIAL.

You can find the pattern for the Victoria Tote here!

Go check out Cloud 9 and SewMamaSew!

UPDATE!  THE PATTERN WINNER CHOSEN BY And the Winner Is:

Robin August 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

I am following you on Facebook.  Love the bag, love the fabric.  thank you!

sherrips – I haven’t forgotten about the gorgeous Blueberry Cotton!  I made a Coupon Bag!  Find the pattern here… Coupon Organizer Pattern

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Craftsy Sweet Summer Sale!!

It’s that time of the year again – time for the Craftsy Sweet Summer Sale 7/17-7/21!  A different selection of classes will be on sale up to 75% off each day. Classes will be priced as low as $9.99! Check back each day to see which new classes are on sale

Craftsy Here are just a few of the many classes on sale TODAY…

But don’t forget to check back each day for more choices!

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Online Sewing Class

Online Quilting Class

Online Quilting Class

DON’T FORGET – CRAFTSY OFFERS LOTS OF FREE CLASSES EVERY DAY!

FREE Online Sewing Class

Online Quilting Class

Online Quilting Class

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Free Class Day @ Craftsy!

Saturday May 18th, Craftsy is hosting Free Class Day to benefit DonorsChoose. For one day only, new members can choose one FREE COURSE from a selection of favorite Craftsy classes, up to a $39.99 value! If you haven’t taken a Craftsy class yet, Saturday is your chance to sign up for your first by choosing from classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, and more.

If they meet their goal of giving away 10,000 classes, Craftsy will donate $5,000 to DonorsChoose to fund arts education in public schools across the US. Existing members are not eligible for the free course offer, but will still receive a special treat! 25% off a class! ;o)

Click THIS LINK to get your FREE CLASS!!!
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Online Quilting Class

 

Here is one of MY FAVORITE CLASSES..

I LOVED this class!  And my review is here: Quilting from Small Scraps Review.

Design your own Handbag is another class I have taken and would highly recommend.  Brett Bara walks you through all the steps to design your own handbag!  If you want to make (and design!) your own bag – Take this course!!! YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED!!

 

OF COURSE… CRAFTSY offers many classes that are ALWAYS FREE!!!

FREE Online Sewing Class

Online Sewing Class

free short rows knitting class at craftsy.com

free modern buttercream cake decorating class at craftsy.com

 

Even if you don’t have time to  WATCH the course today… no worries!  Just sign up TODAY and you can watch it ANYTIME you want and AS MANY TIMES as you want!  This is your chance to try it FOR FREE!  What’s better than that???

ENJOY!

sherri

 

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Scrap Happy Sampler #4 April Block of the Month

It’s April and I’m thankful that spring is here…  although it’s a little difficult to believe after all the late winter storms.  I’m more than ready for the sun for sure and I’ve seen evidence in the garden that spring weather is coming.

I’ve put together a tutorial for a Burgoyne Surrounded Quilt Block this month that I think is pretty awesome.  I’m really quite hooked on the pattern and just might have to make a full quilt if the free time ever comes!  I hope you enjoy it!

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burgoyne quilt block tutorial

I hope you enjoy this months tutorial.  Please post pictures to the flickr group I love seeing them!  Thanks again to those of you that have posted your finished blocks or projects already!!!

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Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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Scrap Happy Sampler #3 Block of the Month

The March Block of the Month is a ‘Joseph’s Coat’ variation.

joseph's coat quilt blockThis block is appliqued using fusible web.  It’s really a fun block…  It goes together easy and is really stunning with the negative space between the inner design and the outer ‘circle’.  I’m loving this block!

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If you’re not following along with the block of the month this block would make some gorgeous pillows, or an entire quilt.   You can even play with the placement of the shapes to create your own block design.  It opens the mind to other applique possibilities and it’s great for beginners or a refresher if you’ve used this applique technique before.   If you prefer to assemble this block using needle turn applique (rather than the fusible) that is definitely an option.  I machine appliqued using cream color thread that matched the background fabric but not the shapes so the stitches are more obvious.   You may choose to use thread colors that match your shape colors if you would like your stitches to blend better.

joseph's coat tutorial

I hope you enjoy this months tutorial.  Please post pictures to the flickr group  I love seeing them!  Thanks so much to those of you that have posted your finished blocks or projects!!! So fun!  Here’s a look at Block 1 & 2…

#1 january block

#2 february bom

The  current Joseph’s Coat block is available free for the entire month of March.  When March ends, you can find the complete pattern in My Shop OR on Craftsy.

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More blocks to come…

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

SCRAP HAPPY SAMPLER QUILT PATTERN

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern is in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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