Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun-Size Quilts

Thursday, July 24, 2014
If you love mini quilts, and you loved my Skip the Borders book, today is your lucky day! Two of my Skip the Borders quilts are featured in a new book that's available now, Fun-Size Quilts.


Fun-Size Quilts includes 19 mini quilt patterns by 17 different designers. It's bursting with all kinds of mini quilt fun!

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Inside Fun-Size quilts, you'll find a mini version of my Skip the Borders cover quilt, "Four-Patch Shift".
This mini "Four-Patch Shift" finishes at 12 1/2" x 16 1/2" with 2" x 2" finished blocks. Yup, teeny tiny 2" blocks. Get out your Precision Stilettos for this one!



Quilt Details 
Fabric is Pick a Bunch by Nancy Mims for Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Mini Four Patch Shift
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 6/3/2012
Finished on 11/2/2012
Quilt measures - 12 1/4" x 16 1/4"


Here are some of the progress photos I shared on Instagram over two years ago!


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And you'll find a mini "White Stars" quilt!
This mini "White Stars" finishes at 12 1/2" x 16 1/2" with 4" x 4" finished blocks.


Quilt Details 
Fabric is assorted Tula Pink from my stash
Pattern - Mini White Stars
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 7/16/2013
Finished on 8/23/2013
Quilt measures - 12 1/4" x 16 1/4"


Here are some of the progress photos I shared on Instagram last year!



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I also posted this image & comment about 1/8" binding on Instagram last year. (Please note that the book includes directions for a 1/4" binding as 1/8" binding is really fuzzy and only crazy people like me decide to tackle it!!)



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This book is full of so many great quilts, I picked out a few from other designers to share with you.

This "To-Do List" quilt by Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts captures my idea of a perfect day!

"Tapa Cloth" by Natalie Barnes has a cool and calming feel to it.

Kim Jolly's cover quilt, "Sunshine," has a great modern-traditional spin to it.

"Starlight" by Elizabeth Dackson.

"Skyline" by Emily Herrick.

"Elongated Triangles" by Missy Shepler.

And "Stalagstripes" by Pippa Eccles Armbrester.

You can see more Fun-Size Quilts on Martingale's site.
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And you can win your own Fun-Sized Quilts eBook!

The Rules


1. Leave ONE comment to enter. Make sure your contact info is in your profile or that you leave it in the comment.

2. In your comment tell us which Fun-Size Quilt you're inspired to make from the book.

3. Comment entries must be left on this blog, www.jaybirdquilts.com, to be valid. Comments sent via E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media will not be counted.

4. Simple as that!!

You have till 9PM PST on Wednesday, July 30th to enter. 

Winner will be selected by 
Good luck!

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

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Penny D said...

I love that to/do list quilt :)

Jennie said...

So much inspiration. It's a toss up between white stars and Elizabeth daxkson's quilt!

Nine Kids and Not Counting :) said...

I would make the stalagstripe mini. Love it and its name!

memmens said...

I'd make the To Do List quilt for my sewing room wall - apparently we have enough big quilts in our house so fun size ones must be the way forward!

Ellyn said...

I would make them all! But that To Do List is stinkin cute! Would be a great one to make for all of my sewing sisters for gifts!

Meredith said...

Love these patterns! I'm most inspired by the stars-- white stars and starlight.

quilt for fun said...

I would love to make both the Sunshine and White Stars quilts.

Katie said...

OH yeah -- I'd make elongated triangles first but probably make all of them eventually

Deidra said...

The Four Patch Shift looks fun to make

Gene Black said...

I would love to make the Hedgehog quilt that is in the book AND Perhaps (Thomas Knauer's quilt)

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

I think the first I would make is the mini white stars. And then the elongated triangles. I love the simple clean lines of both. Eventually I would try them all.

Sylvia said...

I really like the simplicity of Skyline. Colorful and easy to make. Both features that I emjoy.

Sandra said...

All of them are an inspiration to make you want to make a mini for yourself. This is an exceptional great book to be able to win a copy for yourself. Thank you for the chance to win.

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Treevillemary said...

"Stalagstripes" would be first on my list.....i would probably make them all!

Liz Rehrauer said...

There is something about that Elongated Triangle quilt that makes me want to have one.

Mary Jo Hutchinson said...

I'd love to make Starlight!

Buncobuddy said...

I've only been quilting since May so I'm gonna start "easy" with the skyline quilt.

DeborahGun said...

I love Elongated Triangles

brookscuit said...

These would be perfect for practicing free motion on my domestic. I'd like to make to to-do list one and hang it on the wall in the sewing room.

Diane in Delaware said...

Mini White Stars and Stalagstripes are 2 quilts in this book that really jump out at me...would try them first :)

Georgi said...

I'd love to make Melissa Corry’s “Quiltalicious”! Thanks for the chance ~ fingers crossed!

Cathy Frankel said...

"Skyline" looks easy peasy, and will make a good place mat for the cat!

martha said...

I think I might like to tackle the four patch shift mini quilt! I have done a few of your other mini's and enjoyed them!

Debby Thompson said...

I can't decide between Starlight or White Stars. They are both what I was looking for in a small quilt

Lisa Marie said...

Love these quilts! I would like to try "Elongated Triangles" because it is so different from anything I've made before.

Karen said...

I'm a big fan of those White Stars and your four patch.

Margaret said...

I love all these quilts but Elizabeth Dacksons Starlight would be definitely on my list

jan goerke said...

I would HAVE to start with 'White Stars'. Stars and minis...a perfect combination.

Lavonne Hansen said...

tough choice - White stars is so clean like it

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I love the white stars and the other star quilt. Thanks for a chance at a great prize:)

Aliceart said...

I love the little foxy faces! I'd love the book - thank you.

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

I am intriqued by the little animal quilt.

Rebecca said...

I really love the foxy quilt and the 4 patch shift looks like fun.

Barb N said...

I'd make up the Hedgehog quilt or Starlight. However, I'd give hard thought to White Stars. Decisions, decisions, decisions . . .

Nicole Kiernan said...

I don't understand mini-quilts. I see in the quilt blogs that there's a lot of excitement about them, so I'm led to believe I'm in the minority. Is the point to practice technique? What do you use these for? What good is a quilt that only covers your hip? These are honest questions - I just don't get it.

terrieannie said...

I might end up making ALL of them (love mini quilts!), but I'd start with the "To Do List" quilt for my sewing room wall. The fox quilt will be perfect for my son! Fun stuff!

Gill said...

I like Thomas's Perhaps quilt !

Karla Vernon said...

I am inspired to make the Sunshine quilt.

Nancy said...

Elongated Triangles catches my eye--not sure why. nridder@hurontel.on.ca

songbird857 said...

Ummm.. all of them!! I really like Fox in a Box and Woven Stars :) vicnorm@Yahoo.com

Kristy said...

I really like your white stars and then it would be the hedgehog one as well as the foxes. What darling quilts! Thanks- K-

MissEnota aka Kristin S. said...

I love the "To-Do List." Your stars would be great for a holiday project too. And that tiny binding? Awesome!

Sandra said...

Your White Stars is a great contribution to this mini quilt book. This is so much fun and so many quilt designs that you just want to make all of them. Thank you for the chance to win this copy of Fun-sized Quilts.

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Carole Shaffer said...

I like the skyline quilt

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

The Fox in the Box mini would be adorable to make.

Mrs Quinn said...

Four patch shift. Love the teeny tiny squares.

quilary said...

All I can say is ... foxes <3 <3. <3!

VickiT said...

ugh. lost my comment - an error said "conflicting edits" :(

I just love all these little quilts. Too cute. I think it's good I picked up the Precision Stiletto a few months ago at Nancy Zieman's warehouse sale when I saw it. I'd seen that earlier in the week before the sale and was thrilled to see one that soon.

I honestly can't decide which I love most, as there are three that are screaming to me. Those three are My Little Garden, White Stars, and Sunshine. I am not sure which I want to do first.

knitnut said...

I love the white stars. I think I'd do that one first. Thanks for the giveaway. eclay8@gmail.com

Heather Cox said...

I love them all. But the best part is that when you are busy and have a full time job and kids these mini quilts give a great outlet to be able to be creative, productive and successful! The size makes it all manageable.

Diane H said...

All great patterns and quilt but I would make 'Starlight' first.

Lori in NC said...

I like "Elongated Triangles", I've been wanting to do something with a gray background, and solids are outside of my comfort zone - this would be a good challenge!

lindag said...

They are all so inspirational

SelahMel said...

Would be sweet to win this e-book!! I would love to make the Four-Patch Shift.... Which would surely be a challenge to my piecing skills!!

lisa laranjo said...

They are all so cute! Minis are great. I think us shine and to do list will be the first I will will do. Would love to win!
Laranjolisa@yahoo.com

Joyce in Nevada said...

I would do the 4-patch shift, first then any of the rest look fun. I don't know about the 1/8" binding, but willing to give it a try.

Louise said...

I'm definitely going to make the fox face quilt. So cute!

Walter said...

I love the impact of elongated triangles but the to do list is too cute! pjrcontest@msn.com

Melanie said...

Love the Sunshine quilt!

Marguerite said...

The colors you chose for Four patch shift are great. I can see doing this with a variety of pattern to the fabric. Looks like a lot of fun.

Betty C said...

The Tapa Cloth quilt is the one I would make first.

Pam said...

White Stars and Four Patch shift!

Unknown said...

I like the skyline quilt!

Cindyrella said...

I would pick sunshine...but I am thinking coral and grey :)

Janet Sabol said...

I think I'd do the miniature White Stars. I love the quilts in Skip the Borders and am in the process of making one now. sabolnd@gmail.com

Jill Ellis said...

I love pinwheels, so the first quilt I would make from this book is Sunshine, with the little yellow pinwheels.

Elaine said...

Elongated triangles really speaks to me.

Marguerite said...

White Stars and Sunshine are my favorite choices. I'm traditional so the pattern is familiar. I'm trying to expand into modern fabrics. I can see how it will work with these patterns

michelle said...

oh boy--sunshine, to-do list, and the white stars all are crying out to me!!!! Looks like there are some awesome quilts in this book--can't wait to get my hands on a copy!!! yay!!

charlotte said...

Sew hard to choose. I love the To Do list and the white stars and the sunshine quilt. I think I might just make them all.

Quiltineering said...

I love the to-do list quilt. What a fun idea!

Maree in NC ☺ said...

Love the "To Do List" quilt and the "White Stars". Maybe I could work on them both at the same time. ☺

Thanks a bunch for the chance to win!

my nana maree @ yahoo . com

Robin McGuire said...

I love them all! But the to-do list and 4-patch shift are at the top of the list!

Deb G. in VA said...

They are all cute! I think I would try “Quiltalicious” by Melissa Corry first.

Debbie said...

My fav is Skyline. Thanks

Jessie Killpack said...

I like the skyline and white stars quilt!

Carmen said...

The White Stars Mini-quilt caught my eye! Thanks for the giveaway!

Alexandra DeZenzo said...

So many amazing choices...not sure I'm able to choose just 1! My top 3 are Stalagstripes, Elongated Triangles, and Starlight!! Thanks for the awesome opportunity!!

quilt455 said...

Sunshine because pinwheels are my favorite Blocks but have never done a mini.

Karenteacher said...

These would make great gifts!

Debbie said...

My favorite is Skyline. Thanks

Shauna said...

they are all cute, but I like White Stars and Tapa Cloth and the pinwheels.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

To-Do List would look great on the wall of my sewing space!

Farm Quilter said...

I am in a triangle mode lately, so Elongated Triangles and Stalagstripes really appeal to me!

KatheG said...

What a hard decision but I think the first one would be Elongated Triangles. Thanks.

Karen Thurn said...

White Stars is unique in that white is usually used for the background and colored or prints for the stars. kthurn@bektel.com

govikes said...

I was inspired by the Hedgehog quilt in Fun-Sized Quilts. It is so adorable and would make a fantastic baby quilt someday.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Love the Sew, Sew, Sew quilt... I've seen designs like this before, but I don't have a lot of surplus wall space in my studio, so a mini would be perfect!

SewCraftyJenn said...

I would love to make them all but I think the fox quilt is particularly adorable!

Cindy said...

Which one, which one!?!? It's extremely difficult to decide, but probably begin with the hedge hogs for my new great niece. These are going to be addictive I do believe. Won't be able to stop once I've started.

Jacklynn said...

I would make the white star quilt, but with 9 blocks or 4 blocks to make it square. Thanks for the give away!

sandra said...

Love the foxes' and starlight.

Marilyn Snow said...

I would probably start with the sunshine quilt (love the pinwheels)!

Amber said...

I can't decide between the "Sew sew sew" and the mini white stars! These are great! :)

OhioLori said...

Loooove your White Stars mini!! Loooove Stars!! Would definitely make it too...plus the Sew Sew Sew one...for my Sewin' Room!! :)

StarSpry said...

This looks like a great book! I love both the "White Stars" and "To-Do List" quilts. One of those would be my first project. Thanks for the chance to win :)

delaineelliott said...

I want to make all of the quilts, but I would make the White Stars quilt first! Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Julie C. said...

I would love to make the "HI" or "Skyline" quilts - they look easy enough for me!

Elle D said...

I can't stop looking at those cute little fox faces. That might be first but there are so so many wonderful designs.

jinsnapp said...

I love the Hedgehog quilt, that would be the first I'd want to try.

Pamela Neal said...

I am in love with the "Sunshine" quilt!

Anita said...

Stalagstripes is my favorite.

tac73 said...

Love your mini White Stars quilt. I'm really into stars at the moment.

Kathy H said...

They are all so cute and I like the idea of completing something small. Sunshine certainly inspires me, I love the pinwheels.

susan said...

A tie...Fox in a Box and Hedgehog Heyday.

Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome book

Jane Cisneros said...

Your White Stars mini is calling my name!
Jane @ Hamdiworking.com

Siobhan said...

I'll start with your stars quilt, then do Kim Jolly's pinwheel quilt. After that, it's a toss up, but eventually, I'll make them all. I love the look of the mini quilts, and can't wait to start playing in my stash!

Bec said...

I love mini quilts & have been working on a mini wall so all would work for it!!!

Pauline Perry said...

I instantly wanted to make the Starlight quilt featured on the cover of the book but now I have seen inside I want to make more. So first I would make Starlight because I am mad about pinwheels right now, and then I would make White Stars - love it too.
Pauline


perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Amanda J said...

The Fun-Size Quilt I'm inspired to make from the book is Quiltalicious! Love the chevron running through it and think the colour combination is great!

Andi Jackson-Darling said...

I want to do the To Do quilt first.

Chancy said...

This looks like a fun book! And I love that fox pattern!

Lee Ann L. said...

This looks like a fun book to own! Thank you for a chance to win!

Marilyn said...

4 Patch Shift looks like fun to make, but To Do List would be nice for my studio.
marilynrobin at gmail.com

Dana Crossland said...

I love the white stars, but the one I most want to make is the hedgehog mini quilt.

Kathryn said...

I've already made the 4 patch shift in the large size from your Skip the Borders book, and could use up some scraps making this mini version.

Janet Ward said...

I probably would do more than one, but the first one, would defiantly be "Four-Square Shift" i love it, i can just see my Grandma making that one! Very bright & vibrant!
But I do love them all second choice would be Fox in a box!

Beanstalk said...

Many mini quilts are in my future, I think. Such fun patterns. I'm going to be brave and attempt a mini-binding too -- I agree that it helps the scale.

Wendy Iris said...

I love the 'To - Do List...but they all look interesting.

Bearpawquilter said...

I really like the fox quilt and Perhaps. N

Carol said...

I want to make at least one 'To-do List' quilt - one for me and one for a quilting friend.

Lee said...

I love the Sunshine quilt!

RosieGma said...

I love stars, and your white stars are so little and perfect....

Tracey said...

The White Stars quilt, love it and I'm going to try one of those mini bindings, looks great. Thanks for the opportunity.

Althea Claradene said...

I am inspired by the Four Patch Shift!

Beth said...

The first one I'm going to make is Elongated Triangles.

Janet M said...

I really like the 4 Patch Shift quilt since it looks so scrappy.

Beth said...

I would like to make the 4 patch shift - it looks fun!

Carolle Whittall said...

Hmmm...I think I'd go for the White Stars quilt and the To-Do List quilt first. Thanks!

Michelle C. said...

I'm torn between your White Stars and Kim Jolly's Sunshine. I might have to resort to "eenie meanie miney mo"!

RosieGma said...

hi I would make the hedgehog one, too cute...

Beth said...

The first one I'm going to make is Elongated Triangles.

Jen Beatty said...

Stalagstripes is different & fun!

Karen said...

Those white stars look like a good way for this newbie to practice and not have to make too many!

leanne said...

I love mini quilts so this book will be a must to add to my library and I love stars too so my first quilt would be your white stars ! thanks so much for the chance to win !

Msfrnd said...

How can I choose.
Star bright
Star light I will choose your star tonight.

Lisa said...

I would love to make white stars, the foxes, and a few of the others looks fun! This looks like a must have for learning new techniques! Thanks

Alexandra Luenz said...

I would make the mini white stars right away!

Michelle said...

I adore your white stars as a mini - so fun! (and of course Tula Pink, so how can I resist making one of these asap!)

valentinegirl said...

So cute! I'd either make the white stars using my stash of Gypsy girl for the background OR I'd make the cute foxes to make something for my SIL, who would just love it!

Dawn said...

I like four patch shift. I have some red, aqua and teal just waiting for something good!

Nancy said...

I have your Skip the Border books and have always liked the Four Patch Shift.... There are a lot of nice ones in this book
thanks for the giveaway

Marca said...

I love the foxes, and four patch shift is my style. Looks like fun!
Marca
Raylynn(at)homemail(dot)com

pkrueger said...

Fox in a box is my favorite mini. The white star mini is my second favorite! THanks.
pattik@windstream.net

roberta mill said...

I like 4 patch shift-I like your fabric choice also. Not a fan of 1/8 inch binding!

SewInspired2Day said...

I will do each and every quilt in this book! I can't wait to get a copy!!

Rachell said...

I want to make your White Stars!
I'm so excited for your whole mini-lineup. I won your Mini Hex n More and Mini Disco from Moda after Quilt Market, so I'm so excited to try them!
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tana said...

I think I would do the mini "White Star" only instead
of white I would use a light shade of green and build around that color. Green is my favorite color and I love working with the different shades.
Tana Lewis
tjl1000@sbcglobal.net

db said...

I can see a whole set of white stars minis done in different fabrics.

Maureen said...

I plan to make doll quilts with my granddaughter, this book would be perfect! Thanks for the chance to win

barbara woods said...

love those patterns , have your book already 'Skip the borders'

Lyndalee said...

I plan to make the WHITE STAR quilt. I love your colors. I'm into Modern Quilting and love to do my own quilting on my home sewing machine.
Lyndalee

Karla Vernon said...

My favorite is "Sunshine."

GO STARS! said...

I love the White Stars quilt as I am drawn to stars quilts. And the Sunshine quilt is so cheery. I really like all of them.

Jeannie Gan said...

I would like to make Four patch shift, I have stash for it.
jchiagan at yahoo dot com

Lavonne Hansen said...

Hedgehogs for my grandson but all are so creative - Make some nice lunch placements too

swakins said...

I love pinwheels so I think I would love to try Kim Jolly's Sunshine quilt.

ronnie said...

I like "White Star" and "Skyline" both! ronnie dot bazan @ hotmail dot com.

Julie said...

I liked Sunshine and Tapa Cloth. Thanks for sharing your Mini quilts.

Kathy E. said...

I do love your quilt, but 2" blocks frighten me! I'm inspired by Heather Valentine's flower applique quilt...I'd like to attempt that!

P Bybee said...

Oh I'd just love to make the Tapa Cloth!

Amy said...

I'm in love with the hedgehogs, foxes and stalagstripes. The foxes would be at the top for a doll quilt challenge in our guild.

Andee said...

So many cute ones, but I really like the white star quilt!

Marianne said...

I am inspired to make them all! Really! This book is such a clever idea!

B. J. Woodlee said...

I love White Stars. Thanks for chance to win this book. b.j.day68 at gmail dot com

Sarina said...

Very cute. The 4-patch shift would be a darling american girl doll quilt!

Cecilia said...

I like the To Do List for my sewing room.

Diane said...

Lots of cute projects! I think I'd make the To-do list quilt. Thanks for the chance!

MoeWest said...

Hedgehog Heyday is so cute! This looks like a fun book.

Anita said...

They are all so cute, but the mini white stars is the one I would start with

haddie said...

The Little Hedgehog heyday is one I would love to make!! thanks for a chance to win

abengel said...

I'd like to make Sunshine and Four-patch Shift.

April's Creations NC said...

It's a tie between white stars & fox in a box. Many more that I would make in addition, makes buying book worth it if I don't win ;)

PT in SC said...

It's so hard to decide, love them all. Skyline looks like a good starting point.

ja ro said...

I'd love to do the pinwheel kit. Actually all of these projects would be perfect for me as I'm learning to machine quilt.

bookworm said...

I love so many of these little quilts! I think I'd make Fox in Box first, then Four Patch Shift, or one of the flower appliqué quilts!

Brooke @ little b quilts said...

the 4 patch shift...because I have already made the full sized one and I totally need a mini!!

Sarah said...

My family loves hedgehogs so probably that one! Thanks! sarah@forrussia.org

JoAnne in southern California said...

Your "Four Patch Shift" intrigues me and the "Skyline" one does too. I can't wait to see them in the book! Thank you!

jillnjosh said...

I think I might like to try white stars or stalagstripes.

Kerrie Kean said...

I love the 'White Stars' quilt as I am always drawn to quilts with stars. I particularly like the combination of the white stars with the different colours of the backgrounds as they sparkle like jewels in contrast to the white.

Алеся Палекова said...

Love these patterns! I'm most inspired by the stars-- white stars and starlight.

Sharyn Baldwin said...

I am totally inspired by the 4 patch shift - I just love it! May try it out on my own actually - it is just so cute!!

Janet Ward said...

Well here us my post for the mini white stars". I have gone quilt by quilt and made my responses, although the posting areas have not been clear, I hope I have them in the right places! The white stars is my #3 choice of "Mini- Quilts" to do , so stay and lets party! Thanks so much!

Patch said...

Why do I have to choose? I'd love to make all of them. And because they're small, maybe I could.

Brendon said...

Picking 1 is a toughy.....I like both skyline and four patch shift......both are amazing and fun

Jbjpjones@yahoo.com

Wendy said...

I'd start with Sunshine and To Do list, but I love the stars too

Coser Tejer Crear said...

I'd start with yours! I love it!

suzanprincess said...

I'll do White Stars first, because though I don't care for a full quilt of stars, as a mini it looks perfect! Then there are at least 3 more, because I could always find a place to hang a mini to enjoy, and then do more for friends.

Betsy Smith said...

I love Elongated Triangles.

Katie said...

Love the fox quilt! We have foxes in our backyard!

Angelina Kendra said...

To Do List!

Alicia Key said...

Kim's Sunshine quilt looks like a fun one to make

Susan L. said...

I love them all! But, I think I like White Stars the most.

Betsy Smith said...
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Jayne said...

Gorgeous and fun quilts! Love the idea of mini binding too! I am inspired by the Elongated Triangle Mini! Looks like so much fun!

Dana Gaffney said...

I really love your white stars mini quilt, I think that's the first one I'd make.

Monica said...

Skyline
Silverize at hotmail

Kim-the-girl said...

My favorite is either Fox in a box or sunshine. I really love the quilting on your star one though. They are all so inspiring!

Havplenty said...

The to do List, the Fox one and White Stars.

tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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