Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Playing with Patchwork

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Improvisational piecing is freeing and fun, and this Playing with Patchwork quilt pattern captures that spirit beautifully. Designer Sherri Bain Driver adopted a make-it-up-as-you-go mindset when creating it. Our simplified pattern leads you through making one A Block and one B Block — make the remaining A and B Blocks identical to these first blocks, or have fun making each one different! The quilt finishes at 42 1/2″ x 51 1/2″.

Click here for the free downloadable Playing with Patchwork quilt pattern.

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This Friday FREEbie is part of our free ebook, Super Simple Patchwork Quilts – in addition to the Playing with Patchwork pattern, you’ll also get two more free quilt patterns in the download. NOTE: You’ll need to enter your email address at the link to get the ebook.

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I’m Blue for You: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

 Im Blue for You: A Visit with Wendy SheppardWelcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring! Wendy‘s new lap quilt pattern, I’m Blue For You, is in the February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts

Hello to all McCall’s Quilting blog readers!
My quilt I’m Blue For You starts with the premise that I love to design quilts with fun visual effects using simple elements and blocks.  Often times, quilters are pleasantly surprised at how easy to put together my designs are. This one finishes at 55″ x 65″, a nice throw size:

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I’m Blue For You uses squares and occasional half square triangle units in the quilt top construction.  When placed strategically,  the HST units end up making large and striking check marks in the midst of the squares.  The quilt ends up using traditional quilting block elements with a contemporary twist in the final effect.

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I liked using the Atlas fabrics from Windham for this project because the fabric group gave such a nice range of blues for the project. The Atlas fabric range also comes in a tan/gray colorway.  I have colored the the quilt to show you how the fabrics would be placed:

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This project is stash-busting friendly to incorporate fabrics of the same color group for a fun and “I-spy” effect.  Of course, you can incorporate fabrics of more than one color group for a different take on the project.  Just to make it fun, how about embroidering a message to the recipient on one of the squares if you are making this quilt as a gift for someone?

Stop by my blog for more on my latest projects, and keep up with me on Instagram as ivory_spring

Wendy

QQ10217 Im Blue for You: A Visit with Wendy SheppardThanks, Wendy! If you’d like to make your own version of Wendy’s I’m Blue For You quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine or download the I’m Blue For You digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.

 

 

 

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I Love This Quilt: Twinkling Star Quilt Pattern, Part 5

“I Love This Quilt.”

Twinkling Star, McCall’s Quilting January/February 2016

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Click to see a slideshow of my journey with the Twinkling Star pattern.

I am so excited! My quilt is finally bed-ready. What a glorious feeling, to have put months of effort into a quilting project and see the last stitch go in. I finally get to see how my changes to the Twinkling Star pattern look in a finished quilt.

Side Note: I chose the Twinkling Star quilt pattern for the I Love This Quilt feature in McCall’s Quilting January/February 2016. The original quilt pattern appeared in McCall’s Vintage Quilts Spring 2004. The pattern is a reproduction of one made by Alice Melum Moss, circa 1930, reported in the files of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado. I made my quilt with a yummy blue and cream fabric, the Country Manor Collection by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman. You can download the free Twinkling Stars quilt pattern by clicking here. I’ve made a few changes to the original pattern. See the end of this blog to get a summary of those changes, including yardages for my king size version, and the links to my previous blog posts created as I made my version of the quilt.

For my last blog about this quilt I want to share a bit about the quilting. The first time I heard someone say “quilting for cash” was at a retreat last fall. I understand that there are many quilters who enlist help with this quilting detail. Coming from a long-time belief that I have to do everything on my quilt by hand I resisted the notion of giving it to someone to finish. And then, when I started working at McCall’s and Quiltmaker I began seeing all the beautiful, incredible quilting designs that come from a machine. I’m embarrassed to admit, “What took me so long?

We sent my Twinkling Star quilt to Cindy LeBaron from I’ve Gotcha Covered Longarm Quilting in Gilbert, Arizona (www.ivegotchacovered.com). She worked on the design with Laurie Thomas (It’s a Quilt Thing! www.itsaquiltthing.com). There are a few things I did before sending the quilt to Cindy to prepare it for quilting. I’d like to share these with you.

To begin, I had to square up the quilt top, with borders on. I also had to make sure there was enough batting and backing fabric to allow for any shrinkage that occurs during the quilting process. For the batting I used Warm 100 from The Warm Company. The rule of thumb is to allow an extra 8” of batting, 4” around the width and length of the quilt top. Ideally, the backing should be an additional 2-4” larger than the batting, extending beyond the batting on all sides.

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Twinkling Star Quilting Plan

Before quilting began I also had to identify the quilting motif, and share my ideas with Cindy to make sure it was possible. Because the Twinkling Star quilt pattern was a 1930’s reproduction, I wanted the quilting to also be representative of the era. And, there is a lot of “cream” space in the quilt pattern, which lends itself to showcasing the quilting as much as the piecing. I decided the design should be simple and elegant, flowers and feathers. I enlisted the help of an experienced long-arm quilter, Paula Stoddard (our Managing Editor), to review the design and help mock-up my ideas to send to Cindy. Because the pieced stars have so much detail, she suggested simply using a curved line of stitching in the white areas. We took one of the diagrams of the quilt design to capture a quilting plan with our ideas. I sent this to Cindy. With the exchange of a couple of emails we had the direction for the quilting design. I left it to Cindy to select the thread color. She chose a cream shade that blended in with the background.

The quilting is subtle; yet incredibly lovely. It’s just pure elegance.  Here are a few close-up pictures of the quilting. (Click on the image and zoom-in to take a closer look.)

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Quilted Florals

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Quilted Curved Lines and Feathers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I won’t deny my version of the Twinkling Star pattern took some time to create. I was on a dedicated mission for several months trying to complete it in the time I could steal away after work and outside family activity. It was worth it, and I hope at least one of you reading this blog will be enticed to start a quilt using this pattern as well. We’d love to see it when you’re finished!

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Tricia’s Twinkling Star Quilt

The original Twinkling Star pattern finishes at 66” x 100” (throw or twin size), with 15 Twinkling Star Blocks. My version of the pattern was made:

  • King Size (97” x 105”)
  • Twinkling Star blocks: 25 (15”)
  • Border #1: 3”
  • Border #2: Pieced 2”
  • Border #3: 4”
  • Binding: Prairie Point edge
  • Fabric: 10 yards of assorted blue and cream prints (blocks, border #2 and prairie points), 9 yards cream solid (blocks, sashing, border #’s 1 and 3), 9-1/2 yards backing, 105” x 113” batting

 Download the free vintage Twinkling Stars quilt pattern

Click on these links to read previous blogs about my Twinkling Star journey.

Part 1: Using Triangulations to Make Triangle-Squares

Part 2: Alternate Border Design

Part 3: Replacing Folded-Edge Binding with Prairie Points

Part 4: Making a Large Quilt Requires BIG Project Management

Happy Quilting!

Tricia Patterson

Associate Editor, McCall’s Quilting

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Double Wedding Ring

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Quilts made as wedding gifts have special significance, and this week’s Friday FREE quilt pattern is an all-time favorite for this occasion. With its symbolic rings, beautiful in both scrappy and planned fabric arrangements, the classic Double Wedding Ring quilt speaks of love, devotion and the circle of life. The beautiful vintage Double Wedding Ring quilt pictured here is owned by Nancy Ferguson. Use our free pattern to make your own reproduction using foundation piecing. The lovely quilt finishes at 69 1/2″ x 84 3/4″.

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Click here for the free downloadable Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern.

This Friday FREEbie is part of our free ebook, Wedding Quilt Patterns – in addition to the Double Wedding Ring pattern, you’ll also get two more beautiful free wedding quilt patterns in the download. NOTE: You’ll need to enter your email address at the link to get the ebook.

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Seaside Steps: A Visit with Jen Shaffer

Shaffer Jen 200px Seaside Steps: A Visit with Jen ShafferWelcome back guest blogger and quilt designer  Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen! Jen’s large lap quilt, Seaside Stepsis patterned in the February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on as Jen discusses using the Seaside Steps quilt pattern to make a gift for a high school graduate!

I am so happy to be today’s guest blogger. I hope the bright, cheerful fabrics of Seaside Steps (from the Under The Sea collection by Heather Rosas for Camelot Fabrics) brought warm thoughts and joy to you. There is just something about a quilt saturated in color that makes me want to snuggle in and absorb it.

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I have a child graduating from high school this year. Yes, he will always be a child in my heart, but truly he is a young man ready to spread his wings, just a bit, and fly. I’m using him as my inspiration for this quilt, though I used our local college, Southwest Minnesota State University, for the color choices.

SMSU Seaside Steps: A Visit with Jen Shaffer

Since most colleges have only two colors, I used another neutral to fill in, I think it turns out very nicely with just three colors. To add a little more college flare, and to use some of the extra fabric, I pieced the backing.

I chose to use a t-shirt from SMSU, as well as the leftover fabrics, to add a stripe down the back. I  used the t-shirt to decide on the width of my stripe, my 12 1/2″ square fit perfectly on it, and that made all the measuring easy peasy.

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Once that was decided on and cut out, I added some interfacing to it for stability and then I grabbed my leftovers and laid out my strip.

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Testing options

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Final layout

I didn’t end up using all of the extra pieces, but a good chunk of them went into it. I know it goes against many, many quilters ideas, but I don’t like to have a lot of scraps and extra fabric, so if I can piece a backing, I will.  Once the strip was stitched together, I grabbed the rest of the backing fabric, sliced out a 12 ½” strip, replaced it with the pieced strip and sent that baby to the quilter. I made sure to let her know about the t-shirt because that can cause issues with the quilting.

Horseshoes pantograph pattern Jessica Schick Seaside Steps: A Visit with Jen ShafferShe had this great horseshoe pattern that was perfect for this Mustangs quilt. The pattern is Horseshoes and Loops #JS Pano 114V2 by Jess Shick of Digitech. Do you find that a quilt just takes on life once it’s quilted? It’s doesn’t have that flat feeling any more. This seemed especially true for this quilt. Once the quilting was done I felt it came to life.

I think this quilt is great for a quick sew, and by adding a t-shirt and some school colors, you can make it yours (or your graduate’s) in time for graduation. Have fun, enjoy this time and then cry after you’ve dropped them off.

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QQ10217 Seaside Steps: A Visit with Jen ShafferThanks, Jen! If you’d like to make your own version of Jen’s Seaside Steps quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine or download the Seaside Steps digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.

And if you’d like to try incorporating t-shirts into a quilt but need some helpful instruction first, check out our on-demand online course, DIY T-Shirt Quilts! 

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: New Year’s Sparklers

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It’s almost 2017, and we have the perfect Friday FREEbie to share in celebration of the upcoming year. New Year’s Sparklers, designed by Michele Scott, is a gorgeous star quilt that’s so full of color and sparkle that it’s bound to light up any room, any time.

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Michele used batiks by Timeless Treasures in a delightful variety of beautiful hues. Take care to use an exact 1/4″ seam allowance when piecing the blocks so the pieced border will fit perfectly. The quilt finishes at 83″ x 96 3/4.

Click here for the free downloadable New Year’s Sparklers quilt pattern.

This Friday FREEbie is part of our free ebook, Sparkling Star Quilt Patterns – in addition to the New Year’s Sparklers pattern, you’ll also get two more free patterns in the download. NOTE: You’ll need to enter your email address at the link to get the ebook.

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Ring Around the Toesies: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Colleran Kate 225px 224x300 Ring Around the Toesies: A Visit with Kate ColleranWelcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs! Kate‘s new bed runner quilt pattern, Ring Around the Toesies, is in the February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine

Hi everyone! Kate Colleran here from Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs and it is super fun to be back with you guest blogging. Today I am talking about my bed runner, Ring Around the Toesies, featured in the February/March 2017 issue of McCalls Quick Quilts magazine.

Have you ever gone into a hotel and the bed is covered with a white duvet and a lovely bed runner graces the bottom of the bed? Doesn’t it look pretty?

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That’s what I was thinking about when I designed this bed runner, Ring Around the Toesies. I was also thinking that sometimes you don’t want or need another quilt! Or have time to make a queen or king sized quilt. So if you don’t have time for a quilt, a bed runner is a great way to dress up the bed. And you can make a few and change it up for the seasons. My runner was made using fabrics from the Feathers and Flourishes line by Amanda Murphy for Benartex. I think it’s a great look for spring!

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Crystal Zagnoli quilted the runner using a beautiful light blue thread.

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You could also make one using a lovely holiday line like the Midnight Clear fabric line by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics. Now you have one for the holidays:

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Or maybe in white with gold and silver?

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Or maybe make one using the fun, bright Desert Bloom line by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda. A summer runner for sure!

Desert Bloom bed runner Ring Around the Toesies: A Visit with Kate Colleran

And for fall, you could go with this rich look using Gratitude by Jo Morton for Moda.

Gratitude bed runner Ring Around the Toesies: A Visit with Kate Colleran

See how different they all look with the different fabrics with different styles? What would you use to make your runner? Holiday fabric? Deep oranges and rust for fall? Or something bright and bold for summer? Leave us a comment and be entered for a chance to win 8 fat eighth pieces from the Feathers and Flourishes line and a copy of my pattern Kozy Q Scarf so you can whip up a fun infinity scarf.

Happy quilting!
Kate

Giveaway for blog post 122916 300x300 Ring Around the Toesies: A Visit with Kate ColleranThanks, Kate. And thanks for providing this super prize! Leave a comment below before midnight January 8, 2017 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on January 9 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

If you’d like to make a Ring Around the Toesies bed runner quilt of your own and don’t already have a copy of the February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Ring Around the Toesies quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

 

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts February/March 2017!

QQ1703 Cover 500px 221x300 Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts February/March 2017!Color, value, and scale – these three qualities contribute so much to the success of any quilt design. And the 12 beautiful quilts in the new February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts are a wonderful study in all three factors.

Seldom have we had a cover quilt with as much color pizzazz as Rainbow Lattice by Heidi Pridemore. Batik fabrics from the Timeless Treasures Tonga Jelly Bean collection really deliver on saturated color and tempting texture. Heidi’s clever piecing creates strong diagonal lines with easy blocks set in straight rows – it’s magical!

 

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Star Kisses

Next up is a fat quarter quilt with big, bold blocks that play with value combinations. Star Kisses by Allison Jensen starts with 12 fabric fat quarters (from the Hazelwood collection by One Canoe Two for Moda), each cut into patches for one star center and one star background. Then the value fun begins! Depending on how you combine fabrics in each block, some will be high contrast and some low, giving the quilt sparkle and intrigue. If you’d like to make this quilt using the same fabrics as Allison, a limited number of kits are available.

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White Noise

Each issue of Quick Quilts includes step-by-step photos demonstrating special quilt making tips and tricks, and this issue has a couple of great ones. Learn to do improvisational cutting and piecing to give the background areas of the White Noise quilt excitement and movement. This is a technique you’ll love for making the most of scrap fabrics in an artistic, modern way.

 

 

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Strippy

 

And have you ever had trouble sewing long fabric strips together straight and accurately? The photo series in the Strippy quilt pattern has the secret for keeping your work flat and straight, even with super-long strips like the 70″ ones used in this quilt.

 

 

 

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Concerto

 

Concerto is a quilt for music lovers of all ages. The strong value contrast between the cream and black fabrics from The Music In Me collection by Kanvas Studio for Benartex gives this lap quilt big graphic punch. Fussy-cutting makes best use of the fabric prints, and we’ve even included bonus quilting motifs in the Pattern Section of the magazine, so you can quilt your Concerto just like this one.

As always in Quick Quilts, construction of this quilt is fast and easy, with the fabric doing all the detail work for you. Music-themed quilt kits always sell out quickly, so if you love this one, order without delay! Super-cute music note fabric is also available for backing.

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Tilting Windmills

Scale is a fun quality to play with in quilt design, and we can tell designer Diane Harris had a great time creating her Tilting Windmills quilt for this issue.

This twin size bed quilt comes together quickly thanks to the nine 24″ blocks that make up most of its surface. Cute 6″ versions of the block add detail and even more scrappy fun. There’s something strikingly modern yet also very traditional about this original design, and it’s a wonderful way to make a dent in your scrap fabrics.

There’s much more inside the February/March issue of Quick Quilts; preview all the patterns for a more complete look. And don’t miss the free bonus patterns on our website. We’ll see you there!

Warm Greetings,
The McCall’s Quilting Team

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pick-Up Sticks

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If you’ve got a Jelly Roll pack of precut fabric strips, you’re ready to start on this week’s Friday FREE quilt pattern, with the addition of just a few fabrics for sashing, border and binding. Designed by Sarah Price, this easy Pick-Up Sticks quilt is shown here in assorted blue, purple, pink, orange, green, gray, and gold prints from a Jelly Roll by Moda.

The quilt finishes at 74 1/2″ x 88 1/2″.

Click here for the free downloadable Pick-Up Sticks quilt pattern.

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This Friday FREEbie is part of our Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns free ebook – in addition to the Pick-Up Sticks pattern, you’ll also get two more free patterns in the download. NOTE: You’ll need to enter your email address at the link to get the ebook.

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Baby Blooms: A Visit with Emily Bailey

Emily and grandmother 225x300 Baby Blooms: A Visit with Emily BaileyWelcome guest blogger, quilting teacher, and quilt designer Emily Bailey of AuntEmsQuilts and EmsScrapBag! Emily‘s new lap quilt pattern, Baby Blooms, is in the January/February 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine

I am blessed to still have my grandma in my life. She says she is the black sheep in the family because she does not like to quilt. Her mother was a wonderful quilter. Both of her sisters quilted. In fact Aunt Lucy quilted until she was 98. I hope to follow in her footsteps. Then maybe I will make a dent in my bucket list of quilts. Grandma has given me several of her mother’s tops and quilts. I have taken several of her traditional quilts and made them more modern.

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Baby Blooms by Emily Bailey

 

I really like the process of taking a traditional block and playing with it to get a new and modern look. I like to find the perfect union of what my great grandmother would have made and my own personal style. For Baby Blooms I wanted to play with the traditional snowball block.

 

 

 

I had seen a block where one side of two snowballs blocks joined.

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It was a little tricky figuring out how to do what I wanted. Figuring out how the blocks would come together to create what would look like two alternate blocks. I played with the idea of having a square in the center of each snowball but finally gave up on that.

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Next I tried it in fall colors to look like trees full of fruit and little garden patches.

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babyblooms style 600 300x300 Baby Blooms: A Visit with Emily BaileyFinally I settled on spring colors and the look of little flowers. I used the Backyard Roses collection by Nadra Ridgeway for Riley Blake Designs along with a crisp white solid and two bold red prints for making the quilt.

I think my great grandma would be proud of the result.

Emily

 

Thanks, Emily!

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If you’d like to make your own Baby Blooms quilt using the same fabrics Emily did, we have a limited number of quilt kits available in our online shop. Backing fabric is also available.

If you’d like to make a Baby Blooms quilt using other fabrics and don’t already have a copy of the January/February 2017 of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop.

The Baby Blooms quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

 

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