Monday, November 18, 2013

Just Judie Show 'N Tell

Last Thursday evening, I headed to my local quilt shop, The Quilt Merchant, for a wonderful event to celebrate two special ladies;   Judie Rothermel, and Lisa Even, Grand Prize winner of the Just Judie competition, celebrating Judie's 25 years with Marcus Fabrics!


Shop owner Valerie Langue (on left) hosted Pati Violick, Marcus' Director of Marketing (on right) and a bunch of admiring quilters for an evening of show 'n tell.  Pati came to the shop with a load of quilts....the three top winning Just Judie competition quilts, and a bunch from Judie's own collection, and new Block of the Month quilts from Marcus Fabrics.


Lisa Even, of Barrington, IL, holds her Grand Prize winning quilt.  The Quilt Merchant sponsored Lisa's entry into the competition.  You know how photos of quilts just don't do them justice....well....you can't believe how gorgeous all these quilts really are!



Lisa's design and Judie's fabrics came together in a spectacular way!  The details and array of color and fabrics are a feast for the eyes!  Notice the little Lucy Boston blocks in the corners?

Next up was the second place winner made by Sarah Bond of Philadelphia, PA.  Your eyes just don't know where to land first!


Winner Nancy Yando of Fuquay Varina, NC, made the third place quilt, which if memory serves, was all appliqued and quilted by hand.  A bit of a modern twist with Civil War repros!  Lovely, don't ya think?

In addition to the Just Judie winner quilts, Pati brought along several of the new BOM program quilts to show us.  The quilt above is called Mastering Miniatures and is actually a Block of the Week program.  The "miniatures" refer to Judie's new fabric collection called Judie's Authentic Miniatures.  Stunning, and L*O*V*E the fabric collection.


This is a new BOM called Peace and Unity and is the last BOM in the Civil War series with fabric designed by Judie Rothermel, and quilt designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth.  (Don't worry!  Marcus will be doing more CW Block of the Month programs.  This is just the last in the series.  Whew!)

Once again, the photos just don't do these quilts justice.  Aren't they are beautiful?
This stunning quilt is the newest design by Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts, called Hampton Ridge.  



OK...hating to sound like a broken record here, but really!  The fabrics and the quilts are just awesome in person.  I wanted to take as many close-up photos as I could so you can really see the fabric and blocks.  When I really study the blocks in Hampton Ridge, I get that itch that tells me I want to make them all!  Does that happen to you?  So...look over all the yummy BOM's here to see which ones give you that itch, and be sure to sign up for them at your local quilt shop!!

The next collection of quilts are Judie R's.  This quilt is her favorite way to showcase Conversation prints.  Love the fussy cut stripe border!


 Pati told us that this is an excellent example of how Judie likes to use  "not your typical"  fabric in the background of a quilt.  Sign....love this one, too!  

 Judy also loves hand piecing, hand quilting, and miniatures.  All three are combined in this cutie!


What a great way to showcase a toile, don't ya think?  Lots to love in this quilt, too.  Sigh....it's probably easy to say there are few Civil War reproduction quilts I don't want to make.  The problem is that FOUR letter word.....TIME!  Apparently, I was lost in the show because there were more Judie quilts I don't have pictures of.  Sorry...I was mesmerized!  These patterns may be available for purchase directly from Judie's website, Schoolhouse Quilts.

While I may have lost my memory when Pati was showing Judie's quilts, I didn't loose it all when Pati generously handed out packs of Judie's Authentic Miniatures fabric collection, and asked her to give me an extra one to give away!  Yay!  The pack includes an 8 inch square of each print in the line and Judie's instructions on how to make this wonderful block.


So.....I'd love to hear your comments about Block of the Month programs.  Do you participate in them?  How many do you do in a year?  What criteria goes into choosing which program you do?  Is it the fabrics, the designer, the quilt design, how many blocks you'll be making, the difficulty of the project?  Even if you've never done a BOM, let me know why not.  I'll choose a winner on Friday morning.  Until then....happy stitching!





62 comments:

  1. The overall design is what draws me to BOM programs. I have just started a new one this year - a Christmas Baltimore Album in wool. I am so excited about it and have the best intentions to keep up...

    Beautiful pictures! Love Civil War fabrics!!!
    Kathy

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  2. What a gorgeous array of quilts!!! I have done some BOMs and really enjoyed them. Now I'm on the other side of the counter busy cutting for others doing BOMs!! I am attracted to them by seeing the finished result - and it is nice to spread the cost of a quilt over a period of time...but I do consider the overall price as well. Sometimes that puts me off a programme.

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  3. BOMs are the best way to stretch my fabric comfort zone. If it's a Civil War BOM, I'll sign up. My Bee has completed a BOM within our group which was all stars, each month's star pattern chosen by a Bee member.

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  4. I love BOM' s. I've probably done at least a dozen. I love opening each little packet like a present and only working on one little piece of the pie because then it's not overwhelming. I've done shop hop BOM' s and one's where the fabric is chosen by the designer, and one's where you pick your own fabrics. I love them all.

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  5. I Love, Love Love BOMths!!! It's like a little bit of Christmas every month. Especially the ones that have the fabric already picked out for you. And it is so much fun to see your project gradually grow into a lovely quilt.

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  6. I do internet BOM using my own fabrics. It's a good way to make a new quilt in small increments of time. Love sew-A-longs for the same reason

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  7. I have only made a few BOMs. I'm doing one right now, Sarah's Revival by Sue Garman, and I've been working on it nearly 3 years now. I was really tempted by Hampton Ridge, though. It is gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. I used to sign up for BOM's like they were going out of style. Now, I'm much more selective and only buy the ones that I KNOW I'll work on. I have so many that are UFO's that I have to be very careful.

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  9. Thanks for the beautiful eye candy !. I got started quilting with bom's from my local QS. I participated in them for about 6 years. They helped me in so many ways to improve my piecing skills, my color appreciation and scale appreciation. I have not done any in the last 3 years just due to time restrictions and my tastes at the moment. But I will soon be retired and will be back at my LQS to sign up again.

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  10. I have done a few BOM through a local quilt shop and several QAL I have found on the internet. I find that I can complete smaller projects more easily than the large BOM. BOM have increased in price a great deal since I made my first one. So, they are an investment in time and $$ and before I sign on to one I like to make sure that I will finish it. There are so many beautiful BOM patterns that it is hard to decide which one to invest in. I do think they are a great way to build skills and set a goal for completing a quilt.

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  11. I love BOM programs, especially ones featuring appliqué blocks. I like having just one block to do each month, and I love the BOMs that have the fabrics included with the pattern; picking fabrics almost takes me as long as making the block.

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  12. What a wonderful show and tell! Very inspirational! I have done several BOM in blog land, usually free which is a bonus. I have done one BOM from a quilt shop but the costs are so high with the shipping that I tend to avoid them now. If can do a free BOM in blog land and use my own fabrics with a few blenders, I am in heaven!

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  13. Thanks for the great pics.Those quilts are absolutely beautiful!!
    I do free BOM, I made few and several QALs .This year I joined Quilt Doodle free BOM.Thanks for the chance!!

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  14. Wow! I really like that block! And all the quilts! Oh my! I needed to wipe a little drool off of my keyboard before I could write anything! B-) ~not glasses, bug-eyes! LOL I love BOM's because they keep me focused and I like the end result of having all the blocks done and a quilt top together. I'm not a big fan of fabric in kits because I have found myself short-changes too many times and I like to make my blocks a little different than everyone else's. That's just me. LOL Thanks for the chance!!

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  15. Wow! The Judie quilts are gorgeous!!! Lots of talent there. Block of the Month-LOVE THEM. I like to do them when I'm going thru periods of stress. No decisions to make-just send me a block in the mail-I don't have to pick colors, patterns, etc. and I am always happy with how they turn out. I recently completed the Calico Garden quilt, the original owned by the Shelburne Museum, from a block of the month. I love that one.

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  16. Oh my Oh my what a slide show!!!!! Love all those quilts. BOM's I have done but they seem to be getting really $$$$expensive to do. I have such a stash that I really like to use that up whenever I can. There are alot of free BOM's on the internet so I tend to do those. But every once in awhile a quilt BOM will call my name and I just can't resist.

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  17. Really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful quilts. I love, love, love BOMs. In theory they keep me focused, but sometimes(often) I run behind, but that doesn't stop me starting on another one.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  18. Peace and Unity...love it! Was just discussing with a friend at Two Thimbles after our class.i have done numerous BOM in the last 38 years. I am currently on board with two. Thank you for sharing photos of the Judie winners.

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  19. Wow what stunning quilts in your blog! Congratulations to Lisa...I would love to see it in person...outstanding!!! I love Blocks of the month but do not want them the typical 12 months...12 blocks. I take into consideration the design and fabric. The Fat Quarter Shop always does a fantastic job...they give (?) you more than ample fabric...and I love the results. Thanks for sharing all the pictures:)

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  20. I've only done a couple BOMs - both mysteries. I LOVE Judie Rothermel fabric and find it hard to find in my LQS. Thanks for the chance to win some. Your photos were wonderful - thanks especially for the close ups :0)

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  21. I enjoy block of the months, but find 8-9 months is about my maximum limit. Any longer is too longand i start looking for the next one. Thanks so much for sharing

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  22. I do one bom a year and it depends first on fabric and then the pattern. Add a couple of points if it has hand applique or wool!

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  23. Gorgeous quilts! I choose my BOM projects by loving the pattern and the fabrics! With all my projects in the works I don't want to take on more than one BOM per year. If I wasn't working I would have time for more. I would love to win the beautiful fabrics! They would be perfect for making baskets and stars for my Abigail's Pins Quilt I started from your pattern. They would mix in well with your fabrics. I love the Abigail's Pins pattern and your fabrics!

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  24. I've never done a BOM - they just seem too expensive to me. Plus, I don't like having or making a quilt that is exactly like the one dozens of other people are making.

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  25. I'm with Gayle (who, BTW, you will also be meeting in January at your workshop in Brigham City). I have never done a BOM from a quilt shop. When I look at my stash I can't justify spending that much money each month to get more fabrics and a pattern, and I prefer to take a quilt I like and change it up somehow to make it uniquely mine. I have done free BOM patterns online, and I have taken sampler patterns with 12 blocks and made one block a month with my own fabrics and called it my BOM project. : )
    This post has left my head swimming with ideas! Wonderful quilts!!!

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  26. I love the quilt show, some gorgeous quilts! I haven't done a structured BOM in a long time. I agree with some of the other comments that sometimes quilt shop BOM programs are just too expensive and sometimes the fabric choices are rather restricted. I like to take the patterns and interpret them in the fabrics that I love and already have in my fabric stash. I have also found that if I have to follow alot of rules then I tend to not always finish the project. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. I have done a few BOMs. It's a good way to try out so many different blocks. I like seeing how the different blocks can be set together and look great.

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  28. I love, love BOMs and have done many in the past. I will usually participate if it is done with civil war fabrics or wool. The designer may or may not be a factor. I have done a variety of BOMs that included piecing, applique and wool. I enjoy making all quilts regardless of size.

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  29. I have done 2 "Block of the Month" quilts, both applique. I loved doing the applique blocks but didn't finish te quilts. Finally I finished one and sent it off to a long arm quilter. The other still needs some applique on the borders. I have sworn off Block of the months until I finish the one I started! I chose them because I liked the design and I love to applique.

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  30. Hey Pam - I love BOMs - I just don't have as much time as I'd like to do them. I usually try to do one machine pieced and one applique a year. So glad everything is going so well for you!
    -- Sherryl Frank

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  31. I am in the midst of participating in two blocks of the month. For me, civil war fabrics are a must. I also consider the size of the blocks, and more importantly, I look for blocks that I haven't had experience making, something to challenge my skills. Thanks Pam for offering this "yummy" freebie. Sharon

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  32. I have only done one BOM and that was offered by Bunny Hill. Would you believe that I did it in Civil War fabrics!! Quite different from the model but really neat.

    Loved the quilts although I was hoping that one of the three entries from Temecula Quilt Co would win - all 3 were finalists.

    Thanks for the give away,
    Charlotte S

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  33. I have participated in several BOM programs. I choose the ones that have fabrics that I love and that will challenge my skills. It also gives me a good excuse to visit my local quilt shop on a monthly basis.

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  34. I've participated in BOM programs in the past (I belonged to a Thimbleberries Club for years) but lately I'm cutting back on BOMs. I have too many UFOs and want to get caught up before I start another project. The BOMs you showed today are very tempting, however!
    k.castanette@hotmail.com

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  35. I've done Block of the Month since I started Quilting in earnest back in 1994. Many are still in the Block Stage. I would love to win a block form Pam Buda. The quilts are so pretty and the quilting awesome!

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  36. I have never attempted a BOM, probably because I was overwhelmed by the fear of not keeping up. Now I have a collection of UFO's, I think what a silly reason! Some lovely patterns, thanks for sharing.

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  37. I have purchased many BOM and also BOW. Notice I said "purchased". My goal this winter is to try and do 3 BOM's. We will see how that goes. Actually what draws me to them is the overall design but lately I find myself leaning towards ones with wool applique and also reproduction looking.

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  38. I have purchased many BOM as well and continue to do so. I have them stacked in cute little boxes for that inevitable "someday". I try to keep up. That was my goal for 2013. I kept up through February!!!

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  39. I have ever participated in a BOM-yet. I see so many that are beautiful. The cost is the main reason. I am on a fixed income. I also do not have a sewing machine, but am considering getting back into quilting the "old fashioned" way by hand. A miniature would be a great way to start! Love all the wonderful array of designs and colors!

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  40. I have participated in 3 BOM, one of which is in a tub. I made one block, hated the way they made their flying geese and plan on making it all at once so that I can make the geese the way I like too. I don't really care for BOMs. First, it seems you never just get a block a month. It's multiples. That really surprised me the first time I signed up for one. I did a mystery BOM once and actually finished that in a decent amount of time. But I have learned, to stick with my own projects because I have so many I want to do and will love them even more than a BOM. I do get tempted, as in Hampton Ridge, but I have 3 or 4 or 5....... that are on my to do list. So I'm just going to watch all the beauty happen.

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  41. Judie is one of my two all time favorite fabric and pattern designers! I just love what she can do with both. I'd be thrilled to win this fabric.

    I've done one BOM. It was a really large quilt that took over two years. It's the only one I've done because I like to finish things more quickly than that. I lose interest if they take that long and it was really hard for me to complete that one. I prefer to have the entire pattern so I can plan my fabric use better. I also want to use my own fabrics so my quilt doesn't look like everyone else's.

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  42. Amazing quilts... thanks for sharing the photos!
    I have done 1 BOM from a local quilt shop because I just loved their sample quilt and wanted their fabrics.
    I have done 2 of Barbara Brackman's online historical BOW's and loved that even more! I managed to keep up with the blocks and really enjoyed making sampler blocks.
    I wouldn't spend a lot of money for postage on a mail order BOM although I have seen several that I really liked... it's just too expensive.

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  43. I have completed several BOM quilts. I enjoy making the individual blocks. Each block is a challenge and the quilt goes together quickly once all blocks are finished. My problem is pulling fabric from my stash as I find it hard to combine all of the different fabrics. It is easier for me if the fabric is provided with the BOM pattern. Sometimes I think the quilt is too big as it takes so much fabric for the backing and batting and you can get quite a bit of money invested. All in all, I enjoy making BOM quilts.
    Kathy - Indiana

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  44. I enjoy BOMs - especially those that use civil war fabrics. I have occasionally switched out a fabric in the kit for one of my own choosing. I don't always get to keep up month by month, but I'm looking forward to retirement and should have plenty of time then to complete all of these quilts.

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  45. I've never done a BOM before, but I'm not sure why! I seem to love so many that I see, but I guess I always think my level of commitment isn't there. I need to re-focus, and get serious, because I'm missing out on so many wonderful quilts!

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  46. I'm just drooling over all the wonderful quilts here - I want to make them all! I do a BOM once a year as I am a finisher who doesn't like to leave something partially undone! If I did any more it would really upset the ying in my yang (wink)! I generally chose them on the design of the quilt or possibly the technique such as the current one I'm doing which combines piecing and embroidery - my absolute favorite combination!
    Cheers!

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  47. Wow, gorgeous quilts! I am in awe of the talent! And third place winner Nancy Yando I have the pride to call a friend, her work is always beautiful, always stunning!
    Now to BOM.....this is hard for me to analyze the why. I think the fabrics are first (I love reproduction, earth tone & prim), what draws me in. Next I like to try something new. In the last few years I've sign-up online for two per year. And I usually get behind. In 2013 I changed direction & signed up for two: 1) Jaybird Julies modern "Toes in the Sand" BOM, love the fabrics & look, and have discovered I'm not enjoying myself 2) Thoroughly feel in love with Lynette Andersons Button Club BOM, alot of hand stitching & hexies, and am totally enjoying the process! In 2012 I made Lynne Hagmeier BOM, loved everything about this quilt :) Hope this info helps.
    :) Jackie in NC

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  49. Ah, so many fun/beautiful options and so little time. After I read this post I ventured into the sewing room, opened up the closet doors and saw project after project queued up and ready for me to start. I think if I had the luxury of staying home I could sew for 2 years straight before I got thru everything. And, true to form there were two quilts on your show 'n tell that I too would love to make (ie, add to my queue). Cathie in WA

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  50. I have done a couple BOMs and have kept up and love the results. Time is the big problem with me, too. So many quilts in my head and fabric boxes just waiting. There were inspiring!
    Marcia

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  51. I've done 1 BOM and loved it. I keep looking at the many lovely options for BOM's but I too have a problem with the same 4-letter word and have held off committing. Maybe in 2014!

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  52. Love, love, love all of the quilts. My head is swooning. LOL.

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  53. I thought I had commented EARLY in this game but do not see my comment so I'll try again. I've never done a BOM -- live WAY too far from a quilt shop to participate in a local one, and I've just not had the nerve to go for a mail-order thing.But! Judie Rothermel has been my muse and my inspiration ever since I started quilting in the early 1990s. Aunt Grace was really what got me hooked, and I've made many a quilt using those fabrics. Now I'm in love with her CW-era ones. Recently I got a bundle of Dressing Gowns and it is just WONDERFUL! I think it is time for me to do a BOM (bite the online bullet, Jan!) and use some yummy Judie! Pick me, please!

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  54. When I first started quilting, I tried everything to see what I enjoyed doing. I signed up for two BOM a year for several years when I noticed I would make the blocks, but I wouldn't finish them. Therefore, I have a lot of finished blocks and only a few actually completed quilts. Right now I am just trying to make and finish projects for family and friends that I started and then I plan to make things for our house which I don't have any wall hangings that I now have room for after remodeling. I love Judie's fabrics and her designs.

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  55. I'd love to win a packet of Judie's fabrics. I don't usually sign up for BOMs but I am seeing many that are soooo tempting! I remember meeting Judie and Bob when they had the store in Canton, Ohio. I moved from the area so was always pleased to see them when they did shows! Love her fabrics and designs.

    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  56. What a great event at your LQS! I wish I had been there to see all these beauties! I love Judie's fabric and have been buying it for years. How fun to have Pati there, and to see the quilt contest winners.

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  61. My first and only BOM so far was with the Fat Quarter Shop - It was Back to School with Pam kitty Love but we were using Barbara Brackmans book and making a civil war sampler quilt with fun fabrics. That was alot of fun. I got hooked on Civil War fabric though and have been slowly collecting some. I am a new quilter and blogger. I really want to try Judies Authentic Miniatures! Right now I am working on a Lucy Boston Quilt using American Banner Rose fabrics - My quilt will be named "Lucy visits America! I just found your blog and I am a new follower.
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    Sew and Sow Farm

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