Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mug Rug Blog Hop: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of our Mug Rug Blog Hop! Today Debby Kratovil from Debby Kratovil Quilts is sharing a mug rug made using the beautiful Fossil Fern prints and the Royal Star block. 

We hope you enjoy Debby's tutorial! Make sure to scroll to the very bottom of the post to find out how to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of fabric!


Here's Debby!

Just like a box of candy spilled on my counter top - yum, yum!
Hi, Debby here! This is my day to reveal a mug rug for the Sew in Love with Fabric blog hop. I knew I wanted to work with the Fossil Fern Collection by Benartex. I've been playing with those fabrics for almost 15 years. Yes, they still produce these fabrics - never before has a fabric line stayed popular for so long.

I opened my box of fat quarters (sent to me several years ago by the Marketing Director) and selected a few colors . . .
Box of fat quarters of Fossil  Ferns
And I revisited one of my all time favorite patterns from one of my all time favorite quilts - The Royal Star. Yes, I will be sharing this pattern - make one block, make 16.
Royal Star Quilt
But, can I show you first the children's mug rugs I made for my grandsons last summer with some Fossil Ferns and some novelty prints from Baby Safari (also Benartex) . . .
Twisted Hexagon blocks, no binding, just pinked edges

Twisted Hexagon blocks with striped binding
Now for the Royal Star block, paper pieced and then quilted.

STEPS FOR MAKING A ROYAL STAR BLOCK:

1. Prepare your foundations. You will need four of the star corners. Pre-cut the fabric shapes for each of construction (all sizes for these are in the FREE PATTERN)
Cut out parts according to pattern
 2. Use the blue square in Position #1 on the pattern. Place it on the UNWRITTEN side of the pattern with the wrong side of fabric touching this unwritten side.
Notice that the fabric extends away from all lines around Patch #1. Pin in place
3. Without turning pattern over, fold back along line between Patch 1 and Patch 2. Trim away excess blue fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.

 Both sides trimmed
Both sides of Patch #1 trimmed, leaving 1/4" seam allowance from side lines.



(Dark) postcard used; fold along line. Add A Quarter ruler gives perfect 1/4" seam allowance.

4. Pin rectangle (orange) for Patch #2 to cut edge of Patch #1, right sides together. Pin

Fabric for Patch #2 pinned, aligned along newly cut edge of Patch #1.

5. Now it's time to turn pattern over and sew on the line between Patch #1 and Patch #2. Sew all the way from the outside edge of the pattern, THROUGH both outside seam allowances. Finger press orange patch away from seam (see below)

6. Repeat for Patch #3. Pin and sew on the side with the lines. Turn pattern over and this is what you see . . .
Patch #3 added. Notice I have sewn from edge of fabric to other edge of fabric.
7. Press patches as shown . . .

Patches pressed, awaiting trimming
8. Time to trim again before you add the last two (blue) patches. ALL trimming is done on the printed side. Fold the pattern back on the line, use an Add-a-Quarter ruler for the 1/4" seam allowance.

Patches 2 and 3 trimmed
 9. Add Patches 4 and 5, one at a time; press  . . .
Star point unit - what a mess, huh?
10. Now it's time to trim excess fabric using the seam allowance markings on the pattern. Turn this over and . . .

If you look closely, you can see how I sewed off the paper with every seam. This ensures that I sewed in the seam allowances, just as you do with traditional piecing. Those seams criss-cross in the seam allowances.
Can you see the excess fabric that extends away from the outside of the paper?
11. The outside edges of my paper are where I'm going to trim. It is 1/4" away from the outside triangle line of the unit.
Wow! It sure looks good when it gets cleaned up.
Can we see the front? Glad you asked . . .
Make 4 of these for each block
 Now it's time to add the Nine Patch (made with 2-1/2" squares) with the Star Points.

Royal Star block parts
Now for the full block sewn:
Isn't she pretty?
I was just using scraps, so I didn't have enough to make a bigger mug rug. I did have one I made a while ago that I'll show you. But first, let's see another color combination . . .

Royal Star block with black background
And how does it look with some of the sashings like I used in my full quilt? When the sashing fabric is the same color as the block background, the star seems to float on the black

Triple sashing and 9 patch blocks
And here's my mug rug from a previous life . . .
Block size: 8-1/2". With 1" sashings and squares: 14-1/2" x 14-1/2"

Now for the link to the pattern: Royal Star Quilt (16 blocks for a quilt or just make one block)
Thanks Debby!

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Benartex or Kanvas fabric, simply sign up to follow this blog, either through Bloglovin' (or another blog reader service) or email (both options are in the right hand sidebar) and leave a comment letting us know you follow. In your comment, also tell us your favorite month for quilting. Leave a second comment and receive a second entry by following us on Facebook and letting us know. This giveaway is open through Wednesday, February 5 at 11:59 PM EST. 

Make sure you check out all the Mug Rug tutorials!
Day 1: Benartex Design Team featuring Bohemian Rhapsody
Day 3: Stitched Together Studios featuring Shaken or Stirred
Day 4: Benartex Design Team featuring Puppy Love and Smooches
Day 5: Candace from Saltwater Quilts featuring Gramercy
Day 6: Julie from The Crafty Quilter featuring Sweet Tweet
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152 comments:

  1. Beautiful mug rugs and pattern. I follow via google friend connect.

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  2. I follow via bloglovin. Any winter month is my favorite... Quilting keeps me warm!

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  3. I follow via Bloglovin'. I think January is my favorite month to quilt, after all the Christmas things are put away I can focus on quilting projects.
    tstanulis@mac.com

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  4. I follow you on Facebook.
    tstanulis@mac.com

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  5. I follow via GFC and email. Love the Royal Stars, thanks for sharing the pattern! Any month is good for quilting!

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  6. I am a follower through bloglovin! Great block and for me there is no special month for quilting but I tend to do more handquilting in winter than through summertime.

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  7. I follow you on Bloglovin'. My favorite month to quilt is January. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. I follow you by email. Those stars are wonderful. Good directions too, I might be able to do these with the directions!

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  9. I like you on facebook. I think my favorite month to quilt in is the months that have 31 days!

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  10. I follow by e-mail. What a great tutorial. I love the stars. Thank you.

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  11. I'm a follower! I love to quilt in any month, but find that most of my sewing and quilting happens in November and December while I'm trying to finish Christmas presents. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  12. I follow your blog via email and Bloglovin'!!! I quilt all year round so there is no favorite month for me!! I do like Abbigails comment two up from mine - hehehe!!

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  13. I follow via email and GFC!!
    Winter is best for quilting because the weather is usually to bad to be gardening!

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  14. I follow you by email and I'm always excited when I see anonymous in the list of accounts. I don't facebook or google or etc. so this is great! I enjoy quilting in any month. Most of mine are gifts so whenever an occasion arises I quilt! Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win!

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  15. I follow you via Bloglovin. My favourite time of the year for quilting is winter, since one has to stay inside. Lovely stars!!!

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  16. I follow this blog by email. Every month is my favorite month to quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!
    k.castanette@hotmail.com

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  17. I follow on facebook.
    k.castanette@hotmail.com

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  18. I follow by email. My favorite month for quilting is October - the weather is cold and probably snowy and it is perfect for making something warm and comfy. Thanks.

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  20. I follow your blog via GFC. I don't have a favorite month for quilting, as I've just really started.

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  21. I follow on Blogger. My favorite month to quilt is every month! :-> IMHO, there isn't a bad month to work on quilts, but I sometimes change what I'm working on depending on the temperature.

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  22. I love mug rugs ... and it's the perfect time of year for them!

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  23. I follow you via e-mail. :) winter time here in Oregon is usually so wet that I stay in most of it and do my crafty stuff.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  24. I also like you on FB. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  25. I follow your blog thru email and really enjoy it. My fav month for quilting is any month!

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  26. Just gorgeous Debby! I really love the Fossil Fern fabrics and because I had always wanted some, I bought a fat quarter pack of the brights last month during a sale at Craftsy. I quickly decided after that order was completed that I should have bought more, and tried to do just that but they were sold out almost immediately after I placed my order. They are such great colors. I love seeing what you did here with those. So pretty.

    And the Royal Star quilt is such a beautiful quilt. Thank you for the tutorial and pattern to make it.

    I am a follower of Sew In Love with Fabric via email and also on Bloglovin'

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  27. I am also a follower on Facebook.

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  28. I follow via email.
    Fossil Fern fabrics have been around a long time. Love the mug rugs.
    Hmm! I really like to quilt every month but if I have to pick a month I will say Feb. since that is my birthday month.

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  29. Hi!!!! I am a follower on Bloglovin!!! I think my favorite month to quilt is April!!! It is my birth month but I like April showers!!!

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  30. I am a new follower on Facebook!!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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  31. I quilt as a business, so I quilt every month of the year! Favorite seasons to quilt are spring and fall...in the winter I have to turn on the heat about 3 hours before I go up to quilt and in the summer I have to get up early to quilt in the cool morning hours (I hate dripping sweat on my customers' quilts) because I have no a/c.

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  32. I'm a follower via email. My favorite month to quilt is January through December! :-). Thanks for the free pattern, this is a great quilt.

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  33. I already like you on Facebook.

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  34. I follow thru Bloglovin & Email :)

    THIS year for sure, January is favorite (BRRRY COLD!) month to Quilt! lol But usually is fave month anyhow...lots of time inside...no garden stuff etc waitin...in January.... lol .

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  35. judieharron@yahoo.comJanuary 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    My favorite month to piece quilts are the winter months... I love to hibernate in my sewing studio and piece my brains out with all the lovely fabrics in my stash. I follow you on email, bloglovin, facebook and Benartex through Mr. B's club. The fossil fern mug rug is beyond, beyond!

    judieharron@yahoo.com

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  36. I love your mug rug so bright and cheery . My favorite months to sew are the winter. In Spring I like to garden and Summer I spend in the pool. I follow you by blog lovin and email.

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  37. Any month is a good month to quilt, although I do like the winter months for sewing down the binding. The quilt keeps you warm at the same time. I follow this blog via email.

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  38. I follow with email and bloglovin. I seem to get the most quilting done in January and this year is no exception.

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  39. I am a fan of Debby's via her blog and am glad to find her here today. I follow you via email. Thanks for the mug rug week!

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  40. I follow your blog. I love quilting any time, either by machine or I always carry a little box of 1/2" hexies, papers, thread and bits of fabric!

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  41. And I even quilt sitting up in bed!,, lol "............

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  42. I follow by email (illusions@rainierconnect.com) Love to quilt anytime and all the time!

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  43. Gorgeous mug.Love these colorful line.I follow by email.I haven´t a special month for quilting but I love do it in winter.

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  44. I am a follower. My favorite month for quilting is currently June, my birthday and when school is out for the summer. This will soon change to December, when I have vacation from work.

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  45. My favorite month is in the winter, januari/februari. All party's are over and there is time to sew :-) Nice mug rugs! Thanks for the chance. I follow by bloglovin

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  46. My favourite month to quilt is any month that I actually get time! I'm a follower. hayleymstephens at gmail dot com

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  47. Love the fossil ferns. Your mug rug block is gorgeous; you can't go wrong with pink and green. :) I follow by email and also use Feedly. Best month: there's no bad month for quilting though my summers are busy and it's harder to work indoors then.

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  48. I follow by email. I like to quilt in months ending in y and r. Why not the others you ask? Well, I have to rest and clean sometime.

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  49. I follow on bloglovin...and my favorite month to quilt is November...getting ready for Christmas... crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  50. I follow Benartex on Facebook. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  51. I follow you on bloglovin.

    I love to sew at any time, but the best month for me is May. The weather outside is warm enough that my sewing room is comfortable and I can even have the door to the outside open if I want.

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  52. I follow on FB ksmith8@emich.edu

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  53. I received your blog via email. EVERY month is my favorite month for sewing. I don't have a preference bc I'm usually very comfortable at my sewing station. Thanks for the chance to win :) ksmith8@emich.edu

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  54. I follow on Bloglovin'. Don't do facebook. I sew every month of the year, and can't say one is favored over another. Quilting is my life, all the time! Thanks for the chance to win. I've been using Fossil Ferns since they first came out, and I still love them! dezertsuz at gmail

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  55. I follow you by email. And I am a Preview Pack Club member. Thanks for the giveaway. Every month is my favorite month to sew.

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  56. I follow you on FaceBook. I am a Preview Pack Club Member. Love that club! I love sewing every month of the year.

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  57. I follow through bloglovin. Every month is my favorite month to quilt. I live in no. Calif, and we often have colder weather in the summer than the winter!

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  58. Thanks for the wonderful post! I have lots of Fossil Fern scraps, and now I know what to do with them! I follow you via Bloglovin.

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  59. I'm also a follower on Facebook. Thanks again!

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  60. I follow this blog on email, am a preview pack member, and a Facebook friend. My favorite month to sew is one with a vowel in it; all of them!

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  61. I follow on bloglovin. My favorite any month when time permits. Cheers

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  62. I follow the blog but have not done facebook yet, too complicated for an oldie, love those fossil fern fabrics

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  63. I follow the blot on bloglovin and this is the 1st blot I've ever subscribed to! I like to quilt in all the months, whenever the spirit moves me and time allows me!

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  64. I follow the blog on Bloglovin and every month is a good month but really I sew more in the Winter when I am trapped inside.

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  65. I follow on bloglovin. I love quilting all year, but January is a great time. After the busy holiday months, Nov & Dec, it's nice to slow down and stay inside where it's warm, and just relax at my sewing machine.

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  66. Of course I am a follower on Facebook also!

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  67. I follow your blog with Feedly. My quilting tends to follow the weather, very hot or very cold outside - I"m inside playing with fabric.

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  68. I follow through email. Thanks for the Royal Star pattern-love it!! The hexagon mug rugs are too cute. The Royal Star mug rugs are great. Who doesn't like Fossil Fern! January is my favorite month for quilting. It's a new year with many new ideas.

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  69. I've been following your block for a while now, through e-mail. I think my favorite month for quilting is June, I seem to have more time then. I've been on a mission to make bright and cheerful mug rugs for my daughter in her new office. (she's not allowed to hang anything on the walls) So these have been nice to follow

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  70. I am a follower on Bloglovin. There are twelve months and each and every one is my favorite month to quilt.

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  71. I follow along with bloglovin. Any month that I finish a quilt (or quilts) is my favorite.

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  72. I also follow along with Facebook.

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  73. Great projects!! Thanks!! I've been a follower on Bloglovin' for awhile now and really enjoy your blog. I try to sew all year round although during the winter is the most difficult because of my arthritis... I stay stiff a lot longer.
    Happy sewing
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  74. I follow you on FB too!
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  75. I follow you through email. my favorite month for actual quilting is february. it is usually cold and that giant quilt keeps me extra warm.

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  76. My favorite month for quilting is probably January. I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  77. I also follow on Facebook

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  78. I also follow on Facebook.

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  79. I follow via email and FB. Don't want to miss anything. I get the most quilting done in the spring.

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  80. Love these! and I love to paper piece! I follow via Bloglovin and email so I'm certain to catch the posts. My favorite month to quilt is any month that work doesn't bog me down.

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  81. I get your posts via email. I don't have a favorite month for quilting.

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  82. Email. I have loved Fossil Fern since it first came out. I am not surprised at its popularity & so grateful it an ongoing print. Thanks. This is fun.

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  83. I follow you on Bloglovin' and my favorite month to quilt is all of them! pbstrand@msn.com

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  84. And I'm a facebook fan, too! pbstrand@msn.com

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  85. i follow on bloglovin and any month is a favorite month for quilting

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  86. What a beautiful block. I follow via Bloglovin.

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  87. I like/follow you on Facebook too.

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  88. I follow by email and Bloglovin, and Facebook. I quilt year round, but actually quilting, I prefer it to be a little cooler, especially with a big quilt. It's too hot to handle that much fabric (and warmth) during the hottest Summer days.

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  89. I would like the twisted hexagon pattern.

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  90. I follow this blog via email. My favorite month for quilting is November followed by February.

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  91. I follow with Feedly and my fave month for quilting is Jan

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  92. I follow via bloglovin, many thanks for an inspiring post.

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  93. I follow with bloglovin'. My favorite month for quilting is July because I go to CT and quilt with my DIL

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  94. I follow via email. And my favorite month for quilting is August. :)

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  95. pramuditahandaristi @ gmail . com

    I follow through bloglovin'. I think any month is great for quilting!

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  96. pramuditahandaristi @ gmail . com

    I like the facebook page

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  97. I follow you on blogloving and like to create in the spring

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  98. I'm following you though Facebook

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  99. I love to quilt all the time. So for me to pick just one month that is hard. I sew every single day. I love July 4th the most. I have signed up to follow you on Bloglovin.

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  100. I follow on Bloglovin and my favorite month for quilting is January. To cold to do anything else.

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  101. I follow on FB as Kathy Newsom Davis.

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  102. I follow through bloglovin. Fave month is probably february because its too cold for much outside and all the christmas stuff is finally put away so more free time.

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  103. Follow via bloglovin. My favorite month for quilting is February.

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  104. I follow by email. My favorite month to quilt is January.

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  105. Love the mug rug (and love the batiks!) My favorite month to quilt is … every month ;) I follow via email.

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  106. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN'!
    MY FAVORITE MONTH IS PROBABLY NOVEMBER,AS I LOVE MAKING SOME OF OUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  108. FOLLOW ON FB
    jldouglas@wispwest.net 19kelly71


    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  109. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. Every month is my favorite month for quilting, though I probably do more in December for last minute gifts. Thanks.

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  110. Following you on FB too. Thanks again.

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  111. I follow you on Bloglovin'. January is my absolute favorite month of the year to quilt. The holiday hustle and bustle is over, the snow is falling and it is so warm and cozy in house -- perfect for quilting!

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  112. Love the Stars and the pinked edges on the mug rugs. I follow you on email and facebook

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  113. Hi, I just found your site and signed up to follow. I love to quilt year round but January is the best because I don't have to go outside in the yuck.

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  114. I have also joined you on Facebook.

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  115. Very nice! I love those fabrics and the designs are gorgeous too. January is my favorite month for quilting. I follow on Bloglovin.

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  116. Hi! Thanks for the Mug Rug Tutorial. I've signed up to follow you via e-mail. Thanks for the opportunity to win some "cool" fabric!

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  117. I follow via email... My favorite month for sewing is February 'cause I'm lucky enough to go to a quilting retreat for 4 days!! It's coming up soon, I can't wait!!

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  118. There is no favorite month to quilt. Every month is a great month to quilt. This year I'm going to a great retreat with Laura Wasilowski in July so that's going to be a great month to quilt this year.

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  119. I follow on Bloglovin and my favorite month for quilting is November - I still have the mistaken belief in November that I'm really going to get all my holiday projects done!

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  120. I'm a follower through Bloglovin. LOVE this tutorial. :)

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  121. I like you on Facebook, too. :)

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  122. I think I sew the most in Feb as I have birthdays and spring and summer clothes to make for ! thanks! I follow w/GFC

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  123. This is so colourful and fun! Love the star like embellishment in the middle!

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  124. My favorite month to work on quilts is August - as I live in northern Florida and it is very hot outside in August! I follow you with blog lovin.'

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  125. I like you on Facebook! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

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