Monday, February 18, 2013

Easy Pinwheel mini quilt tutorial


Hello fellow Art Gallery Fabric lovers! I'm Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter and today I am sharing a quick little table topper project using one of my new, favorite collections, Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker. I have been collecting vintage pyrex and other dishes for a while now so when I heard Jeni was designing a vintage-dishware-inspired fabric collection, I knew I would love it! And I was right.
Playing with this fabric made me so in the mood for spring! I'm glad I have some cheerful color on my table to keep my hopes up.

Here are the fabric requirements for this 24" x 24" square table topper. (The same yardage will work for a 12" x 48" table runner.)
  •  10 Fat Quarters from Color Me Retro collection (I used all 10 because I wanted to feature the entire collection, but you really only need 4 fat quarters worth of yardage for this project.)
  • 5/8 yard solid turquoise. (The coordinating Pure Element is Fresh Water)
This project consists of one simple 6" pinwheel-type block. Each block requires 2 strips 2" x 14.5". I used the same solid as one of the strips in each block, but you could use a variety of fabrics if you like.
Sew strips together and press toward the print fabric. Carefully sub-cut into 4 units 3 1/2" square. 
 Rotate the units as pictured.
Sew units into two rows as pictured, pressing seams toward the print. Then sew two rows together to create a 6 1/2" (unfinished) block.
After center seam is sewn, "pop" the seam in the center of the block (un-pick a couple of the stitches). 
Press each seam (from assembling the 4 units) toward the print strip in a counter-clockwise direction. This will help seams match up when you go to sew your block together.
Create 15 more blocks. 

I sewed my blocks 4 across by 4 down to create a 24" x 24" square. You could also sew them 8 across by 2 down to create a 12" x 48" table runner.
I then used my remaining fat quarter prints to piece together a quilt back 27" x 27". (You could also use 3/4 yard of fabric for this backing.) I like that I can have a reversible option for my table.
From there layer the top, batting and quilt back and quilt as desired. I used my walking foot to sew quilting lines 3/4" apart. When quilting is finished, trim excess batting and backing fabric so that edges are clean and square.

For the binding, cut 3 strips 2 1/2" wide from your remaining solid and sew them together end to end. Here is a binding tutorial if you need one.

And that's it! This is a quick pinwheel-type block if you want to make lots of blocks and create a bigger version of this look too.

And if you would like to win a fat quarter bundle of Color Me Retro from Art Gallery Fabrics, leave a comment on this post. Giveaway will be open until Friday, February 22, midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Winner: BKringelFebruary 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM
Really nice tutorial. Can't wait to give it a try! Following AGF on FB and subscribing to their blog (which I really enjoy).
Thanks so much, Bernadine

155 comments:

  1. I love what you created! I am off to check out the tutorial!

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  2. Doodoodoo....I feel like I am in the twighlight zone! I had to look twice! I am working on a quilt with this pattern different color way though and was just thinking how pretty it would be in brighter modern colrs/patterns! I am working on the one now for my mil for mothers day gift, so I would love to do one for myself!

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  3. gorgeous fabric! I love the block too, thanks for the pattern.

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  4. I love the little pinwheel blocks. I'm in need of a new table topper, so this was perfect timing!

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  5. What a cute project! IM going to have to try this. Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  6. Yay for being featured and hosting the giveaway :)

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  7. Cute mini quilt...would love to win the fabric!

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  8. Beautiful fabric and pinwheel design. Love it!

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  9. This is adorable! I cant wait to try it :)

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  10. Thanks for a great tutorial and giveaway!

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  11. That is a really neat littel quilt!~!

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  12. I follow AGF in all the ways listed. Love your project!!! It is just perfect for this fabric. Thanks for the chance to win a bundle of CMR.

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  13. Love the mini quilt! The colors are just beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  14. Thanks for a chance to win these great fabrics!

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  15. I love love love this line!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

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  16. Cute! I love that fabric, so cheerful!

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  17. What a fun and bright fabric line! Must have been so much fun to play with them!

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  18. Adorable mini quilt and I love the Color me Retro fabric!!! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win.
    I subscribe to the AGF blog and follow them on Twitter.

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  19. I'm adoring color me retro. thanks for the reminder about how effective a simple pattern can be.

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  20. I love what you have done with jen's fabric line.

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  21. Beautiful fabric and great tutorial! I check every day to see what you are up to! Thank you for sharing your talents!

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  22. HI! BEAUTIFUL FABRICS+CUTE QUILT TOO!
    THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY+YOUR GREAT BLOG TOO!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  23. Adorable fabric and a great table topper!!!! Love you blog and I follow Art Gallery already on facebook. Thank you!!

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  24. I really love the pinwheel quilt. It so do able for me. Not so overwhelming.

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  25. I love the mini quilt! The fabric colours are great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. Love the bright, cheery fabrics, perfect to perk up the middle of winter :o)

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  27. I like AGF on FB and follower their blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. This fabric is so beautiful and your table topper is lovely! Thanks for a giveaway chance...

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  29. Love the simple design! Would love to win. I follow and subscribe.

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  30. love this:perfect design for a beginner like me and I had spotted these fabrics before! love the bright happy colors:) love your tutorial Amy, easy to follow as ever! thank you for the chance and for the tutorial!

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  31. That is a cool tutorial! Thanks for it! I would love to win the bundle!
    I follow her on Pinterest!

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  32. I have some vintage Pyrex too. Jeni's collection complements it so well! I follow and subscribe. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  33. ❤ LOVE IT ❤!!!!! The pattern and the fabric!!

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  34. SO darling...this fabric is so great with it's matching solids! Aqua love!

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  35. I'm loving this fabric more and more each time I see it!

    brookeali(at)hotmail.com

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  36. I'm having fun picturing what I could make with this fabric. Love it!

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  37. Gorgeous! I already follow you and AGF as required.

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  38. The colors in this line are so pretty! I follow AGF on the blog and FB. I follow you too!

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  39. That tutorial is genius!! Thanks!

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  40. I am following on Facebook and have subscribed to the blog. Love the bright fabrics...so many great ideas. Love the tutorial.

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  41. Love the mini quilt! Thanks for the chance to win the bundle!

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  42. Love this line and gorgeous mini quilt too. I subscribe to the AGF blog etc - thanks!

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  43. Jeni's color choices are so bright and cheery. Thanks for the chance to win - I follow AGF on Facebook and subscribe to the blog.

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  44. a fun and very nice pattern. Thanks for a chance to win. I follow AG on all their social media.

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  45. what a fun project! i should raid my scrap bin and make one for myself!

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  46. I follow on Facebook and AGF on my Google Reader. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous fabric & the tutorial!!!!

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  47. Thanks for sharing the tutorial page. I love it.

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  48. These pinwheels look so easy and cute! Vintage stuff and fun colors are always great!
    I subscribe to your blog, AGF on Facebook, and AGF blog too!

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  49. I do so love your mini-quilt...the fabric colors, etc. Just plain everything about it. Must. Make. This.

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    1. I follow your Blog, AGF on Facebook and the AGF blog too!

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  50. Thank you so much for the sweet tutorial! I can hardly wait to get to my sewing machine this evening :) I liked AGF on FB & have followed the blog as well. Happy sewing!

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  51. I love your mini-quilt and the fabrics are lovely. Sure would love to win.
    Thanks for a chance.

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  52. I follow you, AGF on Pinterest and their blog.

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  53. I follow your blog Amy and AGF on Facebook.
    Thanks again.
    chris.luba@sympatico.ca

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  54. That's a beautiful little quilt/table topper! I love it! I follow AGF on Twitter. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. Thanks for the great tutorial. I follow AGF on Facebook & subscribe to their blog.

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  56. Pinwheels are my favorite. Thanks for the tutorial, love the fabric!

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  57. Super cute and easy, my kind of project. I like AGF on fcebook under yridge2, and follow their blog and you!

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  59. This project is ADORABLE! I have to admit ever since your Pyrex post, I've been crazy looking for cute pyrex dishes. This quilt project is just the ticket for a "Pytex quilt fix"! I follow AGF on Facebook and I follow their blog. Thank you for the tutorial and the chance to win!

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  60. what a great tutorial!!! Thank you for the tutorial and to the give away!

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  61. I follow your blog, their blog and "liked" them on fb. Thanks for the toot and chance to win.
    contentncm at yahoo dot com

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  62. What a cheerful project! having that on my table would make me want to get up in the morning. Thanks for your tutorial and thanks to Art Gallery. I follow on Pinterest and Google reader.

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  63. This is gorgeous - I love this fabric line too! Thanks for the giveaway - I follow AGF on FB (Deborah Gunthorpe) and subscribe to their newsletter.

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  64. This is so fun and easy looking! Thanks for sharing! I follow AGF on Facebook and their blog through my Google reader.

    Sandy A

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  65. I like this block, it looks really easy and fun! Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  66. This is cute! Thanks for the giveaway - I follow AGF on FB and by email!

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  67. I love the mini quilt, looking forward to trying it.
    I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Facebook and The Creative Blog by AGF.

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  68. Love the color palette of that fabric collection. Great tutorial too!

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  69. I am loving retro very much. I am a fat quarter fan. I am following AGF thru email, have a pin on my Pintrest board, and liked AGF on FB. Susan

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  70. I just started following them on pinterest... I hope I win!

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  71. I follow on FB and of course the blog. What a fresh collection!

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  72. Great tutorial. I can imagine making things in many different configurations with that simple block. And the fabric, well that goes without saying. Love it!

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  73. This is really interesting! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  75. Great tutorial! I'm going to have to try this! Love the fabrics too! I follow AGF on facebook and pinterest.

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  76. Really love this - such a great way to use thee pretty fabrics!

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  77. What a darling table topper! I am into the retro Pyrex also. I follow AGF via email and you at GFC!
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  78. I subscribed to AGF blog and liked them on facebook too. Can't wait to go make this adorable little table topper too. Thanks for the tutorial.
    RuthNParadise(at)aol(dot)com

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  79. I subscribed to AGF blog! What a fun place! Your tabletop runner is so cute!

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  80. Love the fabrics the quilt is wonderful. Follow AGF on pinterest.

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  81. great table mat ... nice and easy with great color. i follow agf on fb and their blog, too.

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  82. Love the table mat. Great fabrics and colours.
    I follow on FB and subscribe to the newsletter.

    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  83. Love Color Me Retro AND your table topper. Thank you for the turorial and the giveaway.
    (I subscribe AGF and follow in Pinterest)

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  84. Beautiful table runner and I love the fabric too! I am subscribed to Art Gallery Fabrics, and also liked AGF on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  85. Follow your blog and also Art Gallery -- would love to win some of this lovely fabric. The tutorial will be perfect to make for my table also. Thanks!!

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  87. Lovely fabric, makes me anxious for spring. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  88. I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pintrest. Great pins!

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  89. I love it! Very cute :)
    xoxo melzie4boyz@aol.com

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  90. Love your table runner. The fabrics are so pretty. I follow AGF on Facebook.

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  91. I love the table topper mini quilt. I have it copied and may use the same pattern to make a larger quilt for my Mom for upcoming Mother's Day. I follow AGF on Facebook, and subscribe to them. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  92. What a lovely table topper! The fabrics, Color Me Retro are so yummy! Thank you so much for a great tutorial. I'm a follower of AGF already, following all three ways mentioned above as well as their blog on BlogLovin.

    Thank you and AGF for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  93. Love the Color Me Retro fabrics! Thank you also for the tutorial! I am already a sobscriber of your blog and the AGF blog as well.

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  94. This is a perfect beginner pattern for me I think! Thanks!

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  95. This is a perfect beginner pattern for me I think! Thanks!

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  96. I'm so excited for this little quilt, I'm headed to a quilt retreat and this project will be going with me!!! Thanks, Jo Ann
    joeandjoann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. I love your table topper! Thanks for the tute! This line is at the top of my wish list so thanks for the chance to win it!!

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  98. This is gorgeous, Amy! Such a Spring-fresh, cheerful project - I want to make it right now :)
    Thanks for the great tute and giveaway.

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  99. What a cute little quilt! Thanks for the tutorial :) noseringirl@gmail.com

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  100. Love the retro table topper. Thanks for the tutorial. Would love to win this fabric!

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  101. Thanks for the tutorial, and the chance to win!!

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  102. I really like the mini quilt. That fabric is phenominal. Love all those groovy retro colors and designs. I am all ready a follower of Art Gallery Fabrics, Pinterestboards, Facebook Page & their blog as well. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Also thank you for the chance to enter such a wonderful giveaway. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  103. Thank you for the tutorial. The quilt is sweet.
    I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest and subscribe to the blog via email. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

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  104. Cute fabrics and I love the mini quilt. I haven't made a mini quilt yet so I'll have try this one!
    Teresa
    5higginsATbellsouthDOTnet

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  105. Really a very lovely little quilt done with Jeni's fabrics. I'm going to have to put this one on my list!
    I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Facebook and subscribe to the blog via Google Reader!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  106. This line is so much fun! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  107. What a lovely quilt. I love the look of retro fabrics. I'm going to try this pattern tonight.

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  108. Love this tutorial thanks!
    I'm a follower

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  109. great mini and great fabric! I subscribe and am a follower

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  110. Love the topper and how the fabrics look with that pale blue solid! Thanks for the chance (I'm a follower of AGF and you, too)!

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  111. Great tutorial and fabric, thanks Amy and thanks for the chance to win. I do subscribe and follow...

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  112. Love Color Me Retro! Would love to make a table runner with it. I think I could easily adjust the order of the squares. Thanks

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  113. Great fabrics! I just subscribed to AGF and follow on twitter.

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    1. That last photo makes me think about trying an on point setting.

      Jane dot bitz at gmail dot com

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  114. Amy, another lovely quilt:). Thanks for the fab tute and giveaway lxx

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  115. What a lovely little quilt. Thanks for the chance!

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  116. This is just the inspriration I needed for the latest baby announcement. I will start immediatly on a baby fabric version. Thanks!

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  117. Love this fabric and tutorial! Thanks for the giveaway. I follow them on twitter (hifam) and subscribe to their blog.
    hickenfam at hotmail dot com

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  118. Love both the fabric and the tutorial. I will be making this soon whether I win or not! :) tiffandbran2005@gmail.com

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  119. Love the fabrics. Would project for a beginner which I have been asked to teach.

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  120. I love looking at pinwheels although I haven't had the occasion to make one yet. This pattern looks even more easy than the traditional one and so fresh and modern! Thank you, I will definitely have to try it!

    I'm not sure the giveaway is open to non-US residents but fabric would make the perfect 18th birthday present so I'll try :D

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  121. So bright and cheerful! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  122. I love the bold colours and prints

    addibrae(at)hotmail(dot)ca

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  123. I love the bright cheerful colors. Makes me thing spring is around the corner, maybe a project to work on while it is snowing in two days...

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  124. Really nice tutorial. Can't wait to give it a try! Following AGF on FB and subscribing to their blog (which I really enjoy).

    Email address is: bkringel(at)gmail(dot)com.

    Thanks so much, Bernadine

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  125. Always love how simple blocks create such interesting results! Would love to win! Yes, I subscribe to the AGF blog.

    ivegotmail [a t} rogers {d o t } com

    Thanks!
    Gillian

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  126. I follow your blog, I follow AGF blog, and follow AGF on Twitter. Love your table topper. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  127. I follow you and AGF as well as on FB. I just love the colours of this fabric. Thanks for the chance to win : )

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  128. I have just come across your blog. I am now following AGF blog and on Pinterest. Love your table topper and the fabric. Would love the chance to win the fabric! Thanks, Mary

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  129. Following your AFG Blog, and also on Pinterest now too. :)

    Love your Tutorial!! thanks for sharing....thinkin is gonna be nice gift for my "Bestest" friend's BirthdaY!!! yAY!

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  130. I follow the AGF blog and I've liked them on Facebook.
    Thanks for the give-away!
    themessymouse@gmail.com

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  131. Love this tutorial- thanks for sharing! Already following AGF on Facebook and just subscribed to their blog. Would love to win this beautiful fabric- thanks!

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  132. I follow AGF on facebook. Cute mini quilt!

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  133. I follow AGF on facebook. Cute mini quilt!

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  134. Thanks for the great tutorial, I love that fabric! kelseykurucz@yahoo.ca

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  135. Love Jeni's line and I adore your tutorial! Great use of her designs!!

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  136. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful fabric. I follow AGF on facebook. Love, love, love the fabric. Thanks again! jakesamma@msn.com
    Jani

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  137. I love these fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win and for introducing me to a new site! terah@cowgirl-red.com.

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  138. I love love love these fabrics! Just begging to be made into anything springy!!

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  139. Great fabric colors and designs -and your little quilt is a winner too. Thank you for putting my name in the hat for the drawing!

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  140. Love this line, and your mini. Thanks!

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  141. I'm now following them on Instagram! I'd love to win some fabric and start a new project :) I love this blog thanks! Nicole

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  142. Love the prints! I follow on FB and get the newsletter. Please include me in the giveaway!

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  143. Love this line, the colors are great. I follow AGF on facebook and get their newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  144. I love this quilt so I just made one out of the new 'Boo Crew' fabric. It will be perfect on my table for Halloween.

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  145. I would love to get these fabrics and make my own table topper with the Color-Me-Retro fabrics. These look so bright and cheery especially when it is -5 degrees outside here in KY tonight.

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