Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pink Chalk Scrap Challenge!

I think it's time for another go at the scraps!  Can you believe it's been since June since we did this first?

Who's up for a little, lighthearted challenge?

Kathy at Pink Chalk Fabrics has sponsored this new Scrap Challenge sure to get your creativity flowing.  We have a bold mix of eight fabrics from Chicopee, Dear Stella, Monaluna and more.  Blue Moon is a fat sixteenth bundle with soothing blues and teals, dark navy for wintery depth and tangy coral spice.

So many great geometrics and textures in the way of Robert Kaufman quilters linen, Essex linen/cotton and a Moda cross weave. 

Mmm... this one's gonna be even better up close.

new Scrap Challenge!


Now, what would you make with it?  Seriously, start thinking because it's yours for the taking.  Four participants will receive a scrap bundle of all fabrics shown in 9" x 11" pieces entirely free.  But, of course there's a catch.... you have to sew with it.  Like soon!  This bundle is not going to languish on those shelves.  Nosirree.

So here's how it works...  On Thursday of this week I'll announce the 4 participants, our scrap challengers.  As soon as we have your address info, Pink Chalk Fabrics will mail out those fabrics, likely getting them in the mail by Saturday.  Then, you must make something... anything!!!! using all 8 scrap fabrics, plus one fabric of your own choosing if desired.  So, you can add the extra fabric (could be solid or print), but you don't have to.  You do have to use all 8 scraps, but you can use a little or a lot of each.  Participants can use their own buttons, trims, etc. to embellish if needed.

Blue moon bundle


There's a deadline!  Really, it's a good thing, cause that means you'll enjoy this now.  You must finish sewing your project and post pictures by Sunday, October 28th.  (For that reason and due to unpredictable shipping speeds, we're going to have to limit the challenge to U.S. residents.)  Participants can either share the results on their blog, or if they don't blog, sharing pictures on flickr or anywhere else online will do.  We want to see what you make because...

You and your project will be featured here!  On October 29th, I'll be posting about our challengers, with pictures of your project and hopefully some tidbits about your process.  Looking forward to it!  You people never fail to inspire me!  Now, all we have to do is figure out which of you 4 are destined to catch a Blue Moon?

So, go ahead, convince me.  I'm so ready to hear your ideas!

84 comments:

  1. I love this color combination! What a beautiful bundle. I have a paper pieced pattern that I would love to try out with these and turn it into a pillow. I would love the opportunity to participate.

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  2. Oh man, that is such a lovely bundle. I would love to play, but I am definitely not in the US. Maybe another time?

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  3. oooooh I am picturing a lovely set of kitchen goodies... perhaps a tea cozy, some patchwork pot holders, embellished kitchen towels! I wonder how far I can stretch this..... would an apron be too ambitious? Bet I could figure it out somehow!

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  4. Oh I was getting excited and then saw it was limited to US only...completely understand especially as I live in a country with exceptionally unpredictable post! I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

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  5. I'm thinking english paper pieced stars for a lovely winter pillow. After years of despising teal (I am a child of the 80's), I've suddenly become a big fan. I'd love to give it a go!

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  6. Lovely. These would make some really great placemats and the colors would fit in with my dining room really well!

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  7. LOL! I was thinking along the same lines as Ellyn - I immediately saw a cute set of hot pads coming from these fabrics! I also thought of a little robot doll for my son's room (he already has one, but these would make a fantastic companion robot for him). Or a fabulous set of throw pillows for our living room for the winter!

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  8. Rachel, what a fun collection! I would love to make Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock's recent ruffled mini wallet from this batch of scraps -- and I will gift it to Amy if I win! (here is her tutorial: http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/2012/10/12-weeks-of-christmas-freespirit-fabrics.html )

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  9. I am thinking a patchwork top for one of my granddaughters. Or maybe a patchwork purse. Both are on my to do list and this bundle would work perfectly!

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  10. I think a wonky log cabin pillow, or maybe with strings - in a diamond - on my favorite chair with these would be awesome!

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  11. Ok, so when I look at the fabric I see something Nautical. A great set of throw pillows, perhaps! Or the Center fabric remind me of Christmas ornaments. I could create a great table runner for the holidays! Oh the possibilities, this little bundle holds!

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  12. Love the bold colors! I will make an improv mini to hang in my sewing room...think washi tape but with fabric!

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  13. I would make a geometric art piece! I have just the inspiration for this!

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  14. There's a quilt I just saw that used white borders on either side of strips to create a woven look. I'd love to turn that concept into pillows for my very dull-brown family room. Thanks for the chance.

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  15. I would turn them into a new cover for my heat pad. I adore this color combo!

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  16. What a fun idea! I think I'd create a small wall hanging...perhaps with a disapearing nine-patch, which I love doing!

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  17. Such a great fabric stack! I've really been digging navy and aqua lately. I'm actually going to a wedding the first weekend in November, and would love to use the fabrics to make a gift for the couple. I'm thinking either a mini quilt for the wall of their apartment or patchwork napkins for their table. Thanks for putting this awesome challenge together! I loved seeing what the last group made!

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  18. Something nautical is how I'd go - maybe a mini quilt :D I'd love to work with these scraps, they are gorgeous!

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  19. This sounds like sew much fun! If I was chose I could see those beautiful fabrics turning into some great potholders and placemats or even a really fun table runner! I'm thinking if I do a table runner or placemats a QAYG improv style piecing!
    Thanks for the chance to challenge myself!

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  20. How fun!! I've been tossing around a quilt as you go tote bag in my head. It's going to be scrappy and quilty and oh so functional, with interior pockets and a zippy pouch for my money that I can clip to the handles. I want it to be a good size to carry all my Quilt Festival fabric purchases in, so that I don't have 2789723 plastic bags from the vendors (because I will buy that much stuff!). The deadline for this is perfect because the festival starts that weekend!

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  21. Rats! I love those colours, but I am in Australia. Looking forward to seeing the results ;)

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  22. I sketched a sliced Dresden Plate idea last July while travelling, and saw some similar ideas online recently. A tablerunner with three lively Dresden's would be my plan.

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  23. A swooon block placemat for my granddaughter. The colors are happy and bright and she has enjoyed the last 4 I made for her to use at school. Since there is excess fabric, I would use the rest as a mug rug for her little sister.

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  24. Ooooo...I'm seeing a scrappy chevron clutch for my sister's birthday on 10/24. These colors are perfect for her!

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  25. I would make a Christmas stocking - this bundle is gorgeous and I love the icy-ness of the blues against the warmth of the red (does it count if I have a US PO box?)

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  26. What a gorgeous bundle! I love that pop of red with all the blues...

    I'd love to make something pretty for my laptop.. either a sleeve/case or a bag.

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  27. Hi!!! Well I am a new quilter!!! Sew new I don't actually have a finish yet!!!! So no I am not trying to sign up!!! But it sounds like so much fun I just wanted to say Thank You!!! I will be checking back to see the results!!!!!

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  28. i would love to work with these fabrics...really digging the color palette... if you picked me, i would be making a purse/tote for my mother (for christmas) and would be using a combination of english paper piecing quilt blocks to adorn it. i know she would love these colors. can't wait to see who gets picked and what they make!
    *as a fun coincidence, my birthday is october 28!*

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  29. What a fun challenge! I like that bundle of blues with the pop of red. I would like to use them to make a pillow cover/mini. I've been starting to play around a bit with using pixels to create patterns (like I've been seeing around blogland) and I think this would be a good mix to do so with.

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  30. I have a cute little crossbody bag pattern that I have yet to make.

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  31. I think these would make either:
    a) the cutest striped wristlet with matching strap
    b) a darling superhero cape for my daughter with her own superhero pinwheel logo!
    [something I'm working on for my ETSY shop]

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  32. I would love to make a pillow cover. Maybe pair all of those lovely prints with a text print as a background.

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  33. a scrappy improv pieced fabric bucket to contain even more scraps and trimmings!

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  34. What a gorgeous bundle, i'm thinking something with EPP = pillow case or stocking maybe? definitely some EPP though now that i've gotten the hang of it :)

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  35. I have this quilt pattern (my own design, haven't shared it yet) that uses scraps and a solid background. It's a very minimalist design that features a small amount of scraps, with a punch. It's kind of a kite tail type thing.

    Anyways, I think these fabrics would look pretty cool stitched into that quilt.

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  36. I'd love to make a boy-doll for my boy-kid. He has two older sisters and plays with lots of girl dolls :) He's two and doesn't seem to mind at all but wouldn't it be nice for him to have a boy doll? I can see that burnt orange as the hair and the crossweave as the pants and that floral block print would make a great tiny necktie, wouldn't it?

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  37. I'd love to make a quilted version of Amy Butler's Sophia carryall in the style of the quilted Weekenders that have popped up all over :) My bonus fabric *might* be a piece of ET (the extraterrestrial!) cotton I found a lonnnnnng time ago.

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  38. This color combo would be a challenge for me, it's outside my comfort range. So in keeping with that theme... I've been wanting to work on chevrons, perhaps in the HSQ method, and also been wanting to work on free motion quilting. I'm not sure chevrons lend themselves to FM right away, but anyway... the colors are angular to me so I'd work a quilted chevron pillow or small (usable, toddler size) quilt. But I am not saying I want the stack. It's a busy month for me. I'm also not saying I don't want the stack. I love a challenge and I'm good with follow through :). Just putting it all out there!

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  39. Oh and I must have missed this when you did it in June so I'd love some back links to see what that was about.

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    1. Haha, June. Love your honesty! Here's the link to the June contest: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/06/bloomerie-scrap-challenge.html and it's results: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/07/bloomerie-scrap-challenge-victories.html

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  40. I would love to experiment with wordplay and do a wall hanging or baby quilt top! Loving the fabrics!

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  41. These colors are lovely! I had two ideas: perhaps some stuffed baby blocks with appliqué motifs....or a patchwork pocket or adornment for one of the tote bags I am making for charity. Good luck to the chosen participants!!

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  42. Hrmm.. I'm in the middle of a Washi Craze -like everyone else on the internet- so I'd use it to do a pieced contrast facing for the neckline, and possibly a patchwork hem if I had any left over and I'd order some Essex Linen to make myself a heavier weight dress/jumper for fall. (Although what color I'd get, I don't know yet, haha)

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  43. Love the colors! I would love to make a mini quilt with them with maybe some pinwheels or twisters.

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  44. I would turn this into a fabulous pair of cushions!!

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  45. i'm envisioning some christmas decorations for my fireplace mantel - some cone shaped christmas "trees", oversized ornaments, and maybe an advent calendar or a wreath...

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  46. I would use this bundle to tackle a project that's been waiting a long time for me...some New York Beauty blocks. I love them so and i always imagined trying them out in blues first. Beautiful fabrics! I especially love the Dear Stella prints. Thank you ! mammalchupie@gmail.com

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  47. Because I have been in full house design mode for the past few months, I immediately saw a curtain for my laundry room. The pops of red and contrasting blues would really brighten up the space quite nicely and the stripe does lend some order to the stack. Perhaps a chevron pattern? Would love to win it! It's a fabulous stack.

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  48. Love these fabrics! I would make a zig zag kitchen mat!

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  50. Immediately I thought... Something for me and somehow I would incorporate these beautiful fabrics into a skirt. I love deadlines. You know me up for a challenge! Headed to the Sewing Summit tomorrow so sad you won't be there this year! My goal is to come back inspired to make my own clothing. I have done it before and look forward to all the inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  51. Hi Rachel, over here! Pick me!
    I enjoyed seeing the last challenge and would love to be a part of this one. I love the mix of light and dark shades of blue in this bundle and the contrast of red! I would use this bundle to make a wristlet/purse.
    Vanesa @ newnestdesigns . com

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  52. the bundle would be perfect for a wallhanging for my little son's room (5 months). As I'm into triangles lately I think that would be nice to try those out.
    Last time the shipping rates were too expensive for me to order a bundle. Has anyone any idea?

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  53. I just love this bundle and was instantly thinking of how much our daughter and niece love teal! I would have to make 2 bulletin board/memory boards (one for each), a cute quilted picture for an embroidery hoop art, and a little purse organizer/wallet!

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  54. Awww, too bad I'm in Europe. I'd LOVE the chance to work with those fabrics, they are my colours to a point.
    I'm seeing pillow covers with a strong geometric design in the blue/green/greys and with an applicated halfmoon shape (and a star on the other) in the light/orange ... will have to go home and rummage in my stash to figure out if I can make it anyway... or maybe go buy a bundle in the shop :)

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  55. Love the colours .... really nice. Hope it's fun for everyone and looking forward to seeing what people come up with.

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  56. I love challenges! This fabric wants to be either mini pluses on a pillow or ocean waves on an apron. Or both! Thanks.

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  57. pillows. I've been wanting to try some pieced feathers for awhile now. Oh, and some sketch journal covers!!

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  58. Wow! How fun. I love these colors. I need a pouch for a Bamboo tablet and have been saying that for months! I would use these in a stitch and slash style similar to Elizabeth Hartman' Metropolis quilt...just wonkier. Definitely could complete this by the deadline.

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  59. This may sound weird, but I'd make a mini quilt to hang in my guest bathroom. I've got a GREAT leaf-print navy and dark teal shower curtain in there, but other that, it's just boring white apartment walls. These colors would look fantastic! Plus, I want to practice free-motion quilting on my home machine, and a mini quilt would be a great practice project. A deadline wouldn't hurt, either! akmajor(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. I've just started to sew, in addition to years of knitting and spinning. I have a large needle case, but I could really use something a little more portable and project specific. I think I would use all of these fabrics for a case that would hold a few circular needles and a few sets of double points, as well as have a zippered pouch for little things that can easily be lost, and scissors. This would be something that I could add to my knitting bag for a project and have everything I need, in a SUPER cute handmade case. I really love these colors too. They're trendy and classy. Perfect for taking my crafting to the next level!

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  61. Love these fabrics together! I have a Joel Dewberry pattern-Take Flight Bag- that I have been wanting to make and these would be perfect!

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  62. Oh wow, this set would make a great bag bundle. Even the white/flowery one wouldn't be too bad for my boy...you see, in May he is going off to school and he is going to need a shaving kit bag, a few notebook covers, and any other type bag I can think of :) These would be perfect.

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  63. I'd make a wallet. At least a wallet, with a change pocket on the back and a sweet flower embelishment. Yes. And possibly trim out the interior of a purse, using my "extra fabric" to be the outside and hold it all together. Oh, that would be so fun!!

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  64. Ahhh.. I'm imagining a skirt, headband, and handbag for my 5 year old! Everything ruffly. :)

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  65. I really love those colors. I can see a pillow and also a wall hanging with some appliqué.....but I need to have the fabric in front of me so it can talk to me.

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  66. This set of fabrics is so sophisticated! I would love to make an elegant handbag/tote. I already have a new design in my mind that would incorporate a touch of texture and patchwork incorporated into a great medium sized bag! This is a color palette I don't normally work with, so it would be a great change of pace for me. As always, I blog at: http://www.marcigirldesigns.com/blog.html

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  67. I'd love to make a "word" quilt using the blues as a scrappy background and the red as the word. (I'd love to add a lot of my blues so that it would be super scrappy.)

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  68. I'm currently making items for a craft fair in mid November and I'm making purses and totes right now. Perhaps that's why I first thought of a purse with these fabrics. These would look fabulous and it would be for me!

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  69. Ok. I am dying to try out my english paper piecing skills. I already have the hexies and I am ready to go. This would make a fantastic hexie pillow.

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  70. I see a journal cover with these fabrics. What a great combination!

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  71. I have a great night sky mini quilt that I've been planning anyway that would be great with these colors!

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  72. I think I'd either make a piece-y cosmetic bag or a wall quilt!! So fun!!

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  73. Nice range of values! The fabrics say "flag" to me, so I would make a wonky American flag or a union jack mini-quilt/placemat.

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  74. What lovely fabric, nice rich colors. I think I would make a travel/toiletry bag and a journal cover. thanks for the chance to get creative :)

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  75. LOVE the bundle! I would make a sewing machine cover (which I really need!). I sew at my dining table which is between my kitchen that is decorated with a red apple theme, and my family room that is decorated with blues, creams, and greys - in other words, the punch of red in this bundle of blues would be perfect! And I think I'd use this tutorial from I'm Feelin Crafy: http://feelincrafty.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/sewing-machine-cover-tutorial/

    Thanks for the chance!

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  76. Great challenge! We just moved and my kids now share a room, so I would make a wall-hanging with their name on it for over each bed (kind of like the Lucas one you made).

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  77. What a great challenge! I LOVE the colors. I'd have to play around with the fabric and let it speak to me before deciding what I'd ultimately do. some initial ideas include 1. small hanging Christmas ornaments with pieced birds 2. scrappy tote or zippered pouch to carry in my purse 3. a table runner with matching coasters - after adding some fabric to make it go as far as possible!

    sharon hui smith at yahoo dot com

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  78. I see a snowflake ish lone star. A small one would be fun and a challenge. Probably a white or a solid blue. Ooohhhhh or placemats!! With an awesome scrappy strip in there. Or even a gorgeous table runner. Soooooo many options.

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  79. I've really been wanting to try my hand at some sort of quilted purse or drawstring bag, but have been hesitant to try. The fabrics in this are just gorgeous and would be a perfect complement to fall fashions.

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  80. Fat sixteenths, eh? I'd leap at the chance to make a neat pillow with quilting to enhance the design. What design you might ask? I don't know right now, but I have a few days to think about it...gotta go think.

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  81. I see a man's apron, don't you? It would have a dress shirt appliquéd on the front, complete with tie and a pocket handkerchief. Very dressy for the chef in the house!

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  82. My nephew is having a baby tomorrow. I think these will be perfect for a small baby blanket (he's a boy) a cool bib and some applique on a onesie. i'm sure i'll think of other things to make to give them a nice little welcome package!

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