Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Words to Live By Blog Hop with Benartex {Chit Chat Placemats Tutorial}

Today I'm your host for the Words To Live By Blog Hop with Benartex!


This new line designed by Cherry Guidry is a fun combination of prints, including text, keys, and daisies!

I'm always looking for new ideas for quick and easy projects like table runners and placemats that are easy gifts. These kinds of projects are perfect for using batting scraps too! I decided to make some simple placemats using 3.5" squares using these fabrics. Let's get sewing!


Yardage required:

2/3 yard background fabric -- I used Modern Lace White
1/2 yard total accent fabrics -- I used four different fabrics -- Happy Medallion Yellow, Daisy Turquoise, Tiny Words Red, and Keys Charcoal
1 1/2 yards for backing and binding -- I used Trellis Grey

From the background fabric cut:
Four (4) 12.5" x 9.5" rectangles
Eight (8) 12.5" x 2" rectangles
Sixty-Four (64) 2" squares

From your accent fabrics cut:
Thirty-Two (32) 3.5" squares TOTAL (I cut eight from each of my four colors)


From your backing and binding fabric cut:
Eight (8) 2.5" x WOF strips
Four (4) backing rectangles approximately 15" x 20"
Note: If using one fabric for your backing and binding, cut your binding strips first from your 1.5 yard cut of fabric, then cut your remaining fabric (approximately 34" long) into four quarters for your four backing pieces.

To opposite corners of each 3.5" square, use the stitch and flip method to add a 2" background square to the opposite corners. Some people call this unit a "half snowball" some people call it a "pop bead" -- whatever you might call it, you'll need eight of them for each placemat and 32 if you're making a set of four placemats like me.



Sew your pop bead blocks into sets of four, making eight sets of block strips. Since I am using four different colors, each of my sets has one of each color. I made half in one pattern and half in a second pattern.


Arrange two 12.5" x 2" rectangles, two pop bead block strips, and one 12.5" x 9.5" rectangle as shown below. Sew together to complete the top of your placemat. Make four placemat tops, which should measure 12.5" x 18.5".



Quilt as desired and bind.


Thanks for allowing me to share this quick and easy tutorial! This would make an easy gift and a great way to use some of those seasonal fabrics that you always have hanging around in your stash!

Now for the giveaway! Enter to win a set of 8 fat quarters of this fabric line! Comments for entries:

--Leave a comment and tell me your favorite type of quick-and-easy quilting and sewing projects.

--If you follow me in some form or fashion, leave a second comment. (Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin, Etsy, or whichever way you prefer!)

--If you follow Benartex fabrics on Facebook or Instagram, leave a third and final comment.

Giveaway will close at midnight on Sunday, September 16th. Thanks for visiting and check out the other posts on this hop!

Congrats to our winner, Lisa Marie!


Words to Live By Hop Schedule:
Tuesday: Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday: Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt

176 comments:

  1. Pillow covers are my go-to small project.

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  2. I follow your blog with Feedly.

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  3. My go to's are mugrugs. Thank you for sharing today!

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  4. I follow Benartex on Instagram @carollovestoquilt
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  5. Table toppers are my quick and easy gifts.
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  6. My go to project is a lap quilt. Usually disappearing nine patch or something just as quick, but impressive. The fabric usually does the talking by making it look complicated.

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  7. i follow you by e-mail notification. I really love reading your blog.

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  8. Alison, these placemats are just so sweet! Your family must be very careful, neat eaters because in my house the white fabric would be splotched up in no time! I love to make pot holders and mug rugs for quick projects using scraps leftover from bigger projects.

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  9. I am a happy follower of yours on Bloglovin'!

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  10. Looove your Placemats! Thank you for tutorial & also chance to win your Give-a-way! :) My fave quick quilty projects are Potholders & Mugrugs!! :D

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  11. I follow you thru email & Bloglovin & Pintrest too :)

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  12. Pillows are my go-to gift! When I make a pillow cover, I bind the edges like a quilt and add a hanging sleeve. That way the recipient can use either as a pillow or wall hanging.
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  13. I follow you by email. basaran.family (at) rogers.com

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  14. I receive the Benartex Sew in Love newsletter by email. basaran.family (at) rogers.com

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  15. Quick projects for me are pillow covers, mugrugs and coasters. I like your placemats and will try them. I love the colors in this collection.

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  16. I follow you on FB, IG, Bloglovin', and newsletter.

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  17. I follow Benartex on FB and IG.

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  18. The three P's: Pillowcases, placemats, potholders.

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  19. I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, and Bloglovin.

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  20. I follow Benartex on Facebook and Instagram.

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  21. these are wonderful. thank you for the tutorial. my quick go projects are pillows, place mats, table runners and coasters.
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  22. I follow you by email
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  24. Love those placemats!! I’m always looking for ideas for those! My go to gift ideas to make are runners, placemats, or zipper bags/pouches!!

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  25. I follow you via email newsletter and Instagram!!

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  26. Cute placemats! I like to make table runners and pillow covers for gifts.

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  27. I follow you on Instagram, Facebook, and your blog via email.

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  28. I like to make pouches, mug rugs and little covered booked as quick projects.

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  29. I follow Alison by email and on IG at lolly2430

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  30. I follow benartex on IG at lolly2430

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  31. I like table runners, place mats, totes--quick finishes for giving!

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  32. A quick and easy project I usually make is a bag of some kind. Either the kind for little stuff in your purse or luggage or a purse itself. So much faster than an entire quilt.

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  33. No Facebook or Instagram. Just email. That's how I got here.

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  36. HI,I LOVE MAKING BABY CHARITY QUILTS! THANKS FOR SHARING!
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  37. Zippy pouches are my go to gift - everyone needs somewhere to stow their stuff!!! LOL mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  38. I follow you on instagram as mumbird3

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  39. I follow benartex too on instagram!!!

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  40. i love making zip pouches and fabric boxes.

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  41. I follow you on blogspot love using precuts. My go to microwave bowl cozies mug rugs placemats.

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  42. Beautiful place mats. They look so quick and easy. I love sewing with strips and squares and often use my June Taylor cutter to cut out pieces quickly.

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  43. I Follow Benartex through Facebook and through email.

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  44. I make a lot of pot holders but your place mats are great.

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  45. I make lots of placemats for Meals on Wheels.

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  46. I really like making log cabins. I'm currently making 1" and 1 1/2" to use scraps that would otherwise be thrown away.

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  47. My go-to is table runner or pillow cover!

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  48. Lovely placemats and
    I like making bags.
    Carla from Utah

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  49. I follow you
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  50. I follow Benartex
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  51. Mug rugs make fun, quick gifts. Orphan blocks are cute starters for those, too.

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  52. I follow Benartex on Instagram, where I am @wordygirl11.

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  53. I like making zipper pouches for quick gift.

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  54. I have been following with bloglovin.

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  55. Following Benartex with Instagram.

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  56. I like to make table runners, mug rugs, and mini quilts for a quick finish

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  57. Those look wonderful, Alison, and would make such a lovely gift. Thanks for the tutorial. I will have to remember these as I tend to make a table topper or runner when I need a quick gift.

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  58. I follow Benartex on Facebook.

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  59. I have several favorites: table runners, zip pouches, and pot holders. Great to finish quickly and often great to use up scraps. I love how even such small things often get a big reaction when given as a gift. I gave a friend a table runner today and she was very excited with it.

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  60. I like making bags,make up case,and storage containers.

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  61. Very pretty Alison! I like to make mug rugs for a quick gift.
    Thank you for the chance.

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  62. I like to make pillow cases as a small project. Ooh just thought I also like to make clear front little zippered bags.

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  63. Does it count that I follow Benartex’s blog Sew in Love (with Fabric) by email?

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  64. I follow benartex and I follow you on Instagram. I didn't know you were on Facebook so I'll add you today. Thank you.

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  65. One of my favorite quick projects to make is pillowcases.
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  66. I follow you on Bloglovin'.
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  68. I do love placemats and mug rugs for quick and easy projects. This design has lots of alternate possibilities, so fun, and I love the softly colored fabrics.

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  69. I love making zip pouch bags and card wallets.

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  70. Great design, thanks. I like to make scrappy mug rugs, pillow cases, place mats.

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  71. Love placemats! As I am new to qulting, mug rugs are easy to get done! Thank you, Susan

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  72. I follow you on bloglovin! Thank you, Susan

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  73. I follow Benartex on Facebook! Thank you, Susan

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  74. I love to make bags/purses! Tks!

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  75. I follow your blog with bloglovn!

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  76. Cute placemats! I like to make potholders and mug rugs for quick and easy.

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  77. I follow Benartex on Bloglovin and Instagram.

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  78. I enjoy doing table toppers and mug rugs.
    thanks for sharing this tut.

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  79. I follow you on Instagram.
    Thanks for the chance at this prize.

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  80. I follow Benartex on Instagram.
    Thanks for your inspiration.

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  81. Table toppers are my easy make projects.

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  82. I use precuts to speed up the quilting process.

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  83. I love making little mug rugs - I always try to personalize it to the person I'm giving it to.

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  84. LOVE this fabric line. I follow Benartex via Facebook.

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  85. My favourite go-to is pillowcases. They also make great gift bags for larger gifts, including quilts. (And I've heard that block called 'Road to Tennessee')

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  86. I follow you on rss by The Old Reader.

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  87. I follow Benartex by Instagram.

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  88. Zipper pouches are my favorite quick gift. But since everyone I know has one now, I need something else - and these placemats look like a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!

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  89. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  90. I follow Benartex on Facebook.

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  91. I like making mug rugs for quick and easy. Placemats and table runners are good choices too.

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  92. I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, and Bloglovin.

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  93. I follow Benartex fabrics on Facebook and Instagram.

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  94. I like making little bags. I love to look at placemats that people make, but we don't use them...

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  95. I like making table runners, pin cushions and baskets.

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  96. I love making quilted pouches/bags and microwavable bowls. Thanks for sharing your placemat tutorial. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  97. I follow you on Bloglovin and IG. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  98. I follow Benartex on IG and I receive their newsletters. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  99. I love using any type of precuts. And the straight line quilting with a little free form thrown in.

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  100. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks for sharing.

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  101. My quick and easy projects are usually mini wall hangings, put holders and placemats

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  102. Quick and easy are pot holders and mug rugs! I love these placemats and mine are looking scruffy!

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  103. Love, love, love your place mats. I enjoy making dresden plate quilts. Thank you for the tutorial. You are right it will help clear out some of my Christmas fabrics! Beautiful work.

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  104. I follow Benartex on Instagram, Facebook, and their blog.

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  105. I love easy table runners. They are fairly quick, I get to have fun with fabric, and they always make a great gift!

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  106. I follow you on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  107. I like making totes, potholders, & the occassional table runner for small, quick projects.

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  108. I also follow you on Facebook & INstagram.

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  109. I also follow Benartex on Facebook & Instagram.

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  110. Great placemats! My favorite type of quick-and-easy quilting project table runners.

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  111. I follow you on Bloglovin' & Instagram.

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  112. I follow Benartex fabrics on Facebook & Instagram.

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  113. I love your quilt. Thanks for sharing! i LOVE QUILT AS YOU GO FOR RUNNERS, PLACEMATS, ETC.

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  114. I love your idea of placemats. Quick and easy!

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  115. Simple baby quilts are enjoyable to make.

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  116. Super placemats Alison! One can never have too many of 'em. I was going to call it a 'not-square in a square' block; like the pop bead name though too, which is new to me. Not to worry on the giveaway for me, although I do love the fabric and I do follow you in many ways, just popping on by. :-)

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  117. Cute placemats. My favorite quick thing to make are mug rugs.

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  118. My favorite quick project is a zipper bag or pouch. I have a drawer full of zippers!

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  119. I follow Benartex on Instagram.

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  120. Super cute project. I love to make coasters for a quick and easy project. Beautiful fabrics ♥

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  121. Table runners are my to-go projects.

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  122. I follow Benartex on Instagram.

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  123. I love making zipper bags and small wall hangings.

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  124. I follow you by email. Thanks for the chance to win

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  125. I usually make little zipper bags, they don't take too long to make

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  126. Very cute placemats! I like to make easy baby quilts for quick projects. I like to always have a baby quilt or two in my closet to welcome a new baby. These fabrics would make a lovely baby quilt. Thank you for the chance to win ... :) Pat

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  127. I follow you on GFC and on Instagram ... :)

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  128. I follow Benartex on both Facebook and Instagram. I love the fabrics ... <3 Pat

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  129. I love to sew mug rugs! So quick and easy to do!
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  130. Follow you on facebook and bloglovin.
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  131. Follow Benartex on facebook.
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  132. I like to make mug rugs featuring the person's hobby or for the holiday season. rozz01(at)cox(dot)net

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  133. I love making small zippered pouches that can be used for makeup and the like.

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  134. I like making pillow cases, but your pattern is very cool and I am now inspired to make a few for gifts and myself. Thank you.

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