Weekly Quilt Contest at Quilting Gallery

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image Here’s a really fun thing I found over at The Quilting Gallery. They have a weekly themed quilt contest with prizes!

Here is the link listing the 2011 weekly themes: http://quiltinggallery.com/quilting-fun/weekly-themes-2011.asp

You make your quilt and post your photo, then everyone votes and the winner takes the prize.


Free Quilt Patterns from www.PatBravo.com

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I found many cute quilt patterns today at www.patbravo.com.  Pat Bravo is a fabric designer and she has several free quilt patterns at her site.


The pattern above is called Organic Obsession. It is fast and easy--my favorite kind of quilt! (Click the quilt image, or HERE to view the PDF instructions.)

Below is another really cute pattern from Pat Bravo that she calls St. Tropez. It too would be fast and easy to make. (Click the quilt image, or HERE to view the PDF instructions.)


My favorite, though, is the pattern below that she calls Posh Flowers. It is made from 5.5” strips and would be perfect for beginning quilters. Even though it has a little appliqué, it would still be easy and fast to make. (Click the quilt image, or HERE to view the PDF instructions.)


Visit my web site for many more free quilt patterns: www.chickenladyquilts.com.

Checkbook Covers – Fast & Easy Christmas Gifts

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I just finished some checkbook covers I made from the tutorial I found today at Crazy Mom Quilts blog. It is so amazingly simple that I whipped out 2 covers very quickly today.

First I made a simple one with some scraps of the dog fabric I've been collecting for years.
If you look at the bottom left corner of the inside of the red cover you can see the double line of stitching that can happen if you follow the tutorial steps exactly.
So on the second checkbook cover I made a modification to the instructions. I waited until I folded the pockets in (2.75") to do the top stitching. I think it looks better, and it was easier to do anyway.

(I also did not use any interfacing in either of my covers.)
Choosing and sewing together all the strips to make the 13” x 7” rectangle took longer than sewing both covers put together! I sure like how it looks though.

You can find this tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts blog.

How did This get Sew Wonky?


sewWonky Hmmmm. I don’t think it is supposed to look like that.

I'm not going to rip the stitching out and re-sew these because 1) The bias edges will get even more stretched, and 2) I'm lazy.

sewBottomWhatever. Now it's time to trim the top and bottom so it will look like a quilt top instead of a uphill picket fence.

For those just joining my blog, this is my Pastel Braid quilt. The EQ6 project I made for it can be downloaded from my web site on the EQ Project Library page. (HERE)

Darling Free Patterns at This-n-That Fabrics

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I found these darling free patterns at www.this-n-thatfabrics.com. There are several more patterns, and a few of them, such as the Candle Mat below, have kits available.

Click on the picture to view and download the patterns and instructions in PDF format.


Pink Perfection


I really want to make this one! But I want to turn it into at least a lap-size quilt.


Jingle Bells


More Web Sites with Free Patterns

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I’ve added several new links on www.chickenladyquilts.com to sites with more free block and quilt patterns. (At the right side of the home page.)

  • McCall's Quilting Freebies
  • Quilt in a Day Freebies
  • www.PatternsFromHistory.com
  • About.com--new patterns weekly
  • www.ScrapQuilts.com
  • Quilts & Blocks by Nadine Edwards
  • www.MaryQuilts.com
  • Quilt Patterns for Stained Glass

  • Trimming Points and Flipping Seams

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    trimBraid It’s Saturday and I’ve finally got the chance to trim the points from the columns for my Pastel Braid quilt that I sewed Thanksgiving weekend.

    I used colored plastic strips to stick to my ruler to mark the correct line to I align with the center points so that I cut all the tips exactly the same.

    pinSeams The next step is to sew the four columns together, but I discovered a problem. When I was ironing as I sewed the strips into columns, I didn’t pay attention to the direction of the seams. (A quilter usually knows better than that!) I should have alternated, one column with seams up, and the next with seams ironed down.

    I tried ironing the seams the opposite direction on one column, but with the tips already trimmed off the stitches are coming out at the ends of the seam. So I am having to pin all my seams (which I hate, I rarely use pins.) flipping the seam allowance on the back as I go. Oh well. It's not like I never had to do that before…

    Electric Quilt 7 Personalized Cup Wrap Project

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    The Fall issue of Quilts & More magazine features the cutest project called Perk Me Up designed by Veronica Koh Eischeid. There are instructions and a template for making cup wraps which fasten around your cup with a loop and button.

    In the EQ blog's August 10 post they've posted information and a free EQ7 project file that you can download to design your own personalized version of these cup wraps.

    What great gifts these would make. It would be so cute to make seasonal cup wraps, and ones to match different holidays like Valentines Day, or Halloween!



    New Watering Can Applique

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    I think watering cans are so cute so I drew one in Electric Quilt 6 and designed a wall-hanging for it. The flower appliques were already in EQ, but I traced the watering can into EQ from a photo of one.

    The EQ6 project file and applique templates for this wall-hanging can be downloaded from my web site: www.chickenladyquilts.com/dlwateringcan.asp.

    (The 12" applique templates are already included in the EQ6 project file, but the templates can also be downloaded separately in PDF format if you don't use Electric Quilt.)