How to Sew Striped & Plain Checkbook Covers

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These wonderful checkbook covers are super fast and easy to make.

You will need two 7" by 13" rectangles of fabric, one for the lining, and one for the outside. If desired, you can also add a rectangle of interfacing.

For striped checkbook covers, sew enough 13" long strips together to equal 7” in width. This will then be your outside rectangle.

cutRectanglesTo easily cut one 7" by 13" rectangle, line up the fold of the fabric at the 6.5" mark on a 12" square ruler, and line up the left edge of the fabric at 7". Cutting along the ruler’s right side & top edge will then give a 7" by 13" rectangle. (See photo)

Sew the two rectangles, right sides together, leaving a 4" opening on one long edge for turning.

Snip the corners, turn, and iron smooth. While ironing, take care to fold in the edges of the opening so that when you top stitch later the opening will get sewn closed.

CkBkCvrPiecedInside Fold in 2.75" inches on both short ends to form pockets to hold the checks and check register. Pin in place.

Top stitch a scant 1/4" from the edges all the way around the outside being careful as you approach the pocket edges because there will be 4 layers of fabric there.

Insert your checks and check register and enjoy.

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8 Free Designer Quilt Patterns

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I have posted 8 new free designer quilt patterns on my web site.  These patterns by famous quilt designers are available for download in PDF version.  Click the images below.

Tuscan Wildflowers   Once Upon a Fairy Linens and Lace Spoken Without a Word spring bouquet Oriental Odyssey Perch Ambrosia 3 Ways

Fast Quilts for Kids or Charity

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I’ve been playing with Electric Quilt 6 design software all day today. I’ve working on quick and easy quilts to make for kids.  These would also make great quilts for charity.

I have several more designs I'm working on so I won't post these EQ projects on my web site just yet, but they'll all be up there soon. (On the EQ Library page.)

Here is a sneak preview of the ones I've finished:




Design Your Own Fabric at

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I found these fabrics at At this web site you can design your own custom fabric and if other people buy it too, you get 10% of their purchase.

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Wouldn’t the fabrics above make a cute steampunk look layered with a black underskirt?



What is steampunk? Wikipedia says:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc.


A Steampunk-Themed Photo:

Download My Newest Quilt Design in Electric Quilt 6

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The Electric Quilt project file for my newest quilt design, Skinny Frames, is available for download on my web site.  Click here to go to the web page.