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April 02, 2016

“Inspiration to Bring Your Creations to Life”

April 2, 2016

Quilting Memories, Issue #035 -- April Quilting 2016

Quilting Memories brings you the latest information about quilting. We are a place for beginners to learn and experts to get new ideas.

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Welcome to our April 2016 quilting newsletter issue.

Starting off the year right!

We are here to inspire you towards your next quilting masterpiece!

In this installment you will find:

Our entries into the monthly contest for March.

See the new quilting designs that are up for grabs for the monthly contest of March.

This month’s free quilting pattern just for e-zine subscribers.

The other free patterns that were posted in March.

Additional new pages and patterns.

Online Quilting Class Review.

Best Quilting Moments Contest for March 2016

We had some wonderful entries into last month's contest.

Our first entry for March was titled "Midnight Quilting" by Tina Wemyss of Auckland, New Zealand.

The second was "The Best Quilt I Made Was..." by Marilyn Robichaud of Lower Coverdale, N B.

Unfortunately, both of these entries had no picture posted with them.

Therefore, there is no winner for the month of March.

Both of these entries could have won!
Don't let this happen to you and miss out on this month's contest for your chance to win free quilting patterns!

Remember, this is a monthly contest. You can enter as many stories as you like every month to up your chances of winning.

Even quilting works that are UFOs (Unfinished Objects) can be entered!

Just remember to post a picture with your entry!
Will YOU be the winner for the month of March?

Submit your experience and see if you'll be our next winner!

Here is what the free foundation pattern looks like, just for entering:

How do you get your free pattern?

First, submit your story with a picture.

Then as you are submitting it, make sure you have your email address filled out on the form. That way we can send the free pattern directly to your email as a PDF attachment.

It's that easy!

We look forward to reading your post!

Go to our quilting contest page to see the video of the designs that can be won for April 2016!

E-zine Free Quilting Pattern Before Anyone Else

“Pretty Flower”

Even though several of us are getting periodic snowstorms, spring is on the way and it's time to start using unique flower appliques in your quilts!
Feel free to add this special little touch to your next project.

Here are the steps to complete it as an applique:

Save the image and adjust the size if needed. This typically makes an 6x6” block when this applique is put together for a quilting block.

Trace the designs onto fusible adhesive. Preferably, Heat n Bond ultra-hold. (Lite hold may be used if the applique will be stitched down.)

Cut the pieces around the lines. Leave the actual line designs to be cut away later!
Select which fabrics will be the pieces of the applique and which will be the background.
Iron press fusible onto the back of desired fabric.

Now cut fabric on the line of the design that was traced (as well as the inner design) so none of the ink shows on the interfacing paper.

Find ideal placement for the applique pieces on the background fabric.

Peel off the paper from the fusible and iron press applique into place.

When all the pieces are pressed in the correct places, sew them into place with a tight zigzag stitch (aka. Satin stitch) around the edges of the applique pieces if lite hold was used. If ultra-hold was the fusible, then leave the design as a raw edged applique.

Now your quilting block is complete and it can be used any way you see fit.

March’s Free Pattern Pages

Free Apple Foundation Pattern - Bring the life of perfect fruit to your next quilting project with this fun pattern!

Free Basket Foundation Pattern - Put this cuteness in your own quilting basket arsenal!

Free Mosaic Pinwheel Pattern - Keep them spinning right around!

Free Mill and Stars Pattern - Simple, easy, and wonderful!

To find these pages just visit and use our search feature.

Additional New Pages

How to Make Plastic Templates

Quilting Shop: Find out what's new!

• Star Template Pattern 20

• Crazy Foundation Patterns 8

• Log Cabin Foundation Pattern 14

• Star Template Patterns 21

• Star Template Patterns 22

• Crazy Foundation Patterns 9

• Crazy Geese Foundation Patterns

• Spinning Foundation Patterns

• Star Template Pattern 23

Additional posts have been made in our quilting forum, too!

If you would like to find these pages quickly, use the site search option.

Review of a Free Online Quilting Class

This review is the latest installment of the 2016 Craftsy's Block of the Month Class.
Get ready for some wonderful information broken down into monthly classes, for FREE!

First thing's first, the great part of this class is that it's in short videos. They are the perfect length to watch when you get little time to yourself.

The beginning of this class goes over some good information to give your the basics before we dive in deep to our monthly lessons.

Here is a break down latest monthly lessons.

March's Lesson - Modified Pinwheels

This month we learned about simple tips to help make cutting and piecing easier.

These are tips like pressing strips together to get the fabric to stay.

Also, pressing against the dark side to set the stitch.

The organization tips are really helpful to get that perfect pinwheel effect!

Double check your placement and stitches as you go.

We do admit that most of the tips are a repeat of what we learned in February for the flying geese pieces.

It does seem a bit repetitive and tedious, but this is where most quilters, we are included, get lazy.

Now that we’ve finished March’s lesson, we’re really looking forward to April’s applique lesson.

We'll be giving reviews of this class throughout the year and other quilting classes too!

Be on the lookout for next month's issue for updates.

Wrap Up

We hoped you enjoyed this month’s issue of our quilting newsletter.

Comments? Ideas? Feedback?

We'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell us what you think!

Until next month.

Happy quilting,


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