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December 02, 2017

“Inspiration to Bring Your Creations to Life”

December 2, 2017

Quilting Memories, Issue #054 -- December Quilting 2017

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 December 2017 quilting newsletter issue.

We are here to inspire you towards your next quilting masterpiece and some creative fun!

In this installment you will find:

Our entries into the monthly contest for November.

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

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

The other free patterns that were posted in November.

Additional new pages and patterns.

Side note.

Best Quilting Moments Contest for November 2017

The Winner of last month's contest is (This was extremely difficult to decide because both of these speak deeply to my heart. I'm a lover of reinventing beauty and motorcycle themes. Plus, bring hope to the devastating effects of Alzheimer's is an extremely worthy cause!) *Queue the dramatic music*

Both Lucy from Los Angeles for the incredible post of Riding into the Sunset and Anonymous for the wonderful Stained Glass Quilt.

This has never happened before. I just couldn't decide between the two and I didn't want to make the choice.

To read and see pictures of Lucy's post, please click here: Riding into the Sunset.

To view Anonymous's post click here: Stained Glass Quilt

Both of you be on the lookout for your winnings in your email.

Would you like to win free patterns, like these two marvelous people?

It's incredibly easy!

Anyone can win!

All that is needed is a recap of your experience quilting and a picture of the project to get a free pattern for entering.

Then if you win, there will be 5 more free patterns in your inbox!
Don't miss out on this month's contest for your chance to win free quilting patterns, too!

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.

Will YOU be the winner for the month of December?

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

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

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 December 2017!

E-zine Free Quilting Pattern Before Anyone Else

“Seasons Greetings Pinwheel 6 Inch”

Ready for some paper piecing fun?

We're giving you a special treat with this pattern, because it's a classic paper piecing foundation pattern.

Feel free to adjust the size and include this design to your next project.

Here are the steps to complete it:

Save the image and adjust the size if needed. This typically makes a 6x6 inch block when it is put together.

Cut your fabric in a way to ensure that all of the pieces are at least ½ inch bigger that what you need. They do not need to be the exact shape of your design pieces. For example, it could be rectangles that you cut out, but your final pieces are diamonds. You can even use scraps if you’d like.

Now, pin the first piece (#A1) of fabric with the wrong side touching back side of the paper, over where the first piece is marked. Make sure it has good placement by holding the two up to a light source, like a window. The fabric should cover the entire place of the design and overlap the surrounding places by at least ¼ inch.

Here is where most people get tricked up. Pin the next piece (#A2) of fabric with the right side touching the right side of the first piece of fabric. The edge of the second piece should overlap its seam line by at least a ¼ inch and when unfolded overlaps the surrounding sections by ¼ inch.

Remember that you want all of the right sides on the materials to be facing away from the paper when the block is finished.

Hold the fabric up to the light to make sure that the placement is ideal.

Place the materials paper side facing up. Sew on the line using stitches that are 1 to 1.5 mm. This can be done with either a sewing machine or by hand.

Once the pieces are stitched together trim whatever excess material there is. Remember to keep ¼ for the seam allowance all around.

Unpin and unfold the fabric sections.

When piece #A2 is unfolded, pin it into the fabric’s proper place on the paper guide.

Lay the material for piece #A3 over #A2 with right sides touching. Make sure the seam edge overlaps the seam line and all around to the neighboring sections by at least a ¼ inch.

Pin fabric #A3 into place. Hold up to light to ensure proper placement.

Stitch on the line just like before.

Trim excess material ¼ inch away from the seam that was just sewn.

Unpin, unfold and pin section #A3 into proper place on the paper guide.

Continue to work in this manner until all the pieces are stitched into place. Then stitch the finished triangles together to make a square.

Once at this point, baste with long stitches around the edge of your block.

Trim the excess cloth and leave a ¼ inch seam allowance around the outer edge of the block.

Now, carefully tear away the paper from the back of your quilting block.

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

November's Free Pattern Pages

Free HC Log Cabin - This 6 inch paper piecing pattern is perfect as a go to quilt design!

Free Tree of Paradise - Our version of the Tree of Paradise that was inspired by the show Alias Grace.

Free Kitty Foundation Pattern - We brought home a new kitty and now so can you!

To find this page just visit and use our search feature.

Additional New Pages

Quilting Shop: Find out what's new!

(Hint: We've added a lot of sets, so now you can save on your favorite patterns by buying them in bulk!)

• 10 Inch Star Foundation Patterns 3

• 10 Inch Star Foundation Patterns 4

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

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

Side Note

Get ready for some TMI (Too Much Information).

A lot has been happening behind the scenes here at

I, Rebecca, have now recovered from my 4th surgery in 3 years.

I'm also back in school (re-registering for the next semester) and finished my divorce.

Plus, my kids and I have adopted a new family member into our home.

He's been helping with writing this e-zine all morning!

Please, welcome our newest member, Flame!

Things have been developing a slower for and beginning to pick back up.

I don't know if it will ever be back to full speed, but things are beginning to move forward again.

Wish us luck and be on the look out for new patterns and information! ;)

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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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