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May 02, 2016

“Inspiration to Bring Your Creations to Life”

May 2, 2016

Quilting Memories, Issue #036 -- May 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 May 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 April.

Additional new pages and patterns.

Online Quilting Class Review.

Best Quilting Moments Contest for April 2016

The Winner of Last month's contest is "My Memory Quilt" by Diana Wood from Nottinghamshire, East Midlands!

This submission shows the amazing way quilts can help the healing process and keep loving memories with us.

Thank you for posting picture with your entry!

Diana, be on the lookout for your winnings (patterns) in your inbox!
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 May?

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 May 2016!

E-zine Free Quilting Pattern Before Anyone Else

“Spinning Sun Flower”

It just snowed here a two days ago, but it's spring. Time to start adding some unique blossoms to 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.

Aprils’s Free Pattern Pages

Free Complex Crazy Foundation Pattern - We all get a little crazy sometimes and this quilting pattern is worth it.

Free Butterfly Applique Pattern 3 - Simply beautiful.

Free Hen Applique Pattern - Let this cute design peck around your quilting top for fun!

Free Mosaic Foundation Pattern - This quilting design is great on it's own or as a filler block.

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

Additional New Pages

Quilting Shop: Find out what's new!

• Cross Foundation Patterns

• Pickle Dish Template Patterns

• Cross Foundation Patterns 2

• Pickle Dish Template Patterns 2

• Crazy Geese Foundation Patterns 2

• Basket Foundation Patterns 2

• Double Pickle Dish Template Patterns

• Double Pickle Dish Template Patterns 2

• Basket Foundation Patterns 3

• Star Template Pattern Sets

• Bowl On Cloth Foundation Patterns

• Quarter Stained Glass Pattern Sets

• Crazy Foundation Pattern Sets 3

• Pickle Dish Template Patterns 3

• Flower Foundation Patterns 6

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.

April's Lesson - Appliqued Border

To start we begin with cutting strips for the stem pieces.

There are very specific directions on how to cut theses strips and it explains why!

Then we learn how to do an applique without the use of fusible adhesive.

This is followed by the applique pieces that use the fusible web (fusible adhesive).

With this step there is a helpful hint on how to get the fusible adhesive paper off of the piece you want to press. It's a great tip, but I usually just fold my piece a little till it releases.

Next, the lesson goes over placement of the applique pieces before they are made final.

There is also a tip about stablizer.

Now stabilizer is tricky. Some are tearaway and others are trim away. Be very careful with which one you are using!

Lastly, we finish this lesson with finishing the applique border. Now that we’ve finished April’s lesson, we’re really looking forward to May’s Modified Piano Keys 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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