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Friday, September 30, 2005

Denim Rag Free Quilt Pattern

This is probably the coolest free quilt pattern that I have come across. Its just so fun. Its like your favorite old pair of jeans and your favorite quilt all tied into one. Throw a few t-shirt blocks on there and some pizza stains and you've got my college years all rolled up into one soft and cozy creation. You can find the denim rag free quilt pattern here, and as always, you'll find some great fabrics at below.

Denim and Flannel Fabrics

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Picture Frame Free Quilt Pattern

This is a great free quilt pattern that I found with instructions on how to make a great picture fram quilt. It of course involves some transfer paper, but the result is both memorable and gorgeous. Here is the link to the site where it can be found.

Free Picture Frame Quilt Pattern

And as always, you will find some suggested quilting fabric to go along with the quilt below.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Quilting Tip of the Day

I take fleece and use it as the batting and backing for kids quilts. This saves time and money. This makes for a real cuddly blanket. - Connie in Washington

Find more tips here

Beginners' Free Quilt Pattern

For anyone learning to sew or quilt here is a beginner's quilt pattern. It says that its meant for children, but I'll say that anyone just starting out quilting will find it useful. Click on this link for full instructions. Beginner Quilt Pattern. And as always, we have suggested some quilting fabric for the beginner, and seeing as if you're just starting out you probably won't want to buy $10.00 cotton prints, you'll probably find something you like in the cotton prints under $5.00 section.

free beginner quilt pattern

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Quilters Support Katrina Victims

Here is a wonderful story I found about how one group of quilters is pitching in to help the survivors of Katrina in the best way they know how.

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- So many people donated money, food, water to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. But there is something else they need, comfort. Maybe even a hug. That's what a group of quilters on the First Coast says they can provide. There is a way you can help. They say the old fashioned art of quilting can surround the survivors with support.

Every stitch is a labor of love. In a time where you can buy anything in a store, a quilt, is still a gift made by hand and by heart. Lynn Provencher of Country Crossroads Quilt Shop says "when you are quilter and you hear of a crisis, people in need, the first thing you want to do is make a quilt, wrap them in a quilt. You want to give them comfort."

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T-Shirt Quilt - Free Quilt Pattern

This is a great site. I think T-shirt quilts are the coolest things in town, and really, these two sewing expressions were meant for eachother. On the one hand, you have a quilt which tells its own story of how it was inspired and created, and on the other hand, you have t-shirt's that physically tell you where they have been. Its like two incredible histories all sewn into one cozy quilt. You can find the instructions for crearting this here. And of course the fabric (besides the t-shirts) that you will need you can find below.

Free Quilt Pattern

Stabilizers, Borders and Backing for your Quilt

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Seasons Free Quilt Pattern

Here is a great looking quilt that depicts the four seasons. It is absolutely beautiful, and is perfect, as you can see, for any time of year. I found it here. You can find all of the instructions for assembly at that link as well. Below are some quilting fabric choices. Enjoy!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Our Quilting Tip Posts

Here you will find an archive of the quilting tips we have posted

Sprucing up a room for the season.
Designing a room around your quilt
Cotton Batting Substitute Wrapping Paper
Quilting in a Cramped Space
Making Straight Lines
If you store your quilting fabric in cardboard boxes...
Quilt Backing - How much do you need?

Our Posts About Free Quilt Patterns

Here you will find an Archive of the posts that we have made about free quilting patterns. Enjoy!

Denim Rag Free Quilt Pattern
Picture Frame Free Quilt Pattern
Beginner Quilt Pattern
T- Shirt Free Quilt Pattern
Halloween Free Quilt Pattern
4 Seasons (not the hotel) Free Quilt Pattern Quilt

How much backing?

This is an excellent quilting site for quilters of any experience level. I found this article on how much quilt backing one should use when creating a quilt. The site is full of excellent tips and techniques. I would highly recommend it to any quilter.

Quilt Backing Size: How much backing fabric shall I buy?

In general, you can take the length of the finished quilt, double it and add a half meter or half yard for shrinkage and squaring up of the fabric.
Or you can buy the wide backing fabric and not have to bother with sewing seams. It's such a great idea.
But what if you're at the quilt shop and you see a great deal on fabric that's just the right color, and your quilt is nowhere near finished?

Here are some standard backing yardage sizes:

Crib: 3 1/4 yards or 3.2 meters
Twin: 6 1/4 yards or 6.8 meters
Double: 7 3/4 yards or 7.2 meters
Queen: 8 1/4 yards or 7.6 meters
King: 9 1/2 yards or 8.8 meters

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Have a happy labor day!!!

And donate to the victims of Hurricane Katrina

Free Halloween Quilt Pattern

Here is the final of a free Halloween quilting pattern that I found at cotton wood quilts. The instructions for putting it together are all at that link. It's perfect for the upcoming holiday and of course, you know where to find the quilting fabric to put it together.

Festive Fabrics for This Halloween Pattern