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Patchwork Pulse, Issue #005
December 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Baby Jesus
Jesus: Savior of the World!

In This Issue:

Christmas Table RunnerHi, Everyone! I hope you enjoyed the free Christmas patterns in my previous newsletters. Has anyone completed one of these projects? If so, how would you like to show off your masterpiece?

Just send me an email, and let me know you're interested. I'll feature your quilt photo in the January issue of my newsletter.


Whenever I find sweepstakes or giveaway goodies, I love to share them. It's always fun to receive something for nothing. Right? Here's the scoop:

Country Living
Quilt Kit Sweepstakes

Country Living
1 Million Dollar Sweepstakes

Free Monthly Fabric Pack (Ongoing)

The Quilted Banty
$25 Gift Certificate (Ongoing)

Quilt Shops.com (Shop Till You Drop>
$500 Monthly Grand Prize (Ongoing)

One Yard of Hand-Painted Cotton Fabric (Ongoing)

The Stitching Post
Drawing for a FREE Packet of Six Designer Fat Quarters (Ongoing)

Virginia Quilter
$25 Gift Certificate (Ongoing)

Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes
Honey Buns, Oh My!

Just the sound of these words makes me hungry! But in this case, I'm not referring to baked goods; I'm referring to pre-cut fabric bundles!

Leave it to the fabric manufacturers to come up with such enticing names! But, really, these smaller cuts of fabric are eye-catching and super easy to use. Heck, they've even printed books to help you use these bundles in an array of projects.

After reading this article, I believe you'll be inspired to try them yourselves. Let's get to know these little bundles of joy!

Fat Quarter Bundle
Fat Quarter Bundle
Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters are 18" x 22" cuts of fabric. Manufacturers want you to sample all the prints in their fabric collections. So, they cut one fat quarter from each print in the line.

Next, they "bundle" them together and bind them with an attractive ribbon or bow. Now, you can have the entire fabric collection in your hands without spending a fortune!

Charm Pack
Charm Packs

A Charm Pack consists of (40) 5" x 5" fabric squares. Each square represents one print in a fabric collection. Quilters often use charm squares to make scrap quilts. These little "charmers" are affordable and easy to use.

Jelly Roll
Jelly Rolls

A Jelly Roll contains (40) 2 1/2" wide strips. The length of the strips vary from 40" to 45". The strips are rolled into a circular pattern and then held together with a ribbon or bow.

Each jelly roll has its own theme. For example, one jelly roll might feature dog prints, while another might feature flower prints.

Layer Cakes
Layer Cakes

A Layer Cake consists of (40-42) 10" x 10" squares. You'll get every print in the collection, plus you often get duplicates.

Honey Buns
Honey Buns

Honey Buns consist of (40) 1 1/2" strips. The length usually runs between 40" and 45".
Jelly Cakes
Jelly Cakes

Jelly Cakes contain (1) Jelly Roll and
(1) Layer Cake. Your choice of projects expands when you mix these cuts.

Charming Jelly Cakes
Charming Jelly Cakes

A Charming Jelly Cake contains (1) Layer Cake, (1) Jelly Roll & (1) Charm Pack.


Turnover contain (80) 6" x 6" x 8.5" triangles. Typically, you get (2) triangles from 40 different prints. When you sew two triangles together, you get a 5-inch half-square-triangle block.

Dessert Rolls
Dessert Rolls

A Dessert Roll contains (10) 5" x 44" strips.
Remember, for the most versatility, mix and match these different fabric pre-cuts. The sky's the limit. So, have fun!

Free Pattern of the Month:
Pinwheel Surprise

Pinwheel Surprise Quilt Pattern
Pinwheel Surprise
Finished Size 76" x 88"

You'll love sewing this colorful quilt from RJR. Not only does it have an amazing design, it begs to be made with a rainbow of fabrics.

As usual, this pattern is easy to sew. That's because I keep beginners in mind when I'm choosing which ones to include in my newsletter. So, gather your fabrics and create this gorgeous quilt!

Closing Thoughts:

Thank you, Everyone, for subscribing to my newsletter this year. I plan to offer more goodies in upcoming 2010 issues. Wow, where does the time go? Anyway, I want to wish you all the best during this blessed Christmas season. God bless!

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