Monthly Archives: December 2010

Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa and Fun Quilty Freebies

We’re already one full week into December, and Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas continues. One of my favorite holiday traditions is making lovely-to-look-at and even-better-to-munch Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa. The recipe is a conglomeration of some I have tried; it’s very flexible … Continue reading

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Monique Dillard’s Ballyseede Quilt

The Jan/Feb issue of Quiltmaker features a quilt called Ballyseede by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. We asked Monique to tell us about the quilt’s inspiration. Ballyseede is an unusual name for a quilt. What is its origin? A … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Skirt Setting Idea: use this free layout with your favorite 12″ blocks

Please join us here for holiday inspirations every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as we Countdown to Christmas. I love decorating for Christmas–I don’t often do a lot because I travel to be with family–but when I do bring everything out … Continue reading

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Little Christmas Windmills: Free Quilt Pattern

Good-Natured Warning: Making These Little Blocks is Like Eating M&Ms…Hard to Stop! Introducing: Little Christmas Windmills I started making these blocks about five years ago as “Leaders & Enders” a la Bonnie Hunter at, but I had so much … Continue reading

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Brain-Free Sewing Zone Giveaway

I have a Brain-Free Sewing Zone. This is a place I go when I’m too tired to be really creative and I don’t want to make any big decisions. I created it because I don’t want to waste precious sewing … Continue reading

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QM’s Countdown to Christmas

It’s December 1—let the Countdown begin! We’re going to have lots of fun here between now and Christmas. Stop by every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through December 24 for holiday inspirations. We’re kicking it off today with a reminder about … Continue reading

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