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Free Downloadable 2021 Calendar

Get your FREE 2021 Downloadable Calendar

The talented Alexandra Bordallo designed a FREE 2021 downloadable calendar.  Alexa is a fabric designer for my favorite fabric company, Art Gallery Fabrics.  When she emailed me this calendar as a New Year’s gift I asked if we could share it with y’all.  I’m so glad Alexa said yes!

A Look Inside the 2021 Calendar

This calendar features hand drawn artwork by Alexa.  Each month is a new drawing.  Look to find your birth month and see what drawing you get.  Here is a look at each of the month’s artwork in order from January 2021 – December 2021.


Each month also has the month and days hand written by Alexa.  You can see here with April 2021 and June 2021.


How to Print your Free 2021 Calendar

To download your Free PDF 2021 Calendar, CLICK HERE.  Then you can print the pages on your home computer, or you can send them to a local printer and have them bound or put on special paper, if you want.

More about Alexandra Bordallo

Alexa was born and raised in city of Vic (near Barcelona), Spain.  She currently lives with her husband and our son.  Her passion for sewing and textile art is the reason she learned to draw and design repeating patterns.  She started learning this in June of 2014, when her son was born.  In addition to fabric design, Alexa enjoys cooking, singing, reading books and imagining magical and whimsical worlds with her toddler.  You can follow Alexa on Instagram HERE.

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FREE Quilt Care Card

Free Quilt Care Card

Do you want a free Quilt Care Card?  Since it’s close to the holiday season and gift giving is near, I am sharing something to personalize your gift giving.  Now if you are giving a QUILT that you handmade, it’s hard to make it more personal than that.  But there is something you can add to make the presentation extra fun.  Let me share what I mean.

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Free Gingham Quilt Pattern + Tutorial

Get this FREE Gingham Quilt Pattern and Tutorial

Do you want a free gingham quilt pattern and tutorial?  I am sharing how I made this pattern a little different from other gingham quilt patterns, and also sharing a FREE download for the quilt pattern.  GET FREE PATTERN HERE.

My name is Elizabeth Chappell, and I am the owner of Quilters Candy.  I write quilt patterns, am offering a course on how to sell and write quilt patterns, and I host an online modern quilt guild.  I am excited to share this tutorial and free pattern on Amy’s blog.

GIngham Quilt in Orange Fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics


Every other gingham quilt pattern I found had a border that didn’t make my OCD tendencies happy.  If you notice most Gingham Quilts have a border with mis-matching fabrics.  That is why I created this new pattern with a border that has matching fabrics on all sides.  Note the difference in these two photos:

Gingham Quilt Free Pattern

I wanted a Gingham Quilt pattern that looked like the quilt on the bottom.  I wanted a border that had matching fabrics on all sides.  Yet I couldn’t find a gingham pattern (for free or for purchase) that had that.  So I decided to write one, using the simplified strip piecing method.  Get the free pattern HERE.

Strip Piecing your own Gingham Quilt

To make a gingham quilt, there is an easier way than cutting each square and sewing them together.  This easier method is called Strip Piecing.  This is what strip piecing entails:

  • Cutting strips of fabric.
  • Sewing those strips together.
  • Cutting the strips into new strips made up of squares.
  • Sew those newly cut strips (with squares) together.

Steps to Making Free Gingham Quilt

  • Cutting Fabric Strips.  My version of the pattern calls for cutting strips 5 ½” x WOF.

cutting fabric for gingham quilt

  • Pin and sew alternating fabric strips together.  You will want the free pattern download for this step, as it tells you how many and which color strips to sew together.
  • Sew matching strips together, alternating rows so it goes Fabric A, Fabric B, Fabric A, Fabric B, and so on.

Free Gingham Quilt Pattern Tutorial

How to Make a Gingham Quilt + Free Pattern and Tutorial

  • Press seams all in one direction.

Free Gingham Quilt Tutorial

  • Cut your sewn together strips into new rows.  This step will give you strips with squares.  NOTE: Because your fabric is too large to fit on a cutting mat, I carefully fold my sewn together strips in half.  I then press it with an iron and fold in half again.  Make sure your edges line up.  This way you can cut you fabric easily.  However, if you do not fold your fabric carefully in this step, your squares will be wonky.
  • With your new strips that have squares in them, sew alternating rows together.

Steps to making a Gingham Quilt

  • NOTE: Be sure to pin at each corner so the corners match and the seams nest.
  • Sew all rows together.

Finishing Your Gingham Quilt Top - Free pattern and tutorial

  • Press seams in one direction, and your quilt top is ready to be quilted!  That’s it.  This can be done in a matter of hours.
  • Quilt in your desired method.  I, personally, love to use a minky backing when I can, and send it to a long arm quilter.  I consider it treating myself. 😉

Free Gingham Quilt Pattern made with blue fabrics


All you need to do now is decide what fabrics you want to use to make your gingham quilt!  Be sure to use the hashtags #QuiltersCandy and #GinghamLove so we can see your finished quilt.

If you like this tutorial, be sure to visit my other free tutorials, like this one on DIY Spray Starch.  Not to mention using spray starch to make your quilt will help your points to match!

More photos of my two versions, one with orange fabrics, the other with blues.

Orange fabrics: Warp and Weft by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society.  Colors: Warp Weft Wovens Persimmon, Warp Weft Wovens Dahlia, and Warp Weft Wovens Natural.  Backing, Leos Orchard by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Blue Fabrics: Peppered Cotton by Cottoneer in the following colors: Lake, Fog, and Oyster.



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