Friday, August 28, 2015

Best of the 2015 Springville (Utah) Quilt Show (part 1)

We enjoyed our fun trip to the 42nd annual quilt show at the Museum of Art in Springville, Utah. It was very professionally staged and contained some outstanding works of quilting art. Here are our favorites and award winners from top quilters in the state of Utah.

Midnight Wedding Star by Josephine Keasler, quilted by Carole L. Sturgis


A blue ribbon Award of Excellence winner, Josephine states, "Several years ago, I purchased two jelly rolls (strips of fabric that are 2.5" wide), a bright and pastel version of the same colors. When I saw this  pattern, I decided that it was... perfect for my treasured jelly rolls." We loved Josephine's breathtaking quilt, whose cohesive look is achieved by her careful positioning of fabric colors in each block. This is the Bali Wedding Star quilt pattern by Judy Niemeyer. Josephine specializes in paper foundation piecing by this designer.

Close up, Midnight Wedding Star by Josephine Keasler


Jospehine continues, " My friend [Carole Sturgis]  offered to quilt if for me on her home sewing machine and asked me what I wanted quilted on it. "  Each wedge of the double wedding ring was quilted with a small heart and feathers.  The black background was quilted in royal blue thread.with feathers that curve around, ending in hearts.

Dresden of the Sea by Diane E. Miller


Winner of a Judge's Choice and Viewer's Choice award, Diane says, "Quilt teacher Kaye Evans' 'Kaffe and Friends' class made Dresden plate blocks, and we then had to design a quilt using the blocks we had made. It was my idea to incorporate them into a sea scene. "

Close up, Dresden of the Sea by Diane E. Miller


Diane achieved spectacular effects by cleverly displaying her Dresden plate blocks as shells and  sea ornaments in a very decorative underwater world.

Close-up, Dresden of the Sea, by Diane E. Miller


Batik turtles peacefully drift through the seaweed above. The "echo" quilting pattern which follows the outline of the seaweed, enhances the languid, dreamy sensations that are exuded by this fascinating scene.

Worlds Without End by Sharon Aposhian Wright


Another blue ribbon Award of Excellence winner, Sharon notes, "While at the Houston International Quilt Festival, I saw a quilt made by sisters Sue Nickels and Pat Holly  for the Libby Lehman  Benefit Auction. I was captivated by the richness of Dupioni silk, the challenge of making the circles appear as lighter versions of the background fabrics, and the exercise of designing twenty-five different quilting motifs."

Close up, Worlds Without End by Sharon Aposhian Wright


Sharon continues, "I quilted this on my Bernina 440 machine, using silk thread and wool batting." This gorgeous color-saturated silk background reflects the light with a soft glow and shows off Sharon's stunning workmanship.  

Paokalani African Tulips by Karin Crawford, quilted by Pat Gorelangton


Karen writes, "The African Tulip tree has beautiful large blossoms and is one of my favorite motifs in traditional Hawaiian-style quilting.  The pattern was commissioned of John Serrao of the Paokalani School of Hawaiian Quilting in Honolulu. [I] modified the pattern by adding more blossoms and opening the center.  An open center symbolizes a connection with heaven. The batik and ombre fabric was selected for uniqueness and color. It was quilted in the traditional Hawaiian style of echo quilting."  We really admired the graceful,  elegant design of this lovely pattern.

For a close-up photo of this quilt, and more Hawaiian designs, see our Hawaiian Quilts board at Pinterest.

Melissa Wedding Quilt by Katherine Porter, quilted by Virginia Gore


Katherine exclaims, "This girl loves color!"  All [my] grandchildren receive a wedding quilt. For Melissa, I knew it must have vibrant color."  This quilter has certainly been successful in selecting colorful  split-complementary tones of orange, blue, green, and purple, then creating vibrant, eye-catching borders.

Close up, Melissa Wedding Quilt by Katherine Porter, quilted by Virginia Gore


Katherine adds, "The medallion is from the book Material Obsession 2, the rest is original design, and the applique is needle-turn."  We love this cheerful little folk-art bird among the flowers, whose wing contains the same intriguing paisley fabric as the border.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back to School

This time of year, the school bells ring again for so many of us and our children.  A house on a quilt is a symbol of our community and our lives together in society. It's no wonder that house quilts remind us of comfort and the togetherness of family, friends, and neighbors. They really appeal to us, maybe because "home is where the heart is."

Welcome Home, 64 x 64", by Alex Anderson 


Here's a delightful neighborhood of cheerful houses done in russet and gold. Internationally-famous designer Alex Anderson has brightened the traditional fall quilt by adding contemporary colors of aqua blue and rose pink, which make the maple leaves and houses sparkle against the dark background.

Little Houses, 48 x 60", by Ruth Powers


Ruth writes, "Much of my work is inspired by nature;  my daily walks fill my senses with color and design possibilities." Ruth has done an excellent job of selecting different blues and greens for the sky and earth, which complement the bright orange and orange-red of the homes. Ruth notes that this is a great pattern for using up fat quarters and scraps.

Little Old One Room Schoolhouse,  23 x 27", by Ruth Powers


The traditional schoolhouse of the frontier, complete with a bell tower, beckons us back to learning, as leaves swirl in the early autumn breeze.  Ruth Powers offers this charming scene as a pattern, along with many other creative designs.

Firelight and Chimney Smoke, 62 x 50, by Martha Milne at MachineQuilter (UK)


Martha Milne constructed this beautiful Amish-style schoolhouse quilt out of jewel-tone remnants. The light and bright windows in this quilt give the inviting illusion of a warm, glowing hearth within, which beckons us inside. A free pattern can be downloaded at Popular Patchwork and Quilting. Martha is renowned for her machine quilting; for her DVDs and tutorials, please visit the machinequilter website.

Little Amsterdam by Marilyn Wood


Marilyn Wood notes, "This pattern is from the [ North Sea Quilters of ] the Netherlands. The flowered fabrics in the houses and border are antique Dutch reproduction fabrics from Amsterdam, my husband's favorite city."  Marilyn's striped border adds to the lively, upbeat personality of this quilt, which was shown at the 2013 Arizona Quilters' Guild show.

Pedestrian Friendly, 60 x 60", by Pat Dicker


Pat Dicker used high-energy colors to create a lively town adapted from Sue Garman's block-of-the-month quilt,  All Around the Town.  Pat tells us, "I named the quilt 'Pedestrian Friendly' because the original design has cars on it, and I chose to leave them out, so that the 'residents' would just walk from house to house." 

Schoolhouse Block, 19 x 22, from "There's No Place Like Home" by Sonya Chinn at Sonya's Snippets


Quilter and teacher Sonya Chinn, creator of the Sonya's Snippets blog, sewed this charming scene for a block-of-the-month quilt which she calls 'There's No Place Like Home'. Sonya has added an individualized touch by placing the initials of her children's school on the quaint schoolhouse.  Sonya's complete quilt was based on the "Home Is Where the Heart Is"  pattern, shown below, by The Stitch Connection.

Home is Where the Heart Is by The Stitch Connection

Image credits:  Little Amsterdam was photographed by Quilt Inspiration. The quilts by Pat Dicker, Sonya Chinn, Ruth Powers, Alex Anderson and Martha Milne are shown with permission of the artists and were originally featured in 2010 at Quilt Inspiration.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Free pattern day: Tote bags !

Here are 50  free sewing patterns for tote bags, shopping bags, backpacks, duffle bags and beach bags.  These are perfect for anything you need to haul around! You might also be interested in free patterns for purses and tablet and laptop cases.  (This post was UPDATED on September 25, 2017). For more free patterns, please follow us on TWITTER at QuiltInspire !
Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the colored letters of the link to the pattern.


Day Zip tote, free Kaffe Fassett bag pattern at Free Spirit Fabrics


Scandia Overnight bag, free Jane Sassaman bag pattern at Free Spirit Fabrics


Flower Power tote bag, free Kaffe Fassett bag pattern at Free Spirit Fabrics


Happy Improv Tote, free pattern by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics (PDF download)


Star Struck tote bag, free pattern at Make It Coats


Wide Tote Bag, free pattern at Lecien Fabrics


Big City bag, free pattern at Hoffman Fabrics (PDF download)


A Sampling of Geese tote bag, free pattern at McCall's Quilting


Backyard Garden bag, free pattern at Cloud 9 Fabrics


Wayfarer Tote, free Kaffe Fassett bag pattern at Free Spirit Fabrics


Market Tote Bag, free pattern by Amanda Niederhauser for Blend Fabrics (PDF download)


Garden Tote Bag, free Carolyn Friedlander pattern at Robert Kaufman


Slouchy Summer Hobo Bag, free pattern and tutorial at Flamingo Toes


Greenmarket Tote bag, made with coated fabric, free pattern by KD Spain (PDF download)


Easy Market Tote, free pattern by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics (PDF download)


Carnival Pinwheels Tote, free pattern by Amy Butler for Free Spirit Fabrics


Big Splash beach bag, free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Henry Glass Fabrics


DIY Laundry Tote, free pattern at Petite Modern Life


Boxy Tote Bag with vinyl straps, free video tutorial at Made Everyday

  
Drawstring Fish Bag, free pattern at Cloud 9 Fabrics, http://cloud9fabrics.com/make-sew-drawstring-fish-bag/ ;


Hampton Tote bag, free pattern at Windham Fabrics


Take a Hike Backpack, free pattern at Free Spirit Fabrics


Wanderlust Rucksack, free pattern at Hawthorne Threads (PDF download)
 

Drawstring Backpack, free pattern at Hoffman Fabrics


Quilt-As-You-Go Drawstring Backpack, free pattern by Benartex - Sew In Love With Fabric


Triune Tote bag, free pattern by Pat Bravo Designs


Overnight Bag tutorial by Rebecca from Our Busy Little Bunch as seen at Inspired by Fabric


Pom Pom Tote tutorial by Made by Marion for Camelot Fabrics 


Backpack, free pattern by Robert Kaufman Fabrics


All in a Row tote bag, free pattern at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)


All Zipped Up yoga bag tutorial at Camelot Fabrics


Easy Messenger Style Book Bag tutorial at Plum and June


Rainy Day vinyl tote bag tutorial at Havel’s Sewing


Ellie Travel Case tutorial at Fabric Mutt


Pastiche Tote Bag, free pattern by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Tohoku Tote Bag tutorial at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

 
Big Bucket Tote Bag, free pattern by Jennifer Mathis at Pellon Projects

 
Retro Overnight Bag tutorial by The Crafty Kitty for Birch Fabrics


Sweet and Simple Tote tutorial at Hawthorne Fabrics


A Totebag tutorial at Chic Envelopements

 
Quick Pool Tote made with laminated cotton, free pattern at Quilt Views


Pocket Tote, free pattern for Free Spirit Fabrics as seen at Cotton Patch


Market Tote trio bag tutorial at Sew4Home


Baker Street Bag tutorial by Sew Sweetness


Quilted Bucket Bag tutorial at Camelot Fabrics


Governors Island Backpack tutorial at The New New


Cargo Duffle Bag, free pattern by Anna Graham at Noodle Head for Robert Kaufman Fabrics 


Herringbone Haul it All Tote tutorial by Marion McClellan of My Quilt Dad at Moda Bakeshop


Drunkard’s Path Quilted Tote tutorial at Ricochet and Away 


Clermont Farms Quilted Tote Bag tutorial by Glenn Dragone for Moda Bakeshop (PDF download)


Simple Six-Pocket Bag, 8 x 10 x 4", tutorial at Better Homes and Gardens


Sewing Mat Carrier Bag, fits an 18"sewing mat, free pattern by Melissa Peda for Free Spirit Fabric (PDF download)


Fancy Free multipurpose sling bag, free pattern by Melissa Peda at 100 billion stars  (PDF download)


Fancy Free Bag, version 2 by Melissa Peda

Felt Tote Bag tutorial by Martha Stewart


Black and White Currant Large Quilted Tote, free pattern at Henry Glass Fabrics (PDF download


Meadlowlark Tote, free pattern by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics (PDF)


Back To School Kid Size tote with appliqued word "read"; tutorial by Christina McKinney for Birch Fabrics



Secretary Bag tutorial by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness


DIY Tote with leather straps and snap button closure, tutorial by Bee Inspired as seen at Sew Sweetness 


Ipanema Beach Bag tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Birch Fabrics


Reusable Washable Shopping Bag tutorial at Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures


Trail tote bag, cross-body style in two sizes with outside zipper, free pattern by Noodle Head for Robert Kaufman Fabrics 


Oversize reversible tote, free pattern by Megan Avery for Windham Fabrics
 

Dubstepper messenger bag, 10 x 12 x 3”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Quilted tote bag tutorial at All People Quilt


Take Me To Class tote bag tutorial by The Sewing Chick as seen at Sew In Love With Fabric


Time Warp Tote, 14 x 4 x 12", free pattern at Cloud 9 Fabrics  (PDF download) 


Reversible Tote bag, free pattern at Camelot Fabrics (PDF download)
 

Market Tote bag tutorial by Bijou Lovely Designs


Canvas Tote Bag tutorial by Mary Pepper for All People Quilt


Fashion Market Tote, free pattern by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics


Right Turn Bag, free pattern by Anna Maria Horner for Janome (PDF download)


Placemat Bag tutorial (make a bag from one quilted placemat) by No Big Dill




Color Beat Tote, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Square Bag tutorial by Anita at Bloomin Workshop


Mother and Daughter Tote Bag, free pattern at Oliver + S


Bias Tape Tote Bag tutorial at Martha Stewart 


Easy Pleazy Tote Tutorial at Pieceful Kwilter


Lazy Days Quilted Tote tutorial at Better Homes & Gardens


Classic Tote tutorial by Irene at Sew Mama Sew


Removable Tote Organizer at Martha Stewart


This handy three-pocket pouch is fashioned from a carpenter's canvas nail apron.  Cut off the apron straps, sew on buttons and twill tape loops, then slip inside a tote bag like the one shown.

Reversible Bag pattern and tutorial at Very Purple Person


Fat Sack by Terri Atkinson at Atkinson Designs


Hand Appliqued Petal Bag tutorial by Vanessa Christenson at V and Co


Quilted Chevron Tote Bag by Maureen Cracknell for Riley Blake Designs


It’s a Cinch Bag tutorial by Sweet Verbena


Scrappy Poppy Bag, free pattern by Virginia Robertson for McCall’s Quilting


Pillow Cover to Messenger Bag tutorial at Living With Punks


Carry All Tote with Ruffle Fabric by Vanessa Christenson at V and Co


Patchwork Conversation Bag tutorial at Sew Sweetness


Just Beachy tote bag, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Mesh Beach Bag tutorial by Martha Stewart


Beach Tote tutorial by Love Elaine for Cloud 9 Fabrics


Image credits and links: All images are copyrighted by their owners. Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at Quilt Inspiration.
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