Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Free pattern day: Easy Modern Quilts (1)

Here are 25 free and easy patterns for modern quilts, for a ton of quilt inspiration! We've carefully curated this collection. It includes some brand-new designs along with several legacy patterns. Underneath each quilt we note what we like about the design and construction, and what makes it easy to sew.  Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the colored letters of the link to the pattern.  For more free patterns see Easy Modern Quilts: Part 2.

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Modern Maze quilt, 60 x 80”, free pattern by Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


With 5 different graphic fabrics (12” x 8” rectangles) placed in frames, the Modern Maze quilt goes together in a hurry.

Crossroads quilt, free pattern by Jessie Kurtz of Harding Hill Designs for Camelot Fabrics (PDF download)


In this Crossroads Quilt the interior of the cross is filled with half-square triangle blocks. As a quick alternative, you could simply use a favorite graphic print. As of the writing, many different color versions of the quilt can be seen on the Camelot Fabrics website.

Chameleon Quilt, free pattern at Fat Quarter Shop  (PDF download) + (YouTube tutorial)


The use of similar prints in different colorways provides a cohesive appearance.

Locally Grown quilt, 52 x 67”, by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)


The Locally Grown quilt is made from 6 fabrics with minimal seaming. The large off-center medallion is cut from one yard of fabric and finishes at 27 x 34”.

Lattice quilt, 60 x 80”, free pattern by Art Gallery Fabrics Studio (PDF download)




The Lattice Quilt features 12 framed squares of fabric. The current pattern version, top photos, is shown in the Succulence fabric collection by Bonnie Christine. The original On Safari version, bottom photo, was published in Quilt Trends Magazine, Spring 2014.

City Cycles quilt, 50 x 60”, free pattern by Tammy Vasser for Windham Fabrics.


These framed fabric boxes are cleverly connected in a maze-like fashion, consistent with the transportation theme.

Baker’s Dozen quilt, free pattern by Sherri Bain Driver for McCall’s Quilting


Made with tall rectangles, this lap quilt pattern owes much of its modern appeal to its randomly-pieced block centers. The instructions explain how to cut and piece all block centers in one specific manner, but you can vary the cutting and piecing any way you like.  It makes a great scrap quilt.

Layer Cake Lemonade quilt, made by Brigitte Heitland in Sphere collection fabrics by Zen Chic, based on a free pattern by Fat Quarter Shop (PDF download)


This pattern is a great way to use layer cake (10”) squares.  The rows are staggered, so there are no seams to match. The original quilt was made in pink (shown below), hence the "Lemonade". The free downloadable pattern includes directions for several quilt sizes; there is also a video tutorial by the Fat Quarter Shop.


Nine Patch Rearranged, 57 x 71”, by Vivika Hansen DeNegre, tutorial at Quilting Daily

 
This large scale variation of a disappearing nine patch quilt was published in a 2012 book called Modern Patchwork: 37 Contemporary Projects to Make Now. Starting with 10″ layer cake squares, Vivika made huge nine-patch blocks, each with a solid pink center square. Then she cut each nine patch into quarters, rearranged them into a 4 x 5 grid, and sewed them together to make the quilt top The success lies in the complementary colors and arrangement of dark and light fabrics.

Kim’s Hand Dyes - Series 1, 50 x 70”, free pattern by Kim Schaefer for Andover Fabrics  (PDF download)


This is an appliqued quilt!  Pinked raw-edge rectangles are stitched to 10” background squares, which are then joined to make the quilt. (Did you know they make pinking blades for rotary cutters?)

There's No Point, free pattern by Stephanie Prescott for Hoffman Fabrics


“There’s no point” means there are no triangles to piece. Classified as a beginner pattern, this jelly roll-friendly quilt features vertical lines with surprising undulation.

Double Dash quilt, 60 x60”, free pattern by by Salty Oat for Robert Kaufman Fabrics


The Double Dash quilt alternates easy rail fence blocks with identical blocks set on point, so the blocks appear to tumble. The pattern level is designated “enthusiastic novice”. Interesting!

Blended Squares quilt, 30 x 31”, free pattern by Angela Walters for Robert Kaufman Fabrics,


This project looks more like a painting than a strip quilt! It uses Kona solids and blenders.

Delft Sapphire quilt, 52 x 60, by Karen Schleier for Studio E Fabrics (PDF download)


Circles of various sizes, from 2” to 5”, are appliqued to a simple pieced background. The arrangement of circles reminds us of a mid-century modern “Sputnik” lighting fixture (like this one).  It would be fun to pick the fabric motifs for this quilt. Use fusible applique to make it quick!

Halfway Home, 60 x 72”, free pattern by Heather Jones for Robert Kaufman Fabrics


The quarter-square log cabin blocks in Halfway Home are constructed improvisationally, so there is no need for precise measurements and cutting.

Electric Avenue quilt, 64 x 72”, free pattern by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics (PDF download)


The strips in Electric Avenue finish at 4”. Made with dotted fabrics and solids, the use of lightly textured (dotted) fabric in the center strips helps continue the vertical lines of the darker strips.

Picket Fences quilt, 68x74, free pattern by John Q. Adams at Quilt Dad, free pattern at Quilters Newsletter


Large strips and quick-corner piecing with no matching seams mean instant satisfaction. This quilt has a great pedigree. The fabric is from a 2012 collection by Denyse Schmidt,  the quilt design is by John Q. Adams (Quilt Dad), and it was quilted by Angela Walters. Angela Walter’s quilting design is included in the pattern diagram.

Palisade, 45 x 60”, free pattern by Erin Underwood for Windham Fabrics


Slightly more challenging, Palisade is a quilt-as-you go project. The points are constructed like Dresden Plate points, so the ends are finished. You can see another neat picket fence quilt pattern at Erin Underwood’s website.

Geese Take Flight, 64 x 84", free pattern at Riley Blake Designs


This is a super simple quilt featuring five 4" wide strips of fabric, cut from pre-printed flying geese “cheater” cloth from the Sashing Stash collection by Eleanor Dugan at Riley Blake Designs (sold out, but still available at some sites online).  Alternatively, use your own pieced blocks or fabric stash.

UPtown quilt, 50 x 60”, free pattern by Elaine Theriault for Northcott Fabrics


Here is another modern cheater cloth variation. The Mod fabric panels are printed to look like complex piecing projects. UPtown was featured in Modern Patchwork, Spring 2016.

Block letter quilt, 50 x 60”, free pattern by Susan Terpin for Connecting Threads


Solid color fabrics are strip-pieced to create a rainbow, then sliced into ribbons of various lengths. The pieced strips are cleverly placed in the format of a typed letter.

Cinema quilt, 60 x 66”, free pattern at Riley Blake Designs [PDF download]


The Cinema quilt strips are made from 9 different fabrics in an ombre series. They are made by creating a single strip set, which is then sliced into different sized ribbons.

Frameworks quilt, 58" x 58“, free pattern by Nydia Kehnle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics


The Frameworks Quilt is constructed by making strip sets, which are then sliced into ribbons and re-cut into shorter lengths. The free pattern for the black version will be available in October 2017.

Tribute Star quilt, 60 x 60”,  by Rebecca Bryan at Bryan House Quilts, free pattern download at Denyse Schmidt Quilts


One of our favorite big block quilts, the beautiful transparent-looking star is made with half-square triangles set against a teal background. Fabrics are by Denyse Schmidt.

Nine Patch Stashbuster quilt, free pattern at JoAnn (PDF download)


These nine-patch blocks are made from strip-pieced sets.The open white center squares make it modern.

Courtyard quilt, 46 x 55”, free pattern by Michelle Engel Bencsko at Cloud 9 Fabrics


In this simple yet effective design, each of 30 blocks is comprised of a pair of rectangles.

Supersize Shoo Fly quilt by Malka Dubrawsky, free pattern at All People Quilt


The supersize shoo fly blocks are nearly 3 feet square, making this quilt super simple. The king size version using 9 blocks, shown above, was first patterned in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine in August 2012. The free block pattern can be found on the All People Quilt website.  A tutorial by Malka Dubrawsky is also available at Sew Mama Sew.

Image credits: Individual 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. The photo montage shown on this page is a derivative work that is the property of Quilt Inspiration. If any links are broken, we'd love to know so we can fix the problem. Please email us at QuiltInspiration {at} gmail {dot} com. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Best of Utah: The 44th annual Springville Quilt Show (3)

This annual Springville quilt show is a juried exhibition that features quilts of all styles and sizes created by some of Utah's finest quilters. This is our third year attending the show and the quality of the work is outstanding. Here are some of our favorites!
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Ralph the Rhino by Kathy Porter


Kathy remarks, " I saw a picture of a stylized rhino in the Biltmore House in North Carolina when I was touring with my daughter. I couldn't wait to try my hand at collage using this armored rhino [as the subject].

Detail, Ralph the Rhino


Kathy continues,"Susan Carlson made a Pink rhino using the same technique and same inspiration. She's my idol! Ralph is made of hundreds of pieces of fabric, glued, then quilted. I loved every second of it ! We especially like Ralph's wild-looking blue eye, which adds to his distinctive personality.

Let Us Out by Josephine Keasler , quilted by Kim Peterson


Josephine explains the source of her quilt: "In 2015, I completed Midnight Wedding Star without the optional border.The border was pieced, but when auditioned with the center of the quilt top, it appeared to be too busy and detracted from the center's stars. That quilt, (Midnight Wedding Star), won many awards.
The unused border pieces were just too pretty to not be put into a quilt. It was time for me to 'go modern' and utilize the colorful flying geese [seen here]. With a pencil, graph paper, and big eraser, I worked at designing the quilt top, then turned it over to Kim Peterson for her bright quilting.

Detail, Let Us Out


In this close-up, you can see the different colored quilting threads used by Kim Peterson, which show a pretty contrast against the darker background.

There Is Beauty All Around by Anna Marie Neider


Anna Marie comments, "This quilt represents my love of home, family, color, and [fabrics by designer] Kaffe Fassett !
We recognize this pattern as the Ryokan quilt design by Joe Wood from ThimbleCreek.

Detail, There Is Beauty All Around


Anna Marie used some of Kaffe's purple/tangerine "Aboriginal Dots" fabric to serve as a contrasting border for her vibrant houses and background of various purple, lavender, and violet hues. The polka-dot chimneys provide such a cute, whimsical element !

Hometown Memories by Karen Phillips, quilted by Linda Meier



Karen states, "This is one of my most favorite quilts. I love creating my own tree and houses. I have always wanted to work with black and white. My Mother passed away while I was making the quilt, and I put some fabric from her bathrobe in the quilt."

Detail, Hometown Memories


This bird, birdhouse, and tiny wool/felt flowers are adorable ! Karen obviously put a great deal of time and effort into her lovely work.

Tennessee Pineapple by Pamela Andersen


Honorable Mention winner Pamela notes, "The tradition of the pineapple block is amazing, especially because turning, twisting, or placing the chevron fabric in a certain direction makes a square look. It's a fantastic traditional block !"
We recognize this particular design as Woven Stars by Nydia Kehnle and Alison Glass. You can see their patterns here and here.

Detail, Tennessee Pineapple


Pamela quilted what looks like thousands of small pebbles and ovals into this traditional pattern with a very modern twist. The circular quilting motif provides a pleasing contrast to the angular, geometric patchwork. 

Baltimore Beauty from Brazil by Colleen Earnshaw


Show Committee Award winner, Colleen writes, "I taught myself to applique by following the "Baltimore Album Quilts" book while serving a mission in Brazil. I designed the sashing on the edges myself."  She clearly spent countless hours of labor, which resulted in this spectacular creation.

Detail, Baltimore Beauty


Colleen continues, "I finally finished hand quilting it in January of 2017. It has been a labor of love and LOTS of work ! We especially admire this intricate, even stitching and the lovely three-dimensional flowers.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Best of Utah: The 44th annual Springville Quilt Show (2)

This annual Springville quilt show is a juried exhibition that features quilts of all styles and sizes created by some of Utah's finest quilters. This is our third year attending the show and the quality of the work is outstanding. Here are some of our favorites!
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Eyes Into the Soul by Marian Eason


An Award of Excellence winner, Marian writes, " I found this image of a snowy owl [to be] mesmerizing. The eyes drew me in, and I also felt I was being "looked into" by the owl. I used raw edge applique and machine quilting." This stunning work  reflects the owl's intense and stately dignity.

Detail, Eyes Into the Soul


Here you can see some of the fantastic quilting that Marian did, especially around the owl's eyes. Marian notes that her work reflects upon Travis Bowman's poem "Owl", which begins,
"Eyes of night,
Silent flier through dark skies,
 Lend me your vision that I might
 Find my way to secret knowledge."

Lorna's Vine by Katherine Porter , quilted by Virginia Gore


Another Award of Excellence winner, "Katherine writes, This quilt, designed by Becky Goldsmith, is one of the few designs where I have not changed a thing. I had mixed feelings when [it] was finished, as it had been my travel project for the past few years. The vine blocks were small, so it was....convenient to always have one ready to go with me."
The Lorna's Vine pattern is from the book Amish Inspired Quilts by Piece o' Cake Designs.

Detail, Lorna's Vine


Katherine continues, "In the end, I am loving it more as a beautiful finished quilt than a constant travel companion." This artist has achieved a sophisticated and elegant light-and-shadow effect by using monochromatic tones of taupe, tan, and cocoa brown for the leaves of the vine against a pretty warm-hued background.

Canosa Helmet by Nanette Sturgill


Nanette explains, "The appliqued design was taken from an Italian military helmet that was discovered [in a tomb in Canosa di Puglia, southern Italy]. An estimated date of the helmet was approximately 325 B.C."

Detail, Canosa Helmet


We appreciate Nanette's excellent workmanship in both quilting the background and appliqueing the delicate scroll motifs on this artistic quilt.

Summer Fun by Karen Phillips, quilted by Linda Meier


Karen remarks, "I wanted to use up some of my stash, and this was a perfect way to do it." We recognize this design as the Garden Party quilt by Laura Heine.

Detail, Summer Fun


Karen has chosen a spectacular palette of summer shades that resemble flavors of ice cream sorbet like pink grapefruit, blueberry, lemon, lime, mango, and peach. There are many beautiful floral prints and Kaffe Fassett fabrics in Karen's quilt.

Joy in the Journey by Anna Marie Neider


Anna Marie states, " I love the variety of this quilt ! It provided an opportunity to use as many fabrics as possible, in unexpected way and in unique blocks. I could not see the end from the beginning, but I enjoyed the journey." We recognize this design as a variation of the Gypsy Wife Quilt by Jen Kingwell.

Detail, Joy in the Journey


Anna Marie's work was longarm quilted by Quilts on the Corner in Sandy, Utah. These gently undulating waves of stitching provide a very pleasing complement to the angular geometric patterns of this contemporary, vibrantly colored patchwork.

My Happy Village by Gilda Wonson, quilted by Barbara Cook


Gilda notes,  "This quilt represents the small town where we live. People are friend and really care about each other. Our town seems like a close family. I love it."  These bright, cheery colors exemplify Gilda's happy feelings about life in her town.

Detail, My Happy Village


Gilda has created an intriguing and interesting three-dimensional effect by braiding and knotting the trunk and branches of the tree in the center of her quilt.

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