Friday, October 28, 2011

Free pattern day! Red and white quilts (part 1)

From time to time we've featured outstanding red-and-white quilts at Quilt Inspiration. Since then we've been busy archiving free patterns!  Here is Part 1 from our archive.  (Note: this post was updated on September 24, 2015.)

In The Parlour Quilt, 51 x 60", free pattern by Sue Daley for Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)

Red and White Christmas Quilt, free pattern at Spotlight (Australia) (metric)

It's Hip to Be Square, free quilt pattern at Michael Miller Fabrics

Diamond Day quilt, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Shades of Love table runner, free pattern by Amy Smart for Art Gallery Fabrics

Peppermint Pinwheel Dresden Block tutorial by Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter

Zig Zag quilt with Bella Solids by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts for Moda Bakeshop

True Lover's Knot block and Wedding Knot Quilt, 60 x 60", free pattern by Mimi Shimp for The Learning Channel

This block looks great in red and white.  Also see the red-and-white Gordion Knot quilt seen at Quilt Inspiration, and a quilt by Genevieve, based on Mimi Shimp's pattern, at Quilter's Club of America.

Ocean Waves by Cindy Carter at Carter Quilter

Red-and-white vortex quilt, 84 x 84", free templates and tutorial by Paula Yates at Quilt Rascal (this link is for Part 1; also see Part 2 and Part 3)

One of the highlights of the red-and-white quilt show was an art deco Vortex Quilt dated 1910 (we featured it here).   To our amazement, quilter Paula Yates not only re-created the original, but shared her instructions and templates in a three-part tutorial.  We are impressed by her fortitude and mathematical skills and her generosity.  She also provides a template for the art deco butterflies in the corners of the quilt. Visit her blog, Quilt Rascal, to see Part One, Part Two and Part Three.  

Red and white house quilt, 31 x 29",  free pattern by Paula Yates at Quilt Rascal

Gallery in Red and Gallery in Red II quilt patterns by Jean Ann Wright for Marcus Fabrics

Red Rover quilt, free pattern by Mary Johnson at Mary Quilts

Modern two-color quilt, 42 x 45",  free pattern by Shana Nicole at Needyl

We love the "archipelago quilt" by designer Shana Nicole, who says:  "I wanted to make something that was easy enough for a beginner, but still modern and creative."

Image credits:  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.


  1. Two color quilts are some of my favorites! The are all wonderful, but that quilt by Shana is terrific.

    Thanks for sharing all these amazing quilts and the patterns by these generous quilters :)

  2. Ahhh, there's nothing like a red and white quilt. I've always wanted a schoolhouse quilt. And the denim quilts you've shown recently are splendid. I've got 3 piles of old jeans that I'll get to one of these days.
    Thanks for featuring such good work.
    best, nadia


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