Friday, October 28, 2011

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

~All of our free pattern posts are archived in the Free Pattern Days tab at the top of this page! ~
In the spring of 2011 our spotlight was on outstanding red-and-white quilts. Since then we've been busy archiving free patterns for beautiful red-and-white quilts. Note: New patterns were added on June 20, 2012.

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

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

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."  At her site, Needyl, you will find many wonderful knitting and quilting patterns.

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.  The true lover's knot block is also part of the red-and-white Carpenter's Square quilt seen at the Quilts Inc corporate collection and the red-and-white Gordion Knot quilt seen at Quilt Inspiration.  Also see 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

This is yet another red-and-white beauty by Paula Yates.

Two by Two Stripe, free pattern by Marinda Stewart for Michael Miller Fabrics

This is a clever idea for a two-color quilt.  Red-and-white striped fabric is used for the entire quilt, including the checkerboard border, making this pattern incredibly simple.

Special requested quilt blocks, free patterns by Rebecca Kuck at The Golden Thimble

Shown above are Hearts and Gizzards, Glorified Nine Patch and Oklahoma Twister blocks.  There are several more pretty red-and-white block patterns at Rebecca's block of the week page.

Gallery in Red and Gallery in Red II quilt patterns by Jean Ann Wright for the Gallery in Red fabric collections by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics

There are two free "Gallery in Red" patterns by Jean Ann Wright and they are perfect for floral prints.

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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