Embroidery is red hot, and many artists and designers are combining embroidery with quilting. Here are some inspiring free designs for Redwork (embroidery with red thread on a white or off-white background). If you aren't already an aficionado, perhaps these patterns will change your mind. Note: This post was updated on January 28, 2017.
Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the colored letters of the link to the pattern.
Little Heart, free redwork embroidery pattern by Mary Corbet at Needle N Thread
Alice in Wonderland free patterns by Ruthann Zaroff at Mirkwood Designs
We've always loved Alice in Wonderland and we admire Ruthann Zaroff's work, so we were excited to find her free redwork patterns - including many Alice characters - on her projects page. At Mirkwood Designs you can find Ruthann's Adventures in Creativity podcasts, recipes and so much more.
Scrolly medallion, free pattern by Mary Corbet at Needle n Thread
Bird in Tree Quaker motif, free pattern by Mary Corbet at Needle n Thread
St. Joseph in redwork, free embroidery pattern by Monica Solorio-Snow at the Happy Zombie
Redwork Birdie Stitches embroidery by Starwood Quilter, based on the free Birdie Stitches block-of-the-month patterns at Coriander Quilts
Bee it ever so humble by Kaaren Johnston at The Painted Quilt (Nova Scotia)
Dog embroidery, free patterns by Wendy Vosters (Netherlands)
Wendy Vosters is a teacher, paper-piecing expert and author of Paper-Pieced Mini Quilts. These cute redwork patterns are portraits of her own dogs.
Sleepytime girl, hand embroidery tutorial by Juby Sarah Roxy at Rocksea
At her website, Rocksea, you can find articles and lessons explaining many different embroidery stitches.
Redwork alphabet A-Z and Redwork Chicken Weathervane and Laurel Wreath with Bird by Cheryl C. Fall for About.com
Redwork Holiday Squares, free patterns by Alex Anderson Quilts
Nasturtiums pillow, free redwork pattern by Alex Anderson at Alex Anderson Quilts
Sunny Side Up, free redwork embroidery pattern by Shellie Wilson at Needle Knowledge
Live, Laugh, Love embroidery, free patterns by Robin Kingsley for Lecien (PDF download)
Sweet and Spotty needle wallet, free pattern by Natalie Lymer at Cinderberry Stitches (Australia)
How to turn your home into a stitchery by Becky at Patchwork Posse (Utah)
Hungarian Redwork Embroidery runner, free design by Lilly Baróthi Zathureczky, adapted by Mary Corbet at Needle n Thread
Friends at my Garden Gate, free redwork embroidery patterns by Betty Alderman for AQS at Quilt Views (includes free squirrel, mouse, bird duck, bunny, turtle, butterfly, frog, and garden gate patterns)
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.