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 February 7, 2015.
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)
Quilter's Watch by Noelia at más telitas (Barcelona) (For a translation to another language, click on this link: Quilter's Watch blog post)
A whimsical alarm clock in redwork... this 14-hour clock is longer than most! Noelia says: "Now with this watch you will have more time to sew in the day." The link to the Quilter's Watch template is at the very bottom of the post. Thank you, Noelia.
Alice in Wonderland free patterns by Ruthann Zaroff at Mirkwood Designs
projects page. At Mirkwood Designs you can find Ruthann's Adventures in Creativity podcasts, recipes and so much more.
Catalicious BOM, free redwork patterns by Bronwyn Hayes at Red Brolly (Australia)
Shown above is a Catalicious block made by Cathy at les Broderies de Cathy. Twelve adorable blocks are available at Red Brolly as of this writing.
Christmas embroidery sampler by designer Bronwyn Hayes at Red Brolly
The Wish Redwork Christmas Quilt, free patterns by Bronwyn Hayes at Red Brolly
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
Nasturtiums pillow, free redwork pattern by Alex Anderson at Alex Anderson Quilts
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)
And there's more..... see Part 2 of free Redwork projects !
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.