Tuesday, August 30, 2011

School Days

This time of year, the school bells ring again for so many of us and our children.  A house on a quilt is a symbol of our community and our lives together in society. It's no wonder that house quilts remind us of comfort and the togetherness of family, friends, and neighbors. They really appeal to us, maybe because "home is where the heart is." 

Little Old One Room Schoolhouse,  23 x 27", by Ruth Powers, at Ruth Powers Art Quilts

The traditional schoolhouse of the frontier, complete with a bell tower, beckons us back to learning, as leaves swirl in the early autumn breeze.  Quilt designer Ruth Powers offers this charming scene as a pattern, along with so many other beautiful designs.

Little Houses, 48 x 60", by Ruth Powers, at Ruth Powers Art Quilts

Ruth writes, "Much of my work is inspired by nature;  my daily walks fill my senses with color and design possibilities." In creating Little Houses, Ruth has done an excellent job of selecting different blues and greens for the sky and earth, while selecting the complementary colors of bright orange and orange-red for the homes. Ruth notes that this is a great pattern for using up fat quarters and scraps.

Welcome Home, 64 x 64", by Alex Anderson,at Alex Anderson Quilts

Here's a delightful neighborhood of cheerful houses done in russet and gold. Internationally-famous designer Alex Anderson has brightened the traditional fall quilt by adding contemporary colors of aqua blue and rose pink which make the maple leaves and houses sparkle against the dark background. Easily pieced using half square triangles, "Welcome Home" has become a classic best-seller from JWD Publishing. You can view all of Alex Anderson's books and patterns at Alex Anderson Quilts.

Schoolhouse Block, 19 x 22", from "There's No Place Like Home" by Sonya Chinn, at Sonya's Snippets

Long-arm quilter Sonya, creator of the Sonya's Snippets blog, sewed this charming applique scene as one of the blocks for a block-of-the-month quilt which she calls 'There's No Place Like Home'. This quilt was based on "Home Is Where the Heart Is", a block-of-the-month from The Stitch Connection.

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of the artists.  These quilts appeared in a series of articles on house quilts, including Our Town and Our Town Part 2.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Free Pattern Day: Halloween!

We have a huge stash of free patterns in our Free Quilt Inspiration archive and we are excited about sharing them with you. Here are more than 50 free patterns for Halloween. Note: this post was updated on June 9, 2015.

Pumpkin wall quilt, free pattern by Dodi Lee Paulson for Landauer

Barn Bats mini quilt block tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh Fransson

That Cat,  Halloween version, free quilt pattern by Pamela Lincoln for McCall's Quilting

Sweet and Spooky Halloween mini quilt tutorial by Lisa Calle of {Vintage Modern Quilts} for Moda Bakeshop

Pumpkin Table Topper tutorial by The Sassy Quilter

By the Light of the Moon Quilt with candy corn border, free pattern by Elizabeth Cecchettini for Babylock

Spooktacular Plus Mini Quilt tutorial by Nicole Daksiewicz at Modern Handcraft

Finished Spooktacular quilt by Nicole at Modern Handcraft

Spider Web Little Quilt tutorial by Karen O’Connor for Moda Bakeshop

Tombstone Tumbler Quilt tutorial by Karin Jordan from Leigh Laurel Studios for Sizzix (uses a Sizzix machine die)

Spooky Triangles Quilt tutorial by Rossie Hutchinson at Rossie Crafts 

Halloween Chevron Quilt tutorial at The Little Fabric Shop

Spiders and Webs quilt tutorial by Heidi Grohs for Moda Bakeshop

Ghoulies and Ghosties quilt, free pattern by Kelly Corbridge for McCalls Quilting

Scribble Monsters quilt design by Stephanie Sims, including house, bat and moon template, at Clothworks

Endless Creaking Stairs quilt and table runner, free pattern by Grace Wilson for Maywood Studios

Haunted House quilt by Liz Aneloski; free  pattern for RJR Fabrics; this quilt has 3-D folded windows and doors

Simply Spooky quilt, free pattern by Pearl P. Pereira as seen at Red Rooster Quilts

Cats, Bats and Vats quilt, fabric by Leeré Aldritch, free pattern by Gayle Noyes and Jean Anne Sharrai for Clothworks

Wobbly Web Layer Cake Throw Quilt, free pattern by Cindy Sharp at Moda Bake Shop

Spiders in My Attic quilt free pattern at Quilt Bug (a kit is also available under Quilt Bug's Quilt Kits)

Black Cat applique, free block pattern by Kimara at Wee Folk Art

Simply Spooky 2 Quilt, free pattern by Pearl P. Pereira as seen at Red Rooster Quilts

Block Party Halloween Quilt, free pattern by Kathy Mack at Pink Chalk Fabrics

Spooky House, in the Block Party Halloween Quilt by Kathy Mack

Creepy Crawlies at Midnight quilt, free pattern by Dana Jones for Quilters Newsletter

Spooky Spun Sugar Little Quilt tutorial by Vickie E. at Spun Sugar Quilts

Witch’s feet, Halloween block tutorial and templates, at Attic Window Quilt Shop

Itsy Bitsy Spiders Wall Hanging tutorial at AJ's Bowtique

Boo!-ti-ful wall hanging seen at Quilting Chronicles, based on the free 30 x 36" pattern by Christine Schnaufer at Quilt Bus

Halloween Applique Scene by Christina Sherrod at Crafts and Fabric Links

Jack Patchwork wall hanging, free .pdf pattern by Sue Thornton-Gray for Janome

Halloween Wall Hanging, free pattern by Carol R. Zentgraf at James Thompson & Co


Jack-o-Lantern, free paper piecing pattern by Sonja Callaghan at Artisania

Granny's Bats, free 10" paper piecing pattern by Amy Gay of Butterfly Angels Quilting

Bat Wreath, free quilt pattern at Debby Kratovil Quilts

Spooky Halloween Wreath by Jason Yenter at In The Beginning Fabrics

Spooktacular Mini Quilt tutorial by Rachel Griffith at ps i quilt

Autumn Whimsy wall hanging as seen at Fabric Mom, free pattern by Debbie Mumm

Pumpkin Crazy Quilt mug rug tutorial at Pellon Projects

Jack-o-Lantern, free applique pattern by Kimara and Michelle at Wee Folk Art

Bargello style Halloween table runner, tutorial by So Sew Easy at GYCT Designs

Country Pumpkin Patch, free pattern at The Learning Channel

Patchwork Pumpkin Table Runner tutorial by Amy Smart for Riley Blake Designs

Floating Pumpkins table runner by Debbie Beaves, free pattern at RJR Fabrics

Monster Munchies table runner (French Braid), 14 x 48", free pattern by Jean Ann Sharrai and Gayle Noyes for McCall's Quilting

Spooky Pumpkins wall hanging, inspired by designer Tonee White, free pattern at All People Quilt

Trick or Treat Table Runner by Rebecca Woods at Charley, Dee and Me, as seen at Riley Blake Designs

Ribbon Table Runner tutorial at 7 layer studio

Ghouls Night Out table runner by Grace Wilson for Maywood Studios

Pumpkin Placemat by Phyllis Dobbs

Improvisational Pumpkin Block tutorial at Pieced Goods

Spiderweb Quilt Tutorial by Jackie Reeve at The Orange Room

Witch, free paper piecing pattern by Sonja Callaghan at Artisania

Haunted House, free 10"paper piecing pattern by Cyrille Zellweger at Bubblestitch Quilts

Trick-or-Treat Mini Quilt tutorial by Alexandra Henry for Pellon 

Spiderweb free-motion quilting, free video tutorial by Leah Day at The Free Motion Quilting Project

"Boo" wall hanging tutorial by A Bright Corner as seen at Fabric Mill

Witch Shoe Treat Bag or Silverware Holder at Sharon Sews

Itsy Bitsy Button Spider embroidery project, 4" x 4",  free pattern at DMC Threads

Scrappy Pumpkin Pillows, free .pdf pattern by Jean Etheridge and Shannon Miller at Sew Beautiful Magazine

Fall Fabric Pumpkins tutorial at Pink Suede Shoe

Funky Pumpkin Pincushion Tutorial and free pattern by Marjory Peck at Peck's Pieces

Spooky Pillow, free pattern by Debbie Mumm

BOO Banner, free pattern by Debbie Mumm

Fabric pumpkins tutorial by Martha Stewart

Applique quilts and motifs


Above, Row 1:  “Say Boo” wall hanging tutorial and pattern, by AnneMarie at GenXQuilters. "Haunted House on the Hill", free pattern by Elizabeth Hill, at Purple Kitty Yarns. Row 2: “Halloween Treat” mini quilt, free pattern, by Sandra E. Andersen at A Legacy of Stitches. Row 3:  Ghosties applique block, free pattern at Wee Folk Art.

Vampires and Harry Potter blocks

Above, Row 1: "Vampire Fangs", by Jennifer Ofenstein at Fandom In Stitches and “Bats” from Fandom in Stitches. Row 2: “Hedwig” (Week 11 block)  and “Cauldron with Felix Felicis” (Week 29 block) for the 2011 Harry Potter Project of Doom block-of-the-week project. Row 3: True Blood, free block patterns by Lilja Björk Sigurdórsdóttir at Lilijabs and Catherine Magraith at Fandom In Stitches. The designers of these free paper-pieced patterns are members of Fandom in Stitches, a design collective started by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked, to pay tribute to book characters like Harry Potter.

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 quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.
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