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

Here are more than 50 free patterns for Halloween mini quilts, lap quilts, table runners and pillows ! We have a huge stash of free patterns in our Free Quilt Inspiration archive and we are excited about sharing them with you. This post was updated on August 10, 2017 !
Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the colored letters of the link to the pattern.
NOTE:Check out the great bargains on quilt books and fabrics at our eBay store!  


Boos and Ghouls quilt along at Bryan House Quilts


Jack o' Lantern mini quilt, free pattern by Rose Johnston at Threadbare Creations


Spider Web quilt along at Scrapatches


Boo-ghostly block, 12" square (shown as 24" mini quilt or pillow), free pattern by Marjory Peck at Peck's Pieces


Spooky wall hanging, 24 x 52", free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Windham Fabrics (includes bat, cat and pumpkin applique templates; see the free matching lap quilt pattern here)


Four Pumpkins wall quilt, 29"square, free pattern by Cheryl Haynes for Benartex (PDF download)


Halloween mini quilt tutorial and free pattern at Fort Worth Fabric Studio


The Great Pumpkin quilt, ~47 x 57", free pattern by Renee Nanneman for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)


Pumpkin wall quilt, free pattern by Dodi Lee Paulson for Landauer (PDF download)


Look Into My Eye, 43 x 43", free quilt pattern by Stacey Day for Windham Fabrics


Spooky Spider mini quilt, free applique pattern by Seasoned Homemaker


All Hallow's Eve wall quilt, 42" square, free pattern by Amanda - Jedi Craft Girl



Reversible whole cloth spiderweb quilt, tutorial by Polly Carlson for Fairfield World


Spooky mini quilt tutorial by Amanda - Jedi Craft Girl

Witches Celebrate quilt, 60 x 60”, free pattern at Riley Blake Designs (PDF: Pattern, PDF: TEMPLATES) (check out the finished quilt at Fabric Seeds)


Witches Celebrate quilt: witch block detail at Fabric Seeds
Witches Celebrate quilt: pumpkin block detail at Fabric Seeds

Spooky Delight mini quilt, ~18 x 18”, by Carried Away Quilting,  based on the free Coffee Time mini quilt tutorial


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


Endless Creaking Stairs quilt, 36 x 44", free pattern by Grace Wilson for Maywood Studios (PDF download)


Wicked Eve quilt, 70 x 89”, free pattern by Osie Lebowitz for Timeless Treasures (PDF download)


Barn Bats mini quilt block, 18 x 18", tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh Fransson


That Cat quilt,  Halloween version, 29 x 32", free pattern by Pamela Lincoln for McCall's Quilting


Stairway to Cat Heaven, 52 x 52, quilt by Marty Mason at Marty's Fiber Musings, based on the free Golden Quilts pattern at McCall's Quilting (also see templates)


Jack O Lantern mini quilt, 20 x 20”, free pattern at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)


Trick or Treat mini quilt, 20 x 24”, free pattern by Susan Emory


Boo-tacular applique wall hanging, 25 x 27", free pattern by Sandi Colwell for McCall's Quilting


Which Witch is Which wall hanging, 30 x 17", free pattern by Sue Marsh for RJR Fabrics


Sweet and Spooky Halloween mini quilt, 21" square, tutorial by Lisa Calle of {Vintage Modern Quilts} for Moda Bakeshop


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


Haunted House (Scribble Monsters) quilt, 32 x 36", including house, bat and moon template, at Clothworks (PDF download)


Haunted House quilt, ~37 x 40", 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 (PDF download


Creepy Crawlies at Midnight quilt, 29 x 43", free pattern by Dana Jones for Quilters Newsletter  (PDF download)


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


Itsy Bitsy Spiders Wall Hanging, 19 x 26", tutorial at AJ's Bowtique


Halloween Applique Scene by Christina Sherrod at Crafts and Fabric Links


Jack Patchwork wall hanging, 36 x 36", free pattern by Sue Thornton-Gray for Janome (PDF download)


Halloween Wall Hanging, 24 x 24", free pattern by Carol R. Zentgraf at James Thompson & Co

 

Bat Wreath, free quilt pattern at Debby Kratovil Quilts


Fall Pumpkin table runner tutorial by The Cloth Parcel


Pumpkin Patch block table topper tutorial by Lindsey Weight at Fort Worth Fabric Studio


Pumpkin Table Topper tutorial by The Sassy Quilter


Endless Creaking Stairs table runner, 12 x 25", free pattern by Grace Wilson for Maywood Studios (PDF download)


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


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


Oh Pumpkin table runner, free pattern by Jennifer Morgan and Linda Ambrosini at Hoffman Fabrics


Floating Pumpkins table runner by Debbie Beaves, free pattern at RJR Fabrics (PDF download)


Pumpkin block tutorial by Chrissy at Sew Lux Fabrics


Reversible Holiday table runner tutorial at Simply Notable


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


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


Pumpkin Crazy Quilt mug rug tutorial at Pellon Projects



Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner tutorial by A Bright Corner as seen at Thermoweb 


Ribbon Table Runner tutorial at 7 layer studio


Ghouls Night Out table runner by Grace Wilson for Maywood Studios


The House that Jack Built centerpiece mat tutorial by Katie Hennagir for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)


Boo to You! table topper, 40 x 40", free pattern at Wilmington Prints

 

Strippy Table Runner tutorial by Rachel Griffith at PS I Quilt for Art Gallery Fabrics


Halloween Table Runner from Nature's Table Toppers by Debbie Field, free pattern at Landauer Publishing (PDF download)


Spooktacular Spiderweb table runner, free pattern at Blend Fabrics


Pumpkin Table Runner tutorial by Judi Madsen at Green Fairy Quilts


Halloween Table Runner free pattern at Jo's Country Junction


Pumpkin Placemat, free pattern by Phyllis Dobbs


Improvisational Pumpkin Block tutorial at Pieced Goods


Spiderweb mini quilt, 24 x 24", tutorial by Jackie Reeve at The Orange Room


Flying High oval table mat, ~15 x 19", free pattern by Debbie Field for Landauer Publishing (PDF download)


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
 

Halloween Boo Hoo? banner tutorial by Karin Jordan at Leigh Laurel Studios


Witch Shoe Treat Bag or Silverware Holder at Sharon Sews


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


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


Spooky, 10” square, free black cat applique pattern by Wendi Gratz at Shiny Happy World


Ghost applique block, free pattern at Wee Folk Art

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“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


Halloween Treat mini quilt, free pattern by Sandra E. Andersen at A Legacy of Stitches


Midnight Hallow's Eve quilt block, free pattern at Thimblemouse and Spouse


Coffin block by Jeni Baker, free pattern at In Color Order (use 9 blocks to make a Halloween pillow)



Jack-o-Lantern block, 8 x 10", free paper pieced pattern by Sonja Callaghan at Artisania


Pumpkin in three sizes, free paper pieced pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked
 

Witch, free paper piecing pattern by Sonja Callaghan at Artisania


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

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


Bats paper pieced block, free pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein at Fandom in Stitches


Trick or Treat Sue, free paper pieced Sunbonnet Sue pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked


 Batty About Halloween, free paper pieced quilt block pattern at Ruthie Quilts


My Little Monster, free paper pieced quilt block pattern at Orchid Owl Quilts


Candy Corn face, free paper pieced pattern and tutorial at Sonya's Snippets 


Black cat pillow, free pattern and tutorial by Amanda -  Jedi Craft Girl
 

Halloween Cat pillow, free pattern by Oh Oh blog as seen at U Create Crafts


Fall Pumpkin quilted pillow tutorial at The Cloth Parcel


Spider Web Quilted Pillows tutorial by Polly Carlson for Fairfield World


Spooky Halloween cat pillow, free pattern and tutorial by Amanda - Jedi Craft Girl


Scrappy Pumpkin Pillows, free pattern by Jean Etheridge and Shannon Miller at Sew Beautiful Magazine (PDF download)


Spooky Halloween Wreath quilt, 40" square, free pattern by Jason Yenter at In The Beginning Fabrics (PDF download)


Pumpkins and Patches quilt, 49 x 49”, free pattern by Denise Russell for Hoffman Fabrics (for the ivory version click here)
 


Bee Inspired quilt, 66 x 66", free pattern at Moda Fabrics (PDF download)


Pumpkin Patches quilt, 70 x 92”, free pattern by Renee Nanneman for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)


Spooky Windows quilt, 37 x 49", free pattern by Osie Lebowitz for Timeless Treasures (PDF download)


All Hallows Eve quilt, 62 x 62”, free pattern by M Studio for Blank Quilting (PDF download)


Wickedness quilt, 62 x 74", free pattern by Cindi Hershey for Quilting Treasures


Spooktacular Eve Twilight quilt, 54 x 66”, free pattern at Blend Fabrics (PDF download)


Halloween Cats quilt, 70 x 78”, free pattern by Mickey Beebe for American Quilter


Happy Haunting quilt, 74 x 88", free pattern at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)


Happy Haunting mini quilt, 20 x 20", free pattern at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)


Cats, Bats and Vats quilt, 58 x 66", free pattern by Gayle Noyes and Jean Anne Sharrai for Clothworks (PDF download)


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


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




Spooky Stars Halloween quilt, 57 x 68”, tutorial by Choo Choo Skadoo


Ready Set Glow Halloween quilt, 42 x 42”, free pattern at Blank Quilting 


Disappearing Nine Patch quilt, 49 x 62”, tutorial by Jedi Craft Girl


Boo Crew 2 quilt, ~55 x 69”, free pattern at Blank Quilting


Spooked quilt, 60 x 72”, free pattern at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)


Moonlight Peaks quilt, 47 x 67”, free pattern by Linda Ambrosini for Hoffman Fabrics


Boomerang quilt, 80 x 80”, free pattern by Emma Jean Jansen


Halloween Chevron Quilt tutorial at The Little Fabric Shop


Spiders and Webs quilt, 50 x 60", tutorial by Heidi Grohs for Moda Bakeshop


Jazzy Jacks quilt, 48 x 51”, free appliqued and pieced pattern by AE Nathan (PDF download)


Stuffed Pumpkins, free pattern at JoAnn Fabrics


Fall Fabric Pumpkins tutorial at Pink Suede Shoe


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


Fabric Pumpkins tutorial by Martha Stewart
 



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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