Monday, October 31, 2011

Free pattern day ! Redwork (part 1)

Embroidery is red hot, and we've seen many artists and designers who 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 a redwork aficionado, perhaps these patterns will change your mind.  Note: This post was updated on June 9, 2015.

Bee it ever so humble by Kaaren Johnston at The Painted Quilt (Nova Scotia)

Shortly after publishing this Redwork Series we discovered Kaaren Johnston's creative, original redwork patterns and First Friday Freebies.  "Bee it ever so humble" is one of our favorites, among many. Check out her blog at The Painted Quilt !

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

We've always loved Alice in Wonderland and we've admired Ruthann Zaroff's work for ages, 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.

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

 Bronwyn Hayes has shared an entire set of patterns for her fabulous Wish Quilt, shown above.  You can check out the whole quilt plus instructions at the link above the quilt; the detail of one of the blocks is shown below.

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

Nasturtiums pillow, free redwork pattern by Alex Anderson at Alex Anderson Quilts

The design shown above is from Alex Anderson's book called Shadow Redwork.  This creative style features messages of inspiration stitched in ecru thread behind the redwork.  She is offering the pattern for free at her website, Alex Anderson Quilts

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.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

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

Here are free red-and-white quilt patterns from the archive at Quilt Inspiration. This post was updated on September 24, 2015.  For Part 1 of red-and-white quilts, click here; for Canadian flag patterns, click here.

Simple Sawtooth Star quilt tutorial by Honeybear Lane for Riley Blake Designs

Red and White quilt, 42 x 55", by Lynn Harris for Fairfield World

Red and White quilt, 60 x 72", free pattern by Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics

Ruby Sparkler quilt, 96 x 96", free pattern at McCalls Quilting

Renaissance Waves quilt tutorial by Karin Vail for Moda Bakeshop

Infinite Possibilities quilt, free pattern by John Kubiniec for McCalls Quilting

Red Hot Flash quilt, free pattern by Debby Kratovil Quilts

Made in Cherry quilt pattern by Sarah Fielke for the St. Ives collection at Lecien USA

Seeing red quilt tutorial by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew

American Red Cross Quilt by Ann Marie at Run and Sew Quilts

See the details at Run and Sew Quilts. The free Red Cross Quilt pattern is by Judy Anne Breneman at Womenfolk.

Simple Baby Quilt in red and white by Nicola Foreman, inspired by the tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman at Sew Mama Sew

Hug and Kiss tutorials by Debbie Grifka at Esch House Quilts

Sexy Hexy Red by Kelly Cole at Blue Bird Sews, based on the free Sexy Hexy Love pattern by Amy Butler

Antique Circles by Julia LaBauve and Tammy Silvers as seen at McCall's Quilting

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.

Friday, October 28, 2011

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

From time to time we've featured outstanding red-and-white quilts at Quilt Inspiration. Since then we've been busy archiving free patterns!  Here is Part 1 from our archive.  (Note: this post was updated on September 24, 2015.)

In The Parlour Quilt, 51 x 60", free pattern by Sue Daley for Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)

Red and White Christmas Quilt, free pattern at Spotlight (Australia) (metric)

It's Hip to Be Square, free quilt pattern at Michael Miller Fabrics

Diamond Day quilt, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Shades of Love table runner, free pattern by Amy Smart for Art Gallery Fabrics

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

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

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

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

Red Rover quilt, free pattern by Mary Johnson at Mary Quilts

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."

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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Free pattern day ! Denim quilts

~All of our free pattern posts are archived in the Free Pattern Days tab at the top of this page!~
We have written five articles on quilts made from recycled blue jeans (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5).  While doing our research for that series, we came across dozens of free patterns for denim quilts... and selected some that are truly unique.  Sincere thanks to these creative quilters! (Note: this post was updated on March 27, 2013).

Above, Row 1, L-R: Easiest Denim Quilt Tutorial by Joyful Mom of Many (this link is for part 1; part 2 can be found here).  Blue Jeans Quilt, free pattern by Leah Anderson at All People Quilt; you can print the 5-page pattern without registering (alternatively, register your email to download the .pdf).  Row 2, L-R:  Denim/stained glass quilt by Alicia Wells at Lucy’s Quilts* (we blogged about her quilts here). Simply Denim Quilt by Ashlee, based on the popular Simply Denim Quilt tutorial by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting at Piece N Quilt. Row 3, L-R: Make your Old Jeans Into a Quilt! Tutorial at Instructables.  Denim Picnic Blanket quilt-along at Little Birdie Secrets (we like the Gee's Bend-like appearance of these two "work quilts"!)

 Faux Cathedral Windows from Denim Jeans

Faux Cathedral Windows is a quilt-as-you-go technique that is perfect for turning old jeans into quilts. Above, Row 1, Left: Tutorial by Doreen Baros at equilters; background description by Doreen Baros at Sew Artfully Minded. Right: Circle Jeans Quilt by K.M. Gabrysch as seen at Picasa Web Albums. Row 2, L-R: Denim circle/square quilt by Lori Poyer at Poyer's Page (we blogged about her quilt here); Circle Jeans Quilt by Jessica Levitt at Juicy Bits. Row 3, L-R: Denim circle pillow tutorial by Heather at A Passionate Quilter; Denim Circle Quilt by Cathy Sews at Burda Style. The faux cathedral windows technique is also called circular patchwork, folded cottage windows, mock cathedral windows and cheater cathedral windows (follow the links for more inspiration).

Modern Denim Quilt Tutorial by Missy at So You Think You're Crafty

Denim Picnic Blanket Tutorial at Reading, Feeding and Greening

(mini-tut) Denim Quilt at iCandy Handmade

American Flag Denim Quilt Tutorial by Miranda at One Little Minute

Denim quilt at Kwiltnkats and Denim Quilt Tutorial at

In Kwiltinkat's interesting denim quilt, top, note the shading of the setting triangles in the bottom row; this gives the blocks a dimensional, tumbling-blocks-like appearance. The Kwiltinkats post is not a tutorial, but her block arrangement is the same as in the "Introduction to Denim Quilting" tutorial by Janet Wickell at

Upcycled quilt from denim and plaid clothing, tutorial at Marcias Crafty Sewing


This quilt was entered into the Pets on Quilts contest!

Denim rag quilt by Laura from Housewife in Town, guest blogger at This Crazy Blessed Life.

Budget-Friendly denim quilt (log cabin), free project at Country Woman Craft.

 Denim Basket Weave Quilt by Sandra J. Loosemore at Frogs On Ice

In her post, Sandra J. Loosemore explains: "The main problem is that typical block-based quilt designs would result in seams that are too bulky at the points where the blocks meet. If you look closely at this design, you'll see that there is no block. The square pieces are connected with the longer strips in a continuous basket-weave pattern."

Holes in your Clothes Block by Kate Perri, free pattern at Craftside

This clever block by Kate Perri is from the book Quilt Blocks and Quilts from your Favorite Fabrics: Recycling Fabrics as you Learn to Quilt. This is perfect for recycling denim jeans and shirts. We love the fact that seams of the jeans are included.

Levi Quilt by Ilene at the Tuesday Quilt Club based on the 10-Minute Blocks video tutorial by Suzanne McNeill 

Here is the 10-Minute Blocks video tutorial by Suzanne McNeill (the block takes 10 minutes, the video takes only 3 !)

Denim Jeans Christmas Stockings Tutorial by Lynn at Nebraska Views

These Christmas stockings are so clever that we couldn't resist adding them to this post !

Image credits:  All images are copyrighted by their owners.  Complete information including restrictions on use can be found at the websites provided in the links.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know about it; email us at Quilt Inspiration.
*Anyone who would like the pattern for Alicia Wells' denim/stained glass quilts should contact her; she has offered to provide it to interested quilters.  Her blog is and her email is on her blogger profile:
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