Thursday, December 27, 2012

Free pattern day ! Snowflake and Snowman quilts

Snowmen are often made as part of a family project in celebration of winter. Here are some *free* snowman and snowflake quilt patterns and tutorials! To go to a pattern: Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the words "PDF download" (or the hyperlinked website name) in the title above the quilt.

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Happy Winter Snowmen pillow, free pattern at Tilda's World (PDF download)

Happy Winter Snowmen quilt, free pattern at Tilda's World (PDF download)

Let It Snow mini quilt, ~15" square, free tutorial at Art Gallery Fabrics

Snowflake block, free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy as seen at Today's Quilter (PDF download template)

Welcome Winter mini quilt, first in 5 x 7" frame, free pattern at Jen Daly Quilts

Snowflake wall quilt or table topper, 30 x 30", free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)

Winter Wonderland quilt, 66 x 73", free pattern at Henry Glass Fabrics (PDF download)

Winter Wonderland table runner, 73 x 30", free pattern at Henry Glass Fabrics (PDF download)

Winter Olympics quilt, 47 x 59", free pattern by Cyndi Hershey for Quilting Treasures (PDF download)

Snowy Stars table runner tutorial at Sew Lux Fabric

Pixelflake quilt, 66 x 66", free pattern by Stacey Day for the American Quilters Society (PDF download)

Icy Windowpanes quilt, free pattern by Lucinda Walker for Hoffman Fabrics (PDF download)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town quilt, 63 x 76", free pattern at Andover Fabrics (PDF download)

Stars Aflutter quilt, 76 x 98", free pattern at Robert Kaufman (PDF download)

Snowflake Quilt, free pattern by We All Sew (Bernina) as seen at Quilt Views (PDF download)

Don't Lose Your Mittens, 52 x 74", free quilt pattern by Maywood Studio (PDF download)

Scandi snowflake table runner, 10 x 40", free pattern by Hilary Gooding for Makower UK (PDF download

Snowflakes Wall Hanging, inspired by Karen Montgomery at All People Quilt

Winter Snowfall table runner by Connie Kauffman, free pattern at Quilters Newsletter (PDF download)

Spinning Snowflake table topper, ~19 x 44", free pattern by Reeze L. Hanson for Quilters World (PDF download)

Snowman quilt tutorial by Patchwork Posse for Thermoweb (the matching Snowman Pillow tutorial is at Patchwork Posse)

Snuggle Snowmen, 44 x 64", a tutorial by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting at Piece n’ Quilt

Snowman Snow Days, 69 x 81", by AE Nathan Co.  
 Here are the downloadable pattern files:  Page 1 and Page 2.

It's not often that we see pieced snowmen, so we were excited when we came across this quilt.  The pattern was designed in 2005 for a fabric collection by A.E. Nathan.  With their permission we are providing the free Snow Days pattern to Quilt Inspiration readers.  You can see a finished snowman quilt, which turned out very cute, at Pots and Pins:

Snowman Table Runner, free pattern at Jo's Country Junction (PDF download)

Snowman mini quilt, ~8.5 x 16", free pattern by Pat Sloan (PDF download)

Snowman applique, free pattern at Shiny Happy World (PDF download)

Frosty applique quilt, 38" square, free pattern by Toby Lischko for Hoffman Fabrics (PDF download)

Tweety's Snowflake by Wendy Butler Berns at Quilters Newsletter (PDF download)

Call Me Frosty quilt, 49 x 61", free pattern including applique templates at Shannon Fabrics (PDF download)

Snow table runner, 48 x 14", free pattern by Denise Russart at Just Quiltin'

Snowflake applique block, free pattern at Wee Folk Art (PDF download)

Pixelated Snowflake quilt, 50 x 50", tutorial by Kelby Sews

Snowman mug rug tutorial by Rachel at Not-so-Plain Jane

Frosty Friends quilt, 55 x 65", free pattern at RJR Fabrics (PDF download)

Aunt Kate's Snowflake Quilt tutorial by Trish Poolson for Moda Bakeshop (PDF download)

Winterfall Nordic Star quilt, free pattern by Wenche Wolff Hatling for Lecien Fabrics (PDF download here)

Blueberry Ice quilt, queen size, free pattern by Gerri Robinson as seen at McCalls Quilting (PDF download)

Winter's Promise quilt, 92 x 92", free pattern at RJR Fabrics (PDF download) (includes snowflake templates)

Snowfall quilt, 60 x 60", free pattern by Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics (PDF download)

Blizzard Quilt, 61 x 61", free pattern by Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics (PDF download

Tonga Snow Angel quilt, 72 x 84", free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Timeless Treasures (PDF download)

Starry Night quilt, ~62" x 62", free pattern by Kathryn Gray for Timeless Treasures (PDF download)

Iceberg Social quilt, free pattern at RJR Fabrics (PDF download pattern) + (PDF download templates)

Penguin Love Pillow, free pattern at RJR Fabrics (PDF download)

Snowflake Block tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts

Snowflake placemats, free pattern at Pfaff (PDF download)

Blue December pillow, 18" square, free pattern at Quilt Views (PDF download)

Image credits: This post was updated on February 14, 2020. 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.  Some of these are tutorials while others have downloadable patterns; we have tried to note which is which in the title above each photo.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Imagine World Peace: Symbolism in Cloth

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish.  Origami cranes became a symbol of world peace through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who was living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped; Sadako attempted to make 1000 paper cranes before her death in 1955.  In 2011 we featured an origami crane quilt designed by Margaret Rolfe; here are five origami cranes in a lovely wall hanging.

Five Origami Cranes by Carol Smith at the 2012 River City Quilters' Guild show

Here we see four smaller pieced cranes surrounding a large center medallion; we love the color scheme, and the way in which Carol Smith connected the blocks with flying geese.  She writes: "A paper piecing class with Jerry Fujimoto at the Flying Needles Quilt Guild (Woodland, California) provided the opportunity for me to finally learn this technique." The detail of the crane block is shown below.

Close-up, Five Origami Cranes by Carol Smith

The quilt was machine pieced and machine quilted on an Innova longarm machine. To complement the theme, Carol quilted large and small cranes in the open areas between the blocks.

Close-up, Five Origami Cranes by Carol Smith

Peoples of all cultures continue to hope and pray for peace.  Creating symbols of peace in fabric, such as cranes, is a creative way to express this universal wish. 

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
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