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


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


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)


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)


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


Snowflake Table Runner, 14 x 40", free pattern and template by Gingham Girls


Winter Snowfall table runner by Connie Kauffman, free pattern at Quilters Newsletter (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 Spell-It-Out banner, free pattern by Deb Strain for Landauer Publishing (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)


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


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)


Blue Storm quilt, free pattern by Jean Ann Wright at Marcus Fabrics (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)


Hexagon Snowflake cushion, free pattern at Love Patchwork and Quilting (PDF download)


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


Image credits: This post was updated on June 21, 2018. 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.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas to all ! On the eve of Christmas, we thought you might enjoy this beautiful design by Dilys Fronks.  You may know Dilys as the author of Enchanted Views: Quilts Inspired by Wrought-Iron Designs. Many of her quilt designs have been translated into kits, including this depiction of the story of Christmas.

Christmas Banner, 13 x 44".  Design by Dilys Fronks (North Wales, UK); kit by the Creative Iron


This Christmas Banner combines the three most popular Christmas appliqué designs from Dilys Fronks: Nativity, Shepherds and We Three Kings. The kit includes a Kona Cotton laser cut silhouette (a single piece, ready for fusible applique) and instructions for assembly. Also, you can see many more intriguing silhouette designs at Dilys Fronks' website; kits are available for seven different garden gate designs.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Peace on Earth

 Here is a beautiful quilt by fiber artist Jean Baardsen.  The message, "Peace on Earth", has special meaning at Christmas.  As described in the story of the Nativity,  the heavenly angels appear to shepherds in their fields.  The angels praise God with these words:   "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Peace on Earth, 27 x 21", by Jean Baardsen


We are drawn to Jean Baardsen's quilt because of its elegant design and timeless appeal. Jean says: "This was my 2000 raffle quilt. The idea for the dove and streamers came from a Christmas card. I used green magic marker on blue fabric to make the earth. The dark blue background fabric already had the white hounds tooth and pink dots on it. "Peace" was added with couched gold trim. I wanted to call the quilt "Peace on Earth" and if you look at the detail, you can see the word "on" written in one of the pink dots!" (shown below).

Close-up, Peace on Earth by Jean Baardsen


Jean Baardsen has been making art quilts since 1995; she also paints and creates works of art with mixed media. She says: "The principal source of inspiration for my art work is nature. Birds, fish, trees and flowers make frequent appearances. And then there’s the fabric. Thrift shops exist to provide me with fascinating fabrics for my art quilts. Whatever clothing is colorful, strange, unique, or weird makes its way home with me. Old blouses are the bread and butter of my fabric stash."

 Image credits:  The image is shown with the generous permission of Jean Baardsen. We previously featured Jean's "Red Sky at Night" quilt in Quilt Inspiration Classics: Nautical Quilts.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Winner of the December Giveaway: Color Play for Quilters

Thank you to all who entered the December Giveaway; we enjoyed reading your comments!  We picked a name at random from those who entered, and the lucky winner is:  Inge Lise from Denmark.   She has won a free pass to Joen Wolfrom's Color Play for Quilters at Craftsy.   If you've ever wondered how prize-winning quilters come up with their color combinations, and create movement, depth and luminosity through fabric, Joen Wolfrom's class is for you (see our review here).  Here are some quilts from the class.

 

Above, L-R: "Northern Lights" and "Memories of Monet" by Joen Wolfrom; "Northern Lights" by Meredith Annett as seen at JWD Publishing; "Tsunami" by Margarete Steinhauer as seen at JWD Publishing; "Reflections on the Pond" and "Pizzazz" by Joen Wolfrom.
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