Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Purrrrfectly cute cat quilts

As animal lovers, we're always thrilled to find quilts that showcase some of our favorite creatures, including cats.  We came across some great quilts featuring fun felines in recent shows.  We hope these brighten your day! (Note to cat lovers:  also see our 2010 series on The Best of Cat Quilts, and our Cat Quilts Board at Pinterest.)

Flower Queen Kitty, 47 x 59, exhibited by Mary Fish

Mary notes, "This quilt was my 'thank you' gift for serving as a 2009 River City Quilters Guild Quilt Show co-chair. Thank  you to [all who worked on my quilt] including , ShirLee Belisle, Nancy Causey, Nancy Gangler, Nancy MacDonald, Kathy Mitchell, Phyllis McCalla, and Annette Blandin. I will treasure it always. "

Close-up of Flower Queen Kitty

We love the whimsical face and fanciful long whiskers of this giant purple kitty.  The striped inner border in extra-bright colors provides this quilt with a glowing, surrealistic, Alice-In-Wonderland look.

Let Sleeping Cats Lie by Jane Chiles

At the 2012  Arizona Quilters Guild Show, Jane noted,  "I started this at Quilt Camp in 2006 and finished it this past year. I am a new quilter, and this has been my biggest challenge!"

Close-up of Let Sleeping Cats Lie

The center spiral of these blocks is formed by the cats' tails all cozily curled up together. The center of this pattern is based on the traditional "Snails Trail" quilt pattern. The pattern, by Helene Knott, can be seen at Alderwood Quilts.

Holiday Party Kitty,  47 x59, exhibited by Paulette Trafecanty

Paulette exhibited this adorable black, white, and red cat quilt at the 2012 River City Quilters Guild Show in Sacramento, California. She explains,  "I was one of four ladies that put on the River City Quilters Guild Quilt Show. I never expected to get a quilt. But lo and behold, Phyllis McCalla and her great group of ladies made one for each of us. I absolutely adore it!  It is now hanging on my living room wall."

Close-up of Holiday Party Kitty

So much personality is imbued to this crazy cat by its heart-shaped nose, striped bow-tie collar, and red bell around its neck. The echo quilting or outline quilting around this center panel really gives a wild, zany energy to this delightful work.

Sleeping Cat, 27 x29,  by Dorothy Findley

At the 2013 Flying Needles Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Woodland, California, Dorothy writes, "This quilt was made just because I love cats. I designed the whole quilt. The flying geese were made for another project that didn't work out. So, I put them on this quilt. "  We are impressed by the contrast shown between the bright, energetic border, and the graceful, serene pose of the dozing kitty.  Can you see the little gray mouse at his feet?
2009 Co-Quilt Show Chair Quilt, 47 x 59,  exhibited by Diana Muenzler

Diana exhibited this whimsical cat quilt at the 2012 River City Quilters Guild Show in Sacramento, California. She says,  "I was absolutely thrilled to receive this quilt. Thank you so much to Phyllis McCalla, ShirLee Belisle, Nancy Causey, Nancy Gangler, Kathy Mitchell, and Nancy MacDonald." 

Close-up of 2009 Co-Quilt Show Chair Quilt

This kitty is done in neutral, calm earth tones that would blend well with the décor in any room of the house. But, that's about the only thing 'restful' about him. The way his fur is styled to fly out wildly in all directions leads us to believe he's really a wild partier ready to dance the night away.

Sleeping Yellow Kitty, 15 x 26, by Monica Kaseman

At the 2013  Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County Quilt Show, Monica explained, "This quilt hangs over our bed, inspiring sweet dreams!  The cat was paper pieced. The pattern for the cat is by Maureen Sparrow on the Paper Panache website and is called Sleeping Cat."

We really like the "album quilt" effect of the traditional Amish  patterns in matching colors which surround this kitty, who apparently snoozes without a care in the world. 

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.  We have not yet identified the patterns for the Holiday Party and Co-Chair quilts; if anyone knows the source, please let us know.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Free pattern day: Sun and Moon quilts

Here are FREE patterns for sun and moon quilts !  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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Dresden Dreaming, 12.5", free pattern by Katja Marek for AURIfil Threads / Auribuzz (PDF download)

Aurora Sunshine mini quilt, 10 x 14",  free pattern by Marlis Bennett for Bernina (PDF download)

Always Sunny zipper pouch, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)

Fun in the Sun sunglasses wall hanging, free paper piecing pattern by Sarah Marrone for Fabric.com

Sundial Quilt, free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy for Dear Stella Design (PDF download)

Turn to the Sun embroidery, free pattern by Janet Clare for United Notions (PDF download)

Sunshine Days, free mini quilt pattern at Fabric.com (PDF download)

Calliopes Quilt, 71 x 89", free pattern by Wendy Sheppard for Anthology Fabrics (PDF download)

Here Comes the Sun quilt, 90 x 90", free pattern by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics (PDF download)

Twilight Sky quilt, 48 x 60", free pattern at Landauer Publishing (PDF download)

Sending a Little Sunshine Mug Rug tutorial by Chrissy at Sew Lux Fabrics

Matrix wall hanging, 37 x 37”, free pattern by Gina Gempesaw for Quilting Treasures (PDF download)

Sunburst quilt in solids, 60 x 60", free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy for Dear Stella Design (PDF download)

Sombre quilt, 66 x 98",  warm and cool versions, free pattern by Robert Kaufman (PDF download)

Sunrise Baby quilt, ~36 x 43", tutorial by Erika Mulvenna at We All Sew

Sunset Eclipse quilt, 61 x 77",  free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Benartex (PDF download)

 A Little Ray of Sunshine quilt, 68 x 92", free pattern at Benartex (PDF download)

Mango Salsa Stars quilt, 40 x 40", free pattern by Konda Luckau for Timeless Treasures (PDF download

California Dreamin' quilt, 46 x 46", free New York Beauty quilt pattern by Marsha Evans Moore (PDF download)

Sunshine quilt, free pattern by Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring (PDF download)

Fanfare quilt, 69 x 83", free pattern at Anthology Fabrics (PDF download)

Sunny Skies quilt, 54 x 54”, free New York Beauty pattern download at Connecting Threads (PDF download)

Trilogy mini quilt series, free needle arts project by Victoria Gertenbach as seen at Lark Crafts (PDF download)

Sunshine block, 12”, at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)

Swirly Twirly Dresden block, 10 x 10",  tutorial by Vicki at Quilting Lodge

Dresden Delight pillow, free pattern at Make It Coats (PDF download)

Starburst Pillow cover tutorial by Mary from Lake Pulaski, posted at The Intrepid Thread

Sunburst Picnic Blanket, 55 x 59" at Dear Stella Design, see the tutorial at You and Mie

Placemat No. 1, 18 x 14”, free paper piecing pattern by Deb Karasik (PDF download)

Desert Sun quilt block, 12"square, free pattern by J. Michelle Watts (PDF download)

Bubble and Swirl quilt, ~66 x 66", free pattern by Lonni Rossi for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)

Caribbean Sunset, 60 x 70", free pattern by Ellie Brown at McCall's quilting (PDF download)(photo below by Ellie of her sister Ria)

South Seas Sky, free quilt pattern by Toby Lischko for McCalls Quilting (PDF download)

Sunshine and Marmalade quilt by Susan Guzman, free pattern for queen size quilt at McCalls Quilting (PDF download)


View from the Shore block, 12 x 12", for the 2016 American Made Brands mystery quilt, free pattern at Clothworks (PDF download) 

Constellation table runner, free embroidery pattern and tutorial by Jessica Marquez for Design Sponge (download template)

Luna table runner, ~10 x 26", free pattern at American Quilters Society (PDF download)

Phases quilt, 64 x 80", free pattern by Wendy Sheppard for Anthology Fabrics (PDF download)

Full Moon Quilt, free pattern and tutorial at I Am Luna Sol

Halo quilt, ~48" square, free pattern by Stacey Day for Timeless Treasures (PDF download)

Image credits: This post was updated on April 4, 2019. 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 (.pdf) 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 Quilt Inspiration {at} gmail {dot} com
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