Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Free pattern day: Basket Quilts

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There is no doubt that baskets are among the most popular themes in quilting.  Made with colorful prints, or filled with flowers or fruit, basket quilts are perfect for any time of the year.  There is such a variety of basket designs and settings.... here are more than 30 different basket quilt patterns (and they're free!)



April – Baskets, in the block of the month quilt at Jina Barney Designs 


 Breezy Baskets, 50.5 x 50.5“, free pattern at Quiltmaker 


A Basket Full of Posies, 100 x 100", free pattern by George and Linda Wheeler for Windham Fabrics 


Sending my Love, 74 x 74”, free pattern by Marie Cole for Henry Glass Fabrics 


Basket of Flowers, 38.5 x 36.5", free pattern by Nanette Holmberg for American Quilter 


American Retro c. 1945, 45 x 45”, by Erin Witt for Windham Fabrics 


Reproduction Baskets quilt, 31 x 31”, Inspired by 'Twist on Tradition' by Avis Shirer, free pattern at All People Quilt 


Cherry Fizz quilt, 56" square, free pattern by by Cate Tallman-Evans for Henry Glass Fabrics 


Basket Bouquet quilt, 61" square, free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Baby Basket quilt, 14 x 14”, free pattern by Anita Shackelford for American Quilter 


Baker’s Dozen quilt, 57” square, free pattern by Pat Sloan for P&B Textiles


close up, Baker's Dozen quilt by Pat Sloan


In Full Bloom, 60 x 74”, by Laura Blanchard for Hoffman Fabrics 

 
Spring Dreams, 51" square, tutorial by Marlene Biles for Moda Bakeshop


Playdate at the Park, 55" square, free pattern by Erin Witt Designs for Windham Fabrics 


Vintage Delight Basket Quilt, 53 x 65", free pattern by Elizabeth Scott for Lecien 


Mary Rose Antique Pattern, 46” square, free pattern by Gerri Robinson for Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Strawberry Shortcake quilt, 73.5 x 92.5“, free pattern by Maria Umhey as seen at The Quilter Mag 


Luna Notte quilt, 83 x 83”, free pattern by Three Sisters for Moda as seen at Red Rooster Quilts


Spring Bouquet, free pattern by Bev Remillard for Hoffman California Fabrics 


A Tisket A Tasket, 51-3/4" square, tutorial by Darlene Zimmerman, free pattern download at All People Quilt 


Chocolate Baskets quilt, free pattern by Jill Reid for Windham Fabrics 


Blossom Lane quilt, 57” square, free pattern by Gail Kessler for Andover Fabrics


Basket O’ Kitties quilt, 52” square, free pattern by Susan Schwarting for P&B Textiles 


Picnic Basket quilt, 36” square, free pattern at Swirly Girls Designs


Evening Rose quilt, 78.5” square, free pattern by Betty New for Windham Fabrics 


Sweet Dreams quilt, 48" square, free pattern by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes for Robert Kaufman Fabric


 Apple Basket quilt, 36” square, free pattern by Janet Page Kessler for Benartex 


Blue Morning quilt, 50.5 x 60.5", free pattern by Iron Orchid Designs for Clothworks 


Baskets of Love quilt, 54” square, free pattern by Pat Sloan


Scrap Baskets quilt, 28 x 28”, free paper piecing pattern by Carol Doak


Spring Basket quilt, 35" square, tutorial by Frieda Anderson at Walks in the Woods


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.  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.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Contemporary quilts: Spring 2013

The art of the American Southwest is often associated with cactus, the Hopi Indian deity Kokopelli, and other desert and Native American imagery.  At the recent statewide Arizona Quilters' Guild show there were some beautiful examples of southwestern quilts.  However, there also was a wonderful display of contemporary quilts, many by award-winning quilt artists.

Roy G. Biv Pixelated by Ken Casey


Honorable Mention winner in the Scrap Quilts category, Ken says,  [My quilt] Roy G. Biv has been pixelated for years. Made of batik scraps and a border, it took longer on the design wall than it did to piece and quilt!"

Nine Patch Reflections on Golden Pond by Linda Engstrom


Winner of a Judges' Recognition Award, Linda states  "[This quilt is ] an exploration of color with hand-dyed fabric arranged to protray a pond with nine-patch blocks representing reflections."

RC's Night Flight by Cheryl Dolby

Second place winner for Medium Size Pieced Quilts, Cheryl notes, " This quilt was pieced for my husband, Richard, who is a commercial airline pilot. He flies mostly at night, and it represents the night skies and lights below that he sees."

Close up, RC's Night Flight by Cheryl Dolby


This beautiful and intricate long-arn  quilting design by Kathy Hunt  looks like thousands of beach pebbles placed side by side gives a fascinating texture to this creation.

Haboob by Frances O Murphy


Frances writes, " Inspired by the intensity and chaos of the haboobs ( Arabic for "strong winds") in Phoenix, Arizona, during the summer of 2011, I used commercial and hand-dyed fibers and fabrics. "

A Study in Red by Jo Van Loo

Jo says, " "Red was not my favorite color, so I challenged myself by using mostly red and yellow for contrast. Once I finished, I found that I enjoyed red."

To The Point by Linda M. Visnaw

Linda writes, "Pieced using traditional machine methods, this quilt is anything but traditional. The use of striped batiks and color values makes for a three-dimensional viewing experience."

Close up, To The Point by Linda M Visnaw


In this close-up, you can see the smaller triangular piecing done within the larger quilt block, as well as the spiral quilting done on a stationary machine. The spiral lines give a lighthearted and eye-pleasing softening look to the  angular, geometric blocks and the dark  batik sashing strips.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Best of the 2013 Concord (California) quilt show

Last week, we attended a little hometown quilt show, which are often the most fun, and had a great time viewing all the talent on display. From the Contra Costa Guild of Quilters in Concord, California, here is some wonderful, colorful "eye-candy", which we think you'll love. Enjoy !

Ciara's Favorite Colors,  62x 43, by Barbara Fors


Barbara says,  "My darling granddaughter Ciara (11) can hardly wait until this quilt show is over so she an hang this one in her room. The walls are freshly painted in readiness."  We think this vibrant creation will certainly brighten any room, with its patchwork background of Kaffe Fassett Collection fabrics and the giant whimsical blossoms which almost pop off the quilt.

Close-up, Ciara's Favorite Colors by Barbara Fors


The bright orange center of the flower appears to be lightly padded to give it a trapunto effect. The center is then wrapped in a spiral of variegated green felt, with green yarn satin-stitched spokes radiating out from the center. We really liked this artistic embellishment which gives a distinct three dimensional effect to Barbara's quilt.

Ancient Sentinel, 46 x 52,Valerie M. Sauban


Valerie states, "I took a vacation to the Bristle Cone Pine Forest in the White Mountains south of Mono Lake [California]. These ancient trees can live to 5,000 years old. The big horn sheep faces danger. It is not only losing habitat, but because Californians voted to protect the mountain lion, the increased cat population is putting pressure on the sheep." The quilt is an original design.

We really liked the imaginative use of neutral grays and browns, and whites used to portray the granite landscape, as well as the solid color pieced Delectable Mountains border, which gives the quilt a very western, rustic look.

Those Bloomin' Sisters, 66 x 82, by Jill Orr


Jill writes, "My oldest sister Kathy is quite the instigator- and is a very good one. She came to visit with some pre-cut squares to work on a yo-yo quilt. I was instantly smitten. We dove into my stash, cut some more squares, then later, sent the squares back and forth to each other after she went home."

We think that Jill and her sister did a great job in selecting fabric in an analogous color scheme with blue undertones, such as magentas, lavenders, violets, and spruce greens.

Close-up,  Those Bloomin' Sisters by Jill Orr


Jill adds, "....A month later at the annual family beach gathering at Pacific Beach, we had to make a 'pilgrimage' to Rosie's Quilt Store in San Diego to pick some more fun fabric for our yo-yo quilts. We proceeded to make yo-yo's on the beach, and our cousins thought we were a bit yo-yo !  My quilt is dedicated to our loving husbands who tolerate our fabric stash."

Flower Garden, 62 x82, by Dorothy Hooper


We're always attracted to Dresden Plate quilts in their infinite varieties, and this one is no exception! Dorothy has created a bouquet of large sunflower shapes attached to jumbo rick-rack stems. The quilting design includes flowers, feathers and swirls. A carefully pieced border of vivid batiks adds even more cheer to this happy quilt.

Close-up, Flower Garden by Dorothy Hooper


Dorothy notes, "This was quilted by Kamala Alahan. My garden grew as I found so many fabrics to add to this." We loved the lively, swirly floral quilting design done in brightly colored variegated thread.

Monarch Variations by Valerie M. Sauban


Valerie says,  "The monarch butterly is made from my original paper pieced design. I place the two lightest butterflies together in the center to form a flower. The other four butterflies are flying towards the flower and vary in color from primary in the upper left corner to gold, red, and brown looking clockwise. I then created an original continuous line quilting design using the milkweed plant as an inspiration, since that plant is the monarch's favorite food." 

Close-up, Monarch Variations, 65 x65,  by Valerie M. Saubhan


In this close-up, you can see Valerie's beautiful and precise piecing of the butterfly's wings, which gives a radiant stained-glass effect to her quilt.  In the lower left, you can also see some of the quilting of the milkweed flower of which she speaks.  This quilt is a lovely example of the powerful combination of  violet and blue-violet hues paired with their nearly complementary colors, yellow, and golden yellow.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

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