Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Free pattern day: Basket Quilts

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 free basket quilt patterns. (Note: this post was updated on November 24, 2015)

Grow Up mini quilt, 24 x 24", free pattern by Nancy Rink as seen at Auribuzz 

Framed Flowers basket quilt, 52” square, tutorial at All People Quilt

Ranunculus Baskets quilt, 89 x 114”, with baskets and double nine-patch blocks, at In The Beginning Fabrics (PDF download)

Bloomin Basket panel quilt with French Braid border, design by Gail Kessler for Andover Fabrics (PDF download

Batik Baskets wall quilt, 48” square, tutorial at All People Quilt

Posy Pots Applique quilt, 62 x 62", free pattern by Nancy J. Martin at Martingale

Megan’s Blue Baskets quilt, 68 x 68”, design by Candy Hargrove for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)

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

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 (PDF download)


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 (PDF download)

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

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

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

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

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

Blossom Lane quilt, 57” square, free pattern by Gail Kessler for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)

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 Fabrics 

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

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

Basket Bounty BOM quilt by MODA, free block patterns (with or without applique flowers) at Quilters' Warehouse

How to construct a basket block, tutorial by Sujata Shah at Basket full of Scraps

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 quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.

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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