Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Free pattern day: St. Patrick's Day

Did you know that St. Patrick's Day is the most widely celebrated saints day in the world?  Many countries celebrate St. Patrick's Day with parades, green attire, green food and - occasionally - green beer. Here are free patterns for shamrocks, Irish chain and Celtic quilts, table runners and pillows. This post was updated on November 27, 2016.  Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the colored letters of the link to the pattern.

Shamrock quilting tutorial by Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt

Irish Chain quilted table topper tutorial at The Cloth Parcel

Tavern Collection Green quilt, 84 x 97", free pattern by Nancy Rink for Marcus Fabrics (PDF download)

Steps in the Forest quilt, 57 x 74 , free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Michael Miller Fabrics

Clover mini quilt, 15" square, tutorial by Natalia Bonner at Piece and Quilt

Clover quilt block tutorial, 12" or 18" or 24" sizes, by Natalia Bonner at Piece and Quilt

Clover block, The Goddess Project block #10, 12" square, free pattern by Needles in a Hayes Stack (this project uses the Goddess tool)

Shamrock block, 8.5"square, tutorial by Sarah Fielke at Generation Q Magazine

Irish Chain quilt by Heather Jones, free video tutorial at Missouri Star Quilt Co

Irish Dreams quilt, 78" square, free pattern by Corey Yoder for P&B Textiles (PDF download)

Double Irish Chain quilt, free pattern by Jinny Beyer

Baby Nine Patch Quilt, free pattern at Connecting Threads

Double Irish Chain table topper, free pattern at Quilt Bug

Celtic Twist lap quilt by Susan Purney Mark (top, original Celtic Ballad Quilt by Susan Purney Mark; below, free lap quilt pattern at McCall's Quilting)

Ireland Quilt, free quilt block patterns by Laura Roberts for McCalls Quilting

Celtic Twist, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Connemara Flower, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Celtic Knot, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Fairy Ring, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Folktale Circle, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
I Left My Heart in Ireland, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Irish Cross, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Forty Shades of Green, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Seven Lucky Shamrocks, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Treasures from Ireland, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Lucky Clover, 12" block at McCall's Quilting
Fairies and Flower Petals, 12" block at McCall's Quilting

Movement in Squares quilt, 54 x 62", free pattern by Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring

Fresh Connections quilt, 71 x 88 , free pattern by Jean Katherine Smith for Windham Fabrics

Green Pinwheels, free quilt pattern by Cori Derksen and Myra Harder for All People Quilt

Florence interlocking squares quilt, free pattern by Larene Smith for Hoffman Fabrics

Celtic Squares quilt, 47 x 47", free pattern by Fabric Freedom

Sweet Breeze quilt, 67" square, free pattern by Nancy Mahoney for P&B Textiles (PDF download)

Zenith quilt, 64" square, free pattern by Gail Kessler for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)

March Candle Mat, approx 9 x 12", free pattern by Mari Martin at Connecting Threads

St. Patty's Day Pinwheels mini quilt, 22" square, tutorial at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Fair Isle Baby Quilt by Leah Douglas at Moda Bakeshop

Luck of the Irish table topper by Ribbon Candy Quilt Company as seen at Moda Bakeshop

Lucky Table Runner tutorial by Lindsey Weight at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Irish Chain table runner, 17 x 28", free pattern by Quilt Bug (PDF download)

William Morris Table runner, free pattern by Fabric Freedom (PDF download)

Shamrock Wall Hanging with gold coin charms, free pattern at Better Homes and Gardens

Shamrock table topper by Run and Sew Quilts,  based on the pattern by Susan Druding

St. Patrick's Surprise quilt by Beth Lancaster at Moonlight Quilts

Leprechaun's Hat Mini Quilt by Lyn Brown

Spring Shamrock embroidery by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for Auribuzz

Shamrock Applique by Kimara at Wee Folk Art

Auryn Medallion (serpent) block, free pattern at Wee Folk Art

Lucky Shamrock pillow, tutorial and free shamrock pattern by Lindsey Weight at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Criss Cross Pillow tutorial by Lindsey Weight at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Endless knot by Brooke Johnsen at Pitter Putter Stitch; based on the Interlocking Seasons Quilt Block Tutorial at The Parfait Cafe

Celtic Knots: Here are some designs that can be constructed with quick, fusible bias tape  (for sources see Quilter's Fancy and Clover and the article How to Use Fusible Bias Tape).  The patterns shown below have free downloadable motifs.

Above, Row 1: Hair of Neptune by Lies Bos-Varkevisser at Lies Bos Quilts. Row 2: Free Celtic Knot Patterns at Marcel's Kids Crafts; Free Celtic Knot Cross at Ireland Fun. Row 3: Rectangular Celtic Knot and Celtic Knot in Square at Wikimedia Commons.

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  1. Great post!So many wonderful quilts!I like so much the Celtic knots!!!

  2. I would think St Valentine's Day would be the most celebrated?
    Thanks for all the free patterns in one spot!

  3. I had to spend it on my knees, praying for the future of Ireland.

  4. These are all nice pattern for St Paddy's Day. I wasn't expecting for more activities as this. I was actually just browsing for St Patrick's day recipes and craft projects but this is another option to consider =) Please allow me to pin them on my board. Thank you so much!


  5. Awesome collection. This truly is an inspiring website. Thanks.


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