Hearts and Flowers by Bonita McFadden, 2014 Pacific International Quilt Festival
Our good friend Bonita McFadden has created a beautiful wall-size quilt which drew so many admiring looks from viewers at last October's Pacific International Quilt Festival. Bonita used the Broderie Perse method of applique to affix the the elegant roses and butterflies, giving this work a vintage, Victorian look. She even found tiny heart-shaped crystals for the corner valentines, adding to the overall romantic ambience of her creation.
Close up, Hearts and Flowers by Bonita McFadden
Bonita's original design is machine pieced, machine appliqued, and machine quilted. The center valentine heart is embellished with tiny hot-fix pearls and two separate layers of lace. As always, we enjoy seeing this superb example of Bonita's flawless workmanship.
Ruche Flowers, 33 x 33", by Louise Mishler, quilted by Holly Nichols. 2014 River City Quilters' Guild
"Ruche" or "Ruched" is a word taken from the French, which in English means "gathered"or "ruffled". Here's a lovely bouquet of red flowers, made from fabric that is folded and pleated in various patterns to create a three dimensional wall quilt. Louise notes that her experience in making stained glass windows helped her create this design in bold colors.
Close up, Ruche Flowers by Louise Mishler, 2014 River City Quilters' Guild
Holly Nichols has quilted this off-white background in swirls and spirals which match the swirls and spirals of the ruched flowers. The closely quilted background really helps the miniature valentine hearts pop out between the leaves.
Heart of Hearts, 18 x 30", by Mary Ann Behlen Hruska, 2014 Contra Costa County Quilters Guild
Mary Ann explains, "I was looking through some old quilting magazines and saw this pattern by Ellie Brown in McCall's Quilting Jan/Feb 2012. It was almost Valentine's Day, and I was motivated. Everything I needed was in my stash. I don't usually follow patterns or do "crafty" types of quilts, so it was a new experience for me. I love walking by it and ruffling the hearts!" We think this three-dimensional "Valentine's tree" with its adorable hinged hearts is one of the cheeriest wall quilts ever.
Vintage Valentine, 70 x 70", by Theresa Olson, 2015 World Quilt Show (Florida)
Blue ribbon winner for Best Machine Workmanship, Theresa notes, "This was quilted on a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen sit down machine. The pattern is Vintage Valentine, a block-of-the-month pattern by Verna Mosquera at The Vintage Spool. I started making this quilt in 2008. I was afraid to mark and quilt it, so it sat for awhile." We wish that all of our readers could see this quilt in person, because it is really a breathtaking showstopper.
Close up, Vintage Valentine by Theresa Olson, 2015 World Quilt Show (Florida)
Theresa continues, "After taking free motion quilting classes in person, watching many classes on Craftsy.com, and getting some advice from my friend Karen Marchetti, I finally got the nerve to quilt it." As you can see, the results are absolutely stunning. This spectacular quilt will no doubt be a treasured heirloom by its owner.
Free hearts and valentine quilt patterns as seen at Quilt Inspiration. Now it's your turn to make something for a special someone, including yourself ! We hope that you find just the right free pattern from all the pretty ones shown below.
Image credits: Quilt photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration. Verna Mosquera at The Vintage Spool