Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Celebrating Valentine's Day (and our 5th blogiversary!)

Happy Valentines Day to all! Time flies and... believe it or not.... it's our 5th blogiversary. We just surpassed five million page views here at Quilt Inspiration; and on Pinterest, we have 69,000 followers. Wow !!  Thanks to all who have visited and encouraged us over the last 5 years. Here are some hearts and flowers for you, our dear readers (and, at the bottom of this post, a link to 50 free valentine quilt patterns!)

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, 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


  1. Congratulations on your milestone! Thank you sharing beautiful quilts with us.

  2. Congratulations! Wonderful quilts all around, but my favorite is the Heart of Hearts quilt!

  3. Congratulations on your 5th and all the other milestones - well done!
    Love these beautiful quilts! :)

  4. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! It's always such a pleasure to look at the gorgeous quilts you send! These Valentine Heart quilts are beautiful.....lovely work!

  5. Congratulations and thanks you!

  6. Happy Blog Anniversary!!! Beautiful quilts too.

  7. Even by machine, those are pretty spectacular ...heh-heh! Best wishes on your anniversary and many many more! (not to mention five years of friendship)!

  8. Thank you for including my Vintage Valentine quilt in your post! Glad you liked it! Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentines Day!

  9. Congratulations on your milestone of 5 years! I always enjoy seeing the great quilts you have scouted out for us to see.

  10. Congratulations. And beautiful work.

  11. You always share such fabulous work. Thank you for all that you do and congrats on the blogiversary!

  12. Five years . . . Congratulations!!!
    Beautiful Blog :)


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