Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Just for fun : Humorous quilts

Did you know that humor boosts health in six different ways ? Humor reduces stress and can help us to put situations (including the daily news!) into perspective. Laughter can even help lower the risk of heart disease.*  We hope these whimsical quilts will make you smile. :-)

Upcycle Cat by Ann Horton

Ann notes,  " [I was] inspired to use recycled shirts, buttons, trims, and pieces from my stash. This fun cat shows how an art quilter's mind works ! His belly is made from a blouse belonging to my 93 year old mother."  The cat is even carrying a book titled "Art Quilts" (see closeup below!)

Upcycle Cat won the Most Humorous Quilt award at the 2018 Road to California show.

In the sewing world, "upcycle" means to take previously used materials or fabrics and re-use them in a new project. By showing this cute kitty pedaling a bicycle, Ann makes a humorous pun by relating "upcycle" to "bicycle".  Ann's original design is very well done and most deserving of the "Most Humorous Quilt" award.

Wonky Houses by Martha Baltram

Third place winner for Best Scrap Quilt at the 2018 Quilt Arizona Show, Martha states, "This original house design was inspired by hairdos, curls, and colors. Buds and flowers were created to give it life and humor. "

Close-up, Wonky Houses

It's really  fun to stand and observe Martha's quilt for awhile, as there are all sorts of zany, very imaginative details !   Here's an owl perched in the air between the house that looks as if it's wearing a wig for a roof, and the house with valentine heart windows.

Sewing Bee by Diane Robinson, quilted by Irene Talmadge

Diane explains, "This was a block-of-the-month from an online vendor. I used the laser-cut bee [appliques] that were supplied, and I used my own fabrics for the blocks."
This adorable quilt is based on the Sew Busy Bee block-of-the-month quilt at Stitches of Love.

The center block shows a queen bee with heart-topped antennas sprouting from her crown. The expressions on the bee's faces really made us smile !

Wrinkly-Irony by Connie Griner

Connie writes about her original design, " [This quilt was] Inspired by an internet posting that defined the word 'irony' as the opposite of 'wrinkly.' My hope is to bring a smile to the viewer !"  We like the way that she very creatively divided the quilt into two distinct parts to emphasize the difference between the "wrinkly" side and the "irony" side.

Detail, Wrinkly-Irony

Connie's techniques include machine piecing, hand and machine applique, fusing, hand embroidery, improvisational piecing, fabric texturizing, and piping.

Octopus by Gay Young

Gay says, "A red octopus seemed like a fun idea ! She floats peacefully in her garden."

For her original design, Gay used hand-dyed cottons and silk broadcloth. Her techniques include machine applique, fused applique, hand-dyeing, painting, and Thermofax printing. This cheery octopus looks as if she is dancing along with the starfish in an under-the-sea party ! 

Pickles All in a Row by Nancy Walter

Nancy remarks, "Several members of the Betweens Chapter ( of the Arizona Quilters' Guild) decided to do a row challenge ! We each provided basic fabric, made a row, and pass it on with the group."
These Pickles quilting and sewing cartoons on fabric are guaranteed to bring a smile!

These cartoons are hilarious -- and very relatable to any quilter who's ever shared a space with a non-quilting but supportive friend or relative.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2018 Road to California (Upcycle cat), the 2018 Quilt Arizona show (Pickles in a Row, Sewing Bee) and the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival.

*Hayashi et al. 2016. Laughter is the Best Medicine? A Cross-Sectional Study of Cardiovascular Disease Among Older Japanese Adults. See: J. Epidemiology 2016.
* Yim J. 2016. Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review. Tohoku J Exp Med.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Free pattern day! Stained Glass quilts

Here are free patterns for Stained Glass quilts!  They can be made by piecing a thin sashing strip between blocks, or by appliqueing fabric on a background, or or by placing bias tape over the edges of applique (as with fusible bias tape). To go to a pattern: Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the words "PDF download" (or the hyperlinked website name) in the title above the quilt.

Check out our E-Bay shop for great bargains on quilt patterns and collectible items !

Leaded Glass quilt, 72 x 72", free pattern by Tracey Jacobsen for AQS (PDF download)

Dashing quilt, ~54 x 54", free pattern by Ink and Arrow for Quilting Treasures (PDF download)

True Nature quilt, free pattern by Cathey Marie Designs (PDF download)

Stained Glass Rooster, free pattern by Fiona Schiffl

Tiffany Bluebird, free pattern by Lauri C. Martin for AQS (PDF download)

Stained Glass Quilt video tutorial by Rob Appell

Deco Delight quilt, free pattern by Sally Ablett for Fabric Freedom (PDF download)

Prairie Glass Squared quilt, 57 x 57”, free pattern by Jessica Levitt for Windham Fabrics (PDF download)

Chromazone quilt, 61 x 61”, free pattern at eQuilter (PDF download)

Pop Art Palette quilt, 52 x 65”, free pattern at Benartex (PDF download)

Rocket 88 quilt, 72 x 90”, free pattern by Latifah Saafir for Robert Kaufman (PDF download)

Batik stained glass quilt, 40 x 40”, tutorial at Ludlow Quilt and Sew (PDF download)

Midnight quilt, 47x 57”, free pattern by Sally Ablett for Fabric Freedom (PDF download)

Diamond Pendant quilt, ~60 x 69”, free pattern at Hoffman Fabrics (PDF download)

On Point quilt, 84 x 84”, free pattern at RJR Fabrics (PDF download)

Skyline Sensation, 58 x 70”, free pattern by Larene Smith for Hoffman Fabrics (PDF download)

Mountain Waterfall quilt, 53 x 73”, free pattern at Benartex (PDF download)

Lumina quilt, 105 x 117”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics (PDF download) (see the Lap size quilt variation here; PDF download)

Sound of the Woods, 69 x 81”, free pattern at eQuilter (PDF download)

Illuminate quilt, 73 x 90”, free pattern by Gina Gempesaw (PDF download)

Painting the Town, 67 x 73”, free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Benartex (PDF download)

De Novo quilt, free pattern by Stephanie Sheridan for Benartex (PDF download)

Ambrosia quilt, 61 x 71”, free pattern by Janet Houts for Blank Quilting (PDF download)


Viva la Vida quilt, 63” square, free pattern by Sandy Irish for Benartex (PDF download)

Dahlia Garden Gate quilt, 44 x 59”, free pattern at eQuilter (PDF download)

Celtic Squares quilt, 47 x 47”, free pattern by Fabric Freedom (PDF download)

Sparkling Hexies quilt, 73 x 88”, free pattern by Larene Smith for eQuilter (PDF download)

Big Moon quilt, 44“ square, free pattern at Benartex (PDF download)

Twelve Moons quilt, free pattern at Robert Kaufman (PDF download)

Graduation quilt, free block pattern by Cindy Carter at Carter Quilter

Glass Rail Fence quilt, ~82” square, free pattern at Benartex (PDF download)

Midnight Garden Gate quilt, free pattern at eQuilter (PDF download)

Crossroads quilt, 54 x 70", free pattern at Studio E Fabrics (PDF download)

Mini quilt mosaic tutorial by Lesley Boost at Sew Happy Me

Stained Glass string quilt, free tutorial by Elizabeth Dackson at Don’t Call Me Betsy (PDF download)

Stained Glass block mini quilt, free pattern and tutorial by Joanna Marsh for Janome (PDF download)

Twin Needle bias tape pillow tutorial at Lily's Quilts

Sashed Half Hexi Quilt tutorial at Missouri Star Quilt Company

Spring tulip, free pattern at Subtle Endeavors  (PDF download)

Finally, did you know that hundreds of free Stained Glass designs can be found on the web by doing a Google image search with the term "free stained glass pattern" (here's a snapshot of the results):

Image credits: This post was updated on October 5, 2019. Individual 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. The photo montage shown on this page is a derivative work that is the property of Quilt Inspiration. If any links are broken, we'd love to know so we can fix it. Please email us at QuiltInspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.
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