Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Scrap Quilt Inspiration 2019 (1)

It's time for some scrap quilt inspiration! What a great opportunity to sort through your stash and use your imagination to create beautiful blocks from remnants of fabric. Here are some of our favorites.

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Nostalgia by Meghna Connell, Arizona. Quilted by Penny Boese


Meghna notes, "I am a beginner quilter from India. Growing up, my favorite festival was Diwali ( the Hindu festival of lights). I've used my mother's old sarees in this quilt along with many Kaffe Fassett fabrics to give a glimpse of my nostalgia."

Close-up, Nostalgia


Meghna's scrap quilt is a study in vibrant contrasts. She's done a terrific job of combining the complementary shades of blue with orange, and purple with yellow in order to achieve the maximum color impact.

Knot Anymore by Darla Orndorff, Arizona


Darla says, "[This is a] neckties quilt, foundation pieced on muslin. The pattern is inspired by a Navajo blanket. Look, can you find Mickey, crowns, a horseshoe, USAFA, hearts, stars, elephants, reindeer, eagles, and Bugs Bunny? "

Close-up, Knot Anymore


Marla has done excellent work in piecing and in arranging the color ways so that they move from light and dark, to deep shadows, then back to light and color again. This chevron pattern is perfect for displaying all of the variations in the neckties.


China Visions by LaNelle Wilkinson, California


LaNelle was inspired by quilt artist Ann Brooks and her collection of Chinese Coin quilts. LaNelle writes, "Ann Brooks showed so many of her beautiful quilts at Quilting 101 class. It was a challenge to decide how I wanted to use her inspiration in my quilt. Since I like smaller quilts, I chose fewer colors to work with."

Close-up, China Visions


LaNelle continues, "It was fun to keep moving the strips, finally sewing them together and declaring the top finished."  She quilted this eye-catching colorful 27" x 31"piece herself, and the diagonal and wavy lines motif very nicely complements the geometric rectangles of the blocks.

Color Me Wonderful by Marianne Nowacki, Arizona


Marianne remarks, "It was so much fun to play with all these pretty batiks. I collected the wide variety by participating in several swaps."

Close-up, Color Me Wonderful


Look at all these pretty batiks whose lively hues give Marianne's quilt so much energy and personality ! She did a super job of piecing and quilted the top herself with a cheerful spiral pattern.

Colorful Strings by Kris Lovetro, Arizona. Quilted by Kathy Hunt


Kris states, "This quilt was just fun. I used all my Kaffe Fassett scraps to make 'colorful strings'."


In our opinion, one of the great features of Kaffe Fassett fabric is that it all seems to go together very well, regardless of shade or value. Kris had an excellent idea of using a neutral hue for the sashing, which really helps the gorgeously colored blocks "pop" out in the foreground.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association (China Visions), the 2019 Quilt Arizona show (Nostalgia) and the 2018 Quilt Arizona show (Color Me Wonderful, Colorful Strings).

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Free pattern day ! French Braid Quilts

Here are free patterns for French Braid, Friendship Braid, and similar chevron quilts.  "Braid" quilts are sewn from fabric strips in a pattern that gives the illusion of woven strands, like a hair braid.  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.

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Egyptian Braid quilt, 48 x 78”, free pattern by Sharon Wilhite for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (PDF download)


Glee wall hanging, 10” x 40”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Bette’s Bouquet quilt, 56 x 70”, free pattern by Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics


Columns of Color quilt, 21 x 27”, free pattern at All People Quilt


All About Color quilt, 46 x 51", free pattern at Fabric Freedom (PDF download)


Tonga Utopia quilt, ~64 x 78", free pattern by Osie Lebowitz at Timeless Treasures Fabrics (PDF download)


Rainbow Connection quilt, 60 x 72”, free pattern by Osie Lebowitz for Timeless Treasures Fabrics (PDF download)


Esoterra placemats, free pattern by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Esoterra placemat (PDF download)
Plantae placemat (PDF download)

Cable Knit table runner, 60 x 20”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)



Braided Rug quilt, 58 x 68”, free pattern by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics (PDF download)


Sultry jelly roll quilt, 65 x 70”, free pattern at Moda Fabrics (PDF download)


Rhomburie quilt, ~62 x 57", free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Vertical Garden quilt, 60 x 80”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics


Autumn Vibes Friendship Braid QAYG Tutorial by Maureen Cracknell


Cherry Blossom quilt, 90” square, free pattern at Clothworks (PDF download)


Velanio quilt, ~72” square, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics


Purple Play quilt, 40-1⁄2" square, free pattern by Pat Bravo at All People Quilt

 

Abacus quilt, 80” x 90”, free pattern by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics


Astrodelic quilt, 42 x 42”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics


Batik Braid jelly roll quilt tutorial by Reanna Lily Designs


Bloomin Basket quilt, 55 x 75”, free pattern at Andover Fabrics (PDF download)


Daydream panel quilt with chevron border, 41 x 61”, free pattern at Blank Quilting (PDF download)


Braided Table Runner tutorial by Bari J.


French Braid table runner, 22 x 62”, free pattern by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics


French Braid mini table runner, 22 x 42”, free pattern by Pat Bravo (PDF download)


Basketweave Braid star block, free pattern by Nydia Kehnle


Braided Table Runner, 15 x 42”, free pattern at Jordan Fabrics (PDF download)


Diamond Chain table runner, free pattern by Jinny Beyer (PDF download)


Chambray Stripy cushions, free pattern at Leutenegger (PDF download)


Friendship Braid Pillow tutorial at Husvarna Viking


Colette blocks, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Free Pieced Chevron block tutorial at Tallgrass Prairie Studio


Sashed Half Hexi quilt tutorial by Jenny Doan at Missouri Quilt Company


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Friday, June 14, 2019

Happy Father's Day!

We enjoy featuring quilts from reclaimed men's clothing !  The use of striped and plaid shirts and ties may be challenging, but it is a time-honored tradition in quilting, and one that seems perfect as a theme for Father's Day.  Today's feature quilt was photographed at the 2018 Springville (Utah) quilt show.

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Salvaged Shirts by Rebecca Buchert, quilted by Juli Stubbs


We love this wonderful shirt stripe boxes quilt by Rebecca Buchert!  She says,  "I had a hard time finding local shirting material so I haunted thrift stores for striped shirts to cut up for these concentric squares. Trying to get the most of out each shirt was challenging and laborious, but it was satisfying to repurpose fabric that might otherwise have ended up in the landfill." 
Rebecca included plenty of contrast and white space, giving this quilt a contemporary look.


We first featured quilts from reclaimed clothing in a 2011 post titled Waste not, want not: Quilts from reclaimed clothing. The post included two shirt quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy, who first published the classy Shirt Stripe Boxes design in  Passionate Patchwork: Over 20 Original Quilt Designs. "Shirt Stripe Boxes", with its mitered corners and myriad scrap options, instantly captured the attention of modern quilters.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2018 Springville (Utah) quilt show.
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