Showing posts with label Debbie Grifka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Debbie Grifka. Show all posts

Monday, November 14, 2011

Free pattern day: Christmas part 1

In 2010 we published 12 days of Christmas Trees, which revealed just how many variations of trees are possible.  Here are some fantastic free patterns and tutorials for Christmas Tree quilts!  After all, quilted trees are "green" (reusable) and they take up far less space than a real tree ! This post was updated on July 29, 2014.

Yuletide Christmas wall hanging, free pattern by Hilary Gooding for Makower UK 

Alchemy Tree quilt, free pattern at Hoffman Fabrics

Norwegian Wood, free pattern by Hilary Gooding for Makower UK

Christmas Tree wall hanging, ~36 x 36",  tutorial by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter

Circle Tree Quilt wall hanging, free pattern by Gayle Schliemann at We All Sew

Happy Trees mini quilt tutorial by Jacey at Jaceycraft

Christmas Tree Farm mini quilt, 12 x 18”, tutorial by Debbie Grifka at Esch House Quilts

O Tannenbaum mini quilt, 20 x 23", free pattern by Brenda Groelz for McCalls Quilting

Little Forest Quilt, approx 27 x 14" by Lovely Design, tutorial at the Purl Bee

My Christmas Tree, 16 x 18”, free pattern by Sharon Pederson for Aurifil (you can use a die cut machine or cut the shapes by hand)

Santa's Special Delivery Quilt, free pattern at The Learning Channel

Winter Games - Ski Slopes, 59 x 62”, free pattern by The Buggy Barn for Henry Glass Fabrics

Oh Colorful Trees quilt, 60 x 60", free pattern by Jina Barney for Riley Blake Designs as seen at Fab Shop Hop

Presents and Pines, 70 x 84", free pattern by Denise Russart for Hoffman Fabrics

Christmas Trees Quilt, free pattern by Laurie Matthews as seen at Ann Kelle

Figgy Pudding Quilt, 66 x 82",  free pattern by Basic Grey for Moda 

Oh Christmas Tree quilt, 46 x 57",  tutorial by Alliekatmom for Moda Bakeshop

Hip Holidays quilt, 57 x 70", free pattern by Barbara Jones at Quilt Soup

Christmas Tree Applique Quilt, tutorial by Jessica at Projects by Jess

Christmas Ornaments Seasonal Sampler quilt, 38 x 38", free pattern by Ellen Maxwell for Free Spirit Fabric

Have a Haut-E Holiday, free pattern by Grace Wilson for Maywood Studio

Prairie Point Christmas quilt, 38 x 43", tutorial by Cara Wilson for Moda Bakeshop

Christmas Tree blocks

Row 1 above: Christmas Tree pillow by Kati at From The Blue Chair; Sweet Sue Tops the Tree by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked. Row 2: O Christmas Tree by Jennifer Bosworth at Shabby Fabrics. Row 3: Christmas Tree, a Keepsake Frame block project, by Carol Doak for C&T Publishing; Foundation Pieced Tree by Marion Boddy-Evans at Mad Cat Art Studio.

Sweet Trimmings Quilt-as-you-go by Gudrun Gisladottir at Gudrun's World

O Christmas Tree by Kimberly Crapsey at Quilt Pox

Jovial Christmas Tree wall hanging by Karin Hellaby for Moda Bakeshop

Christmas Advent Tree, free pattern by Kimara at Wee Folk Art

Winter Pines wall hanging, free pattern by Joy Hoffman and Darlene Zimmerman for Simplicity

Not-so-spring deer, free paper piecing pattern by Julianna Gąsiorowska at Sewing Under Rainbows

Image credits:  All 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. If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Free pattern day! Red and white quilts (part two)

~All of our free pattern posts are archived in the Free Pattern Days tab at the top of this page ! ~
Here is more of our free Q.I. (Quilt Inspiration) archive. This post was updated on July 28, 2012.  For Part 1 of red-and-white quilts, click here; for red-and-white Canadian flag patterns, click here.

Seeing red quilt tutorial by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew

American Red Cross Quilt by Ann Marie at Run and Sew Quilts

Click on the link to visit Run and Sew Quilts and see the details, including the pieced back of the quilt and the greek key quilting design (you'll be glad you did). Ann Marie's quilt was inspired by the Red Cross Quilt by Judy Anne Breneman (the free pattern is available at Womenfolk).

Hug and Kiss tutorials by Debbie Grifka at Esch House Quilts

Red All About It by Barbara Campbell for Windham Fabrics

Sexy Hexy Red by Kelly Cole at Blue Bird Sews, based on the Sexy Hexy Love pattern by Amy Butler

Album Patch Quilt for the Warriors in Transition Project; free pattern seen at C&T Publishing (halfway down the page). The quilt was originally published in the book Quilts, Quilts and More Quilts! by Laura Nownes and Diana McClun

The pattern is also called a Pioneer Friendship Album or Chimney Sweep. Judy Anne Breneman at Patterns From History explains that each quilt block was signed by its maker as a gesture of friendship. Judy Anne has provided a free pattern for a Chimney Sweep quilt that can be downloaded at Patterns From History.

Butterfly Quilt, free pattern by Alex Anderson (including a butterfly template !) for the Always & Forever collection at P&B Textiles

Also see the free "Diamonds and Stars", a pinwheel/kaleidoscope quilt pattern, by Nancy Mahoney for the Always & Forever fabric collection at P&B Textiles

Made in Cherry quilt pattern by Sarah Fielke for the St. Ives collection at Lecien USA

Antique Circles by Julia LaBauve and Tammy Silvers at OTL Designs, for the Gallery in Red fabric collection by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics. The pattern can be downloaded at McCall's Quilting

Image credits:  All 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.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at Quilt Inspiration.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Simple shapes in quilting

Last week we featured top designers whose easy-to-piece quilts feature simple shapes: squares, rectangles and/or triangles. The results are simply beautiful ! The original articles are: Simple dimensional shapes:  Joen Wolfrom Designs; Simple modern shapes: Esch House Quilts; Simple shapes, jelly rolls and i Candy; Simple shapes by Diana and Laura; Simple shapes in fabulous fabrics; and Simple shapes: jelly roll quilts and other confections.  Links to the designers' sites are below the photos.

Row 1: Joen Wolfrom, at JWD PublishingRow 2: Debbie Grifka, at Esch House QuiltsRow 3:  Stephanie Sheffield, Amy Walsh and Janine Burke, at Blue Underground Studios. Row 4: Laura Nownes and Diana McClun, at Laura Nownes. Row 5: Pamela Goecke Dinndorf, at Aardvark QuiltsRow 6: Lori Allison, at Allison Quilt Designs.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Simple, modern shapes: Esch House Quilts

When we first came across Esch House Quilts, Debbie Grifka had just revealed a quilt called Ephemeral Elegance.  A few months later, the quilt became an award-winner, receiving a blue ribbon in its category at the 2011 AQS show.  Often using solid colors and simple shapes, Debbie Grifka's modern, minimalist quilts are fresh and original. Here are a few of her great designs.

Madeline, by Debbie Grifka, at Esch House Quilts

"Madeline" is made with Debbie Grifka's newest pattern, "Spell It Out", which is available in 5 quilt sizes.  A full alphabet of letters in upper and lower case are included in the pattern, so you can personalize the quilt by spelling out any text you want in the margin !  The modern baby quilt is shown below.  You can read about "Spell It Out" here, and about "Madeline" here.

Shadow Boxes, 60 x 90", by Debbie Grifka, at Esch House Quilts

This bold, graphic quilt with its simple-to-piece shadow boxes would be beautiful in any color scheme, and can even be made with fabric scraps in medium and dark values.

Third Street Quilt, 12 1/2 x 48 1/2", by Debbie Grifka, at Esch House Quilts

Debbie Grifka designed these houses for easy construction.  She says:  "I have always loved house quilts, but the blocks have too many pieces -- so I simplified mine to just six pieces."  In addition to this table runner, you can see a wonderful quilt made with the blocks on the Esch House Quilts blog.

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Debbie Grifka at Esch House Quilts.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Red, White, and Bold

The red-and-white quilts we've shown so far have featured red elements on a white ground. Today's thoroughly modern quilt reverses the trend, with white squares that provide a high contrast to the square red field. We love this quilt, which is emblematic of Debbie Grifka's bold, graphic style.

Bold, 40 x 40", by Debbie Grifka at Esch House Quilts

This quilt displays all of the core elements of good design. Notice that the vertical column has seven squares, while the horizontal row has five squares (the "rule of odds" suggests that an odd number of subjects in an image is more interesting than an even number.)  Also, exact bisections of the picture space have been avoided.  This quilt does have a focal point (can you identify it?) Finally, the pure red space that makes up the bulk of the quilt is the equivalent of 'negative space', but it is not 'empty space'. Check out the quilted diagonal lines; some of them are set at oblique angles.

Red is a color that is thought to raise the heart rate, but this red quilt is almost soothing. The fabric has a low luster, which makes it seem to absorb light. Debbie Grifka explains: "When I decided to make Bold, I just knew I had to use a Cherrywood Fabrics red. The subtle colors and texture were just what I needed. I didn't want to order over the internet since I really wanted to see the color. So my friend and I drove to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago, where they were vending, and back in one day (10 hours round trip) mostly so I could get that fabric! I still think it was worth it - a little crazy, but worth it."

The pattern for Bold and other modern quilt designs can be obtained online at Esch House Quilts.

Image credits: The image of Bold is shown with the generous permission of Debbie Grifka.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

tree wrapup

Can you imagine twelve different ways of depicting a tree in fabric?  For the last 12 days, that's been our challenge.  We set out to locate 12 quilts that would stimulate new ideas about quilting, and about  realistic vs. abstract representations of objects. Here is our "tree wrapup"...

Here are the links to the original posts:
Top row, L-R: An Evergreen Bias, by Debbie Grifka; O Tannenbaum, by Ricky Tims; A Christmas Tree, by Anna Grossnickle Hines
2nd row, L-R: Ginkgo Christmas Tree, by Ann Fahl; Santa Baby by Molly Shannon, based on a design by Janet Nesbitt; Ode to a Christmas Tree, by Lyn Mann
3rd row, L-ROh Christmas Tree, by Kellie Wulfsohn; Winter Deluxe, by Jane Sassaman; Baubles, by Louise Papa
Bottom row, L-R; Alpine Wonder, by Mary Lou Hallenbeck; Four Seasons, by Laura Blanchard; Sage Country Christmas Tree, by Laura Estes

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

An evergreen bias

It's the 10th day of our "12 days of Christmas trees", and it just keeps getting better! What we love about Quilt Inspiration is that it can strike unexpectedly. Like the day we stumbled upon Esch House Quilts, the home of modern designer (and rising star) Debbie Grifka.  Her clever "evergreen bias"  defines the essence of a winter tree that is decorated for the season. 

An Evergreen Bias, 24 x 30, by Debbie Grifka, at Esch House Quilts

This little tree uses a graduated bias technique that Debbie Grifka developed to make the tree go from wider at the bottom to smaller at the top. It is also a perfect example of her approach to modern quilting:  "For me, modern quilting often has a somewhat minimalist approach to design. The designs are graphic and bold. They often look simple to make, but are not necessarily so. In addition, many modern quilters use negative space in a way that neither traditional or art quilters usually do."

Visit Esch House Quilts to see all of Debbie Grifka's modern quilt patterns.  Also check out her Project Modern entry:  Ephemeral Elegance.  (It'll knock your socks off !)

Image credits and links:  The image of "An Evergreen Bias" is shown with the generous permission of Debbie Grifka. 
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