Saturday, December 31, 2011

A HAPPY New Year

Here's a sincere wish to all for a HAPPY New Year.  And if you ever find yourself feeling blue, just click on the little video below the calendar.  It's been viewed over 1,600,000 times on YouTube (you'll see why!)  It'll put a spring in your step and make you happy throughout the year.

Retro Poster Calendar 2012 by yumalum

The Jive Aces present: Bring Me Sunshine

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hello 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR (almost!) We're celebrating the arrival of 2012 by selecting our favorite tea towel calendars, which are perfect for the kitchen.  Thanks to Etsy and Spoonflower, there is a wonderful selection of artistic calendars to choose from.  What do you think about these?

2012 Birds and Berries Tea Towel Calendar by Lisa Ekström (California) at Spoonflower (also see the giclee art print on Etsy)

2012 Tea Towel Wall Calendar by Michelle Engel Bencsko (New Jersey) at Cicada Studio

The Four Seasons of 2012 by Isabel Chun (Hong Kong) at Spoonflower

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Winter Tree

When all the leaves have fallen off the trees you can see the structure of the branches which stand out unadorned against the winter sky. Emma How has captured the elegance of the winter tree in her "Winter Harvest" quilt and pattern.  In this original design the spare beauty of the tree has been extended to the roots, which reach down into the snowy ground.

Winter Harvest, 19 x 22", by Emma How at Sampaguita Quilts (Adelaide, SA, Australia)

Emma quilted Winter Harvest in her signature "Emming style" to give the appearance of snowflakes swirling in the wind as shown in the detail photo below. 

At Sampaguita Quilts on Etsy you can purchase a beautiful Apple Falls art quilt or the quilt pattern to make your own tree. The pattern focuses on Winter Harvest but includes instructions for a Spring tree with delicate pink blossoms (shown below) along with an Autumn and Summer version.

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Emma How.  She has been designing and making quilts for 15 years and has had many of her quilts published as projects in quilting magazines as well as feature profiles and articles. To read more about Emma's quilt designing and making, please visit her Sampaguita Quilts blog.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Free Pattern Day: LOVE Quilts

We've come across some wonderful *free* patterns featuring LOVE.  These could be used for any number of projects : a little L-O-V-E would be great for Valentine's day, Mother's Day, or the whole year ! To go to a pattern: Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the words "CLICK for PDF download" (or the hyperlinked website name) in the title above the quilt.

Also check out our E-Bay shop for great bargains on quilt patterns and collectibles !
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Love quilt, 50 x 50", free pattern by Marinda Stewart for Michael Miller Fabrics (CLICK for PDF download)  

Love Wall Hanging, free pattern at McCall's Quilting (CLICK for PDF download)

Love cross stitch embroidery, free pattern at Leutenegger (CLICK for PDF download)

Love wall hanging, 81 x 33.5", free pattern by Natalie Santini at Hungry Hippie (CLICK for PDF download)

Love cross stitch design, free pattern by Amy Barickman for Sew Mama Sew (CLICK for PDF download)

Love You placemat tutorial by Gigi's Thimble (CLICK for tutorial)

Love is all around mini quilt tutorial at Samelia's Mum (CLICK for tutorial)

Have a Heart baby quilt, free pattern by Alison Tudor for Moda Bakeshop (CLICK for PDF download)

I Love You to the Moon and Back, free pattern by Pat Sloan (CLICK for PDF download)

Sew Hippie quilt, 41 x 54", free pattern by Emily Lockhart for Windham Fabrics (CLICK for PDF download)

XO Quilt tutorial by Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations (CLICK for tutorial

Love table runner, 12 x 30", tutorial by Christa Watson at Christa Quilts (CLICK for tutorial

Surrounded by Love quilt, 73 x 73", free pattern and template by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics (CLICK for PDF download)

Love Applique, free pattern by Ulla Niemela at Ulla's World (CLICK for tutorial)

Love Letters mini quilt, 12"square, tutorial by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter (CLICK for tutorial)

L.O.V.E. mini quilt sampler, 9.5"square, by Cindy Sharp for Moda Bakeshop (CLICK for PDF download)

You are Loved by Tammy Silvers and Julia LaBauve, free pattern for American Quilter's Society (CLICK for PDF download)

Love Stamp Quilt, inspired by Michael Osborne’s LOVE Stamp, free pattern by Elizabeth Ruffing (CLICK for tutorial)

Hello Luv Table Mat, ~ 21" square, free pattern by Pat Sloan (CLICK for PDF download)

Kiss Pillow tutorial by Debbie Grifka (CLICK for tutorial

Hug Pillow tutorial by Debbie Grifka (CLICK for tutorial)

For more LOVE, check out our Free Pattern Day for Hearts and Valentine Quilts:

Image credits:  This post was updated on October 12, 2021. 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 link is broken, we'd love to know; email us at quilt inspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Four Seasons

We hope you have had a very happy holiday ! Depending on which hemisphere you live in - Northern or Southern - it is either winter or summer.  Here is a versatile little quilt we've admired for some time, as it can be made to suit any season. Designed by Cheryl Wittmayer, the lone tree sports a leaf canopy of sheer fabric that can be placed under or over the branches. Five fabrics out of your stash and ultra simple piecing compose the background.

Seasons- Winter, 28 x 30", by Cheryl Wittmayer at Sew Be It (Montana)

Seasons- Summer, 28 x 30", by Cheryl Wittmayer at Sew Be It 

Image credits
: Cheryl Wittmayer's love of fabric, and the creativity possible with quilting, replaced her original artistic choice of weaving 30 years ago. She teaches quilt classes locally and nationally. Many of her quilting patterns have been published and have won awards at art, fiber, and quilt shows. For the complete line of patterns visit Cheryl's website at Sew Be It.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!

 Above:  "Santa's Day Off" by Dolls, Dreams and Other Things as seen at Quilting Books

Saturday, December 24, 2011

White Christmas

WE couldn't resist posting a few beautiful trees in honor of Christmas Eve. Here is "White Christmas", 40 x 42",  by Kellie Wulfsohn at Don't Look Now (Australia).  Her elaborate trees, which include "Oh Christmas Tree",  are among our favorite designs for Christmas.

 Oh Christmas Tree 47.5” x 59" by Kellie Wulfsohn at Don't Look Now, pattern at Twiddletails

And a red-and-white "Oh Christmas Tree" by Kellie Wulfsohn at Don't Look Now

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Gathering of Angels

Angels to watch over you, and angels to bring you messages of peace and love, at the holidays and throughout the New Year.  Here are patterns by talented artists who we have featured in 2011. Happy holidays to all of our fellow quilt lovers and blogger friends around the world.

Row 1: Let It Snow Angel by Diane McGregor at Castilleja Cotton;  Monterey Angel by Helene Knott as seen at Story Quilts; Angel of Light by Ravenwood Designs as seen at Quilters Treasure.
Row 2: Angel's Flight by Tracey Campbell at Top of the Range Designs; Flower Angel by Nina Lise Moen at Mrs. Moen Patterns; Winter Angel by Laurie Tigner at Laurie Tigner Designs
Row 3: Angel with Harp by Joan Bouwmeester and Debbie Bouwmeester-Fasek at Three Swans Studio; The Angel by Ursula Riegel at Designs to Share with You, wall hanging kit at Creative Quilt Kits

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The elegance of angels

We were amazed when we saw these elegant art quilts, which we discovered at Laurie Tigner Designs. Laurie has created a wonderful collection of patterns for seasonal angels. These angels will adorn your home with their beauty and gracious repose throughout the year.

Winter Angel, 16 x 40",  by Laurie Tigner at Laurie Tigner Designs (South Dakota)

The Winter Angel is part of Laurie's "Seasonal Angels"series, using Hoffman 1895 Handpaints batiks. However, this lovely classic design  lends itself to many different types of fabrics. There is a color template included so face and hands can be scanned and printed onto fabric on your inkjet computer. In addition, full size templates are provided. You can see the Spring, Summer and Autumn angels on Laurie's Angels Pattern Page.

Messenger Angel, 16 x 40", by Laurie Tigner at Laurie Tigner Designs

Here's a warm and welcoming angel with prominent wings and an intricate celtic knot border. This Messenger Angel is cradling a dove, the symbol of love, faith, and peace. She would make a striking decoration in a front entry hall. For a contemporary look, her robe could be done in royal purple, with a hot turquoise background and a silver celtic border.

Christmas Joy Angels, 17 x 45",  by Laurie Tigner at Laurie Tigner Designs

The Christmas angels are delightful in restful monochromatic blue. They would also look terrific in bright red tone-on-tone or Moda marbles fabric robes, with gold halos and trumpets, complemented by a spruce green background.

Laurie Tigner is in the midst of a very accomplished life, having worked as an art teacher, Air Force nurse, and now a quilt designer, pattern maker, and long arm quilter extraordinaire. Laurie writes, ......."it became clear that the design and flow of freehand machine quilting had become my new brushstrokes, satisfying my need for creative expression. Since then, I have expanded into designing my own patterns, though I still continue to quilt for others, as time allows."

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Laurie Tigner.  Fabric kits and instructions for some of  Laurie's enchanting Seasonal Angels are available at  Erica's Craft and Sewing.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monterey angels

With all the stillness and serenity of a deep Christmas night, here's an angel shining brightly against the starry sky. This Monterey Angel quilt, known as the "Celestial Angel", with its beautiful winter colors, uses Amish patchwork piecing to achieve a clean, geometric effect that looks stunning in all types of decor.

Monterey Angel, approx 60" x 60", by Helene Knott as seen at Story Quilts

Ten fabric colors, including three different shades of periwinkle blue, are used to create this luminous work. Surrounding the angel is the traditional trip-around-the-world piecing along with time-honored sawtooth stars using half-square triangles. The halo, face, and hands can be appliqued using a variety of techniques.

Taos Angel version of Monterey Angel, approx. 60 x 60", by Helene Knott as seen at Story Quilts

Here is another version of the Monterey Angel, done in rich, warm terracotta colors with a regal red and sage green gown. Because these colors are so often used in the folk art of the southwestern United States,  Helene named this version the "Taos Angel", after the art town in New Mexico. 

On Helene's website she writes,   "I was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula in central California, a beautiful area that served as an inspiration to set me onto a creative path for life."  The town of Monterey was the capital of Alta California from 1777-1846, when California was under the control of Spain and Mexico. Helene was inspired to create the wall quilts shown here by the paintings of angels displayed each Christmas season, in Monterey, a reflections of  the town's cultural and artistic Spanish heritage.

Image credits: A very well-known, prolific quilt teacher, designer, and workshop leader, Helene has received many awards for her quilt creations, which have been featured on the cover of Quilter's Newsletter. For more information about Helene Knott and for photos of her brilliant work, please visit her intriguing website, Kitty Stomp. Images are shown here with the generous permission of Story Quilts.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Everyone needs an angel

Angels are mythical beings often depicted as messengers of God in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles along with the Quran. The word "angel" actually comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means 'messenger'. Certain angels have the task of protecting and guiding human beings. Diane McGregor, the owner of Castilleja Cotton, believes that everyone needs an angel. Therefore she has created over a dozen charming patterns for angels that appear in human form.

Let It Snow Angel, 16.5 x 21",  by Diane McGregor at Castilleja Cotton (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

With Diane's easy patterns you could have an angel for every season.  The collection includes an Autumn Garden Angel, Spring Garden Angel, Garden Angel and Star Flowers and Winter Angel.

Asian Angel quilt kit, 16.5" x 21", by Diane McGregor at Castilleja Cotton

The Asian Angel is one of the unusual angels you will find.  There is also a Cowgirl Angel, completely decked out in Western attire and hat.  Finally, here is Diane McGregor's original (2003) Angel Quilt Pattern, 18 x 15".

To find all of the angels simply type in "angel" in the search box at Castilleja Cotton.

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Diane McGregor.  Castilleja (ka_steel_ya) is the Latin name for the Indian Paintbrush flower, which can be found in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Castilleja Cotton has been in business since 1993 and has an eclectic selection of nearly 500 quilt patterns and themes. You can also find Diane's beautiful and original art quilts at her Castilleja Cotton Shop on Etsy.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas and Hanukkah in Israel

Christmas in Israel generally coincides with Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, which spreads a festive spirit across the land. The celebrations are about to begin. Hanukkah in Israel is widely celebrated and marked by many symbolic events and, of course, foods. The Festival of Light, Hanukkah is an eight day festival, a celebration of hope and freedom. Meanwhile, Christmas in Israel is is truly Christmas in the Holy Land. In the town of Bethlehem, magnificent services take place on Christmas Eve. Here are a few little quilts that remind us of the historical significance of Israel for both religions.

O Little Town of Bethlehem by Jenna Bruns at Cotton Patch Designs

How far is it to Bethlehem, detail, by Rachel W.N. Brown from the book Adoration Quilts - Appliqué Nativity Projects published by Martingale

Yonder Star by Ann Lauer at Grizzly Gulch Gallery (Montana)

Nativity Scene at Creations Sew Clever (Ohio)

This year Hanukkah begins on Tuesday, December 20, and ends at sunset on Wednesday, December 28. The festival of Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt in the 2nd century BCE. Upon re-entering the Temple, it was found that there was only enough oil for the menorah to last for one day. The miracle of Hanukkah was that the oil burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil. An eight day festival was declared by the Jewish sages to commemorate this miracle which is observed by the kindling of the lights of the Menorah. The festival is symbolized in these charming wall hangings.

Happy Hanukkah by Elizabeth Rosenberg, pattern at Dreidel

Home for Hanukkah, 32.5" x 57.5", by Cheryl Lynch at Cheryl Lynch Quilts. Featured in McCall's Quilting 2009

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