Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Free pattern day: Easy Modern Quilts (1)

Here are 25 free and easy patterns for modern quilts, for a ton of quilt inspiration ! Also don't miss Easy Modern Quilts: Part 2.  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.

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Modern Maze quilt, 60 x 80”, free pattern by Art Gallery Fabrics (click for PDF download)

Crossroads quilt, free pattern by Jessie Kurtz for Camelot Fabrics (CLICK for PDF download)

Chameleon Quilt, ~54 x 64", free pattern at Fat Quarter Shop (CLICK for PDF download

Locally Grown quilt, 52 x 67”, at Andover Fabrics (click for PDF download)

Lattice quilt, 60 x 80”, free pattern by Art Gallery Fabrics Studio (click for PDF download)

The On Safari version, above, was published in Quilt Trends Magazine, Spring 2014.

City Cycles quilt, 50 x 60”, free pattern by Tammy Vasser for Windham Fabrics (click for PDF download)

Baker’s Dozen quilt, free pattern by Sherri Bain Driver for McCall’s Quilting (click for PDF download)

Layer Cake Lemonade quilt, free pattern by Fat Quarter Shop (CLICK for PDF download)

Kim’s Hand Dyes - Series 1, 50 x 70”, free pattern by Kim Schaefer for Andover Fabrics  (click for PDF download)

Mod Circuitry, 48 x 60", free pattern by Elizabeth Dackson for Modern Quilts Unlimited (CLICK for PDF download)

Double Dash quilt, 60 x60”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman (click for PDF download)

Blended Squares quilt, 30 x 31”, free pattern by Angela Walters for Robert Kaufman (click for PDF download)

Delft Remix quilt, 52 x 60, by Karen Schleier for Studio E Fabrics (CLICK for PDF download)

Circles of various sizes, from 2” to 5”, are appliqued to a simple pieced background. The arrangement of circles reminds us of a mid-century modern “Sputnik” lighting fixture!

Halfway Home, 60 x 72”, free pattern by Heather Jones for Robert Kaufman (click for PDF download)

Electric Avenue quilt, 64 x 72”, free pattern by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller (CLICK for PDF download)

Picket Fences quilt, 68x74, free pattern by Quilt Dad for Quilters Newsletter (CLICK for PDF download)

Palisade, 45 x 60”, free pattern by Erin Underwood for Windham Fabrics (click for PDF download)

Geese Take Flight, 64 x 84", free pattern for prints at Riley Blake (CLICK for PDF download

Block letter quilt, 50 x 60”, free pattern by Susan Terpin for Connecting Threads (Click for free pattern)

Cinema quilt, 60 x 66”, free pattern at Riley Blake [CLICK for PDF download]

Frameworks quilt, 58" x 58“, free pattern by Nydia Kehnle for Robert Kaufman (click for PDF download)

Tribute Star quilt, 60 x 60”,  by Rebecca Bryan for Denyse Schmidt Quilts (click for PDF download)

Nine Patch Stashbuster quilt, free pattern at JoAnn Fabrics (click for PDF download)

Courtyard quilt, 46 x 55”, free pattern at Cloud 9 Fabrics (click for PDF download)

Supersize Shoo Fly quilt by Malka Dubrawsky, free pattern at All People Quilt (CLICK for PDF download)

The supersize shoo fly blocks are nearly 3 feet square. The king size version with 9 blocks, shown above, was first patterned in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine in August 2012. 

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Best of Utah: The 44th annual Springville Quilt Show (3)

This annual Springville quilt show is a juried exhibition that features quilts of all styles and sizes created by some of Utah's finest quilters. This is our third year attending the show and the quality of the work is outstanding. Here are some of our favorites!
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Ralph the Rhino by Kathy Porter

Kathy remarks, " I saw a picture of a stylized rhino in the Biltmore House in North Carolina when I was touring with my daughter. I couldn't wait to try my hand at collage using this armored rhino [as the subject].

Detail, Ralph the Rhino

Kathy continues,"Susan Carlson made a Pink rhino using the same technique and same inspiration. She's my idol! Ralph is made of hundreds of pieces of fabric, glued, then quilted. I loved every second of it ! We especially like Ralph's wild-looking blue eye, which adds to his distinctive personality.

Let Us Out by Josephine Keasler , quilted by Kim Peterson

Josephine explains the source of her quilt: "In 2015, I completed Midnight Wedding Star without the optional border.The border was pieced, but when auditioned with the center of the quilt top, it appeared to be too busy and detracted from the center's stars. That quilt, (Midnight Wedding Star), won many awards.
The unused border pieces were just too pretty to not be put into a quilt. It was time for me to 'go modern' and utilize the colorful flying geese [seen here]. With a pencil, graph paper, and big eraser, I worked at designing the quilt top, then turned it over to Kim Peterson for her bright quilting.

Detail, Let Us Out

In this close-up, you can see the different colored quilting threads used by Kim Peterson, which show a pretty contrast against the darker background.

There Is Beauty All Around by Anna Marie Neider

Anna Marie comments, "This quilt represents my love of home, family, color, and [fabrics by designer] Kaffe Fassett !
We recognize this pattern as the Ryokan quilt design by Joe Wood from ThimbleCreek.

Detail, There Is Beauty All Around

Anna Marie used some of Kaffe's purple/tangerine "Aboriginal Dots" fabric to serve as a contrasting border for her vibrant houses and background of various purple, lavender, and violet hues. The polka-dot chimneys provide such a cute, whimsical element !

Hometown Memories by Karen Phillips, quilted by Linda Meier

Karen states, "This is one of my most favorite quilts. I love creating my own tree and houses. I have always wanted to work with black and white. My Mother passed away while I was making the quilt, and I put some fabric from her bathrobe in the quilt."

Detail, Hometown Memories

This bird, birdhouse, and tiny wool/felt flowers are adorable ! Karen obviously put a great deal of time and effort into her lovely work.

Tennessee Pineapple by Pamela Andersen

Honorable Mention winner Pamela notes, "The tradition of the pineapple block is amazing, especially because turning, twisting, or placing the chevron fabric in a certain direction makes a square look. It's a fantastic traditional block !"
We recognize this particular design as Woven Stars by Nydia Kehnle and Alison Glass. You can see their patterns here and here.

Detail, Tennessee Pineapple

Pamela quilted what looks like thousands of small pebbles and ovals into this traditional pattern with a very modern twist. The circular quilting motif provides a pleasing contrast to the angular, geometric patchwork. 

Baltimore Beauty from Brazil by Colleen Earnshaw

Show Committee Award winner, Colleen writes, "I taught myself to applique by following the "Baltimore Album Quilts" book while serving a mission in Brazil. I designed the sashing on the edges myself."  She clearly spent countless hours of labor, which resulted in this spectacular creation.

Detail, Baltimore Beauty

Colleen continues, "I finally finished hand quilting it in January of 2017. It has been a labor of love and LOTS of work ! We especially admire this intricate, even stitching and the lovely three-dimensional flowers.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Best of Utah: The 44th annual Springville Quilt Show (2)

This annual Springville quilt show is a juried exhibition that features quilts of all styles and sizes created by some of Utah's finest quilters. This is our third year attending the show and the quality of the work is outstanding. Here are some of our favorites!
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Eyes Into the Soul by Marian Eason

An Award of Excellence winner, Marian writes, " I found this image of a snowy owl [to be] mesmerizing. The eyes drew me in, and I also felt I was being "looked into" by the owl. I used raw edge applique and machine quilting." This stunning work  reflects the owl's intense and stately dignity.

Detail, Eyes Into the Soul

Here you can see some of the fantastic quilting that Marian did, especially around the owl's eyes. Marian notes that her work reflects upon Travis Bowman's poem "Owl", which begins,
"Eyes of night,
Silent flier through dark skies,
 Lend me your vision that I might
 Find my way to secret knowledge."

Lorna's Vine by Katherine Porter , quilted by Virginia Gore

Another Award of Excellence winner, "Katherine writes, This quilt, designed by Becky Goldsmith, is one of the few designs where I have not changed a thing. I had mixed feelings when [it] was finished, as it had been my travel project for the past few years. The vine blocks were small, so it was....convenient to always have one ready to go with me."
The Lorna's Vine pattern is from the book Amish Inspired Quilts by Piece o' Cake Designs.

Detail, Lorna's Vine

Katherine continues, "In the end, I am loving it more as a beautiful finished quilt than a constant travel companion." This artist has achieved a sophisticated and elegant light-and-shadow effect by using monochromatic tones of taupe, tan, and cocoa brown for the leaves of the vine against a pretty warm-hued background.

Canosa Helmet by Nanette Sturgill

Nanette explains, "The appliqued design was taken from an Italian military helmet that was discovered [in a tomb in Canosa di Puglia, southern Italy]. An estimated date of the helmet was approximately 325 B.C."

Detail, Canosa Helmet

We appreciate Nanette's excellent workmanship in both quilting the background and appliqueing the delicate scroll motifs on this artistic quilt.

Summer Fun by Karen Phillips, quilted by Linda Meier

Karen remarks, "I wanted to use up some of my stash, and this was a perfect way to do it." We recognize this design as the Garden Party quilt by Laura Heine.

Detail, Summer Fun

Karen has chosen a spectacular palette of summer shades that resemble flavors of ice cream sorbet like pink grapefruit, blueberry, lemon, lime, mango, and peach. There are many beautiful floral prints and Kaffe Fassett fabrics in Karen's quilt.

Joy in the Journey by Anna Marie Neider

Anna Marie states, " I love the variety of this quilt ! It provided an opportunity to use as many fabrics as possible, in unexpected way and in unique blocks. I could not see the end from the beginning, but I enjoyed the journey." We recognize this design as a variation of the Gypsy Wife Quilt by Jen Kingwell.

Detail, Joy in the Journey

Anna Marie's work was longarm quilted by Quilts on the Corner in Sandy, Utah. These gently undulating waves of stitching provide a very pleasing complement to the angular geometric patterns of this contemporary, vibrantly colored patchwork.

My Happy Village by Gilda Wonson, quilted by Barbara Cook

Gilda notes,  "This quilt represents the small town where we live. People are friend and really care about each other. Our town seems like a close family. I love it."  These bright, cheery colors exemplify Gilda's happy feelings about life in her town.

Detail, My Happy Village

Gilda has created an intriguing and interesting three-dimensional effect by braiding and knotting the trunk and branches of the tree in the center of her quilt.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
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