Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Modern Quilt Month 2015 (part 1)

The modern quilt movement is growing. We've enjoyed seeing the modern quilts at various shows, and summer seems like the perfect time to feature these fun quilts. Here is part 1 of Modern Quilt Month!

Fury in the Forest by Monika Hancock, quilted by Debbie Stanton

This great quilt is based on the Tiny Textured Trees project by Carolyn Friedlander, in Modern Baby: Easy, Fun and Fresh Quilt Designs (2013).  You can see a photo of the quilt in its original colorway at Carolyn Friedlander's blog.

Close up, Fury in the Forest by Monika Hancock, quilted by Debbie Stanton

Third place winner in the Small Pieced Quilts category, Monika notes,  "This is a modern quilt of the forest. The forest is on fire; below the forest ground, life is still flourishing." Debbie Stanton's longarm quilting pattern uses warm hues of thread in flame-like shapes which clearly expresses the theme conveyed by Monika. 

Flying Kite Tails, 52 x 60", by Joni Morgan (Danville, Kentucky)

With Flying Kite Tails, Joni Morgan had fun with wonky flying geese and medallion quilting.  This quilt was completed at Gwen Marston's Beaver Island Quilt Retreat.  We love the "kite tails" that circle the center medallion.

Close up, Flying Kite Tails by Joni Morgan

A variety of fun prints were used to construct the pink, blue, green, orange and yellow rows in the center of the quilt.  The gray background provides a neutral backdrop for the  colorful composition.

Forbidden Fruit, Wicked Appetite Series # 6  by Sandra Branjord

Sandra says,  "This is the sixth quilt in the series going back to Adam and Eve and that first forbidden fruit (apple).  Machine piecing, appliue, trapunto, and quilting play out the story. "

Close up, Forbidden Fruit by Sandra Branjord

Here is a great example of Sandra's trapunto work in her original design,  as she creates the vines of the Garden of Eden in an eye-catching zebra print.

The serpents are done in bold geometrics, which helps to draw the eye towards them, so that they are not lost among the large, high-contrast circular shapes.

Modern on Westcott by Donna Hilliard, quilted by Jeannie Rogers

Second place winner in the Modern Quilts category at the 2015 Arizona Quilters Guild Show, Donna writes, "I came up with the design. Jeannie came up with fabrics. We wanted something modern and a challenge to quilt." The lime green, black, arctic white, and gray comprise a clear, bright palette that is most refreshing on a hot summer day.

Modern on Westcott by Donna Hilliard, quilted by Jeannie Rogers

This close up shows the wonderful variety of pattens that longarm quilter Jeannie Rogers used on Donna's original design.

Here is another view of the creative quilting motifs used in each panel of this modern quilt.

Rainbow Quilt, 56 x 74",  by Grit Kovacs (Germany)

Grit explains, "This quilt was sewn by hand and is made out of 1095 pieces, all from scraps. The pattern is made out of squares and honeycombs. The chosen colors have always been an inspiration to me and so, this time I have made a quilt out of them. So, this has turned out to be my own  personal rainbow."

Close up, Rainbow Quilt by Grit Kovacs

Grit continues, "The quilting was all free-hand without any pre-designs, and it is my testimony to my love for free motion-quilting." Look at how nicely all these set-in seams turned out! The workmanship and accuracy are fabulous.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2015 Arizona Quilters Guild Show (Fury in the Forest, Forbidden Fruit, Modern on Westcott),  the 2015 World Quilt Show in Florida (Rainbow Quilt) and the2014 AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix (Flying Kite Tails).

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Free pattern day: Christmas 2015 (part 4)

It's Christmas in July!  In today's post we're featuring 50 free patterns for table runners, table toppers and place mats.  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! To go to the pattern, just click on the link in the title above each photo. For 100 more free patterns, see Christmas 2015:  Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Table Tinsel runner, free pattern at Fons and Porter

Ribbon Candy table runner, free pattern by Lani at Simply Fresh Vintage as seen at Shabby Arts Boutique

String Stars Table Runner for Christmas, tutorial at The Sewing Chick

Friendship Cottages table runner tutorial by Pat Sloan at All People Quilt

'Tis The Season Table Runner, 18 x 40”, by Connie Kresin, tutorial at Inspired by Fabric

Pop of Poinsettia table runner, 20 x 47", tutorial at All People Quilt

Poinsettia table runner, 14 x 38”, by Joli Hines Sayasane for Quilters Newsletter

All Wrapped Up table runners, ~14 x 56”, by Kitchen Table Quilting for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Scandi table runners, 12 x 48", by Hilary Gooding at Andover Fabrics; click for Scandi Snowflake and Scandi Squares patterns

Snowflake runner, ~14 x 40", by Anna Weber at Gingham Girls

Woodland table runner tutorial by Amy Friend at During Quiet Time as seen at Sizzix 

Christmas in the Cabin table runner by Jen Daly for Quilters Newsletter

Hard Candy table runner, 14 x 42", by Patrick Lose

Peppermint Twist table runner, ~19 x 80”, by Sharon Holland Designs

Rendezvous Table runner, 20 x 40", at Anthology Fabrics

Snowflakes runner, ~ 6" x 30", by Karen Montgomery at All People Quilt 


In From The Cold projects by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics; free patterns for placemats, table runner, and quilt (see photo below)

In From The Cold quilt, 50 x 62", free pattern by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics

Christmas Cheer table runner tutorial at Addy Lou Creates

Smittens Table Runner, 21 x 47", free pattern by Erin Russek at McCalls Quilting

Christmas Hospitality bed or table runner, 22 x 71", free pattern at Quilters World

Holly table runner tutorial by Craft Sisters for Moda Bakeshop

Boxy Christmas Table Runner, 18 x 53", tutorial at Piece N Quilt

Pole Twist Table Runner, ~17 x 49",  tutorial by Vicki's Fabric Creations

Christmas Tree table runner, 14 x 36", tutorial by Rachel Janssen at Janssen Designs

Holiday Table Runner, 12 x 68”, free pattern at McCalls Quilting

 Christmas Tree Table Runner tutorials by Love By Hand; top, tutorial at Ellison Lane; bottom, tutorial at Sew Mama Sew

Pinwheel Stars placemats and table runner tutorial by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter

Vintage Ribbons Table Runner by Rachel Griffith for Moda Bakeshop

Winter Wreath table runner, free pattern at Kathy Schmitz Studio (click, then scroll down the page)

Christmas Celebration Classic table runner free pattern at Fabric Freedom

Christmas Place Setting table runner and mats, free pattern at Fabric Freedom

Christmas Ribbons table runner and mats, free pattern at Fabric Freedom

Antique Deco Christmas table runner and mats, free pattern at Fabric Freedom

Joy at Christmas table runner and mats, free pattern at Fabric Freedom

Holiday Gathering table runner and topper by John Kubiniec for RJR Fabrics

Christmas Splendor table runner, 25 x 53", and placemats, free pattern at Henry Glass Fabrics

Checkered Christmas Chargers tutorial at The Sewing Chick 

Christmas table topper tutorial at Sister of the Divide

Flying Geese Christmas Tree Placemats tutorial at Love By Hand

Holly Jolly table runner, 34 x 70", free pattern at Studio E Fabrics

Rosebud table runner, 21 x 49", free pattern by Jen Daly at Quilters Newsletter

The rosebud block is an easy log cabin variation designed by Jen Daly:

Snowville placemat and table runner, free pattern by George and Linda Wheeler at Windham Fabrics (the placemat has pieced trees, the runner has pieced trees and houses)


Holly Berry Table topper tutorial by Gigi's Thimble as seen at Quilt Story

Bountiful Harvest table runner, ~25 x 55", free pattern at Quilters World

Peppermint table runner by Mari Martin, free pattern at Connecting Threads

Medallion table runner, ~11 x 70”, free pattern by Jinny Beyer

Winter Essentials III placemats, free pattern at Studio E fabrics (also see the free wall hanging pattern and free quilt pattern below)

Stars of Hope Table topper, 38 x 38", free pattern by Wendy Sheppard at Fons and Porter

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.  Some of these are tutorials while others include downloadable (.pdf) patterns; we have tried to note which is which in the titles.  We update our links every 6 months as needed; however, websites may change their pages in between updates.  If any links are broken we'd love to know; please email us at quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.
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