Thursday, September 25, 2014

Free Pattern Day: Owls !

Autumn has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and owls are more noticeable in the fall. In the craft world, we've seen some truly adorable owl designs. How about placing an owl (or a row of owls) on a jelly roll, rail fence or bargello quilt? And who could resist a lovable owl-shaped pillow? Without further ado, here are some of our favorite free patterns for owls.

What a Hoot throw quilt, ~55 x 66", free pattern at All People Quilt

O is for Owl wall hanging, 18 x 24”, free pattern at Patchwork Posse

Favorite Themes Sampler Quilt with Owls, 33 x 31.5”, a six installment project, free patterns by Debbie Mumm

Otis the Owl, 12 x 12”, free paper piecing pattern by Joanna at Shape Moth

What a Hoot owl applique, free templates by Debbie at Stitchin Therapy

13 Owls quilt, 49 x 49", free pattern by Marinda Stewart for Michael Miller Fabrics; free pattern download at PBWorks. The large appliqued owl is festooned with prairie point triangles.

Hedwig and Errol,  5" blocks, paper piecing patterns by Jennifer Ofenstein at SewHooked; free pattern downloads under Harry Potter patterns at Fandom in Stitches

Owl by Paloma Nunez-Regueiro, free paper piecing pattern at Three Kitchen Fairies

Leaf Me Alone, 12" block by Quilting Lodge, free pattern at Craftsy (requires registration)

Owl Quilt, 25 x 40", free pattern by Kelly Laws for Babylock as seen at Totally Stitchin'

It's a Hoot, 50 x 60”, by MoMo for Moda Fabrics; free pattern as seen at FabShopHop

Hootie Owl block, 12" finished, free full-size template pattern by Debby Kratovil

HOOray quilt, 50 x 50", free pattern including owl applique templates (this is not a panel quilt) by Heidi Pridemore for Blank Quilting

Hedwig owl, 5", free paper piecing pattern by Owlsea

Hoo Loves You owl pillow, free pattern by Linda Lum DeBono

It’s a Hoot mini quilt, 6.5 x 7”, free pattern by Kim Jamieson-Hirst at Chatterbox Quilts

Sis Boom Owl, free pattern by Melissa Peda as seen at Sis Boom

Owl Softie, free pattern and tutorial by Paula Storm at Sew Little Fabric

Owl Pocket Pillow, 17 x 13”, by KarrieLyne Winters at Freckled Whimsy

Owl Plushie, free template and tutorial by Denise Ferragamo

Owlivia Sewing Companion, free tutorial by Sandy Gervais for Moda Bakeshop; Owlivia sample photo as seen at Guildcrafters Quilt Shop

 Scrappy Owl Pillow with tutorial at The Eternal Thread

Owl Cushion project, free template and tutorial by Helen Rhiannon for The Sewing Directory (UK)

Norwegian Woods Stuffed Owl, free pattern at Michael Miller Fabrics

... and last but not least, how about an Owl Doorstop? 

Felt Owl Doorstop, stuffed with split peas, free pattern and tutorial at Wee Folk Art

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. To access the patterns, mouse click on the website named in the title over each photo; the website names are hyperlinked. For example, if the title says "free pattern at All People Quilt", place your cursor over the words "All People Quilt" and then click. Some of these are tutorials while others include downloadable (.pdf) patterns; we have tried to note which is which in the titles.  Note that these websites may change or remove patterns unbeknownst to us.  If any links are broken we'd love to know; please email us at quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Celebrating Autumn Quilts

We love everything about autumn: cool nights,  colorful trees, falling leaves, and  apple harvest time.  We've picked out some of our favorite fall quilts from the past twelve months to share with you today.  We hope this season is filled with sunny days, warm memories, and quilt inspiration.

Apple Scrapple by Rhonda Borders and members of the San Luis Valley Quilt Guild (Colorado)

This wonderful fall quilt has pieced, appliqued and embroidered blocks.  Rhonda Borders says, "I won a set of basket blocks in our local quilt guild.  They formed the basis of an original design using apple patterns from several sources." 

close up, Apple Scrapple by Rhonda Borders

The embroidered basket blocks surround a tree bearing colorful leaves and apples.  The quilting was done by Peg Collins (Alamosa, Colorado) who quilted swirls in the white background around the appliqued leaves and apples, echo-quilted the clamshells, and used a leaf design in the green plaid strip (see the closeup photo below).

Autumn Faery, 31 x 31", by Diane Hansen

Autumn Faery won first place for Art / Painted or Digital Images at the 2014 Arizona Quilters Guild show and Honorable Mention at the 2014 AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix, Arizona.  Diane Hansen says, "I used Tuskineko inks and about 30 colors of thread to complete this quilt." The project was inspired by a calendar art image by her favorite artist, Linda Ravenscroft, with permission.

close up, Autumn Faery by Diane Hansen

We admired the beautiful autumn colors and detailed quilting in Autumn Faery, which was started in a fabric painting workshop by Patt Blair.   Diane Hansen says that she fell in love with painting after taking the class.  To see a photo of the work in progress, see the post at Patt Blair's blog.

Double Duty by George Magee, quilted by Mary Vaneecke

Double Duty won first prize and a blue ribbon in the Large Pieced Two Person category at the 2014 Tucson Quilters Guild show.  George Magee did a wonderful job interpreting the design in autumn colors of russet, green, gold and caramel.  The design is by Carrie Nelson at Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, and the quilting is by Mary Vaneecke.

close up, Double Duty by George Magee,  quilted by Mary Vaneecke

George says, "Working with the different colors used in this quilt and organizing them in a pleasing arrangement was quite a challenge. I enjoy making tops using traditional piecing, and I appreciated Carrie Nelson's use of log cabins and flying geese." Within the log cabins,  Mary Vaneecke quilted the octagon shapes with a design resembling a sunflower.

September Song by Jane M. Rua

Winner of an Honorable Mention award at the 2014 Arizona Quilters' Guild Show, Jane notes that her quilt is inspired by a class taught by Rita Blocksom, using Gloria Loughman's Quilted Symphony book. We enjoyed this quilt, which features large leaves, boldly outlined with prominent veins, as they drift through the air. Jane has quilted very intriguing leaf patterns into the dark green outer border, which emphasize the motif of swirling movement.

Close up, September Song by Jane M. Rua

Golden yellow, silver, and charcoal gray together are an innovative color combination which provide a contemporary, refreshing feel to this work. We like Jane's choice of patterned batik fabrics for the neutral background.  The leaves are finished with blanket stitching.

Texas Gold by Vickie Owen

Texas Gold was part of "The American Tradition", a show within a show at the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival.  Vickie explains, "My first quilt, made 30 years ago, was a Texas Lone Star. It wasn't too bad, although my color choices have definitely changed over the years ! I love the Lone Star pattern and fell in love with [the color combination shown here], so I was excited to create this quilt when I found the pattern in an old magazine."

Close up, Texas Gold by Vickie Owen

Vickie has added a circle of slate blue and white floral print fabric diamonds a few rows out from the center.  They  provide a  midway focal point and draw the viewer's eye towards the symmetrical patterns of appliqued leaves. Vickie's  work is machine pieced and appliqued. She adds, "The Lone Star design is one of the oldest and most recognizable quilt designs, and thus appropriate for "The American Tradition" exhibit.

The Falling Leaves of Red and Gold by C.J. Fuhrman, quilted by Rose Maynes

C.J. notes that her quilt was started in 2004 and finished in 2013. (We all can certainly relate to the fact that our most impressive project sometimes take years to complete !) It was originally made for the 2004 fall meeting of the Arizona Quilters' Guild, but it wasn't quilted until 2013. CJ's work was inspired by the Cabin Cozy pattern in the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.

Close up, The Falling Leaves of Red and Gold by C.J. Fuhrman, quilted by Rose Maynes

Here's a wonderful example of two very traditional patterns which look great when juxtaposed. The bear's paw center blocks work perfectly with the log cabin blocks which surround them. Both the  lacy white longarm quilting design on the outer border and the curved pattern on the blocks show up really well without overpowering the angular patchwork.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
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