Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Quilts of the World part 4: New Zealand

Part of the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival was the World Quilt Competition XX, which is a special exhibition within the larger P.I.Q.F. This competition, which is open to quilters from many countries, starts out each summer on the East Coast of the U.S.A.; the best quilts from that show then go on tour to the various regional shows in America. We hope you enjoy this presentation, continuing with quilts from NEW ZEALAND.

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Tranquility, 36 x 40", by Sonya Prchal

Sonya Prchal writes," Mimiwhangata Coastal Park is a favorite destination of mine. This beautiful sunset inspired me to create a quilt to capture the memory. My design was composed from my photos. Whole cloth painting was my primary technique, as I felt it would depict the intensity of the sunset beautifully."

Sonya adds, "I used extensive free motion quilting to enhance the work, with a variety of thread types and weight. Tranquility was both challenging and satisfying to make."  This original design is sewing machine quilted. We admire the elegant sophistication of this work and the way that the colors of the water perfectly reflect the setting sun.

Fabulous Feathers, 94 x 94", by Carol Newsham

Fabulous Feathers won a Judge's Choice award at the 2016 Great New Zealand quilt show. The Princess Feathers quilt pattern is by Kim McLean; for the pattern see Glorious Color.  The fabrics are by Kaffe Fassett.

Carol Newsham notes, "I love doing hand applique. From the first moment I saw this pattern by Kim McLean, I was going to do it, but not in Kaffe Fassett fabrics. They were too big, bold, and bright, even for me. However, I soon realized that everything else would not give me that 'zing' I was looking for. Kaffe's magenta Bekah fabric grabbed my attention and subsequently provided the inspiration for the colors I would use in my quilt." Carol's lovely work is hand appliqued and hand quilted.

This Beats Chopping Firewood, 54 x 64", by Maree Le Comte

Maree Le Comte explains, "I learned the hexagon techniques at a class run by Shirley Mooney. I did the class because I was interested in the technique and so that I could have a day off from cutting firewood." We certainly agree with Maree. We'd much rather enjoy a day of quilting than cutting firewood, doing housework, or pretty much any other kind of work that we can imagine!

Maree continues, "Once I saw the technique, rather than following one of the suggested layouts, I played with the pieces to come up with my own layout. This is the layout which worked best with the quantity of fabric I had." This original design is machine pieced and sewing machine quilted. We really appreciate the quality of  Maree's worksmanship and her sewing accuracy, which gives these bold geometric lines a stunning appeal.

My Nearly Insane Journey, 95 x 96", by Sue Flego

This wonderful "Nearly Insane" quilt was based on the 1870 Salinda Rupp quilt, patterned by Liz Lois. The Salinda quilt has 93 six-inch blocks and the finished quilt has over 5,500 pieces. Sue Flego says, "All the 6” blocks were paper foundation pieced and I tried to replicate the colors on the front of the book." Sue's intricate and precise piecing of these small blocks can be seen in the photo below. My Nearly Insane Journey was quilted by Judi Schon from Auckland on a longarm machine.

For more information on the Nearly Insane quilt and other 19th-century samplers, see our 2010 post: Crazy About Jane, Nearly Insane, and Just Plain Nuts.

Abstraction, 28 x 52", by Rosemary Rush

Rosemary Rush says, "This quilt was started as an exercise in design, emphasizing line and shape. I challenged myself to then use colors which I would not normally juxtapose. This quilt is my own design which I machine appliqued and free motion stitched on a domestic sewing machine."  Rosemary's beautiful quilting stands out on this glorious, flowing applique design.

At The Bach, 57 x 48", by Rachel Cadwallader

Rachel Cadwallader says, "A bach is a small rustic holiday home and often found at the beach. A quilt hanging over a door as an advertisement for thread evoked memories of an old beach towel my father used. I wanted to replicate the memory and so the quilt, originally designed by Heather Jones, was made. I used my domestic machine to piece and quilt it.”

At The Bach was based on the free Around the World quilt pattern by Heather Jones at Olive and Ollie shown below.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Free pattern day: Cat and Dog quilts!

We are so excited to be posting a new Free Pattern Day.  Here is a purr-fectly wonderful collection of cat and dog quilts !  For 1000 more free quilt patterns please check out our complete Free Pattern Archive Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the colored letters of the link to the pattern.

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Cat applique block, 12", free pattern by Janet Clare for Auribuzz (click, then scroll down the page)

Kaffe Cats quilt, 48 x 71", free pattern at Jordan Fabrics

Cool Cats quilt, free pattern by Stacey Day for PB Textiles

Cool Cats quilt, 60 x 80", free pattern (including paw print template) by Casey York for Windham Fabrics

Silhou-cat quilt, free pattern by Luke Haynes at We All Sew

Dog Daze and Feline Frenzy quilts, 46 x 52”, free patterns by Kimberly Rado as seen at Fons & Porter

Stairway to Cat Heaven, 56 x 56", quilt by Marty Mason at Marty's Fiber Musings, based on the FREE Golden Quilts pattern at McCall's Quilting (also see templates)

Hello Mr. Moon wall hanging, free pattern by Teri Henderson Tope for We All Sew

In the Dog House quilt, 42 x 42", free pattern at Blank Quilting

Curiosity quilt, 42 x 55", free pattern at 100 Billion Stars

Hipster Kitties quilt, 46 x 57", free pattern at Michael Miller Fabrics

Kitty Kitty quilt, 60 x 60", free pattern by Yolanda Fundora for Blank Quilting

Cat Tales quilt, 80 x 96",  free pattern at Ivory Spring

Los Gatos quilt, 45 x 54", free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Gazing Cat, free applique pattern by Christina Sherrod

Art Nouveau Cats quilt, 50 x 50”, free pattern by Marinda Stewart for Michael Miller Fabrics (PDF download)

Catching the View watercolor quilt, ~33 x 39”, free pattern by Janet Wickell at The Spruce

Happy Cats quilt, 38 x 48”, free pattern by Caroline Reardon for project Linus at Quiltmaker (PDF download)

Casting Cats quilt, ~58 x 58”, free pattern by Cate Tallman-Evans for Blank Quilting (PDF download)

Kool Kats Kwilt, 73 x 89”, free pattern by Patti Carey for Northcott Fabrics

That Cat quilt, 29 x 32”, free pattern by Pamela Lincoln for McCall’s Quilting

Whiskers baby quilt, free pattern at Six White Horses, free template at Craftsy

Cat-tastic quilt, 60 x 68”, free pattern at Blend Fabrics (PDF download)

Cat Lady quilt, 60 x 60”, free pattern by Sarah Watts at Cotton + Steel (PDF download)

Christmas Cat chat quilt, 58 x 73”, free pattern by Janet Kime for Martingale Publishing (PDF download)

Hot Dogs quilt, 52 x 52”, free pattern by Vicki Stratton for Hoffman Fabrics

Here Boy quilt, 50 x 70”, free pattern by Moda Fabrics

Scottie Dogs lap quilt, 60 x 60", free pattern by Yolanda Fundora for Blank Quilting

Preppy Pups quilt, 61 x 67”, by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics (PDF download)

Remembering Katie flannel applique quilt, 50 x 68”, free pattern by Grace Wilson for Maywood Studio

Fat Cats, 41 x 41”, free pattern by Debby Kratovil for Windham Fabrics

Halloween Cats quilt, 70 x 78”, free pattern by Mickey Beebe for American Quilter

Running Kitty applique block, free pattern at Wee Folk Art

Cat and Mouse banner, free patterns at Wee Folk Art

Tabby Face quilt block, free pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked

Puppy Love block , free pattern for the Snapshots quilt along at Fat Quarter Shop

Quilty Cat block, free pattern for the Snapshots quilt along at Fat Quarter Shop

Spooky black cat applique quilt block, free pattern at Shiny Happy World

Red Dog block, free pattern by Flavin Glover 

Patchwork Pup, free pattern from More Hand Applique By Machine by Beth Ferrier (PDF download)

Cats n' Bows quilt, free pattern by Cheryl Haynes for Benartex (PDF download)

Kitten quilt, free block tutorial by Sally Trude at The Objects of Design

Rainbow kitten quilt by Sally Trude | The Objects of Design

Poodle, 13.5 square, free block tutorial by Sally Trude at The Objects of Design, see part 1 and part 2

Blue, free 10" paper piecing pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein as seen at Fandom in Stitches

Pawprint, free 5" paper pieced block pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein as seen at Fandom in Stitches (shown: colorized version above; original version below)

Three Cats pillow, free pattern at Babylock (PDF download)

Cat’s Meow applique pillow, free pattern at Sew4Home

Happy Cat by Nel Whatmore as seen at Cotton Patch (PDF download)

Scottie Dog pillow, free pattern by Denyse Schmidt

Cat block, free pattern by Elizabeth Hartman for Janome

Paw stocking, free pattern at Mod Kid Boutique

Cat Doorstop, free pattern by Wee Folk Art

Dog doorstop, free pattern 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 provided in the links.  Some of these are tutorials while others have downloadable (.pdf) patterns; we have tried to note which is which in the title above each photo.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.  NOTE: This post was updated on January 2, 2018.
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