Sometimes the idea just floats by and all you have to do is reach out and grab it.
That's not always how it works.
Sometimes you are on a deadline and you need something NOW but it's Just. Not. There.
It's times like that that make me appreciate designers who offer their hard won ideas on the web.
Here are some of the awesome free quilt ideas swirling around the internet that make me feel inspired.
|Fat Quarter Fancy - SewCanShe.com|
I love quilts that use Fat Quarters. This one is simple and effective using 9 Fat Quarters.
Caroline Critchfield at SewCanShe.com writes: The Fat Quarter Fancy throw quilt is approximately 52'' square - made up of 36 blocks that are 8 1/2'' (finished). That's a smallish throw quilt or a large baby quilt. You could easily adapt the pattern to make it larger or smaller using more or fewer blocks.
Caroline also teaches a Quilted Tree Skirt class on Bluprint. Another awesome, somewhat addicting, project.
2 - Improv with Fat Quarters
Pat at RYCO Creative Sewing Center in Rhode Island demonstrates how easy it is to create an improv block from Fat Quarters with a stack and switch method. It's worth a watch. I'm sure there is a quilt using this method in my future.
5 Fat Quarters = 5 blocks
|Hugs and Kisses - Connecting Threads|
3 - Hugs and Kisses
I love this simple 2 block quilt if for no other reason than that one block is called Hug and the other is called Kiss. What could be cuter than that?
ConnectingThreads.com has a whole file of free quilt patterns. Pair that with awesome fabric at great prices and you have me hooked.
If you want something a little more challenging, check out the Bear Paw Cabin quilt. It's on my list.
4 - Like a Charm
In this video from the Midnight Quilt show, Angela Walters teaches her daughter to sew a charm quilt. It's all 5" squares. What could go wrong?
5 - Stacked Squares
|Stacked Squares - Erica Jackman for Moda|
I love this quilt pattern.
I love the 3D-ness of it.
I love quilts that look like more work than they really are.
Most of all I love that the pattern is FREE at Moda quilt shop.
6- Easy Baby quilt patterns for Beginners
|Easy Baby quilt patterns - The Spruce Crafts|
Speaking of squares... 5" squares of fabric are called "charms". Isn't that charming?
They are one size of the several cuts of fabric you can purchase pre-cut.
Charms are useful little bits that are anything but boring!
Here are a couple of beginner friendly patterns from The Spruce Crafts.
|Pebble Path - Daniella Stout|
7 - Pebble Path
Daniella Stout has designed some of my favorite quilt patterns.
This twin size quilt was designed for, and offered as a free pattern by Timeless Treasures.
If you haven't wandered through their gallery of quilts, it's a beautiful way to spend 30 minutes. Some of the patterns are free, some are not, but all are worth ogling.
This free pattern is found at Bear Creek quilting company.
|Felicity - Cynthia Coulter|
This fabulous free quilt pattern by Cynthia Coulter is also found at Bear Creek Quilting Company.
Now, I hear some of you grumbling, saying, "This doesn't look like an easy quilt."
That's exactly what makes a this queen size quilt awesome. It looks much more complicated than it is.
Just follow the layout diagrams to place the large pieces. What a great way to show off those beautiful larger print fabrics you've been hoarding for just the right project.
Make this project even simpler by using precut 1 1/2" strips.
9 - Dresden Baby Burst Quilt for Riley Blake Designs
You know I love the Dresden plate motif, right?
If you didn't know, you do now. I love them!
I love this sweet baby quilt with multiple sized Dresden Plates.
You can make Dresden Plates if you can sew a 1/4" seam. They are easier to sew than they look. Here's a tutorial.
10 - Sixty Slice
Leah Day is an unbelievably talented free motion quilter. If you've never watched any of her videos, I urge you to do so and be amazed.
In this video she shares a simple quilt design that uses 16 Fat Eighths and some background fabric. (Fat Eighths are 1/2 the size of Fat Quarters. Approx: 9" x 21")
If you have scraps that size, or larger prints you want to show off, this is a great pattern for them.
11 - Pinwheel Rail Fence aka Spring Twist
Have you seen this?!? The idea has been around for a while but it was new to me and rocked my view of the rail fence quilt.
Such a simple switch-up of the Rail Fence quilt but WOW does it make a difference! I don't know who thought of it but it's genius.
Best of all? Pinwheels with no Half Square Triangles to trim.
Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. makes her Spring Twist with a Jelly roll and only uses 3 rails in her blocks. She'll tell you how she planned hers to get the pinwheels to pop.
Donna Jordan of Jordan Fabrics gets down into the nitty gritty in her video. Here's a link to the free pattern at Jordan Fabrics.
I recommend you watch both videos and wonder why you didn't think of it.
12 - Jumper Dress
Yes, I know. It's not a quilt.
But summer is coming and maybe some of you, like me, have a favorite little girl who would look so sweet in this easy-to-sew Jumper Dress from Jordan Fabrics.
I've never claimed to be a garment seamstress, but Donna's video tutorial makes this free pattern, which she's prepared in 5 little girl sizes, look simple enough for even me to try.
As an added bonus it can be made with fabrics found in your quilting stash.
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Need another incentive?
I have a pattern in the May issue of the magazine.
On a Summer Afternoon is part of my Table Runner Marathon series along with Witches Pickets and Bargello meets Rog G. Biv. TQPM is the only place you'll be able to get this pattern until I finish the series and publish them as an ebook.
|On a Summer Afternoon - only available in TQPM|