Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Exemplary Cat Quilts

If there are any animals who seem to really love quilts and are curious about them, it has to be cats.
Here's a tribute to our feline furbabies, as shown by some of our favorite cat quilts from the 2017 Houston International  Quilt Festival

An Interrupted Still Life by Pamela Seaberg , Washington, U.S.A.


Pamela says, "Last summer, I set up a still life of flowers on an old chair for a watercolor painting. Omar, my curious cat, turned my still life into this quilt."  Here's Omar, standing on his hind legs, tentatively trying to figure out the purpose of a vase on a chair, as cats will do. This quilt is made from hand-dyed and commercial fabrics, cotton, rayon, and silk embroidery threads, plus polyester threads.

Close-up, An Interrupted Still Life


We really admire Pamela's beautiful and accurate technique !  She used hand applique, hand embroidery, painting, and thread painting.

Sami, aka Tree Kitty by Lisa Steinka, Massachusetts, U.S.A.


Lisa writes,  "This is a reproduction of an original photo of my cat, Sami, that I took, developed, and printed over 40 years ago. The applique was done in the style of [quilt artist] David Taylor."

Close-up, Sami a.k.a. Tree Kitty


Lisa's original design uses cotton fabrics and cotton batting, with hand-piecing, hand-applique, and embroidery. She has done an excellent job at conveying the dignity and nobility of Sami in his devotion to enjoying life in the tree tops.

Kitten's Dreams by Hiroko Miyama and Masanobu Miyama, Tokyo, Japan


The quilters explain,  "This [work] expresses the kitten's desire to look down on dogs that chased her whenever they met. The flowers are original design, manually punch and machine embroidered. The kitten and dogs are also original design and were appliqued by using an original applique technique."

Close-up,Kitten's Dreams


What a wonderfully realistic depiction of this sweet kitten's face !  Hiroko and Masanobu used machine piecing, fused applique, machine embroidery, and original digitized embroidery to create this adorable quilt.

Can I Keep It, Pleassse?  by Kay Donges, Georgia, U.S.A.


Kay notes, "I was asked to make a quilt to be donated to the International Quilt Association to be placed in their silent auction at the  Houston International Quilt Show. The inspiration was a stock photo I purchased to use. It is fused applique and thread painting.
It is titled, "Can I Keep It, Pleassse?", because I believe that the girl is pleading  [with her voice and emphasizing the word 'Pleassse']  with her parents in order to keep this soft kitty.

Close-up, "Can I Keep It Pleassse?"

Kay has done an amazing job of  capturing the intent expressions of both the little girl and the kitten. It appears that the kitten wants to stay with the little girl as much as the little girl wants to keep it ! We also admire the elegant thread painting on the face and head of the kitten.

Cats on the Roof by Cecilia Koppmann, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Cecilia comments, "Every December, we wrap up the year with a celebratory breakfast that I host for all my students. It's a really fun party. I asked the students to bring with them a piece of fabric for me, from which I cut the cats and built this quilt. Now I have them 'meowing' in my studio all year
round."
We think that a breakfast party is a wonderful way to honor the students, and it looks as if the cats here are getting ready to do a little partying of their own !  

Close-up,  Cats on the Roof


We love Cecilia's arrangements of colors in creating a high contrast, vibrant, contemporary design that shows these nocturnal kitties with their prominent whiskers, out enjoying the night sky amongst the tall buildings.
 
Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Free pattern day: Lattice and Woven quilts

Here are 50 free patterns for lattice quilts, basket weave, interlocking rings and plaid designs! Lattice quilts are made with strips that form a grid over the background blocks, and "woven" or "plaid" blocks have strips that appear to weave in and out. 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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Cherry Pop quilt, 63 x 73”, free pattern by Amy Shaw for Wilmington Prints


Quilt Blocks, 57 x 65”, free pattern by Ellen Luckett Baker for Moda Fabrics (PDF download)


Plaid Quilt, 78 x 80”, free pattern by Wilmington Prints

 

Felicity quilt, 81 x 98”, free pattern at Wilmington Prints


Tropical Punch quilt, 45 x 54”, free pattern by Karen Montgomery for Timeless Treasures (PDF download)


Lattice quilt made with ombre fabric, 36 x 44”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Through the Lattice quilt, 35 x 45”, free pattern by Patti Carey for Northcott


Rainbow Twist quilt, 62 x 71”, free pattern by Laurie Shifrin for In The Beginning Fabrics (PDF download)


Crossroads quilt, ~70 x 88”, free pattern by Siobhan Rogers for Windham Fabrics


King’s Cross quilt, 60 x 60”, free pattern by Tara Faughnan for Michael Miller Fabrics


Cracker Lattice quilt in Portico, 51 x 68”, free pattern by Camelot Fabrics (PDF download); for the current  the colorways visit Camelot Fabrics

 

Lattice Quilt, 68 x 86”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Simply Woven quilt tutorial by Jess Kelly for Moda Bakeshop


The Lattice quilt, ~51 x 66", free pattern by Beth Donaldson at Quilt Doctor (PDF download)


Abacus quilt, 60 x 80”, free pattern by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)


Liberty Woven quilt, 62 x 72”, free pattern by Benartex Studios (PDF download)


Pique Nique quilt, 57 x 57”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Plaid on Point quilt, 100 x 100”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Woven Essentials quilt, 55” square, free pattern by Nancy Mahoney (PDF download)


Changing Seasons quilt, 74 x 98”, free pattern by Classic Cottons (PDF download)


Boomerang quilt, 80 x 80", free pattern by Emma Jean Jansen


Stories We Weave, 70 x 90”, free pattern by Leslie Sonkin for P&B Textiles (PDF download)


Nexus quilt, ~55 x 61”, based on a design by Jane Snedden Peever at McCall’s Quilting (PDF download)


Freeform quilt, 66 x 77”, free pattern at Paintbrush Studio


Lattice Be Scrappy quilt, 52 x 60”, free pattern by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints (PDF download)


Twist Ties quilt, free pattern at Country Junktion
 

Garden City quilt, 64 x 80”, free pattern by Jackie Robinson for Benartex (PDF download)


Suzette quilt, 57 x 69”, free pattern by Stephanie Sims for Clothworks (PDF download)


Rose Trellis quilt, 78 x 78", free pattern at eQuilter

 
Designer Garden quilt, 64 x 64”, free pattern by Stacey Day for Windham Fabrics


Fresh Connections quilt, 71 x 88”, free pattern by Jean Katherine Smith for Windham Fabrics


Tropical Breeze quilt, 52 x 62”, free pattern at Benartex (PDF download)


Midnight Maze quilt, 65 x 65”, free pattern by Nancy Mahoney (PDF download)


Bella Verona quilt, 76 x 90”, free pattern by Toby Lischko for Timeless Treasures (PDF download)


Wildflower lattice quilt, free pattern at Fabric Editions (PDF download)


Impressions quilt, 70 x 70”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Twist and Turn quilt, free pattern by Toby Lischko for Hoffman Fabrics


A Brand New Day, 42 x 54”, free pattern for landscape panel by Vicki Stratton for Hoffman Fabrics (PDF download)


Country Plaid quilt, ~68 x 86", free pattern at Connecting Threads


Panel Plaid quilt, 84 x 105”, free pattern by Susan Rooney for Benartex (PDF download)

 
Nutmeg and Cinnamon quilt, queen size, free pattern at McCall’s Quilting (PDF download)

 
Mad for Plaid quilt, ~60 x 66”, free pattern by Anna Maria Horner (PDF download)


Plaid Sash-ay quilt, 48 x 70", free pattern at Wilmington Prints (PDF download)


Indo Ikat quilt, 58 x 70", free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Michael Miller Fabrics (PDF download)


Bed of Roses quilt, free pattern by Marinda Stewart for Michael Miller Fabrics


A Red Letter Day, 57 x 73”, free pattern by Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring 


Scottie Toss quilt, 57 x 71”, free pattern by Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics


Sunset Walk quilt, 54 x 54”, free pattern by Jinny Beyer (PDF download)


Maya lap quilt, ~59” square, free pattern by Shannon Ownby at Fabrics n Quilts (PDF download)


Twisted Craze wall hanging, 44 x 44”, free pattern by McCall’s Quilting



Lattice and Woven Quilt Blocks


Above, Row 1: Woven Block pattern at Scrapbox Quilts based on a tutorial at Sew Happy Geek; Labyrinth Block pattern at The Spruce
Row 2: Quasar Block pattern by Jinny Beyer; Double Links quilt block pattern at Patchwork Square
Row 3: Kentucky Chain Block pattern at Jinny Beyer; Belle Fleur (King’s Cross) block pattern at Connecting Threads
Row 4: Album Block pattern by Jinny Beyer; True Lovers’ Knot Block pattern by Mimi Shimp for HowStuffWorks (use 4 blocks for the wall quilt pattern at McCall’s Quilting

If you enjoy dimensional quilts, you might also like our Free Pattern Day for Attic Windows Quilts!


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