Here are 2 Free Quilt Patterns to Download Now! Both with jewel tones – perfect as gifts or to add color to your home decor. Choose from a panel quilt or a row-by-row design, or make the two projects.
I designed two quilts (click on their names to download them) for the Swan Lake collection by David Stavitzski for Blank Quilting. The fabrics will be in stores in July, so read on for all the details because they are a must-have! The more I look at the prints, the more I remember the cloisonné earrings I love and still wear. David’s love of nature and design shows through in each print… Here is what I mean:
Aren’t they beautiful? The movement, the vibrant palette, and the textures bring the splendor of nature to each unique fabric in the collection. If you do not want to cut these beauties, try your hand at Quilt #1! It features a panel with beautiful swans surrounded by butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, and birds. It measures 59” x 67″ and it is a perfect project for a beginner quilter as the horizontal borders aren’t fussy to put together.
The Gold from the Jot Dot collection frames the design and add a pop of color for contrast and brightness. Focus on the swans and see how David colored their feathers – be still my heart! If you are looking for a quick gift to make that will cause someone’s jaw to drop, pick this one!
Ah, but then there was this panel and I needed to come up with a design for it. It brought to mind a jewelry box… so I went to work on another quilt. I wanted to showcase the blocks in a way that they did not get lost among pieced blocks, yet, the other fabrics were going to be displayed in all their glory, too.
For Quilt #2, I chose star blocks for the top and bottom rows. The churn dash block rows provide a resting place for the eyes. The teal border and sashing bring all the colors together, and the negative space directs your focus to the blocks in the middle. What do you think of Quilt #2?
It measures 72″ x 86″ and the blocks finish at 6″ and 12″. They are easy to piece so this quilt is also a good project for beginners. I love designing row-by-row quilts and enjoy the challenges they present as I play with different types and sizes of blocks, add plain or pieced rows, and work with the prints in the collection.
I like using two versions of the same basic block, in this case, the star block. In fact, star blocks may be my all-time favorite blocks to work with and I have fun adding them to my designs, and trying not to repeat the same ones always. The churn dash block was a cool choice because of its simpler lines and the opportunity to use more solid fabrics.
You know I have a thing for butterflies (look at one of my favorite applique’ quilts here). If I had the time, I would turn one of the butterflies into a wall hanging, to look just like the ones on the print in the first block on the left, above. Can you imagine! I would use machine applique’, of course!
Which of these 2 free quilt patterns will you download now and make? July is just around the corner. Ask your local quilt store to carry this collection so you can purchase the fabrics and have the quilts made before the month is through.
I have a growing list of projects to make for the second part of this year. In case I cannot get to many of them, I have a second list with smaller, quicker projects… Just to be safe…
Stay tuned because I have more free patterns coming soon. In the meantime, I made another Drawstring Sewing Pouch and have two kits listed on my Etsy Store, if you are interested. Some days, I need to take a break from writing and just make a quick project – cut and done!
Have a fun day,