Download these two Free Sewing Theme Quilt Patterns now and make them for your home or sewing friends. You will love them!
Happy New Year! I was off the grid for a few weeks visiting family in Brazil. I am back with two fun quilt patterns I designed for the Atelier collection by Elizabeth Medley for Blank Quilting. The fabrics are shipping to stores in February – you have enough time to download the patterns, find out where you can get the fabrics, and schedule a fun weekend of sewing alone or with your besties.
The Atelier collection features scissors, dresses, and sewing machines. You will find tossed pins and thimbles, measuring tapes, sewing machines, irons, buttons, and a fun stripe print. On Quilt #1, I used the 24” panel that shows a storefront and four blocks with dresses.
I chose to surround the panel with thread spools to match the collection theme. The quilt finishes at 40″ x 60″, and the blocks are 4″. This pattern is easy for beginner quilters – all you will need to do is to use the Stitch and Flip method (click here to see how it works).
I used coordinating fabrics from the Jot Dot collection. They added depth with the tone-on-tone dots that I would otherwise not have achieved if I had chosen a solid background. Three different fabrics on the spools add movement to the borders, and movement is something I love to incorporate in my designs when I can.
Quilt #1 would make a terrific gift for a friend or a family member who enjoys sewing. As a wall hanging, it would lend a vintage home flair to a quilt studio decor, don’t you think? The simple blocks are meant to showcase the different prints – my preference when designing with theme fabrics.
The Diamond in a Square block appears often in my quilt designs. Some blocks have a few of them stitched together where the seams between blocks need to be pressed open to avoid bulk. The long-arm quilter will thank as their needles won’t break. When I can, I modify blocks so they are not next to each other.
Here is the second of the two Free Sewing Theme Quilt Patterns I designed for the Atelier collection. Quilt #2 measures 58″ x 70″ with 12″ blocks. They are easily pieced with machine-appliqued pins. The secondary design reminds me of all the chain-piecing we do when sewing a larger project.
I love a dark fabric on the border to frame the quilt!
You will only make HSTs and work with the Stitch and Flip technique as in Quilt 1. That’s it! The skill level is Intermediary only due to the fact that it takes a little longer to make this one as compared to the first quilt above, as well as because of the small pieces to machine applique. However, a confident beginner can breeze through this project without a hitch.
Notice how I placed the fabrics for maximum contrast. If you do not want to place emphasis on any particular fabric, do not worry about contrast. When designing for specific collections, though, maximum contrast is often my absolute first goal.
The blue and fuchsia Jot Dot fabrics bring out the beauty of the prints. The lighter blue provides depth to this design. Once you work with the Atelier collection, make this quilt with a large print on the center of the block above instead of making the pincushion. Yes, this design is perfect for all the large prints you have in your stash!
This block needed to have more negative space to rest the eyes because I was not using sashing. Thus, fewer fabrics and more background Jot Dot. I hope you like how it turned out!
I had to include pincushions in this design! I have a whole bunch of them throughout the house – not only in my sewing room – as sometimes I sew in the family room, other times in my bedroom… I even designed my favorite sewing pouch with a pincushion: this one I take everywhere with me. In fact, I made a few of them because I leave them with each sewing project I have going on so I can easily grab them before I leave the house on a trip or when I will have to sit in a waiting room for a while.
These fabrics make me feel like sewing. I need to write patterns today – the computer screen will take center stage today… Sew for me!