Download the free patterns for an Indoor Garden in 2 Easy Quilts! Make the panel quilt and the pieced one for your home or friends.
Quilt #1 is the first project I designed for the Folk Garden collection for Blank Quilting. It measures 44″ x 64″ with corner blocks that finish at 4″. This easy free quilt pattern (download it by clicking here) comes together very fast; it is perfect for beginner quilters and brings a whimsical touch to an area of your house that you need to brighten up.
This quilt works as a lap quilt, a wall hanging, or a throw. Smaller projects such as this one come in handy when we need to whip up a gift for someone or get the urge to change the decorations around the house. I am guilty of what we, in Brazil, call the ‘5-minute craze’, when you must do ‘that thing’ immediately!
I can’t wait for Spring to come this year. Here in Georgia, the flowers are blooming this week – do you think nature heard me? Speaking of hearing, the birds serenade me during my walks with Toby the dog, and I could not be happier. If the flowers are still asleep in your corner of the world, Folk Garden Quilt #1 is a reminder that we can hasten the change of the seasons anywhere by working some magic in our sewing rooms. The best part? The pattern is free!
But wait. There is another free quilt pattern for this collection:
This is Folk Garden Quilt #2 (download it by clicking here), which measures 79″ x 92″ and has 12″ blocks. The sashing is made by fussy cutting one of the fabrics in this collection. Cool, right? I chose not to miter the wider border so the design would appeal to beginner quilters, too.
Both Quilts 1 and 2 showcase basic fabrics from the Jot Dot collection. Jot Dot is one of my favorite collections to use as a complement to prints. On their own, the fabrics in the collection are also ideal for a quilt – take a look at this free pattern and let me know if you agree. Do not worry – no paper piecing or difficult work is required – the rings are fused and machine appliqued.
12″ blocks appear in many of my designs because I think they appeal to beginners more so than 5″ or 6″, for example. The block above is divided into 4-patches, flying geese, with rectangles that use the Stitch and Flip technique on their corners.
The chain effect adds depth to the design and reminds me of a trellis. Notice how I used the darker gray on the corners and the light gray print elsewhere so the overall effect would not be too dark.
I love the butterflies, bugs, and floral motifs in the Folk Garden collection. Actually, the words ‘love’ and ‘bugs’ only appear in one sentence when it refers to fabrics… This city girl sees a bug and reaches for the can of Raid.
I framed the alternate block for depth again! Oftentimes, if you place two blocks of the same size next to one another, the quilt might look too busy. Also, you can make fun fabrics pop which you might not be able to if the blocks had the same dimensions.
The blue butterfly background fabric lends a dreamy quality to the quilt. The tiny floral print is perfect for those patches, and the white print makes it (and the yellow on the center) stand out.
These quilts will look good in any room, regardless of the decor. Didn’t I say you could have an Indoor Garden in 2 Easy Quilts?
This beauty was singing outside my window yesterday. The sky was white in anticipation of today’s rain. But it was all right. I was busy with EQ from the Electric Quilt Company (the software I use to design all my projects) and jpeg files from a gorgeous collection I am creating for. Stay tuned!
Have a great weekend,