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Month: March 2021

10 Free Modern Quilt Patterns You NEED to Download!

Have you ever been looking for some gorgeous quilt patterns, but don’t want to commit to the $10-$15 design price tag? Look no further! There are multiple entirely FREE modern quilt patterns online, you just have to learn where to look for them!

Many well-known fabric designers including:

  • Free Spirit Fabrics
  • Riley Blake Designs
  • Robert Kaufmann Fabrics
  • Andover Fabrics

Often have their designers such as Riley Blake or Tula Pink create free patterns to promote their new fabric lines that roll out throughout the year. These patterns are released to the sewing community and can often be found in archives or collections on their websites.

I hope that this list is useful to you in your next project! I am always open to feedback and think I may do a part 2 and part 3 for even more pattern inspirations available online!

So without further a-do I collected 10 of my favorite free modern quilt patterns!

1. Color Card Hearts by Elise Lea from RK

Color Card Hearts PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF.

2. Churn Plus by Elise Lea From RK

Churn Plus PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF.

3. Butterfly Garden by Riley Blake Designs

Butterfly Garden PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF.

4. Rainbow Waves by Free Spirit Fabrics

Rainbow Waves PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF.

5. Plaid on Point by Jennifer Rossotti

Plaid on Point PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF.

6. Wilderness by Art Gallery Fabrics

Wilderness PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF pattern.

7. Basic Mixology 2018 by Studio M

Basic Mixologie 2018 PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF pattern.

8. Big Charmer Quilt By Free Spirit Fabrics

Big Charmer Quilt PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF pattern.

9. Tangled by Red Pepper Quilts

Tangled PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF pattern.

10. Pique Nique by Suzanne Paquette of Atelier Six

Pique Nique PDF Quilt Pattern

Click here for the link to the PDF pattern.

Paula Steel’s Fraktal Quilt: Pattern Review

All the details about this recently released pattern!

Hello friends! I hope all are doing well. I wanted to hop on and write a detailed review of Paula Steel’s Fraktal quilt! Last month (Jan-Feb 2021) I participated in a sew-along for this pattern. I wanted to hop on and discuss the ins and outs of this pattern along with my experience working through it! This pattern is friendly to the beginner/intermediate quilter and is accessible to all! There is nothing tricky and no form of paper piecing is required, which is AWESOME. I love when I come across a pattern that is modern in nature and it doesn’t require paper piecing mastery. Although I enjoy paper piecing and I am working to improve my skills, it still gets me excited nonetheless.

Personally, I used this Alison Glass fat-quarter bundle + Tula Pink’s Fairy Dust and it is SPECTACULAR, the colors are super vibrant!

In the pattern, Steel offers 2 different colorways to follow. I have attached them both below:

Personally, I chose to follow the white colorway because I have a large amount of white background fabric, however, I did see many opted for the black colorway and their quilts came out stunning! After selecting your colorway, you can hit the ground running. The cutting instructs are simple and straight to the point. This pattern is fat quarter friendly, however, I will say that I ended up with quite a bit of scrap. Steel does offer a neat paper pieced “logo” commemorating the Fraktal quilt for FREE here. The leftovers from cutting the fat quarters are in large enough chunks that they could easier be incorporated into a scrappy quilt or another project.

Be sure and check out this black + white fabric options in Kona Cotton, which is one of the BEST solids on the quilting market!

~Constructing Paula Steel’s Fraktal~

The construction of Fraktal went quite smoothly! I found myself using the photo on the front and the back of the pattern frequently for reference. The instructions are set up so that it is easy to follow and offers great details (but not too many) on how to construct the pattern. It only took me around 1 week to complete this quilt top, sewing around 2 hours per night. It is not particularly time-consuming but the end result is spectacular! Below I have some photos I took as I was constructing the quilt top.

Be sure and check out Paula Steel’s modern quilt book here too!

~Conclusion~

The final result!

Overall, I highly recommend Paula Steel’s Fraktal quilt! It is a fun sew that uses a lot of half-square triangles. I truly enjoyed the directional arrows in this pattern. Additionally, this pattern lends itself to have either a beautiful array of color or a two-toned quilt. The options are endless!

If you enjoyed this post please check out my latest modern pattern review here!

Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion: Quilt Pattern Review

All the details on quilt construction and what you need to know about this Elizabeth Hartman pattern!

Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion is an ode to the modern quilting community. Using bright colors to construct her quilt patterns is a trademark of Hartman’s creations. As one of my favorite designers I was beyond excited to work through this pattern to gauge 1. the difficulty & 2. the best methods of block construction.

Beginning with the pattern presentation, I have attached images below of the printed pattern which details the fabric requirements for the *fat-quarter friendly* pattern. Personally, I purchased this several years ago as a quilt kit that followed the exact Kona Cotton Solids of the original quilt. I absolutely fell in love with this bright, cheery colorway.

I found the fat quarter requirements to be fairly spot on! As with most fat-quarter patterns, there is a bit of leftover fabric that makes for an excellent scrappy quilt down the road. However, I was left with about an equal amount of leftovers on each colorful fat quarter, perfect to make a pillow with the center star. You can find the link to make the matching pillow here. This FREE extra pattern is an excellent companion to Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion, especially if you intend to use this on a bed.

~Construction of the Center of the Aviatrix Medallion~

This quilt went together (seamlessly) HAHA! At first, I was skeptical about whether or not the center star would be “wonky” by not using a paper piecing technique. However, the way in which the seams line-up and the step-by step directions make quick work of this star which took me just shy of 2 hours to complete. Beyond the star, the instructions are written so that each border (containing a different type of block) has its own step. It was fun to watch this quilt get bigger and bigger as you go along!

~Final Thoughts~

My overall impression of the Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion, is that it is an easy to follow pattern for the intermediate quilter. Please feel free to check out the link below, full disclosure, I do earn a small commission from this link!

It offers a great table in the beginning of the instructions allowing for custom colorways. Additionally, this quilt does not take a long, long time considering the amount of piecing and blocks included in it. With diligent organization, this quilt top can easily be completed in a 2 week period with 1-2 hours of sewing per night. I highly recommend this pattern to anyone looking to get into Hartman’s patterns or if you are just looking for a fun pattern to play with bold colors!

Find Your Quilting Community: 4 Simple Tips

Ten years ago I began my quilting journey with my Mom, (Erin Standage of Quilting Rebel). We had both been inspired by fun cross-stitches and quilts passed down in our families and wanted to be able to create these masterpieces ourselves. This led us to stop by our local quilt shop one day out of sheer curiosity. We never thought we would leave with a brand new Bernina 350 to share and embark on a journey of quilting bliss (with a few seam ripping/cussword-inducing moments)! Not only did this newfound hobby bring us closer together, but we were able to join multiple different quilting communities throughs social media, local quilt stores and beyond. In this blog post, I detail the best social media outlets and websites to find your quilting community whether they are online or in-person near you!

The best ways to get involved and meet new “quilty-minded” friends are as follows:

  1. Visiting local quilt shops
  2. Seeking out guilds in your area
  3. Taking classes whether virtual or in-person at a local quilt shop
  4. Social media groups (particularly ones most similar to your quilting area of interest)

Visiting Local Quilt Shops

Arguably one of the fastest and easiest ways to meet a new community of like-minded individuals is stopping by your local quilt store and inquiring about events they host. Oftentimes quilt shops host-specific guilds or classes tailored to embroidery, piecing, applique, and many other interests. Sites such as Quilting Hub and Generations Quilt Patterns offer a jumping-off point. Using these resources, I was able to local my local quilt shops after I moved, and I have yet to visit each one! Side note: One day it is a dream of mine to visit every quilt store in the State of Missouri! A tall task as an epicenter of quilting. Whether or not you are located in the midwest, these online quilting directories offer an excellent method of locating quilters in a given city.

Seeking Out Guilds In Your Area

Guilds offer a more intimate setting to spend time with local quilters. With the Covid-19 pandemic it is likely than many are currently hosting virtual meetings, however you may start to see more in-person meetings occurring in the near future. Guilds often host fun events such as potlucks, classes, and guest speakers. This offers an excellent opportunity to expand your quilting knowledge along likeminded individuals and to find your quilting community. Don’t take for granted the power of community! After moving late last year, I am still working to find a local guild to work with as I am interested in re-establishing this community.

Taking Classes Virtual or In-person

Several years back I took several classes on mastering machine embroidery on my Bernina 830 (and quickly learned that the 7-series offers an easier operation on the embroidery front) and found a sense of camaraderie with my fellow classmates in struggling through and conquering the mystery of machine embroidery. The memories made during that class stick with me today and ultimately led me to take more courses on piecing, applique, and bag making! To this day, I still catch up with friends I made in classes that I took years ago and continue to connect with them through social media, particularly Facebook.

Social Media Quilting Communities

This brings me to my final suggestion to find your quilting community! Join Facebook Groups tailored to your specific interests! I started a Facebook Group (The Contemporary Quilter) in the hopes of creating a blossoming group for all things modern fabric, notions, and quilting. I will continue to cultivate this group and hope that its members feel confident in sharing their interests in quilting. There are MANY groups offered on Facebook, in fact, I am personally part of 15+ some that cover the topic of quilting broadly and others that are specific to my favorite pattern creators or fabric designers. There is a large number of groups and no reason not to join! You may even find a fun “fabric swap” group where members swap fabrics in their stashes for fun!

There is a large number of ways to get involved in your quilting community, you just have to reach out and take the opportunity! I hope this is helpful to you and wish you luck in your search!

XOXO Quincy

Owner of the Contemporary Quilter, Quincy Standage, a modern quilt shop. Tips on how I found my quilting community.