For the month of July, we’re highlighting nine new digital quilt pattern releases. This fresh crop of patterns is harvested from the Summer 2019 issue of Easy Quilts, and the May/June 2019 issues of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker.
If you’re looking for something simple for the easy-going summer months, make sure you check out these patterns from Easy Quilts Summer 2019!
Berry Patch, the featured cover quilt for the issue, is enough to have anyone dreaming of pie and picnics. Eileen Fowler used a panel to create the border. The way she placed the fussy-cut sections of the panel in the quilt is very deliberate; she wanted to create place settings for a picnic quilt! This fresh design is a wonderful place to play with gingham-style prints.
Our featured Quilts for Kids pattern for that issue is another fresh release. The wonky sailboats in Karen Bialik’s Rock the Boat are a blast to make. The right fabric (how can you not love tropical fish?) can make the quilt that much more fun. If you have a little sailor in mind for this quilt, ask for his or her help picking the fabric. Involving kids in the fabric selection is a sure-fire way to create an emotional connection to the quilt—and makes them feel cherished.
Quilts of Valor® are meant to be used, says Marianne Fons, so the Foundation encourages simpler patterns. While they should use 100% cotton and be well-made, they are not for competition. “The recipients are generally non-quilters, so a simple star is just as beautiful to them as a Mariner’s Compass might be.” To that end Patriotic Friends is a fabulous pattern for something quick yet striking. The central Sawtooth Star design is surrounded by Friendship Star quilt blocks. While Charisma Horton’s solids are a perfect choice, this design would work well with patriotic prints, too!
For Every Taste
The patterns from the May/June 2019 issue of McCall’s Quilting show the range of styles you can find.
Scott Flanagan’s Stars of Time is a slightly more advanced quilt. Like Patriotic Friends, it features a large, central star design framed by star blocks, but in this case, the stars are all different, and there is an additional corner framing element of log cabin blocks. In many senses, Stars of Time is a sampler quilt! The earthy tones of this quilt work well with most décors, but if you’re curious about other color palettes, Scott provided two color options, one in a rich reproduction color scheme with maroon, blue, and green fabrics and the other in a fresh spring palette of blue, green, and yellow!
Garden Wedding by Barbara Eikmeier is quite different. There is very little piecing in this wonderful quilt; it’s almost entirely appliqué! The appliqué wreaths are very traditional, very classic, and yet look as sweet and as fresh as the dawning of a summer morning! Barb’s choice of red, blue, yellow for the flowers is perfect. Could something in purples or pinks be equally perfect? Look to your favorite wildflowers for color inspiration!
Mountain Memories by Terri Vanden Bosch is something quite special. The modern design resembles abstract mountains and is meant to commemorate the summer vacation Terri took with her family to Estes Park in Colorado. And that trip is more deeply embedded in the quilt than just patchwork mountains! Terri actually finished the quilt before the vacation so they could take it with them. Every night, she and her family would journal their favorite events from that day directly on the background fabric using archival, acid-free pens. When she returned home, Terri printed photos from the trip onto photo transfer fabric and then appliquéd the snapshots to the quilt.
Quiltmaker editor Tracy Mooney says that working small is here to stay! Small stitches and small quilt blocks define the digital patterns selected from the May/June 2019 issue.
Jen Daly’s Rise and Shine is a teeny, tiny quilt, measuring a mere 6” x 8”. Using fusible appliqué and hand stitching, this farm vignette lets you daydream about the long summer days in the country. The flock of sheep, by the way, are entirely made of French knots and are absolutely delightful.
Think big. Work small. Betsy Vinegrad’s Modern Mandala takes working small to another level. Using foundation piecing is the trick to achieving precise patches on small quilts, and it’s so worth it! This dynamic design has a movement to it that makes this 20” x 20” quilt a work of art.
If you’re willing to work small, but maybe not that small, check out To the Nines, a bed-sized quilt designed by Mandy Leins. The scrappy quilt is bright and darling. The 3” x 3” finished Nine Patch units are framed with a cleverly constructed frame. The partial seaming technique used in the frame allows a secondary design to pop—bright little Pinwheel units! As an extra bonus, the pattern includes two quilting suggestions—one of which (Celebration) exists as a free download!