Friday, August 26, 2011

Free Pattern Day: Halloween

Here is our first Free Pattern Day ! We have a huge stash of free patterns in our Free Quilt Inspiration Archive (like more than 50 mb altogether) and we are excited about sharing them with you. We’ll be putting a new Free Pattern Index tab at the top of this page so you can see what we’ve posted as we go along. Of course, we’ll continue to add new free patterns we've found to our sidebar. Let’s get started with more than 25 free projects for Halloween*.

Jack-o-Lanterns and Pumpkins

Row 1: "Applique Jack-o-Lantern", free pattern, by Kimara and Michelle, at Wee Folk Art; "Jack’s Lantern", by Lyn Brown at Row 2: "Jack-o-Lantern", free pattern, by Sonja Callaghan at Artisania; Halloween Wall Hanging, free pattern, by Carol R. Zentgraf at James Thompson & Co. Row 3: "Oh pumpkin, My pumpkin", free pattern, by Jennifer Morgan and Linda Ambrosini for Hoffman Fabrics – Bali Batiks, free pattern download here. Row 4: "Country Pumpkin Patch", free pattern, at The Learning Channel

Li'l Pumpkin table topper, free pattern, by Tammy German and Brenda Bailey, at Pie Plate Patterns 

Black cats, pumpkins, and the moon

Halloween Applique Scene, free pattern, by Christina Sherrod at Crafts and Fabric Links

Stairway to Cat Heaven, by Marty Mason at Marty's Fiber Musings

The free applique templates and fabric requirements for "Stairway to Cat Heaven" are available from a McCalls Quilting Archive. The complete original pattern, by Barbara Dubovsky, can be purchased from the Quilt and Sew Shop.  This quilt also appeared in the Best of Cat Quilts series at Quilt Inspiration.

Simply Spooky, free pattern, by Pearl P. Pereira for Red Rooster Quilts

Haunted Jacks, free quilt pattern for the 2011 Spellbound fabric collection for Andover Fabrics, by Renee Nanneman of Need’l Love, free pattern download available at FabShopNews

Jack Patchwork wall hanging, free pattern by Sue Thornton-Gray for Janome

Autumn Whimsy wall hanging as seen at Fabric Mom, free pattern by Debbie Mumm

Henrietta Whiskers block-of-the-month quilt project, by Anne Sutton at Bunny Hill Designs, free patterns (until November 2011)

Spiders and SpiderWebs

Itsy Bitsy Spiders, Wall Hanging Tutorial**, at AJ's Bowtique

Spooky Spun Sugar Little Quilt, Tutorial, by Vickie E., at Spun Sugar Quilts

Spiderweb Quilt, Tutorial, by Jackie Reeve at The Orange Room 

Spiders in My Attic, free pattern, at QuiltBug (a kit is also available under Quilt Bug's Quilt Kits)

Witches, bats, vampires, and the Project of Doom 

Witch and Halloween Kitty, free patterns, by Sonja Callaghan at Artisania

Free vampire and Harry Potter patterns by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sewhooked

Row 1: "Vampire Fangs", by Jennifer Ofenstein at Fandom In Stitches and “Bats”, from the Free Patterns Page at Sewhooked. Row 2: “Hedwig” (Week 11 block)  and “Cauldron with Felix Felicis” (Week 29 block) for the 2011 Harry Potter “Project of Doom” block-of-the-week project.

True Blood, free block patterns by Lilja Björk Sigurdórsdóttir at Lilijabs and Catherine Magraith at Fandom In Stitches

The designers of these free paper-pieced patterns are members of Fandom in Stitches, a design collective started by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked, to pay tribute to book characters like Harry Potter. Their extensive and unique designs includes many that will delight the kids in your life at Halloween.

Applique motifs and more mini quilts

Row 1:  “Say Boo” wall hanging tutorial and pattern, by AnneMarie at GenXQuilters. "Haunted House on the Hill", free pattern by Elizabeth Hill, at Purple Kitty Yarns. Row 2: “Halloween Treat” mini quilt, free pattern, by Sandra E. Andersen at A Legacy of Stitches

Spiderweb free-motion quilting, free video tutorial, by Leah Day at The Free Motion Quilting Project

*Image credits:  All images are copyrighted by their owners.  Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at Quilt Inspiration.  Looking for a particular free pattern?  Email us and we'll see if it's in our archives ! **Tutorials vs. Patterns:  We've debated this topic, and decided to include some tutorials if they are patterns for making complete quilts or blocks. For example, "Itsy Bitsy Spider", Spooky Spun Sugar Quilt" and "Spiderweb Quilt" are called tutorials but they are really online patterns that include fabric requirements and step-by-step instructions, as well as in-progress photos.

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