Patchwork quilt patterns – 10 free downloads by Tilda
I know it’s midsummer right now, so it might seem a bit daft to get stuck into quilting as the sun’s splitting the flags. But, if you’re anything like me, this is the sort of project that you’ll need to allow plenty of time for. You might well not be like me at all – and perfectly able to whip up one of these beautiful quilts in a matter of days. In which case, by all means save the idea for later in the year and enjoy then!
For those of us that like to take our time with creative projects (and tend to lose our way slightly) I’m thinking that now is the perfect time to make a start. Choose the pattern, pick out your fabric combinations and begin to cut out and sew. Choosing the pattern will take time – that’s before I (we?) even begin to think about fabric combinations.
As far as choosing the right pattern is concerned, I don’t think you can go far wrong with Tilda – pretty designs with gorgeous collections of fabrics to choose from.
I’ve gone through the masses of lovely free patchwork quilt patterns on Tildas World and picked out my top 10 favourites. That bit alone took me ages – it’s so hard to choose. Hope you like my selection!
Before you start, the patterns all recommend the following supplies:
You will need
It’s important to have a good rotary cutter for this, so I’ve picked out a few good options
You will also definitely need a decent quilter ruler
Fabric & materials
Wadding (or batting)
Check the pattern you choose (free to download below) for the exact amounts you will need
Parr’s End Table (designed to be used on domestic sewing machines to support larger pieces of fabric and the length of the ruler. Perfect for quilters
See the free pattern you’ve chosen for full lists of specified Tilda fabrics (and amounts needed) – so you can either track down the exact suggestions or decide how to vary the design with your own fabric choices.
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Free patchwork quilt patterns
Such a pretty design, made using one block in three different colourways with the block rows separated by sashing. The fabrics are from the Pie in the Sky, Solid and Sophie collections by Tilda.
There’s a country vibe to this design and I love the use of red. The quilt is inspired by tiles used to create decorative Victorian floors and uses an eight-point star block in two colourways, surrounded by sashing made up of squares and triangles on point. The Solid country red colour is the perfect foil to the lovely print fabrics of the Hometown range.
This quilt design is just so charming and I love the Tilda girl tending to her hens. The quilt has two different blocks that alternate – the girl herself plus a henhouse – with sashing used to separate the rows of blocks. The blocks are made up of many parts, but the detailed diagrams provided make them straightforward to sew.
How stunning is this spectacular design from the latest Tilda collection? It’s made using fabrics from the new Solids fabric collection and reminiscent of floral needlepoint embroideries, recreated here using a subtle mixture of solid fabrics on a dark peacock background. The design is made up of just squares in a single size, so there’s lots of easy cutting and sewing, although for the best result you do have to match up seams neatly when sewing the patches together.
For the background, individual squares are used throughout rather than strips, to continue the appearance of an embroidery. Difficulty rating is Easy, so why not get cracking? It’s something sure to be loved for decades to come, don’t you think?
This is the Flower Vase pattern, also inspired by needlepoint.
Also given a difficulty rating of easy, this striking modern design is composed of four asymmetrical blocks, made in different colourways and contrasted with a warm sand background (though it would be easy to change the colours to your own choice.
Finished Size for both:
72½in x 78½in (184cm x 200cm)
Difficulty level: Moderate.
This beautiful quilt on a floral theme is easy to make, using simple techniques and one basic block. I really like the classic circular wreath design and the combination of plain background and pretty floral fabrics. The coral background (above) works well, but so does yellow (below)… I told you it might take some time to choose your pattern and fabrics!
I’ve sourced some Etsy shops that are worth a browse if you’d like to source the specified Tilda fabrics from the Gardenlife (florals, above) and Chambray (plains, below) collections:
Etsy shops for fabrics
Easy Lazy Gardener’s patchwork quilt
I had to include this pattern as it’s so easy to make – perfect for beginners or if you want quick results!
It is created using simple half-square triangle blocks are arranged to form diagonal patterns across the quilt.
Finished Size 56½in x 74½in (143.5cm x 189cm)
Source your binding for the edges
Fabric Hare sells a selection of Tilda bindings here
Purple Stitches Fabrics Shop also sells a good selection of bindings including Tilda
Rickety Rose sells a great selection of dotty and gingham bias bindings
Scrapflower patchwork quilt
This lovelquilt is made using just one block, but because it’s made in 24 different colour ways (from the Apple Butter collection) it has a charming scrappy look that I love.
Finished size: 60in x 80in (152.4cm x 203.2cm)
Difficulty rating: Moderate
Buy fabric from Tilda’s Apple Butter collection
The Craft Studio sells a selection of fabrics from the collection here
Crafty Girl by Maria also sells Apple Butter fabric by the fat quarter
Duck patchwork quilt
I love this pattern – feels like something out of Anne of Green Gables or The Waltons… It’s from an early collection, which it’s not easy to find the fabric for any more, but it would be easy to substitute your own.
Explanations in two colorways, Grey and Blue.
Finished Size: 56in x 72in (142.2cm x 183cm) after binding.
Difficulty rating: Easy
Old Rose soft star patchwork quilt
This lovely quilt Just two patchwork blocks are used for this lovely quilt, both with the same layout but with a different balance of fabrics. There are two other versions of this quilt – a lilac/blue (below) and a red/grey (above).
58¼in x 73in (148cm x 185.4cm)
Difficulty rating: moderate
Buy Old Rose fabric
Handmade by Maryport sells a selection of fabrics from the Old Rose range here
Try Crafty Girl by Maria for other designs from the collection here
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