To celebrate National Quilting Day I'm releasing my newest FREE pattern, Gingham for Giants! To download your free PDF, simply click on the picture of this quilt located in the right margin, or on the photo above.
National Quilting Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in March. This day came about in June of 1991, when a resolution was passed at the National Quilting Association's 22nd annual show in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is a day to appreciate and celebrate quilt makers and all that goes in to making a quilt, possibly making it my favorite day of the year!
Use #NationalQuiltingDay to share your handmade quilts on social media.
While local quilt shops, quilt museums and guilds will have their own ways to celebrate this special day, I'm sharing my quilt pattern, Gingham for Giants, for free with hopes of reaching new quilters, as well as seasoned quilt veterans. Charm friendly, the quilt comes together so quickly, resulting in a smart looking, snuggle-worthy addition to your nearest couch or bed!
Complete instructions are provided for three sizes: crib, throw/twin, and queen.
If you have baby gifts to make, this modern take on a traditional design will look fantastic in any nursery. Think of the colors you could use! This design goes a long way in that it's universal appeal is perfect for toddlers, teens and adults alike. I've made more than a few of these and I'm always excited to see how the colors I've chosen come together!
Please share your Gingham for Giants quilt(s) on social media: #ginghamforgiants. I'd be thrilled to see your colors and your quilts!
For those of you interested in natural dyes, I've created the gradients in the two quilts shown here by dyeing the first vat, and then proceeding with two more exhaust vats. While I no longer dye with Logwood (purple) because of its toxicity, I always feel great satisfaction from the variety of warm pinks obtained with Quebracho Rojo. If you're interested in trying your hand at natural dyes, please contact me for a custom dye kit (colors and pricing.) I'd be happy to put one together just for you!
These quilts were made using my 100% organic cotton sateen. Because of their silky softness, touching these quilts really is a pleasure. Yardage is available in my shop here.
As you can see, when it comes to quilting this design, it lends itself well to straightforward stitching in the ditch, but it also shows off free-motion feathers, spirals and circles! HAVE FUN!