We now have 17 quilt patterns that have been designed and donated to Quilt for a Cause, Inc. to raise funds in the fight against women’s cancers. Haunted Cottage is a free pattern created and donated by Jain Barrett and can be downloaded at Haunted Cottage
Happy Birds - Colorful birds and minimalist tree branches combine in a delightful wall hanging for any season! Birds can be made with traditional needle turned or fusible applique, and tree branches are made with an easy improvisational technique. Suitable fabrics include cotton quilting weight, batiks; preferably non-directional, small to medium scale or textured prints.
"Constellation Stars" was inspired by the Tucson Quilters Guild Ruby Jubilee (40th Anniversary) quilt show, thus it was made originally in red and white; but it would be just as lovely in any celestial color scheme you can imagine! The pattern features two quilt designs: the larger quilt (front cover) outlines the Big Dipper among a shower of stars; the smaller size (back cover) shows the Seven Sisters. A simple stitch and flip method is used to create floating stars with perfect points --it's easy to make a constellation quilt!
Ann was inspired by her love of the paper piecing technique to design two Log Cabin quilts using only one simple block.
The red and white heart design is in honor of the Tucson Quilters Guild's Ruby anniversary.
The barn raising design highlights the contrasting bright colors so popular in the Southwest region.
Evelyn originally designed this stunning king size quilt as the Tucson Quilt Fiesta 2015 raffle quilt. The complex-appearing design is created with differently colored variations of just 2 simple star blocks! When the 7 horizontal rows of blocks come together, a lacy, floating medallion and crossing chains of 6 and 8 pointed stars magically appear! Shipping is included in the price.
The geometric design in this quilt shows up best when using fabrics that have a strong contrast. Two color families are used, each with light, medium and dark values. Shipping is included in the price.
Mary shared her love of hand applique with felted wool in this delightful bag pattern. The bag can be made with felted wool or cotton, works well with either hand or machine applique. Pattern includes an optional shoulder strap. Shipping is included in the price.
Evelyn originally designed the Peppermint Breeze quilt and tote bag for publication by the National Quilting Association in The Quilting Quarterly, Winter 2012. She expanded her Peppermint Breeze pattern (3 quilt sizes plus tote) for Quilt for a Cause, Inc. The quilt is made with only 4 fabrics using the rotary cutting method with easy piecing instructions. Bonus: Instructions are included for making an oversized tote bag using pieces leftover from making the quilt. Shipping is included in the price.
"Broken Ribbon" quilt pattern was designed by Eileen Bonk exclusively for
Quilt For A Cause, Inc., and we couldn't be happier! This beginner-friendly
pattern features a delightful border treatment with an accent "ribbon"
threading up and down through the border. The center of the quilt looks
complicated, but it's just a series of easy rail fence blocks spinning in
opposite directions! This pattern is easy enough for a beginning quilter to
tackle, and interesting enough for more experienced quilters. Using your own
selection of colors, you will have a lovely quilt for any occasion. And if
that's not enough, Eileen has given us instructions to make this quilt in
FIVE sizes! From a pet bed that will make your little quilter's helper
happy, to a Full/Queen bed size quilt. Shipping is included in the price.
Splashdown! was created by Margaret J. Miller using the fast and easy-to-make Easy Pieces blocks. This quilt grows like magic as you make 3 sets of Easy Pieces blocks, letting each group of blocks help you make color decisions for subsequent groups as you play with them on your design wall. Instructions are for a 51"x68" quilt using the rotary cutting method. Shipping is included in the price.
Jain Barrett’s “Desert House” was inspired by the rich cultures of the Southwest. Like the multi-cultures of our desert home, this pattern can be assembled in many different ways making each quilt unique. It is paper pieced with multiple layout options. The pattern includes a table runner or a quilt in several sizes. Shipping is included in the price.
“Around the Town” quilt pattern was designed by Tucsonan Kenci Lewis for Quilt for a Cause. A super easy two-block quilt that’s as much fun as a stroll around the town, where every block looks different, and there’s something interesting around the corner.
Use a collection, choose 4 or 5 colors, or make it scrappy. It all works, when you trust the “Ms Mayor” to keep all the blocks harmonious, and the “Electric Company” to keep the town light and lovely.
Instructions are given for 3 sizes. Shipping is included in the price.
“Tucson Tapestry” was designed by J. Michelle Watts exclusively for Quilt for a Cause. Michelle was inspired by a Navajo weaving from the 1920’s. The original weaving was in earthy browns, tans and rust. Michelle decided to make a quilt using red, turquoise, gold and a dark brown.
Instructions are given for a 41” x 47” and 82” x 94” wall hanging using the rotary cutting method. Although Michelle designed it as a wall hanging, borders can be placed on it to make the perfect quilt. Shipping is included in the price.
“Arizona Footprints” quilt pattern was designed by Jean Biddick, an award winning quiltmaker, author and teacher whose specialty is creating stunning machine-pieced masterpieces.
Jean designed this beautiful quilt for the confident beginner as well as the more experienced quilt maker.
Rotary cutting and simple piecing make it come together easily, and a unique pieced border gives it the finishing touch with 3 sizes to choose from. There are four fabrics in this quilt: a dark fabric, a light background fabric, and two medium values. Jean used a red (dark), sand (background), and turquoise and gold (medium values).
The instructions are written to reflect that color scheme; however, you are encouraged to choose your own colors to make a quilt that is uniquely your own. Shipping is included in the price.
“Twist 'n Shout!” was designed by Lynda Hall of Primitive Pieces by Lynda especially for Quilt for a Cause, Inc. Price of pattern includes shipping. Scrap quilts are Lynda’s very favorite kind of quilt to make. This quilt is made with an easy template method with scrappy friendly blocks. Each part of the block is a different color, but the overall design continues to stay the same throughout the quilt. This quilt uses 6 colors, in assorted fabrics. The value of the fabrics makes all the difference to the over all look of the quilt. The quilt will look dark and dramatic with the use of middle value to dark fabric colors. It will be lighter and brighter with the use of lights to middle value fabric colors. It’s fast, fun, and finished before you feel you’ve only just begun. Shipping is included in the price.
Class of 2008, Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame recipient Evelyn George is a quilt designer and author who enjoys sharing her ideas with other quiltmakers by simplifying classic blocks as well as designing original ones.
In her latest quilt pattern “Falling Stars”, she used quick-piecing techniques to streamline star blocks into a colorful quilt. The blocks were then set in vertical rows, with the stars tipping playfully in opposite directions, to create a gentle, drifting effect.
This pattern includes 3 quilt sizes and 3 options for star colors. You can make stars of 8 different colors using fat 8ths or fat quarters, make all the stars the same color, or make a very scrappy version using a different fabric for each of the 32 stars! This is a fun quilt that’s quick to make for yourself, or as a delightful gift for anyone on your list! Shipping is included in the price.
Like the first Scraphunter’s Star pattern, the second one is fat quarter friendly with easy rotary cutting and quick piecing methods, making it possible to create a scrappy Hunter’s Star with no templates or “Y” seams. The pattern includes multiple layouts, yardage, and instructions for quilts in 5 sizes from lap to king. Shipping is included in the price.
Evelyn George updated the traditional Hunter's Star with no templates or set-in seams. Rotary cutting and quick piecing methods make it fast and easy to create a one-of-a-kind Scrappy Hunter's Star, or one of many possible variations. Shipping is included in the price.
Purchase: Patterns are available through this website or by mail for $12, which includes shipping and postage. To make a purchase by mail contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to the following individuals whose generosity has made it possible to produce these patterns for the benefit of Quilt for a Cause: Calamity Jain Designs, for pattern layout and design; John Sartin, for cover photography; and Donna Mitchell of Thread Technologies, Barbara Angerhofer, of Legacy Machine Quilting, Barbara McCauley of Apopka Quilt Company, Julie House and Saw-Peng Laracuente for machine quilting our many samples. We’d also like to thank Evelyn George for editing all the patterns with Dorothy Lee, Jean Owara, and Annette Meyer making our quilt samples.
All proceeds for the pattern go to Quilt for a Cause, Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit organization which uses the art and business of quilting to pursue advances in breast and/or gynecological cancers by raising funds for research, by continuing the education of medical professionals, and by supporting clinical organizations that raise awareness, offer detection and provide treatment to all women.
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