Quilt summer away: patterns to celebrate the season

From Flower Show QuiltsSummer is officially in full swing—do you have stitching planned for the sunshiny days ahead? There are lots of fun reasons to pick up needle and thread during the warmest season. (In fact, one great reason is to get an occasional reprieve from the warmest season!)

When it comes to choosing a quilt, summer themes abound, from play at the beach to tranquility in the garden. Today’s pattern roundup speaks to all the best that summer brings each year. Get inspired to greet the season by creating your own homage to the annual heat wave—just a little satisfying stitching in between picnics, BBQs, garden strolls, and beachtime fun, of course!

Are you typically a summer stitcher? Tell us what you’re working on in the comments!

Berry Patch from Home Sweet Quilt

"Berry Patch" from Home Sweet Quilt

Sailing Fun from A Year of Paper Piecing

"Sailing Fun" from A Year of Paper Piecing

Tropical Summer Baskets from Colorful Quilts

"Tropical Summer Baskets" from Colorful Quilts (ePattern available)

Primrose Patch from Eye-Catching Quilts

"Primrose Patch" from Eye-Catching Quilts

Footprints in the Sand from Instant Bargello

"Footprints in the Sand" from Instant Bargello

Sunflower Explosion from At Home with Country Quilts

"Sunflower Explosion" from At Home with Country Quilts

On a Quilting Cruise with Sunbonnet Sue from A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue

"On a Quilting Cruise with Sunbonnet Sue" from A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue

Fresh Flowers from Alphabet Soup

"Fresh Flowers" from Alphabet Soup

Summer Retreat from On-Point Quilts

"Summer Retreat" from On-Point Quilts (ePattern available)

Summer Blooms from Flower Show Quilts

"Summer Blooms" from Flower Show Quilts

Smooth Sailing from Eye-Catching Quilts

"Smooth Sailing" from Eye-Catching Quilts

Deep Blue Sea from Mosaic Picture Quilts

"Deep Blue Sea" from Mosaic Picture Quilts

Summer from A Quilter's Home: Summer

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  • My summer project is to make as many quilt tops as I can with fabric that I already have. I made that decision a couple summers ago when I finished a year long project and was kind of burned out. Now I look forward to "scappy summers."

    —Mary Rosen on June 27, 2013
  • I am working on a quilt for our grandson who just graduated from The Naval Academy at Annapolis. It will be his Christmas gift. Ive already done the other three grandchildren. It’s the Churndash pattern done in earthy country colors. I do all by hand, no machine work. I love sewing by hand. My kids and grands all love handmade gifts. Gotta start the great grands pretty soon. Nancy.

    —Nancy on June 27, 2013
  • I just finished a Patriotic Bell wall hanging and put prairie points on a birthday present quilt. Now I can choose a new project.

    Joanna on June 27, 2013
  • I’m a year-round quilter; but, in the summer I focus on my english paper piecing project that is portable.

    —Josefina on June 27, 2013
  • I have decided to work on UFO’s this summer. I am almost done piecing a friendship quilt from a few years back and I am binding a Redwork wall hanging from more years than the first one. Then on to the many more that are waiting!! I have to admit it feels great!!

    —Rose Landon on June 27, 2013
  • I am madly working on christmas themed quilts for quilt guild show in sept.

    —kate hutley on June 27, 2013
  • Baby quilts for the nieces that are both expecting this year! Then on to UFO’s

    —Tracy DVR on June 27, 2013
  • I am working on getting all my quilt tops quilted. Big project since I still have six waiting their turn and three more needing a few more blocks.

    —Linda Christianson on June 27, 2013
  • I always sew a lot in the summer – usually making everyone’s Christmas presents and such, but this summer I am quilting my brains out on quilts for West, TX. Those poor people have nothing, nothing, nothing left, and will need warm quilts this winter. I am getting a warm feeling from making them too. 🙂

    —Pat Sell on June 27, 2013
  • Summer and beyond-it’s the simple stuff for me, I have to get some of my stash used up-seriously! However, I notice that’s it’s rather fun and freeing, just a basic squares layout and combining colors and fabrics without a huge investment is fun.
    Summer stitching cheers!

    —Carol on June 27, 2013
  • I am starting a scrappy quilt for my older son who has an auto body shop. He likes to do custom body work and custom paint which at times is quite different and bright. So when I asked him what colors he wanted in his quilt he said "bright and loud colors". So I thought a bright scrappy quilt would be perfect.

    Cynthia Benedum on June 27, 2013
  • I like making the monthly wall hangings. I just finished my July one. They are from the patterns of Nancy Halvorson. I am also working on this car organizer for my grandsons as they are going on a road trip soon and hopefully it will keep their things organized in the car.

    Mary Ann on June 27, 2013
  • I have a couple of projects to complete – my French Roses quilt in blues, lavenders and yellows. I’m adding a white border to the blocks and then finishing it off with a multi colored border… Nice to use on a cool day outside …and my rainbow hexagons interpersed with black stars quilt… What to use for the background is my dilemma…

    —Linda Fleming on June 27, 2013
  • Two summer projects in a nutshell –
    One, to finish my French Roses quilt and two, to finish my rainbow hexagon quilt…

    —Linda Fleming on June 27, 2013
  • I’m working on a number of patriotic projects. All fairly small and hoping to have them done…at least by the end of July. I’m also working on a bright lemon, lime table runner!Summer is my biggest time to quilt!

    —Janet Sabol on June 27, 2013
  • My UFO’s: Hand quilting my son’s Coung Nhu t-shirt quilt (karate), A Suduko quilt already pieced, and my daughter in Alaska’s paper pieced Bear Cub quilt, and two pink pieced quilts for my two cousins surviving breast cancer–I need to get the quilting done–already pieced 6 more various tops. I love summer quilting!!!

    Carolyn White (Sewing Sue2) on June 28, 2013
  • I am working on getting the binding on two UFO’s! I am always working on projects, all year round! Maybe that is why I have so many UFO’s!! 🙂

    —Norma on June 28, 2013
  • I have been working harder to make sewing more of a daily part of my life, or at least to work on one of my creative endeavors every day. To keep learning and trying new ideas, I’ve joined swaps on Flickr. Every swap item I make includes a new to me technique. It keeps me going and makes it more fun.

    —SewLindaAnn on June 28, 2013
  • Currently I am working on two projects, firstly as it’s my best friends birthday today 29th June. I am making her some mug rugs as she does alot of of entertaining at her home. The second project are christmas placemats with matching napkins. Unfortunately I have had a lot of trouble trying to complete these placemats as they are a set of twelve (yikes who said I was a glutton for punishment plus choosing an extremely difficult paper pieced pattern in the first place),I have already complete the first set now it’s the second set that I just can’t seem to get finished!!!! Julie

    —Julie Beard on June 28, 2013
  • I have several projects in the works most of the time. If it’s hot I pick up some hand work to do either some quilting or embellishment work. I am working on a mystery quilt as well as trying to finish up a lot of UFO’s.

    —Cindy on June 29, 2013
  • Summertime means small or lightweight projects. Baby quilts, quilt tops, or embroidery on blocks to be put together later. All projects that are easy to take along on summer adventures.

    —Pearl on June 29, 2013
  • This summer I have been making several yo-yo candle mats, I will be selling them at a fall craft show. I also have a few hexie grandmothers flower garden blocks going, I like to switch back and forth. Never a boring moment. Thanks, Patty

    —Patty Bretheim on June 30, 2013
  • I’m currently working on a lime/neon green, dark hot pink baby quilt for young mom about to have a girl–and can’t wait to get it done!

    —SEAPUPP on June 30, 2013

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