A handmade quilt is a great way to create a cozy blanket or a lovely personal gift. Plus, it can provide you with an opportunity to use up all those fabric remnants and scraps you’ve been storing. Have you ever wanted to try making a quilt but thought it looked too complicated or intimidating? It’s easier than you think!
We’re taking a look at the top ten quilt patterns for beginners to help you break into the wide world of quilting. These patterns are totally doable and result in beautiful blankets that you can be proud to say you made with your own two hands.
Pattern #1: The Block QuiltPhoto Courtesy
This is the quintessential, traditional pattern most people imagine when they think of quilts. Consisting of equal-sized squares, this is a great place to start to get used to cutting and matching seams. This tutorial from Diary of Quilter will walk you through the process of creating your own block quilt.
Pattern #2: The Fast Four-Patch QuiltPhoto Courtesy
Diary of a Quilter
A variation on the block pattern, this four-patch quilt allows you to change it up a little and incorporate some variety without getting too technical. Once you get the whole cutting squares and sewing them together thing down, you can start getting creative playing with colors, size and arrangement.
Pattern #3: The Brick QuiltPhoto Courtesy
Lucie The Happy Quilter
From blocks to bricks, this pattern is a fun and easy way to make a colorful quilt while still keeping things easy peasy. The advantage to this pattern? No matching up seams! Learn how to make a brick quilt from Polkadot Chair.
Pattern #4: The Strip QuiltPhoto Courtesy
What, oh what, to do with all those leftover scraps that are too small to make anything else? Make a strip quilt! This how-to from Cluck Cluck Sew shows you how to turn simple strips into a fun and colorful quilt.
Pattern #5: The Rail Fence QuiltPhoto Courtesy
A Crafty Fox
So you’ve got fabric strips, but you want to get a little more “quilty.” The rail fence quilt is for you. This is a classic pattern that allows the squares to be flipped and turned to create a variety of effects. But first, Amy Smart from Sew Mama Sew will show you how she used the rail fence pattern to make this quilt.
Pattern #6: The Chevron QuiltPhoto Courtesy
Hyacinth Quilt Designs
While we’re in fabric strip country, let’s take a look at this Chevron pattern. While it seems complicated, it’s made up of strips sewn together and flipped diagonally. This step-by-step breakdown from Crazy Mom Quilts makes it simple.
Pattern #7: The Half Square QuiltPhoto Courtesy
Squares and Triangles
Once you’ve mastered (or attempted) cutting and sewing squares, you’re ready for triangles. This tutorial from Bright Linen will show you how to make this fun and dynamic pattern.
Pattern #8: The Pinwheel QuiltPhoto Courtesy
So, that half square quilt we just met? The pinwheel quilt is its sister. To create this look, simply arrange your half squares into pinwheels when you stitch them together. Nicole from Modern Handcraft is going to show you how to make it happen.
Pattern #9: The Hourglass QuiltPhoto Courtesy
Lucie The Happy Quilter
Another member of the Half Square family, the Hourglass pattern is fairly easy to construct but results in an intricate pattern. Red Pepper Quilts will teach you how to create this look.
Pattern #10: The Triangle QuiltPhoto Courtesy
Material Girl Quilts
Ah, the Triangle quilt. Beautiful to behold and surprisingly easy to make. Kate at Sew Kate Sew will show you how it’s done. Make sure you also check out her post on how to get clean and sharp triangles when constructing a quilt.
So, there you have it. Ten patterns for the beginner who wants to start making quilts and the quilter who wants to try something new. When they’re broken down, quilt patterns are not so complicated after all. Which one will you make?