Monday, May 16, 2022

50+ EASY Quilt Patterns for Beginners

Find EASY quilt patterns that are ideal for beginners!

This article is full of simple quilt patterns that are designed specifically with new quilters in mind. 


EASY QUILT PATTERNS FOR BEGINNERS

I have separated the article into two main sections: 1) Free quilt patterns and tutorials and 2) patterns to purchase.

You will find patterns that include easy techniques and basic quilting blocks like 4 patch, 9 patch and half square triangles.

At the end I have included a section about small quilting projects such as pillows and table runners. Small projects are great for beginners because you can finish them quickly and they are less daunting than a full sized quilt.

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FREE EASY QUILT PATTERNS & TUTORIALS 

 Let's get started with the free patterns. 

 
16 patch jelly roll baby quilt
16 Patch Jelly Roll Baby Quilt by Konstant Kaos
This baby quilt is made using jelly roll fabric (precut 2 1/2 inch strips). It is put together using a strip piecing method which makes it so much easier than cutting all those squares individually. It's such a fun colorful quilt!

streak of sunshine quilt
Streak of Sunshine Quilt by Quiltville
This simple patchwork is a great beginner quilt pattern. Since it's made up of entirely of squares, cutting and piecing will be a breeze. Get this free baby quilt pattern today.

FOUR PATCH QUILT PATTERNS

Four patch blocks are so easy and the foundation of many quilts. Below are several quilts that utilize the four patch quilt block.
4th of July quilt
4th of July Quilt by Quiltville
This quilt is made of just two easy quilt blocks - the 4 patch and a block with stitch and trim corners (sometimes called snowballed corners).  I'm thinking this would also be a fun holiday quilt using reds and greens. Check out her free printable tutorial.

bricks and stepping stones quilt
Bricks and Stepping Stones by Quiltville

Make this quilt using 4 patch blocks and "bricks" or large rectangles. So easy!!

NINE PATCH QUILT PATTERNS

Nine patch quilt blocks are one of the most fundamental quilting blocks and one of the first blocks beginners learn to make. Below are several quilts made using nine patch blocks. 
red and aqua nine patch quilt
Red and Aqua Nine Patch Quilt by Woodberry Way
This simple design is made up entirely of nine patch blocks which makes it perfect for beginners. Simply choose your favorite fabrics and get to work on this easy pattern.


 
quick irish chain quilt
Quick Irish Chain Tutorial by Kelby Sews
Follow this method using strip sets and you can finish this scrappy quilt top in just a couple sewing sessions. Quick projects are the best for beginners! 


scrappy on point nine patch quilt
Scrappy On Point Nine Patch Quilt by Monday Morning Designs
I am always amazed when quilt designers take a simple block (like a nine patch) and create something beautiful and unique. These nine patch blocks are sewn together on point creating the diamond squares.

This quilt is ideal for those beginners who are comfortable sewing, but have not yet tackled quilting. Because the quilt is made on point it can be a little tricky. If you are a complete beginner, pin this for when it's time to make your second or third quilt.

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE QUILT PATTERNS

Half square triangles are a basic unit of quilting. They are used in so many quilt blocks. Anyone serious about learning to quilt will need to know how to make half square triangles.

There are several ways to make them:Half Square Triangle TutorialHalf Square Triangles - 4 at a timeHalf Square Triangles - 8 at a time
The quilts below feature half square triangles.

 
half square triangle around the world
Luke's Half Square Triangle Around the World Quilt by Carried Away Quilting
Isn't this the coolest pattern?! And it's made entirely of half square triangles so it's ideal for new quilters. Be sure to head over to read all the tips to make this quilt.

half square triangle star baby quilt
Half Square Triangle Star Baby Quilt by Sew Can She
I just love this star in a star design. It's simple to make using just half square triangles and squares. You can totally make this with fat quarter bundles.

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EASY QUILT PATTERNS TO BUY


I have recently created two quilt tutorials (The herringbone quilt and the puff quilt). Each of those blog posts took so much time to write up. I have come to appreciate the talents of quilters who sell their beautiful quilt patterns. 

So I'd like to feature easy quilting patterns from some skilled experts. Below you will find patterns that you can purchase. (Honestly, they are pretty inexpensive considering how much time it takes to create a pattern)




 
easy quilt pattern
Bella Rose Quilt Pattern by Maple Cottage Designs
 This simple patchwork quilt with large squares blocks is so perfect for the complete beginner quilter. It's probably the easiest quilt pattern on the list. Even if you've never sewn anything before, you can make this! 

This pattern comes with 4 size options as well as a bonus pillow pattern!

sunny chevron quilt
Sunny Chevron Quilt by Pipers Girls
This has got to be one of my favorite quilts I've come across. It's so cheerful!  It's also simple to make with half square triangles. It would be a great project to use up those fabric scraps.



 
simply done quilt pattern
Simply Done by Fresh Dew Drops
This quilt is made with simple piecing that you can finish up in no time. Rotating the direction of each block gives the quilt movement and makes it seem more complicated than it is. 



baby pinwheel quilt
Baby Pinwheel Quilt by Maple Cottage Designs
I love the muted colors of this quilt! I love the movement that pinwheel's bring to a quilt. Get the PDF download that includes 5 sizes AND a pattern for a matching pillow.  
english pathways quilt
English Pathways by Cotton Pickins Quilts
This sweet and simple quilt is easy to make using strips of fabric. A great project for beginners!


 
eyeshadow quilt
Eyeshadow Quilt Pattern by The Flemings Nine
I love patterns that use precut fabric. Use up those layer cakes with this easy half square triangle quilt. The PDF pattern comes with 5 size options! 

 
easy rail fence quilt
Easy Rail Fence Quilt Pattern by Quilts Plus Love

This quilt pattern was created with the beginner in mind. It's simple to make using jelly roll fabric.

centrum quilt
Centrum Quilt by Slightly Biased
This quilt is so fun, right?! It is layer cake friendly and created with beginners in mind.

 
easy four patch quilt
Easy Four Patch Quilt by Helen Philipps Design
Aren't these floral fabrics so pretty? This simple four patch quilt is a good one for a beginner. 


new mexico quilt
New Mexico Quilt by Vacilando Studios
I love geometric quilts! This one is is made with half square triangles. If you love geometric quilts you should check out Laura's book Simple Geometric Quilting which is geared towards beginners.

 
baby patchwork quilt
Skipping Stones Baby Quilt by Maple Cottage Designs
I love this beautiful fabric! Since this baby quilt is all squares, it is so simple to cut and sew together and perfect for a beginning quilter. It comes in three sizes. PLUS a pattern for a doll quilt is included.  
Dea's Dream Quilt
Dea's Dream By Quiltfox
This is one of those quilts that looks like it would be hard. However, Judit from Quilt Fox created this pattern to be very easy with lots of images to follow. 


 
floating boxes quilt
Floating Boxes Quilt by Aunt Ems Place
Easy nine patch blocks and four patch blocks make up the floating boxes in this quilt. It's a great one for the novice quilter.

 
river scraps quilt
River Scraps by Free Motion by the River
A great scrap buster project! I'm loving the colorful patchwork. The PDF download comes with 5 size variations.


 
starlight gardens quilt
Starlight Gardens by Maple Cottage Designs
This gorgeous quilt looks like it might be complicated. But the quilt blocks are made up of half square triangles. Half square triangles are the most basic of quilting units. Even beginners can make this quilt and impress their friends.

 
staggered bricks quilt pattern
Staggered Bricks by Modern Material Girl
This pattern is easy for an experienced beginner. Not only does it come in 5 size options, it comes with 4 different layout options! 
 
star ribbons quilt
Star Ribbon Quilt by Satomi Quilts
Isn't this quilt stunning? It is listed as a quilt geared toward the advanced beginner. Satomi assures me that the construction is quite simple. If you've never touched a sewing machine, this might not be for you. But if you're a confident beginner, you got this.

  
pinwheel quilt pattern
Pinwheel Quilt Pattern by Maple Cottage Designs
Pinwheels are a fun beginners block! Pinwheels are  basically a 4 patch that is made of half square triangles.  They're easy to make. 
I'm loving the blue and white! So pretty!



positive charm quilt
Positive Charm by Fresh Dew Drops
This is a great project and is so easy because it starts out with charm squares! (Or cut your own 5 inch squares if needed.) The instant PDF download comes with 5 different size options.

 
pinwheel delight quilt
Pinwheel Delight Quilt Pattern by Maple Cottage Designs
Precut fabrics are the beginners best friend. This pattern utilizes charm packs so there's less cutting and you can finish your project quicker. Get the instant download.


 
atlantic quilt
Atlantic Quilt Pattern by Vacilando Studios
Isn't it amazing what you can make with just half square triangles? This quilt pattern is designed with the absolute beginner in mind. It comes with 30 pages of detailed instructions so you can successfully complete your quilt and be confident in continuing new projects. 

 
pretty petit fours quilt
Pretty Petit Fours Quilt by Maple Cottage Designs
This is such a cute quilt made from a charm pack. It's simple to make and beginner friendly.

SMALL EASY QUILT PATTERNS TO BUY

Small quilts are the best first quilts. Starting with small simple projects allows you to finish more quickly and feel that sense of accomplishment and excitement to start the next project. Table runners, pillows and wall hangings are great first projects.

 
scrappy quilted pillow
Scrappy Quilted Pillow by Free Motion by the River
Pillows are perfect projects for new quilters. They're small and you can finish them up quickly. This project would be good for a confident beginner. It is made with two quilt blocks constructed in an alternating pattern.


charming ripples table runner
Charming Ripples by Fresh Dew Drops
This table runner is easy to make with very simple piecing. It's perfect for using up those charm packs or scraps.

 
barn star quilt
Barn Star Quilt by Rachel's of Greenfield
I am seeing barn stars everywhere and this one is easy to make!  You can get the pattern OR you can order a kit with pattern and all the fabric and batting you need to complete the quilt.


 
sherbet stripes table runner
Sherbet Stripes by Free Motion by the River
This is the perfect beginner quilting project. Quick to make and easy too!

mini charm fun table runner
Mini Charm Fun by Fresh Dew Drops
This table runner uses a mini charm pack (2 1/2 inch squares). You could use scraps or leftover jelly roll fabric as well. It's simple patchwork like construction makes it great for beginners.

 
sparkles pillow
Sparkles Pillow by Free Motion by the River
Simple, easy, fun! This pillow project will be finished in no time!  

evergreen wreath mini quilt
Evergreen Wreath Mini Quilt by Lake Girl Quilts

Mini quilts are a great way for new quilters to get started. When you can finish the project quickly you are motivated to keep trying new patterns. 

Bonnie also has a website, Lake Girl Quilts where you can find tutorials and tips for quilting and lots of step by step tutorials for quilt blocks. She also shares crafts and recipes. 

She has several seasonal mini quilts that would be fun to try:

 
irish chain table runner
Irish Chain Table Runner by Fresh Dew Drops
I've always been a bit intimidated by Irish chain quilts. But then I realized something. They are made with simple 9 patch blocks. Get started with this darling table runner.


 
garden path table runner
Garden Path Table Runner by Fresh Dew Drops
An easy, scrappy table runner that comes in 3 different sizes!


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