I’ve spent the last few months searching the web for quilt patterns for beginners. Today I’m going to share with you what I’ve found, most of them are, simple, easy to follow and free quilt patterns! If you like this post you may also enjoy this article on 3 tips for beginner quilters.
One of the MOST frequent questions I get from readers is, I don’t know how to quilt but I want to, what is a good place to start? How do I make a quilt?
Having been a beginner quilter in the not too distant past I can totally relate to where they are coming from. The quilting world at times can seem overwhelming and a bit hard to “break into”.
If you want to learn how to make a quilt from start to finish then I recommend diving right into one of these patterns or tutorials. In my opinion, the best way to learn how to do something new is just to do it!
Aside from taking on a new quilting project, here are a few other resources on this site that I recommend if you’re wanting to learn how to make a quilt.
Tips to help you learn How to Make a Quilt
1- 3 Tips for Beginning Quilters
If you’re brand new to quilting these are a few tips that I think are really helpful. Things that I did wrong when I first started to quilt. Sometimes simple changes in what you are doing can make a big difference.
2- Quilting Basics
Before you start, you need to learn the basics of quilting. This post covers the very basics of quilting. What tools you need, how to cut your fabric, and some common quilting terms. It’s a must-read before you dive right in.
3- Quilt Block Constructions Tips
Once you get started quilting you’ll notice that you’re making quilt blocks a lot. I think most people start out with a simple patchwork row quilt, then branch out into a quilt that features a series of blocks. If you’re reading to move on to making quilt blocks, then the quilt block construction tips post I think is a big help.
Once you’re ready to start making quilt blocks, you may enjoy my Block of the Month series. It’s a series of quilt blocks shared one month at a time designed to create an entire quilt. The year is up, but you can still find all of the blocks in the archives!
5- How to Pick Fabrics for a Quilt
One of the hardest things for people who are learning how to quilt is deciding what fabrics and colors to use. I even struggle with this at times. This post is designed as a jumping-off point to help you get started while choosing your quilt fabric.
6- Tips to Improve your Quilt Piecing
After you’ve stitched up your first quilt, you may notice that quilt piecing can be tricky at times. I’m a self-taught quilter and typed up a bunch of tips to help you out! Things that I wish I knew before I started quilting.
7- How to Make a Quilt from Start to Finish
If you’re brand new to quilting and don’t know where to start, I’ve created a “go-to” guide to help you out.
Now please enjoy these 45 quilt patterns and tutorials PERFECT for beginning quilters!
What is the Easiest Quilt Pattern for a Beginner?
I believe that the easiest quilt pattern for a beginner is a simple patchwork quilt.
If you’re a beginner there are few quilts more simple to make than a simple patchwork quilt. They are also one of my favorite quilts as I think they are just so charming. If you have novelty fabrics that you want to “show off” patchwork quilts are a great option!
I have a full tutorial for a simple patchwork quilt here on the site. It features the use of a pre-cut stack of fabric. So half the work is already done for you!
45+ Quilt Patterns for Beginners
Free Beginner Quilt Patterns & Tutorials on our Site
1. Triangle Quilt Tutorial (NOT a full pattern). However, I do share with you my process of creating a simple patchwork quilt. You don’t always need a pattern. In this case, I stitched and cut out triangles until I found a layout I was happy with. If you’re someone who likes to “figure it out as you go” then you may like this method for making a quilt.
2.Hexagon Quilt Tutorial. Hexagons are usually pretty tricky to piece and the technique is usually not recommended for beginning quilters. However, I figured out a “cheater” way to make a hexagon quilt that is perfect for someone who is new to quilting.
3.Color Blocked Baby Quilt. This quilt uses 5″ pre-cut squares, usually called Charm Packs to save time. There is nothing to cut out when you use this method.
4.Simple Chevron Quilted Throw Tutorial. This is a VERY easy pattern that is perfect for a beginner because there are only 9 squares.
5. How to make a photo quilt- This is a unique take on a simple patchwork quilt. Some of the fabric squares in the quilt are replaced with photos printed on fabric.
6. Dresden Burst Baby Quilt Pattern. This pattern is a bit more advanced but totally “do-able” for a beginning quilter. I wouldn’t recommend this as your FIRST quilting project, but 2 or 3rd I’d say go for it!
7. Patchwork Quilt Pattern. I love a Simple Patchwork Quilt! This quilt was a gift and remains one of my favorite quilt finishes. If you are BRAND new to quilting and have never made a quilt, then a simple patchwork design is a great place to start.
8. Strips Quilt. Matching corners when you’re quilting is one of the things that I find new quilters struggle with most. This quilt is pieced together in a way that there are no corners to match! It also features a unique cutting method which helps you to save time.
9. Soft N Snuggly Baby Quilt. This Sensory Row Quilt is a great baby quilt to give as a gift. It features several different textures of fabric which makes it perfect for a baby. It’s also only made from strips of fabric so there are no corners to match.
10. Snuggly Bricks Quilt. This quilt is made from a Fat Quarter Pack of fabric. Each piece is cut into 4 pieces then sewn back together again.
11. His & Hers Baby Quilts. This quilt features piecing only along the borders of the quilt making it great for beginners.
12. Fat Quarter Baby Quilt. This quilt is made using Fat Quarters
A fat quarter of fabric: Is a pre-cut piece of fabric that measures 18″ x 22″. It is called a fat quarter because it is a ¼ yard of fabric that is cut to yield a larger piece of fabric. It is a piece of fabric, commonly used in quilting. Fat Quarters are usually sold in a package with several fat quarters of fabric in different yet coordinating prints.
13. Snuggly Layer Cake Throw. This quilt is made from a 10″ stacker of fabric to save time cutting. The only yardage needed is for the back of the quilt and the binding.
Giant Star Baby Quilt – This baby quilt pattern is great for beginners because the pieces are large and not as fussy to sew as some quilts with smaller pieces.
14. Queen Size Patchwork Quilt. I created this quilt using simple squares organized in rows by color. It’s is large enough to fit on a queen-size bed.
Free Quilt Patterns from Quilt Blogs
There are so many great Quilt Blogs online now. Here are a few beginner patterns from some of my favorite Quilt Blogs.
19. Charm Quilt
20. Sunny Tied Quilt
22. Road Trip Quilt
24. Seeing Red Quilt
25. Simple Stripes Easy Baby Quilt
27. iSpy Baby Quilt
28. Patchwork Quilt
30. Striped Quilt
32. Churn Dash Quilt
36. Polaroid Quilt – this tutorial has been removed. You can find a tutorial to make Polaroid Quilt Blocks HERE
40. Plus Quilt
Our Newest Free Quilt Patterns
I keep this post updated regularly so you guys always have access to some of the best free quilt patterns and tutorials. These patterns are new patterns since the first time this post was published.
Quilt Patterns to Buy for Beginning Quilters
(these are not free, but come with LOADS of tips, photos, and instructions to help you out)