25 Easy Quilt Patterns That Are Perfect For Beginners: All Free

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Get started making a quilt with these 25 easy patterns that are all free!

Quilt-making is a wonderfully relaxing and rewarding hobby. All you need to get started is a sewing machine with a 1/4” piecing foot to help you get an accurate seam allowance, cutting tools to help you cut precisely (like a rotary cutter and mat), and a well-written quilt pattern. These quilt patterns are a great place for beginners to start. Plus, all of these patterns are free.

Now is the perfect time to make a quilt!

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When I was a beginning quilter, my first project was a queen-sized quilt for my 8-year-old daughter. Boy, was I ambitious! But after that, I was hooked, and I’ve been making quilts of all sizes ever since. Try a baby quilt pattern if a huge quilt sounds too much.

Any Sewing Machine Will Work!

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If you are getting ready to sew your first quilt or you are looking for a fast and easy quilt pattern that an experienced quilter could sew in a day (yes, it’s possible!), let me share my favorite easy patterns for making beautiful quilts with you. Most of all, have fun and watch your quilting skills grow!

The Easiest Baby Quilt Ever

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This baby quilt pattern is seriously the easiest quilt pattern ever if you don’t mind cheating a little. Why? Because it’s sewn from pre-made patchwork fabric. All you need to do is sandwich the layers together, add some straight-line quilting, trim, and bind!

Tied Summer Quilt

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You can sew an easy tied quilt like this with easy nine-patch quilt blocks, some flannel fabric for the back, and yarn or embroidery thread to tie it. I’ll tell you how to add batting and make the blanket thicker.

Super Easy Four-Patch Quilt Pattern

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Learn strip piecing and make this darling baby quilt. You’ll only need to choose three fabrics: light medium, and dark. There’s even a free PDF for this easy four patch quilt pattern.

The Easiest 3-Yard Quilt Ever

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The Easiest Three Yard Quilt Ever is a great pattern to learn how to make a quilt. It’s not huge so you can finish quickly. You’ll only need 3 yards of fabric. And the pattern shares tips for picking fabric, cutting, and quilting.

Jumbo Hashtag Quilt Pattern

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Big 18” quilt blocks like the one are so fast and easy to piece, and before you know it you have a huge quilt! I might have pieced this Hashtag Quilt in a day except that I was waiting for more fabric to arrive for my border.

Simple Patchwork Quilt

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Sew a patchwork quilt with simple 2 1/2” fabric squares. This beginner quilt tutorial is perfect for using up your scraps. Whenever I sew a quilt entirely from scraps, it’s like free fabric!

Bow Tie Baby Quilt

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I love fat-quarter quilts! A fat quarter is an 18” x 22” piece of fabric. Fat Quarters often come in coordinating bundles, so they are a great beginner project because you don’t have to worry if your fabrics will look good together.

The Bow Tie Baby Quilt uses just four fat quarters and 1 1/4 yards of background fabric. The bow tie quilt block is a great block to learn first. Arrange your easy quilt blocks in this simple pattern, and get ready to shower some love on a new baby!

Rail Fence 3 Yard Quilt Pattern

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Sew a beautiful Rail Fence Quilt Pattern with just 3 yards of fabric! The Rail Fence Quilt Pattern is a 54” x 60” lap quilt pattern that is perfect for beginners or anyone who wants to make a quick quilt.

Wrapped Candy Twin Size Quilt

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Sew a beautiful twin-size quilt faster than you thought possible with strip piecing techniques and big, easy quilt blocks. This free quilt pattern can be perfect for anyone on your list by changing the fabrics.

Easy Four Patch Pattern from Diary of a Quilter

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This darling crib-sized quilt is perfect for any beginner. You can even even use pre-cut fabrics to make choosing easier!

Pinwheel Daydreams Baby Quilt

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Learn how to sew the classic pinwheel block pattern and sew it into the beautiful Pinwheel Daydreams Baby Quilt. Everyone loves this simple design. The large easy pinwheel quilt blocks make this a quick sew and perfect beginner quilting pattern.

Fat Quarter Fizz Quilt

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The Fat Quarter Fizz quilt pattern uses fat quarters (surprise!) but can also be used with other fabric pieces or scraps. Here’s a chance play with light and dark values, no matter what fabrics you choose. The big chunky blocks come together to form a fun diagonal chevron design, easy!

Simple 9-Patch Baby Quilt

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Sew an easy Nine Patch Baby Quilt using my free 9-patch quilt block pattern! Let me teach you my fast and easy strip piecing method for sewing multiple nine patch blocks at once.

Rainbow Color By Number Quilt

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This easy quilt is sewn together in bargello style, meaning you will cut strips and sew them together. Then you’ll cut the strips and arrange them in a specific pattern. The free Color By Number quilt pattern includes a coloring sheet to help you plan your quilt.

Easiest Plus Quilt Pattern

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Of all quilt block designs, I think the plus block (more traditionally known as the cross block) is the most enduring. It’s one of the oldest quilt block designs there is, and yet it is popular in modern quilts too. This particular quilt has 6” plus or cross pieces sewn together with background fabrics so there are two plus units in each 12” quilt block.T

The Easiest Plus Quilt Pattern can be sewn with lots of scraps, or as few as 2 different fabrics.

Fat Quarter Fancy Quilt

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Fat Quarter Fancy is one of my most popular quilt patterns. Sew up this 52” square throw quilt using nine fat quarters plus a little more than a yard of background fabric.

Big Star Quilt

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Learn how to sew the Big Star Quilt using half-square triangles! This fast and easy (and free) throw quilt pattern uses my shortcut method for sewing two half-square triangles (HSTs) at one time. It’s also fat-quarter friendly.

Fat Quarter Whirlwind Quilt Pattern

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Sew a fast and easy (and fat quarter friendly) quilt with my free Fat Quarter Whirlwind Quilt Pattern. This simple patchwork quilt is perfect for beginners or anyone who needs to sew a quilt quickly because the blocks are simple and repetitive. The pattern includes a free PDF template for the whirlwind blades.

Quarter Log Cabins Three Yard Quilt

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This captivating throw quilt pattern is perfect for keeping for yourself or sharing with a friend. The Quarter Log Cabins quilt only requires three yards of fabric; choosing fabrics is easy, and sewing them together into a 50” x 60” quilt is easy, too!

Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt

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The Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt pattern is just a smaller version of the Big Star Quilt above. This simple quilt pattern will introduce you to the world of quilting with a successful first quilt for sure!

The Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt pattern is just a smaller version of the Big Star Quilt above. This simple quilt pattern will introduce you to the world of quilting with a successful first quilt for sure!

The Easiest Queen Size Quilt for a Beginner

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If you are an ambitious beginner and want to start with a queen-size quilt, this is the pattern for you. The Fat Quarter Fancy Star Quilt has big, easy blocks to piece and can be sewn with scraps instead of fat quarters if you like.

Easy Quilt-As-You-Go Quilt for Beginners

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This Quilt-as-You-Go Strip Quilt is great for sewing with a small sewing machine because you use 2 1/2” strips of fabric and batting strips instead of one large piece of batting for the entire quilt. I recommend using a walking foot to help with the layers.

Kisses Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

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A jelly roll is a fabric bundle with 42 strips that are 42” wide and approximately 2 1/2” wide. If you don’t have a jelly roll bundle available, you can cut your own 2 1/2” strips using a ruler and rotary cutter. Invest in a quality cutting mat and you won’t regret it!

Quilting beginners love my free Kisses quilt pattern. The entire quilt is sewn from 2 1/2” jelly roll strips.

Easy Signature Block Quilt

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Warm and Cozy Rag Quilt

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Another easy quilt project that beginners love is rag quilts! With a rag quilt, you don’t have to have perfect seam allowances or cut small pieces. I do recommend getting Spring-loaded rag quilt scissors so your hands won’t cramp up.

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