Fabulous and Free: 30 Stunning Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns


Fat quarters (FQ) are one of my favorites because you can easily find bundles that are beautifully coordinated. Grab your favorites and check out these free patterns.

Are You a Fat Quarter Novice?

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A standard quarter-yard piece of fabric is 9 inches by 42-44 inches. A fat quarter piece of fabric measures approximately18 inches by 21 inches. This nearly square piece of fabric can be more user friendly for quilt designs and is popular among quilters because you can often buy a bundle with 20 or more coordinating fabric pieces. They are great for quilters of all experience levels.

Fat quarter-friendly quilt patterns are designed specifically to use fat quarters. Do you have a stash of fat quarters? Ge those stacks off your shelves and sew them into beautiful quilts. Of course, you can also use your fabric stash too. All of these free patterns include step-by-step photo instructions.

Fat Quarter Fancy Star Quilt

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This big easy quilt pattern is a generous 88” x 88”, but you can easily make it smaller. My Fat Quarter Fancy Star Quilt Pattern is a great place to start, and perfect for any prints.

Baby Dresden Quilt

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My Dresden Baby Quilt pattern is a 50″ square; perfect for a baby gift or as a lap quilt. I see gently whirling badminton birdies in this pattern! It’s a beautiful way to combine applique and piecing together with your most loved fabrics.

Grandma’s Lattice Quilt

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Sew up a lattice quilt with patchwork squares. This free pattern is for a large 77’’ x 77’’ size throw quilt. Grandma’s Lattice Quilt Pattern uses only 15 fat quarters plus background fabric.

Whirlwind Throw Quilt

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The classic whirlwind quilt is easy to sew. And my free pattern includes a template plus step-by-step instructions. You can sew a 66” x 55” throw-size quilt with 10 fat quarters to make 30 blocks, or make any size you want – each FQ you pick is enough for 3 blocks that finish at 11”.

Signature Cross Throw Quilt

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This Signature Cross Quilt Pattern is the perfect weekend quilt project. It’s fast and easy to sew, you can quilt it on a regular sewing machine, and you can easily resize it!

Color By Number Free Throw Quilt

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The Color by Number free quilt pattern is a simple bargello quilt. Don’t be fooled by all those little squares. This quilt is easy, and you will love watching the pattern come together. Try it out!

Fat Quarter Flowers Quilt

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This Fat Quarter Flowers Pattern includes instructions to make the 52 ½” x 65 ½” quilt. Kimberly Jolly details how to make these beautiful flower blocks using Triangles on a Roll triangle paper for fast and accurate half-square triangles.

Fat Quarter Fancy Quilt

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My Fat Quarter Fancy free quilt pattern is another fast and easy one. You will need nine fat quarters plus a little more than a yard of fabric as your background. You can also adapt this lap quilt pattern to make it larger or smaller. Make this your next project!

Fat Quarter Mixer Quilt

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Sometimes I make quilts and don’t use all the FQ in the bundle. Mixer Quilt to the rescue! Go nuts with your prints and enjoy this quilt from Material Girl Quilts.

Fat Quarter Fancy 2 Quilt

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If you loved my first fat quarter fancy quilt pattern, you will adore this one! Fat Quarter Fancy II is another fabulous quilt pattern that uses a simple block and gives you limitless ways to arrange it. You only need three fabrics for this sewing pattern – two prints and a background fabric.

Sawtooth Stars and Irish Chains Quilt

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My Fat Quarter Stars and Irish Chain quilt was inspired by the classic blue and white Amish quilts, but you could easily sew this one up in red, white, and blue for a patriotic 4th of July quilt or in red and white for a Christmas quilt. The sky is the limit with your creative possibilities!

Ohio Star Quilt

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Sew an easy Ohio Star Quilt using my free quilt pattern! The Ohio Star is a traditional quilt block. It’s becoming popular again, though, in quilts of all sizes. This pattern uses only 7 fat quarters and 4 1/2 yards of background fabric. It will make a 71” x 86” (twin-size) quilt.

No Bake Jolly Bar Quilt

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This is a shortcut pattern with precut fabric only available from Fat Quarter Shop, Jolly Bar. This design uses a diagonal chevron pattern, sewn with chunky patchwork squares. Get started on the free No Bake Jolly Bar pattern!

Fat Quarter Four Patch

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This is a shortcut quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. You can make the Fat Quarter Four Patch quilt in different sizes depending on how many fat quarters you have. I love a good shortcut!

Enchanted Throw Quilt

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Sew a beautiful Moroccan-inspired quilt using everyone’s favorite pre-cut cotton fabrics… fat quarters! I used 9 FQ plus 3 yards of background fabric to sew a stunning 68’’ x 68’’ square throw quilt.

Half Square Triangle Star Baby Quilt

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Sew your next baby quilt using half square triangles (HST)! This fast and easy baby quilt pattern uses my shortcut method for sewing two HST’s at one time. After you have sewn all of the HST’s you need, you’ll sew them together with a few extra background pieces and your new baby quilt will be done.

Gnome Forest Quilt

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This Gnome Forest Quilt Pattern is a fat-quarter friendly holiday quilt pattern that is perfect for any time of year. There are 12” quilt blocks made up of flying geese, rectangles, and snowball corners, with a single appliqué for the nose. This tutorial includes tricks for making flying geese units, how to use the snowball corner method to make the gnome bottom, and how to assemble the entire quilt! The pattern uses just a few blocks so you can easily use more blocks to make a quilt as large as you’d like.

Bricks Baby Quilt

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This quilt is a fun way to show off adorable fabric, or add your favorite colors to an open wall. Make the Bricks Baby Quilt for a fast baby shower gift, too.

Five Patch Star Quilt

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The Five Patch Star Quilt Pattern is perfect for using 9 fat quarters, a bin of scraps, or any combination of fabric you like. Put them together with a white or cream background fabric to really make the stars shine!

Pinwheel Daydreams Patchwork Quilt

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The Pinwheel Daydreams Quilt is simple patchwork at its best. I love playing with the variations in a color value and this is an excellent pattern for that. It’s also another one that is easy to size up or down.

Little Pine Trees Throw Quilt

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Here’s an easy pine tree quilt pattern that is just darling! And the Little Trees Quilt isn’t just for Christmas; pine trees are evergreen after all! Sew up this free quilt pattern to keep you and your loved ones surrounded by nature all season long!

Bow Tie Quilt

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My bow tie quilt pattern is really easy. It reminds me of dog bones so show your fur baby some love! You can sew this one up in a snap, or take your time and enjoy creating this sweet quilt.

Fizz Throw Quilt

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At first glance, you would think this sailboat quilt is difficult, but it’s actually not! This tutorial also includes tips for sewing fast and easy half and quarter square triangles two at a time.

After the Storm Quilt

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After the Storm is FQ friendly, and a beautiful way to highlight all the colors of the rainbow peaking through the grey of fading storm clouds. There’s sure to be gold at the end of this one!

Cut-Up Queen Quilt

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Here’s a beginner-level quilt pattern for you! It’s very similar to the first quilt that I ever made! Get the free pattern at Sew4Home and enjoy the process.

Hashtag Quilt

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Fun, musical, memorable, and easy! This hashtag quilt has all that! This easy quilt pattern includes big quilt blocks making it easy to put together.

Christmas Tree Wall Quilt

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Julie Cefalu, from The Crafty Quilter, designed a beautiful Christmas wall quilt. I particularly love the stripes on the binding!

The Huddle Quilt

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This is a medallion quilt pattern. It’s perfect if you are a newbie. Huddle quilt pattern uses a technique that starts from the center and works towards the outside. It’s rewarding to get to the end and reveal the beautiful pattern you just created!

Sawtooth Star Quilt

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Do you love square fabric panels but don’t know what to make with them? The easy sawtooth star quilt pattern is perfect for that! Combine your square panels with coordinating fat quarters and turn them into a gorgeous quilt.

Rag Quilt

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A bundle of FQ is perfect for making a snuggly rag quilt. Learn how in this Ultimate Guide for Making Rag Quilts.

BONUS: FQ Mug Caddy Sewing Pattern

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This isn’t a quilt, but I know you’ll love sewing my fat quarter-friendly free mug caddy pattern because your tools will be organized!

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