Easy Quilt Patterns for Beginning Quilters

Easy Quilt Patterns for Your Next Quick Quilt

If you're looking for an easy quilt pattern, try this collection of simple projects for beginning quilters.

Like every quilt pattern on the website, they're all written with detailed instructions and illustrations that take you through the construction process in a step-by-step manner. I try to write every pattern with instructions that make assembly an easy task, no matter how much quilting experience you already have.

I've singled out this group of patterns because they truly are...MORE simple to make, but don't hesitate to look at hundreds of other quilt patterns and quilt block patterns on the website to discover just how easy it is to make a quilt.

  • 01 of 25
    Nine Patch Bento Box Quilt
    Nine Patch Bento Box Quilt by Laura. Photo by Laura

    This easy Bento Box quilt was our 2015 New Year's day mystery quilt project. It's my own version of a Bento Box -- with a nine patch block at its center.

    The quilt is strip pieced and instructions help you make sure that every piece of patchwork is exactly the right size before you move on to the next portion of the project. Some of the quilters who sewed with us that day were beginners -- it was their first quilt.

    Laura Frame's example is shown. You can see more of the quilts in our 20...MORE15 Mystery Quilt Gallery.

  • 02 of 25
    Dancing Nine Patch Quilt Pattern
    Dancing Nine Patch Quilt. Janet Wickell

    I love the slightly curved appearance that emerges when the nine patch quilt blocks in this project are surrounded on two sides by a scrappy assortment of squares and then flip-flopped to create the layout.

    Dancing Nine Patches is a perfect project for scrap quilt lovers but can be configured using a themed approach, too.

  • 03 of 25
    Hunter's Star Quilt Pattern
    Hunter's Star Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

    Yes, the Hunter's Star quilt pattern does look just a bit complicated at first glance. But the quilt is really pretty simple to construct, even if you are a beginning quilter.

    As with any quilt, it's important to understand a few construction basics before you begin, and practice new skills if necessary. I've provided links to all of the basics, just in case you need to refer to them before it's time to sit down and sew.

  • 04 of 25
    Kaleidoscope Quilt Pattern
    Kaleidoscope Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Kaleidoscope is another quilt that looks more complicated than it truly is. The quilt blocks are sewn on point, a technique that beginning quilters often try to avoid. Once you've sewn a few on point quilts you'll feel very comfortable with the technique, and the Kaleidoscope pattern is a good starting point for acquiring that new skill and others.

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  • 05 of 25
    Star Crossing Quilt with Piano Key Borders
    Star Crossing Quilt with Piano Key Borders. Janet Wickell

     Star Crossing is another quilt pattern that may seem complicated, and although it takes a little while to assemble, the design really is easy to put together.

    Use this quilt to learn one way to sew a popular piano key border.

  • 06 of 25
    Monkey Wrench Baby Quilt Pattern
    Monkey Wrench Baby Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

    Learn how to sew easy sashing and cornerstones when you make this easy Monkey Wrench baby quilt. It may look like two different quilt blocks are used to create the layout but the quilt is actually made by altering the color placement in the same easy Monkey Wrench block.

    The baby quilt finishes at about 38" x 47".

  • 07 of 25
    X's and O's Quilt
    The proportions you'll see when cutting small squares that are half the size of larger squares. Janet Wickell

    My versions of this easy X's and O's quilt pattern are scrappy, but yours can be much more controlled. Three quilt sizes are included, along with all the information you need to alter block and quilt size. This easy quilt will go together in no time at all. 

  • 08 of 25
    Scrap Quilt Pattern
    Patti's Scrap Quilt. Quilt Sewn by Patti Laird

    Patti used my scrap friendly pattern to surround focal fabrics with a lively assortment of patchwork. Configure the quilt in any way you like -- change its theme entirely to suit your needs. 

    Try large scale floral prints in the block centers or use fabrics that depict a special scene.

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  • 09 of 25
    Contemporary Baby Quilt Pattern
    Contemporary Baby Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

    The image here is one of the many color and value options for this contemporary Double Framed Four Patch quilt (you'll see a very different quilt layout on page 1 of the pattern).

    The quilt blocks are truly simple to make so beginning quilters can stitch this quilt with ease.

  • 10 of 25
    X's and O's Baby Quilt
    Janet Wickell

    This version of the X's and O's quilt allows the individual letters to shine by sewing blocks into two configurations and adding sashing in between. Letters are scrappy overall, but each quilt block is made from the same two fabrics, a focal (for the letter) and a background.

  • 11 of 25
    Double Four Patch Scrap Quilt Pattern
    Double Four Patch Scrap Quilt. © Janet Wickell

    The easy quilt blocks in this pattern finish at 8" square. You can sew the quilt using a theme, or go very scrappy, like the example shown here. Double Four Patch is suitable for all quilters, even if it's a very first quilt.

    Take a look at another version of the Double Four Patch quilt.

  • 12 of 25
    Easy Quilt Patterns
    © Colene

    Here's a lively quilt block pattern from Forum Hostess Colene, aka Robicole2. Scrap quilt fans always like Colene's Penny Pincher swaps, because they're designed to help use up those small pieces of fabric in your stash. You'll make these easy quilt blocks from tone-on-tones and brightly colored fabrics printed with geometrics, stripes, dots, and other small motifs. One block is square, the other is rectangular -- make them both and assemble a quilt in a mix-and-match manner.

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  • 13 of 25
    Easy Puff Quilt Pattern
    Puff quilt with binding sewn to edges. © Mary Jane Cardwell
    Mary Jane, one of our Quilting Forum members, took the time to write a pattern for us, all about the method she uses to create puff quilts. Sometimes called 'biscuit' quilts, Mary Jane has made lots of them over the years, and developed a construction method that will help you put the components together quickly and easily.
  • 14 of 25
    Easy Quilt Patterns
    Rag quilts are soft and cuddly, so they are excellent lap quilts for a chilly day. A soft rag quilt makes an nice gift for both children and adults, but be sure to make a few for yourself, too. Rag quilts go together quickly and without the stress of sewing absolutely perfect seams, a real plus if you're a beginning quilter. You can complete this easy rag quilt pattern in just a day or two, even if you've never made a quilt before.
  • 15 of 25
    Easy Framed Nine Patch Quilt Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    This easy quilt is made from nine patch blocks that are surrounded by frames -- dark bars on opposite sides and light bars on the two remaining sides. Adjoining blocks are flip-flopped when sewn into horizontal rows, and the change of orientation creates a somewhat stair-step appearance. Make the change pop by using contrasting fabrics, or let it blend a bit with fabrics of similar color value. I've included instructions for two sizes, a bed quilt made with 10" square quilt blocks and a...MORE baby quilt made with 5" square blocks.

    Related Quilt Pattern

    Floating Nine Patch Quilt (a quilt that looks complex, but is very simple)

  • 16 of 25
    Sew a Rail Fence Baby Quilt
    Sew a Rail Fence Baby Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Sew this easy Rail Fence baby quilt in just a few colors as shown, or add a variety of fabrics. Either way, this strip pieced quilt goes together quickly. I like to use a narrow inner border to frame quilts, but borders are easy to customize -- sew the quilt to suit your needs.

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  • 17 of 25
    Easy Rail Fence Bed Quilt Pattern
    Easy Rail Fence Bed Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     When you explore quilts you'll find lots of different variations of the Rail Fence design. This bed quilt is one example and it differs significantly from the Rail Fence baby quilt above.

    The good news -- every Rail Fence design I've encountered is very easy to sew, and are much loved by quilters of every skill level.

  • 18 of 25
    Easy Quilt Patterns
    Janet Wickell

    Snowball quilt blocks are so easy to make that you can assemble buckets of them in no time. Sort your floral quilting fabrics and make a scrappy quilt in any size you like. Blocks finish at 6" x 6".

    More Snowball Quilts

    I Spy Snowball Quilt Block Pattern
    Snowballing Economy Quilt
  • 19 of 25
    Easy Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt Pattern
    Easy Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell
    Traditional H quilt blocks are used to make my version of a Jigsaw Puzzle quilt. The blocks are easy to assemble, you'll just need to stay aware of fabric placement so that puzzle pieces emerge as they should. Don't worry, the pattern walks you through the layout one step at a time. The pattern is made with 6" quilt blocks, but I've included instructions for 9" and 12" blocks, too.
  • 20 of 25
    Easy Quilt Patterns
    Janet Wickell
    Endless Stairs was the Quilt Forum's Block Party choice for January, 2010 -- but you can use the pattern to make a quilt any time you wish. The quilt blocks go together quickly, and are easy to make. You'll discover lots of layouts when you begin to play with the finished blocks.
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  • 21 of 25
    Use Focal Fabrics to Make a Rag Quilt
    Use Focal Fabrics to Make a Rag Quilt. Janet Wickell
    Use this link to find more rag quilts, some made with squares and rectangles, but others made using curved pieces (still simple) and triangles. Rag quilts are sewn a bit differently than traditional patchwork quilts, but they are super easy to make.
  • 22 of 25
    Easy Quilt Patterns
    Janet Wickell
    Bonnie Scotsman is assembled with straight grain bars and squares -- no stretchy bias edges to deal with, and that means it's definitely a beginner-friendly patchwork pattern. You'll find instructions for assembling it one patch at a time, which is perfect for scrappy quilts, and also a strip piecing option for anyone who wants to make a batch of identical blocks. I've included two layout suggestions for 35 blocks (plus yardages), but many more arrangements are possible for this...MORE versatile design.
  • 23 of 25
    Small and Miniature Spools Quilt Pattern
    Make a Small or Miniature Spools Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Use this simple quilt pattern to make a 36-inch square wallhanging from 6-inch blocks or an 18-inch miniature quilt from 3-inch blocks, your choice.

    Stitch additional blocks to create a larger quilt.

  • 24 of 25
    Easy Hearts Quilt Patterns
    One potential layout for the heart quilt blocks. © Janet Wickell
    These 6-inch heart blocks were used for a previous event in the Quilting Forum, but the pattern will always be available, just like all patterns on the Quilting site. You'll find instructions for this scrappy hearts wallhanging on the last page of the quilt block pattern. Give this easy pattern a try it the next time you need a quick project (add more blocks for a larger quilt).
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  • 25 of 25
    Easy Star Quilt Patterns
    This stretched star quilt is assembled using a combination of half-square triangle units, squares and pieced sashing. It's an easy quilt that's perfect for beginners. Making the stretched stars will give you lots of practice with half square triangle units, and that's a good thing, because as you make more quilts you'll find that triangle squares, another term for the units, are one of the most commonly used quilt components.