FREE Squared Quilt Pattern: The Perfect Beginner First Project


This free Squared Quilt pattern is the perfect first-time quilt to make. You can use yardage, hand-me-down scraps, or a fat quarter bundle. With only straight cuts and straight seams, you will finish this project feeling accomplished and happy with your quick success!

In a nutshell, this free quilt pattern should be your next project if:

  • You are new to sewing.
  • You have never sewn before.
  • You are looking for a fast project.
  • You are scared to cut up your prized pretty fabric because you don't want it to get lost in a busy quilt design.

​Well, my lovelies, if you fall into any of those categories then get ready for a fast, fun fabric fete! You don't need any fancy tools, only very basic quilting supplies. Here's what I recommend:

  1. Rotary Cutter
  2. Omnigrip 6" x 24" Ruler
  3. Self-Healing Cutting Mat
  4. Straight Pins
  5. Iron and Ironing Board
  6. Sewing Machine - (Click here to read about selecting a sewing machine that's best for your budget.)

​The Squared Quilt pattern is very straight forward and lists out, with illustrations, exactly how to sew the 12" finished block together. I used the newest line by Birch Fabrics, Transpacific. This adorable collection of fabric incorporates all modes of transportation – airplanes, cars, buses, mopeds and simple walking is even featured! 

In addition to all of the technology used to get you moving, a traveler is not complete without a trusty camera. And that camera fabric! Isn't it the best? I am actually having trouble deciding which of these prints is my favorite.

The cameras could win the "Stand-alone" prize, but after using Transpacific Pool (the striped map fabric) as the binding, I truly believe it is the perfect binding fabric. It meets "Best Binding Fabric" award criteria – stripes for a subtle texture, but also the map to break up the stripes with areas of color.

See what I mean?


​Now that I've told you all about the fabric, your next question is going to be about the quilting. AmIright? OK, your next question was, "Where the heck is the free pattern?" Well, let me tell you about the fab quilting and then we'll get to the free pattern. Deal? You won't be sorry. This quilting is gooooood.

One word. Crinklelove.

This quilt was my first time using Crinklelove's longarm quilting services and I could not have been more pleased with the outcome. Sarah, the owner, was prompt in emailing me back to answer all of my questions. Which speaks volumes about her patience because I usually have a lot of questions.

Turnaround time is typically 2 weeks so there's no twiddling your thumbs dreaming about when you're going to get your quilt back. And even though fast turnaround is a major plus, that was not my favorite part working with Crinklelove.

You want to know my favorite part? (oh you know me, I'm gonna tell ya anyway.)

I mailed Sarah this quilt top and backing along with the quilting design I thought I wanted. I'm never that certain when it comes to free-motion quilting designs so I usually end correspondence with something like, "buuuuut I'm not totally sure. Once you see the quilt, let me know if you think another design would look better."

You'll never know how much I LOVE it when experts respond to my uncertainty with a solid answer and their good opinion. As a one-woman show trying to run a business I don't have time to think through all of the options, so my favorite contractors to partner with are the ones that take pride in their work and share their expert opinions. 

That was the case with this design – which happens to be Wiggle Worm, if you're interested


​And now for the FREE pattern! Wahoo! This wonderful Transpacific fabric has been lovingly kitted by the great people at fabricworm. To buy a quilt kit to make a 58" x 58" throw quilt, click here!

To get the FREE Squared Quilt pattern, click here!


35 thoughts on “FREE Squared Quilt Pattern: The Perfect Beginner First Project

  1. Youngmi says:

    I’ve been waiting for this pattern ever since you first posted a photo of it on Instagram! I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Diane McCoy says:

    Thanks for the quilt pattern , I have been collecting different prints and transportation samples for a baby’s boys quilt and this is perfect .

  3. Karen says:

    Thank you for the free pattern. I also read the blog about your mother. You are twice lucky to have such a wonderful person in your life. A mother and a friend.

  4. Janette Thomson says:

    I just LOVE this pattern and would like to make it for a very special couple but I am having trouble finding the fabric. Any suggestions would be great. I am happy to buy online I am reposting this because I made a mistake in my email address first time. DUH!

  5. Heather says:

    Quilt is beautiful! But the link for “FREE” pattern takes you to a page where they want $69.99 for the pattern. I think I can figure out the piecing and it is very lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  6. MaryW says:

    This is a perfect pattern for a project I’m wanting to make but the link no longer works. Can you help me find the pattern please?!

  7. Josie says:

    Love this quilt but the link above goes to birch organic fabrics and says the link no longer exists. 🙁 is there an updated link?

  8. Kate says:

    This is fantastic! I just made my first block ever with this pattern! Your website is amazing, BTW, I’ve bookmarked so many pages. I’m so happy to have found it!

  9. Kriti says:

    Thanks for all of your tips! Love this pattern! What would be the best way to cut it down for a baby quilt – 44 x 44, 44 x 58, or something else? Also, did you/can you use fat quarters for the 1/4 yard? The birch link doesn’t work anymore. Thank you!

  10. Marlene Myers says:

    Love this quilt, but I can’t get the link to open. I’ve tried multiple times and on different devices. Is this free pattern still available.

  11. Mitzi Adams says:

    I love this quilt and used your pattern as my inspiration for a “vintage-like-80’s-rock-n-roll” quilt made for my cousin using a line of Timeless Treasure, Feel the Music fabric line.

  12. Lisa Michelle Dejoia says:

    Hello! Sadly, the Crinklelove lady has stopped taking anymore clients. I’m late to this party and new to sewing and quilting, maybe you could post a second favorite quilter for long arm quilting technique?

  13. Isabel Olsen says:

    I still don’t know the guidelines for choosing a batting. Your web site needs to be clearer for a91 year old quilter who is not skilled with tech.


    • Laura Hopper says:

      Hi Isabel! Choosing batting is a choice that tends to relate more to things like how you plan to quilt it, how warm you want it to be, and how lofty you want it to be. This post focuses on the Squared quilt pattern, but we have many blog posts about choosing batting! I see from your other comment that you found this post all about how to choose batting, but I’ll leave it here too!

      And if you’re ever having difficulty finding something on our website and the search function at the top of the website isn’t helping, feel free to email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help! 🙂

  14. Barbara Swanstrom says:

    I am, truly, a beginner quilter. I love this quilt and want to make it for my 4 year old granddaughter. I didn’t see instructions for a couple of things. If the quilt is 58×58, how do you piece the backing (fabric is only about 44″ wide)
    Also, the diagram of the binding looks simple, but how do you connect the strips at the corners?
    I love your website. Full of wonderful, fun information.

    • Laura Hopper says:

      We’re glad you found our website, Barbara! To make a quilt back, you’ll usually just cut the backing fabric in half, sew it together, then trim it down. Here are some of our blog posts about binding a quilt!

      Hope that helps!

  15. Hannah says:

    Hello, I love this pattern! I want to make it for my toddler. He is into all things motorized. It seems that Birch fabrics does not sell the transpacific fabric anymore. Do you know where I can find the collection?

    Thank you!

    • Suzy Williams says:

      I’m so glad you like this pattern! If Birch no longer sells the fabric, I doubt you’ll be able to find it. If you search “car fabric” or “transportation fabric” online you’ll be able to find some other nice options.

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