The Maypole Quilt Pattern: A Simple Design with Bold Impact


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Even though it's currently July rather than May, I could not bring myself to name this design anything other than Maypole. The interweaving ribbons of color remind me of a painting that has hung in my parent's house for the majority of my life. 

I've spent lots of time looking at this painting because it hung in my childhood bathroom​. Whether it be timeouts as a kid (shocker – I was pretty naughty) or curling my hair as a teenager (very similar to the Suzy Quilts & Hair tutorials you've seen on IG), that painting has been constantly in the background.

I wish I had a picture of it, but this video below gives you the idea.​ Also it's a bit mesmerizing...

If you research the origins of Maypoles, you will find lots of different things – many of them are very old and a bit weird. To me, though, a Maypole is a bunch of ribbons woven together by people having a good time. It's a celebration of color and beauty – and that's exactly how I feel about this Maypole Quilt pattern!

(The top comment under this video on YouTube made me laugh out loud.)

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Picking Fabric for the Maypole Quilt...


Finding the perfect fabric combination is one of my favorite things about quilting. Quilt patterns can look vastly different based on fabric selection and this Maypole quilt design is no exception.​ I am passionate about color and want you to have as many options as possible so you can feel confident that the end result will be exactly what you want.

I'm partnering with Fabricworm to provide you with color combo ideas AND a 10% off ALL FABRIC coupon. Use coupon code suzyquilts10. This code expires after July 14 and does not include pre-orders.

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These fabric are 100% organic cotton poplin

Mint Julep Color Combo:

Creamsicle Color Combo:


Prints & Patterns

Interested in mixing a few prints, patterns or substrates* into your Maypole Quilt? Check out this neutral color palette. A blend of linen, woven cotton and chambray give this simple design tons of texture. Some of the fabrics include:

*If quilting with different substrates is new to you, check out my fun blog series called Quilty Adventure - Sewing with Various Substrates.


Above family photos by Lais Livon.



I mean...she's so cute. It's a real struggle for me not to turn every photoshoot into a Scrappy-shoot.


Machine & Hand Quilting

I used my absolute favorite quilting technique on this Maypole baby quilt – simple machine quilting followed by small finishing touches of hand quilting. This DMC Pearl Cotton Thread No.8 and Gingher scissors are my go-to supplies every time.

Other tools I love include:


Cell Phone Wallpapers Just for Fun 🙂

Save any of these images to your phone and upload them as your phone wallpaper!​

  1. Scrappy Stretch'n
  2. Arizona Maypole Quilted
  3. Creamsicle Maypole Progress
  4. Creamsicle Maypole Quilted​

Maypole Quilts in the Wild

Some of my very lovely pattern testers have done it again and designed some stunning Maypoles of their own. Each one is so different!


Then Came June

Since seeing this quilt last week I've been trying to convince Meghan of Then Came June to give it to me. Meg, don't you love me at all??

I finally realized it wasn't going happen when she emailed me the fabric names to make it myself. I guess I'll have to go with second best and follow in her footsteps.

Meghan's Maypole Quilt Recipe:

Maypole Quilt SFDesigns

Shannon Fraser Designs

If you look closely you can see the subtle pattern on the white fabric. I love that small touch which brings such great texture to the otherwise solid color design.​


Elizabeth Ray

Can you believe how different this pattern looks with all prints? It's so cozy I think it needs to be cuddled immediately. :)​


Garden Variety Cookie

Brooke is one of my longtime pattern testers and I know I can always count on her to make something beautiful. Her latest email with this photo cracked me up so much I just have to copy and paste. Forgive me, Brooke. hahahaha

Ugh, my deck is so janky. I had to touch up the bruises on their shins soooo muchhhhhhhh...not sure if little girl feet/monster tomato plant is the vibe you're going for here 🙂

Brooke, it most definitely is the vibe I am going for.


Dixie Stitches

As I am posting this, Leah is helping me finalize the queen quilt math. No matter how much I plan (well...let's be real. I'm not a huge planner) there's always a lot of last minute stuff to do the night before a pattern release.

To give you a visual, I have eaten every single meal in front of my computer today – including the frozen DiGiorno I am eating right now.​ 

31 thoughts on “The Maypole Quilt Pattern: A Simple Design with Bold Impact

  1. Andrea says:

    Beautiful quilts! The hand sewing is incredible and looks like it took forever to finish. Great job, Suzy!

  2. Emma says:

    Fantastic. I’m astounded at how different the quilt looks with each fabric choice. So much scope for individual flair. Well done!

  3. Melanie C says:

    Love this quilt pattern! Plus I’m glad you choose quality frozen pizza for your fine dining experience 😂

  4. Barbara says:

    Love this pattern. Thank you so much for including so many color/print options to look at. I have great plans for this one!

  5. Laura says:

    I love this one! Any thoughts/plans on making this into a king-size quilt? I think it might be perfect for our bed but it’s a king! 🙂 I guess I could make the queen and then add a wide border to make it big enough. But I”m curious to hear your thoughts on making the entire design bigger…

  6. Laurie says:

    Hello you lovely!!! I just finished my Maypole Quilt top – I made it for my nephew who is going to the University of Washington in the Fall. I made it in UW colors and it turned out so pretty! From beginning cutting the fabric to sewing the last seem took me less than 6 hours!!!! LOVE this quilt! Thank you! I know he’s going to love it!

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  8. Darren says:

    Hi Suzy, I am new to your blog and quilting. I have fallin in LOVE with some of your patterns and how they really can translate well for gifts for men as well! Is there any chance I could get the names of the fabrics used in the grey tone Maypole?!? Are the specific fabrics listed somewhere on the blog? THANKS!

  9. Nicole Henry says:

    Hi Suzy! 👋🏻 I was wondering how you combine hand stitching with machine quilting your quilt sand which? Do you stitch into some of the seams or do you use a walking foot and stitch a specific length away from the quilt top seams?

  10. Terri Rippy says:

    I purchased this pattern from your site and the creamsicle fabric from your link. Are the pieces suppose to be cut on the bias of the fabric for this quilt? I thought I read that someplace.
    Such a beautiful quilt, I’m excited to start on it for our newest granddaughter due in Oct!

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