Are you a newbie sewer? Welcome! You have come to the right place. Today on the blog I have the 6 best beginner quilt patterns for new quilters! These patterns were written with you in mind so you will be able to make any of them with success! Hooray!
Half of these patterns are free and the other half include multiple quilt sizes and are for purchase. If you have a fat quarter bundle, a jelly roll, scraps, hand-me-down yardage, or whatever is available to you, I'm sure one of these patterns will work. Let's dive in!
The Best Beginner Quilt Patterns for New Quilters
A Rail Fence pattern is the perfect first quilt for a newbie. How do I know this? Because it was my first quilt! Waaaaay back in the day when I was learning to quilt at the fresh age of 15 I made a Rail Fence quilt for my boyfriend. He was a whole YEAR older than me and I wanted to impress him. Obviously my quilt knocked his socks off.
To make this quilt top all you need is a jelly roll. If you choose to add a border, you need 3/4 yd. of that fabric, but adding a border is optional. This Kona pastel jelly roll is the one used in the pattern below. In this design I arranged the blocks in an ombré, however, once you make your blocks you can arrange and rearrange them in any order. Go wild!
The Triangle Jitters quilt pattern has been one of the most popular patterns in the SQ shop for years. It includes instructions and yardage requirements for twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.
Even though this quilt looks complicated, it is created with one simple block – the half square triangle. Here on the blog we have some different posts that will help you with sewing techniques.
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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!
If you are feeling ambitious and would like to make a quilt that is larger than a throw, Rocksteady has got you covered. This pattern includes instructions and fabric requirements for every standard quilt size – king, queen/full, twin, throw and baby.
This dynamic pattern is made using just half square triangles and squares. If picking out fabrics has you feeling overwhelmed, check out #RocksteadyQuilt on Instagram or these extra blog posts:
Sometimes the best way to learn to quilt is to start with something small. A baby quilt is the perfect size if you are machine quilting for the first time. The size of these quilts makes it manageable to push and pull the entire thing through your domestic sewing machine, no matter how small the throat space.
This fat-quarter-friendly pattern is one of the best beginner quilt patterns because it teaches you, in a really approachable way, three different techniques:
- How to use a template.
- How to cut on the diagonal
- How to sew on the bias.
I know all three of those things can sound scary, but trust me, they aren't. This pattern includes illustrations for every single step so you won't have to guess if you are doing it right. And the great thing? You don't have to take my word for it. Download this beginner quilt pattern for free and see for yourself!
Are you a visual learner? Me too! If you like learning new things with a teacher, check out my online class called Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis. The reason I am including this four-pack of mini quilts in this list of best beginner quilt patterns is because they are mini!
Want to learn how to quilt, but making a full quilt sounds like a lot of time and work? Make a mini quilt! If you're feeling motivated, you could actually sew one of these adorable minis in a single day, and what's more gratifying than starting and finishing a project in a day?? We quilters don't get that feeling very often.
These mini quilt patterns each focus on a different sewing skill and art lesson that build off one another. You don't have to sew the patterns in order, but if you are new, I suggest that you do. I think you'll learn a lot of good techniques and have some fun along the way!
You can purchase these patterns separately or as a bundle of four. If you watch my class on bluprint, you get all four patterns with the class.
Are you a newbie quilter? Be sure to check out the Quilting 101 tab here on the blog and join the Suzy Quilts Patterns group on Facebook. It's a great place to hang out and ask your quilt pattern questions. The group is full of the sweetest, most helpful sewers in the world. 😉
If you make any of these patterns, let us know in the comments!