Beginner Quilt Patterns for Beginner Quilters

Do you have a sewing machine sitting in a closet or stashed in a corner?

Maybe your Mom or Grandmother handed a sewing machine down to you.  Have you been thinking about trying to sew a quilt but think it’s too hard?  Let me share some great tutorials and beginner quilt patterns that are perfect for a new quilter.  And best of all, they can be found online and for free!

One way to make it easier as a beginner is to purchase pre-cut fabric.

This helps you to save time because you will not need to cut everything out.  Pre-cut fabric comes in various ways:  mini-charms (2 1/2″ squares), charms (5″ squares), honey buns (1 1/2″ strips the width of fabric), jelly rolls ( 2 1/2″ strips the width of the fabric), jolly bars (5″ x10″ rectangles), layer cakes (10″ squares), fat eighth bundles, fat quarter bundles, 1/2 yard bundles and 1 yard bundle.  Another plus about pre-cuts is they are normally based off a fabric line and you will get a variety of the fabrics in that line.  Matching colors and patterns is already done for you.

Some of my favorite places to purchase pre-cuts are Bluprint and the Fat Quarter Shop.  I especially try to purchase them on sale.

Jelly Roll Jam Quilt

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This is available at the Fat Quarter Shop and as the name states, it’s a great quilt pattern for a jelly roll.  Here’s the fabric you will need to make this quilt: One Jelly Roll® or forty 2 1⁄2″ x Width of Fabric strips 1⁄2 yard binding, 1 1⁄4 yards backing.  

3 Hour Baby Gingham Quilt

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Here’s another free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop with six different color ways to make it.  It also has a video youtube video for guidance.

This quilt pattern is from Elizabeth Hartman, a quilter, pattern designer, and fan of color from Portland, Oregon.  This is a bright and fun quilt and Elizabeth has a picture tutorial on her blog.

Arrows Aweigh (Boy Quilt Colors)

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I found this cute free quilt pattern at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  While it features arrows, I love the nautical theme that the fabric bring to this quilt.  The link includes a tutorial on how to make this quilt.  Check the site out as there’s some other great tutorials available.

Fast Four Patch Quilt


I just love this pattern by Amy Smart.

It’s a quick and beginner friendly quilt with a tutorial for cutting, piecing, putting together and binding.  Amy also provides the fabric requirements for a twin, queen and king size quilt.

I believe once a new quilter gets has some fun picking out fabric for the quilt, sewing it together and the guidance of a tutorial they will fall in love with quilting and want to further their skills in this craft.  I know I was hooked after completing my first quilt years ago!

I’d love to hear which one is your starter or favorite.  Let me know in the comments below.  Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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