When you work with squares, rectangles, and half-square triangle piecing, you can make a vast quantity of quilts! These basic shapes make up the building blocks of many classic and modern quilt designs, and they're easy to cut and sew.
Some of the patterns in this list use pre-cuts, which makes it even easier to piece your quilt top. Others will help you use those fat quarters in your stash a few form illusions that make you question just how that was done with only the simplest of pieces.
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Sew a Charming Modern Baby Quilt
With a charm pack of fabric squares, you can piece together this modern baby quilt. It shows off the prints while surrounding them in white, but you could choose another complementary solid. Or cut your own squares from a solid fabric and accent them with a print in place of the white!Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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Make a Positively Adorable Quilt in Any Size
Plus quilts come in different styles and designs, and this basic version is a great place to start. The free pattern download from For the Love of George shows several ways to arrange the motif, plus an FQ cutting guide and two quilt sizes.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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Quilt a Blanket That's Perfectly Peachy
Varying sizes of rectangles join into squares and then form this square quilt. It's a fun way to show off as many as 25 different fabrics without looking too overwhelming. You can find the free pattern on the Simple Simon and Co. website or download a copy to save for just $4.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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Sew a Quilt for Summer Days in the Sun
Playing off the traditional sawtooth stars quilt pattern, this free design features patchwork stars with smaller squares between them. To piece this quilt, you only need to cut squares and rectangles. With a bit of sewing and trimming, they become the triangles you see!Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Transform Fat Quarters Into a Fast and Fun Quilt
Your stack of fat quarters can quickly turn into this bold quilt! Once again starting with squares, the blocks soon become elongated hexagons set on a diagonal. Working with the number of blocks shown in the free pattern, you'll end up with a small lap quilt, but you could easily add more to make a larger quilt.Continue to 6 of 18 below.
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Bust Your Stash as You Make a Quilt
Alison from Cluck Cluck Sew shows you how to use jelly rolls (pre-cut 2-1/2" strips) to make a colorful quilt based on a pattern by Ashely of Film in the Fridge. By sewing the strips and then cutting them down, you can assemble this with less cutting!Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Sew Some Quilted Sunshine
This geometric quilt has some southwest inspiration with small diamonds and colors radiating out like rays of sunshine. The downloadable pattern includes six sizes so you can make this beauty in any size you need.Continue to 8 of 18 below.
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Celebrate the Night Sky With a Quilt
Beverly from Flamingo Toes shares this free Starry Skies pattern that shows off her fabric line, Azure Skies. The stars are surrounded by a field of patchwork squares, with a set of squares in the middle.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Grow and Sew a Quilted Flower Garden
At first glance, you might not realize that these flowers use the same geometric shapes as the rest of these quilts. But they do! Nadra from Ellis and Higgs is known for her adorable quilt blocks that make designs with building block pieces. In her shop, you'll find patterns for all seasons and then some!Continue to 10 of 18 below.
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Weave a Plaid Quilt
This bold quilt patter uses a few triangles, which involves sewing on bias edges. That makes this a little more challenging than others, but it's worth it to get this great design. Suzy Quilts calls this a Retro Plaid quilt, but with the zoomed in look, it's oh so modern!Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Make a Diagonal Quilt With HSTs
Half-Square Triangles are one of the most versatile mini-blocks in quilting. In this tutorial, you'll see how you can even use them to make scrappy stripes on diagonal lines.Continue to 12 of 18 below.
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Sew a Rainbow of Pixels
Originally published in Love Patchwork and Quilting, you can now download the complete pattern from designer Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane. Strips and squares create a rainbow gradation of pixels that kids and color-loving adults will love.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Make a Mini Trip Around the World
There is something magical about watching how a Trip Around the World Quilt comes together. This traditional quilt pattern is made up of small squares that all radiate from the center. It might look dizzying when you think about sewing all those pieces, but there's a secret to speed up the process and that's where the magic happens! Try this method with a mini quilt, then go for something bigger!Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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Make Scallops With Rectangles
Andrea Tsang Jackson uses clever piecing to transform rectangles into gently curved scallops. With three alternate layouts in the pattern, including one that resembles a twist, you'll want to add this to your pattern library right away.Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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Quilt a Color Run With HSTs
Half-square triangles show off again in this sampler of 12 quilt blocks, all in rainbow colors. Most of the blocks use HSTs that pair a bright print with a solid, which means you can make a lot of pieces at one time, or even use leftovers from other quilts, then sew them into blocks.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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Let it Snow and Sew a Quilt
Snowy days and cozy quilts are made for each other, and this quilt pattern brings both of those things together! Made with squares and half-square triangles, it features a giant snowflake on a background of either patchwork, large stripes, or a single color.
Be sure to also check out Nicole's handy method for making HSTs and pinwheels!Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Make a Quilt That's So Fletch
Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World is great at explaining quilt patterns for beginners. In this free pattern, she shows you exactly how to sew the rectangles and squares that form these chevrons. Not only that, but she also has fun ideas for piecing the quilt backing together to make a fun surprise on the reverse of the quilt!Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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Quilt Some Patchwork With a Plus Side
Nine patch quilts are a classic, but Kristina of Center Street Quilts decided to "plus it up" by grouping the patchwork squares into plus signs. When set on a contrasting background, they really shine, even with a range of colors and fabrics in each square.