Pictures of Quilts to Inspire Your Next Project

Take a look at the wonderful quilts on display in the quilting galleries—think of the galleries as a huge online quilt show. Nearly all of the quilts in the galleries were made by members of the online quilting community. Some projects are from patterns but the majority of quilts were designed by each quilter. All of the quilts offer inspiration for your next project.

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    T-Shirt Quilts

    Harley Davidson T-shirt quilt

    T-shirt quilts are a great way to create a memory quilt for your son, daughter, or any special person in your life. Give those old t-shirts a new life by making one of these fun quilts. Take a look at some T-shirt quilt tips and techniques if you aren't sure how to create a project.

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    Quilts With a Circular Theme or Motion

    Circular Quilt

    All of these quilts were indeed created using a circular pattern, theme or motion. Some would be regarded as art quilts, some traditional, but all of the quilts are lovely.

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    Miniature Quilts

    Miniature Quilt in Stripy Layout

    All of these miniature quilts were made by members of the online quilting community, with the majority designed and stitched for a quilt exchange. You'll appreciate the creativity and hard work that went into the creation of these little quilts.

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    1-Patch Quilts

    Woman posing by an English cottage patch quilt

    The quilts in this photo gallery are one-patch quilts—all made by repeating the same patch over and over throughout the design. Portions of a patch are sometimes used around a quilt's jagged edges, but that doesn't take away from its one-patch status.

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    Rag Quilts

    Cat and dog rag quilt

    Log Cabin Lady

    Here's a nice sampling of some of the things you can do when you sew a rag quilt. The quilts are usually not difficult to make once you become accustomed to a totally backward way of sewing.

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    String Quilts

    String Table Runner

    The Spruce / Janet Wickell

    String quilts are assembled using freehand foundation piecing techniques. They're the perfect quilts to make from your leftover strips of fabric, and you can customize the quilt blocks in any way you like. Take a look at the whimsical string quilts in this gallery, and then use some string quilting instructions to make your own quilt.

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    Log Cabin and Related Quilts

    Log Cabin Quilt
    Margaret Handlin

    You'll enjoy looking at pictures of log cabin quilts, pineapple quilts, and quilts constructed using other similar designs. Log cabin quilts are sometimes made using foundation piecing techniques, but they can be sewn as you would any other patchwork, too. Freehand piecing is a popular assembly method when you want to make wonky log cabin quilts.

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    Scrap Quilts

    Two scrap quilts displayed outdoors
    Andrew TB Tan / Getty Images

    Browse through pictures of scrap quilts. Many are the result of block swaps among friends. All are gorgeous and might give you some inspiration for your next scrappy project.

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    It's All About Squares

    Quilt made from squares and rectangles
    Greg Elms / Getty Images

    Squares, squares, and more squares—plus quilts that feature rectangles. That's what you'll see in this photo gallery—a wonderful example that squares used in quilts are anything but ordinary!

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    Star Quilts

    Celebration of Freedom Quilt


    You'll love browsing through the star quilts in this collection. There is an endless number of star quilt blocks, and you'll see quite a few variations here.

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    Themed, Novelty, and Pictorial Quilts

    A quilt made in memory of a special man

    The quilts in this photo gallery aren't related in appearance, but they do have one thing in common—each quilt conveys a specific theme or message. Quilters are definitely a creative bunch.

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    Sampler Quilts

    Sampler quilt in blues

    These quilts are lovely. Samplers are made by choosing a specific number of different quilt blocks, sometimes 12 but often more, and using them to design a quilt.

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    Applique Quilts

    Natural wonders sea landscape quilt
    Kathy McNeil

    The applique quilts in this gallery sometimes fall into the landscape category, too, like the quilt shown here. Quilters used a variety of applique techniques to create these gorgeous quilts.

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    Attic Windows Quilts

    attic windows quilt

    Pam E.

    Attic Windows is a traditional design, but you can make it your own because there's no limit to the variations you can incorporate into your quilt.

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    Art Quilts

    The Village Landscape quilt

    Take a look at this gallery to see landscape quilts, pictorials and other types of art quilts. Don't be intimidated by the term art quilt, because anyone can make one, even beginning quilters. An art quilt is simply your own interpretation of any thought that your mind imagines.

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    Christmas Quilts

    Scottish Christmas Quilt

    Kathy McNeil

    You'll see lots of lovely Christmas Quilts—and other quilts with a winter theme—in this gallery of quilts made by members of the online quilting community.