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45 Free Easy Quilt Patterns – Perfect for Beginners

If you’re looking for an easy quilt pattern, you’ll love these simple projects that are perfect for beginning quilters.

This collection of Free Easy Quilt Patterns Perfect for the Beginner Quilter is guaranteed to get you excited about quilting!

(* Updated May 2020 to add a few new free quilt patterns and correct any broken outdated links!)

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45+ Free Quilt Patterns:

Did you get a new sewing machine this year?  Or maybe you’re just ready to dip your toe into the world of quilting?  If so, today’s post is perfect for you!  I’ve rounded up 45 fabulously free quilt patterns to share with you today.

These easy quilt patterns for beginners will be the perfect way to get started with quilting. The best part of this easy quilt pattern roundup is the many of these quilt patterns include step by step tutorials with photos to help you sew your quilt. Several even include free pdf quilting patterns to print.

What Makes a Quilt Pattern Perfect for a Beginner?

If you are just beginning to dabble in quilting, there are a few things I recommend looking for in a quilt pattern:

  1. Quilts Patterns with straight-forward, simple piecing. Look for patterns that are easy to assemble and use simple basic shapes such as large squares or rectangles. In my opinion, your first couple of quilting projects should be quick and easy to ensure you finish them and build up your “quilting confidence”
  2. Precuts. Another suggestion for a beginner quilting pattern is one that is made using precuts. (keep reading to learn more about precut fabrics.)

Quilt Patterns with Precuts

Many of the quilt patterns I am sharing are designed to use precut fabric (my favorite way to quilt.)  Precuts come in various shapes (fat quarter, layer cake, jelly roll or charm pack.) 

I personally love using precuts as they can cut your cutting and prep time in half! 

Plus a selection of precuts allows you to include so many different patterns of fabric that you might not have been able to afford if you were using yardage.

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Where to Purchase Precuts for Quilting

Some of my favorite places to get precuts for good prices are Etsy, Amazon and Craftsy/Bluprint (Crafty {now bluprint} has the best deals when they are having a sale!)

The free quilt patterns showcased in this round up are perfect for every skill level from beginner to a seasoned pro. (Even the most seasoned quilter likes a quick and easy project every now and then, lol.)

Recommended Supplies for a Beginning Quilter

The good news is you don’t really need a lot of specialty supplies to get started quilting. A few basic supplies would be:

  • fabric (of course)
  • quilt batting
  • ruler, cutting mat, scissors/rotary cutter (this is a perfect cutting set for beginners)
  • iron
  • pins
  • basic sewing supplies (like a sewing machine)
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Do any of these quilt patterns catch your eye, or maybe you’ve already sewn one?  Let me know in the comments below and have fun browsing!

Free Quilt Patterns for the Beginner Quilter:

1. Easy Zig Zag Quilt Pattern

This simple quilt pattern is made using all charm packs. (5-inch squares) The beginner quilt pattern looks like it might be complicated, but the pattern comes together quickly.

2. Jelly Roll Jam Quilt Pattern

This free quilt pattern is super easy! You just sew 3 jelly roll strips together and cut them up to make the blocks!

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3. Seaside Square in Square from a Jellyroll Quilt

This free pattern is just a quilt block tutorial – not an actual printable pattern, but it is easy to put together a few blocks to make a quilt. Plus it starts with a jellyroll!

Learn how to make an easy square in square quilt block from a jelly roll!  This Seaside Squares quilt pattern is put together completely with square in square quilt blocks. Even better? I used a precut jellyroll to make the blocks!  This project comes together very quickly and is a great next step project for a beginner quilter.

4. Herringbone Quilt Pattern using half-square triangles

This easy Herringbone Quilt is made with half-square triangles! It comes together soo fast since you are using 10-inch fabric squares and a shortcut half square triangle method.

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5. Pixel Heart Quilt

This heart-shaped quilt is adorable and even better, you can make it out of charm packs!

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6. Make a Chevron Quilt the Easy Way

This Easy Chevron Quilt tutorial is not an actual quilt pattern.  It is a tutorial on how to make easy chevrons out of half-square triangles, using layer cakes. (Layer cakes are precut 10 by 10 squares.)

7. Quick and Easy Basket Weave Quilt

This simple basketweave pattern is perfect for a beginner quilter or someone who just likes a quick and easy project. The quilt pattern is designed for 10 inch precuts, but yardage works great too.

8. Free quilt pattern: Accidental Quilt Block Tutorial (several variations w/ the block)

I love how intricate this quilt looks, but it is actually made with charm packs and a cut-up nine-patch block!

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9. Quick Herringbone Quilt Tutorial

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10. Rail Fence Quilt Pattern

The colors in this free Beginner friendly quilt pattern are absolutely striking!  Plus it is made with jellyrolls, so it is super easy!

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11. Baby Boutique Quilt Pattern

This particular free quilt pattern is a bit more labor-intensive, but still beginner-friendly.

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12. Double Hourglass Block Tutorial

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13. Diagonal Strip Quilt Tutorial

Love this beginner quilt pattern, it is made using a jellyroll!

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14. Arrows Away

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15. Snuggly Bricks Quilt Tutorial

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16. Classic Quilt Tutorial

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Keep Scrolling for 30 More Free Quilt Patterns perfect for Beginners!

 

17. Hexagon Quilt Tutorial

Hexagon quilts are a bit trickier due to the angles, but this free quilt pattern tutorial shows you how to make a hexagon shape using a half hexagon quilt ruler, which makes a perfectly easy quilt for a beginner!

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18. Fresh Diamonds Quilt Tutorial

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19. Garden District Picnic Quilt

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20. Fast Four Patch Quilt Tutorial

Four patch quilts are easy, fast and beginner-friendly. This one is especially easy as it combines a four patch with a larger “patch” for less cutting and piecing, but basically the same look!

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21. Solitare Pattern

 Made with Half square triangles! (my favorite easy quilt block)

22. Three Times Around Free Quilt Pattern

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23. Sweet Snowball Quilt Pattern

Snowballing is an super easy way to make a square quilt block more interesting!

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24. Tuscan Cuddle Quilt Pattern

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25. Urban Baby Quilt Pattern

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26. Layer Cake Lemonade Quilt Pattern

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27. Cartwheel Quilt Tutorial

I now this quilt looks intricate, but it’s not I promise! It is made with a jelly roll. The link will take a few moments to load as I had to hunt it down using the Internet archive. (so handy for broke links!)

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28. Broken Dish Quilt Tutorial

Beginner friendly quilt made completely with half square triangles.

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29. Bliss Quilt Pattern 

Super easy Quilt Pattern, you can download the pdf version!

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30. Summertime Herringbone Quilt

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31. Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Block Tutorial

32. Modern Baby Quilt Pattern

Super easy beginner quilt pattern, made with fat quarters! (but it looks jelly roll friendly too)

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Don’t quit yet! Keep Scrolling for 15 more beginner Quilt Patterns.

33. Butterfly Mini Quilt

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34. Refracted Quilt Tutorial

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35. Peaches and Cream Quilt Pattern

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36. Precious Gem Quilt Pattern

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37. Easy Strip Quilt

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38. Plus Quilt Pattern

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39. Patchwork Chevron Quilt Tutorial

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40. Circle Quilt Pattern

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41. Postage Stamp Mini Quilt

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42. String Quilt Block Tutorial

(I’m very interested in trying this one.)

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43. Colored Happy Quilt Pattern

Free Beginner quilt patterns to download

44. Pins and Paws Quilt Tutorial

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45. 4 Patch Slice Quilt Pattern

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46. Petunia Strings Quilt Tutorial

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47. Simple Strips, Free Quilt Pattern

48. Scrappy Strips Block Tutorial

This is just a block tutorial, but it’s easy to piece together (so perfect for beginners) plus I love the look and you can do so many things with it!

49. Baby Basket Quilt Pattern

I love the pastel colors in this free quilt pattern, plus it used jelly roll strips, so it is super quick to put together.

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Frequently asked beginner quilting questions:

Congratulations, you made it through this awesomely long list of free quilt patterns!!! 

If you still have a few more questions about getting started, I have answered a few, that frequently come up!

What is the easiest quilt pattern for beginners?

Look for a quilt patterns that use simple basic shapes such as large squares or rectangles. These types of quilts are fast to assemble and are very forgiving.

What supplies do I need for my first quilt

A simple quilt can be made with basic supplies:
-fabric
-quilt batting
-ruler, scissors
-iron
-pins
-basic sewing supplies
As you get more into quilting, you’ll find tons of fun accessories and supplies to add to your quilting supply stash, like a rotary cutter and mat, fancy rulers, Wonder Clips, etc…

When shopping, how much fabric should I purchase?

Without having a pattern in mind, it is difficult to know how much fabric to buy. If you come across a fabric you love, I recommend to purchase 3 yards. This way no matter what you decide to do with the fabric, you will have enough to use a a quilt back or border or make a dress. If you know you will just be using the fabric for quilt blocks, you will need much less. Perhaps just a few fat quarters or 1 yard.

Should I buy a quilt “kit”?

Quilt kits include all the fabric you need to make a finished quilt. Kits come in a range of difficulty from beginner to advanced. I actually love a quilt kit for the time saved in coordinating different fabrics for the perfect quilt. As beginner, I spent more time trying to figure out the ratios of colors and fabric amounts needed. You will also find that you will spend lees money on fabric as the kit provides the exact amount needed.

As you know, the internet and all of these websites are always changing, deleting and rearranging. If you come across a broken link, leave me comment and I will try to hunt the pattern down or find something similar to replace it with.

Have you made any of these yet? Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know which quilt patterns are your favorite!

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