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50 Free Easy Quilt Patterns – Perfect for Beginners

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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 (* Updated May 2021 to add a few new free quilt patterns and correct any broken outdated links!)

free quilt patterns for the beginner quilter

50+ 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 50 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 that 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.

quilting with precuts

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 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)
free quilt patterns

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.

easy zig zag quilt pattern

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!

jelly roll jam quilt is a perfect beginner quilt project

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!

easy quilt for 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.

easy Herringbone quilt tutorial

5. Big Heart Quilt

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

free big heart quilt pattern

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.)

beginner quilts

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.

quilt patterns for beginners

8. Simple Square Blocks Quilt Pattern

The free quilt pattern is a fun way to showcase your favorite set of holiday fabrics. Designed for layer cake precuts, you will have so much fun piecing the quilt together. What makes this quilt pattern beginner-friendly is there is not too much cutting and keeping the blocks lined up straight and even is super easy.

free quilt patterns

9. Summer Vibes Geometric Quilt Pattern

This easy quilt pattern is made completely with squares and half-square triangles (using the 2 at a time method) So it is fast to put together and perfect for beginner quilters.

free beginner quilt pattern - summer vibes quilt

10. diamond Snowball Quilt Pattern

The colors in this free beginner-friendly quilt pattern are absolutely striking! This quilt uses the shortcut snowball method, so it is so much easier to assemble than it looks.

Snowball quilt pattern

11. Baby Boutique Quilt Pattern

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

free quilt patterns

12. Double Hourglass Block Tutorial

how to make an hourglass quilt

13. Diagonal Strip Quilt Tutorial

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


14. Arrows Away

free arrow quilt pattern

15. Snuggly Bricks Quilt Tutorial

super easy brick quilt for beginners

16. Classic Quilt Tutorial

hourglass pattern - beginner quilting pattern

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

17. Easy Plus Quilt Pattern

The plus quilt is made entirely of 5-inch squares and is super easy and fast to put together. I love plus quilts, they are precut friendly and allow you to use a variety of fabrics. This pattern has a pdf pattern template andy has 3 versions to choose from!

free plus quilt pattern - perfect for a beginner quilter

18. 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!

beginner friendly hexagon quilt

19. Fresh Diamonds Quilt Tutorial

half square triangle quilt

20. Garden District Picnic Quilt


21. 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!

four patch quilts are fast and easy

22. Solitare Pattern

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

half square triangle quilt for beginners

23. Three Times Around Free Quilt Pattern



24. Sweet Snowball Quilt Pattern

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



25. Tuscan Cuddle Quilt Pattern

This free quilt pattern is no longer available on the Shannon fabrics site, but I was able to find a version via the internet archive. The pdf download link works, (I tested it) it’s just a little slow to open.


26. Urban Baby Quilt Pattern


27. Layer Cake Lemonade Quilt Pattern


28. Cartwheel Quilt Tutorial

I know 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!)

free cartwheel quilt pattern for beginners

29. Broken Dish Quilt Tutorial

Beginner friendly quilt made completely with half square triangles.

free quilt pattern for beginners

30. Bliss Quilt Pattern 

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

free quilt patterns

31. Summertime Herringbone Quilt

summertime-herringbone-free quilt pattern

32. Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Block Tutorial

33. Modern Strip Quilt Pattern

Super easy and modern looking beginner quilt pattern, made with jelly rolls! (but it looks yardage friendly too)

free beginner quilt pattern

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

34. Butterfly Mini Quilt


35. Refracted Quilt Tutorial


36. Peaches and Cream Quilt Pattern


37. Precious Gem Quilt Pattern


38. Easy Strip Quilt


39. Patchwork Chevron Quilt Tutorial

free beginner quilt patterns

40. Circle Quilt Pattern


41. Postage Stamp Mini Quilt


42. String Quilt Block Tutorial

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


43. Colored Happy Quilt Pattern

Free Beginner quilt patterns to download

44. Pins and Paws Quilt Tutorial


45. 4 Patch Slice Quilt Pattern


46. Petunia Strings Quilt Tutorial


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.

free printable quilt patterns for beginners

50. Quick Herringbone Quilt Tutorial


51. 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!


52. 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!

free beginner quilt pattern - rail fence

Yes, I am still adding quilt patterns to this post, lol! Up to 53 now.

53. Postcards From Sweeden Quilt

This easy quilt looks complicated, but is made from all half-square triangles!

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 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:
-quilt batting
-ruler, scissors
-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 purchasing 3 yards. This way no matter what you decide to do with the fabric, you will have enough to use 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 difficulties from beginner to advanced. I actually love a quilt kit for the time saved in coordinating different fabrics for the perfect quilt. As a 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 less 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 a 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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  1. Ilene Atkins says:

    Love to make baby quilts.