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4 Tips for Beginner Quilters & 9 Beginner Quilting Patterns

Are you a beginner quilter who’s looking for a perfect project to work on? Some quilts are definitely easier than others to put together, and for those who are just learning quilting fundamentals, the choices can be overwhelming. Below are four very helpful tips for beginner quilters, along with three of our favorite beginner quilting patterns. Quilt with Symmetrical Offset Design Photo via Bluprint instructor Camille Roskelley

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A few things to keep in mind when choosing beginner quilt projects:

1. Choose quilt patterns made with large pieces.

Quilt patterns made with larger pieces will go together more quickly than those with a lot of small pieces. They are also fewer seams to sew with quilts made from large pieces, which makes it easier to have an accurately pieced block and leaves less room for error.


Photo via Bluprint member Jaime J

This FREE beginner’s quilt pattern uses large squares and a simple border to help you practice your piecing and pressing. It can look completely different based on the fabrics you choose.

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2. Choose quilt patterns that use squares and rectangles.

Quilt patterns put together with square and rectangle pieces are easier to sew. Venture into the world of triangles, and you’ll suddenly have stretchy bias edges to contend with. So choose the easiest shapes to sew with — squares and rectangles — for your first pattern.

Gus and Maria: A Baby Plus Quilt

Photo via Bluprint member 13 Spools

Gus and Maria is a FREE baby quilt pattern that’s terrific for beginners. Easy to assemble, it offers quilters a small project to practice your piecing and quilting of squares and rectangles. You’ll get to practice sewing accurate 1/4” straight seams, as well as practice lining up your “plus” pieces.

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3. Choose quilt patterns made with pre-cuts.

Pre-cuts are ready cut and packaged fabrics cut into a variety of measurements and sizes. By choosing a quilt pattern based on one of these pre-cut fabric packs, you’ll save many hours cutting and preparing to sew your quilt. With pre-cut fabrics, a lot of the work is done for you and you start out with an extra measure of accuracy.

Quilt Featuring Hatch Design

Photo via the Bluprint class Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple

The Hashtag quilt, seen above, is a jelly-roll quilt that incorporates the ease of strip piecing along with the use of a pre-cut jelly roll fabric pack. This great quilt pattern for beginners goes together quickly. The Hashtag pattern is an exclusive Bluprint pattern included in the class Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple with Camille Roskelley.

4. Take a beginner class.

By taking even one beginner class, you can learn the absolute basics of quilting and be well on your way to enjoying an amazing hobby. Bluprint offers several online quilting classes that are perfect for beginners. Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple combines beginner skills with quilts designed with pre-cut fabrics. Simple Fresh Quilts offers simplified techniques for traditional quilt block designs.

In addition, when searching for patterns to purchase, be sure to first look at those patterns labeled “novice” or “beginner.” Bluprint quilting patterns are all searchable by skill level, which helps beginner quilters find patterns at the appropriate level of difficulty.

Here are some more quilt patterns for beginners!

Subway Tiles

Photo via Bluprint member Sunnyside Designs

This Subway Tiles quilt design is great for new quilters because it uses large pieces, and you won’t have to worry about matching up seams. Perfection! Choose your own colors and prints to make it your own.

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Canvas a modern quilting pattern

Photo via Bluprint member she can quilt

Canvas is a modern quilting pattern that uses solid fabrics and lots of negative space to make a design that’s quick to piece. By using solids, you won’t have to worry about the fabric direction or trying to line up prints!

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Improvisational Basketweave Quilt

Photo via Bluprint member Peppermint Pinwheels

Dipping your toes into improv quilting is totally appropriate (and fun!) for beginners. Don’t worry about straight seams, and just focus on the colors and piecing with this Improvisational Basketweave Pattern.

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Splitting Squares

Photo via Bluprint member Quilting the Grain

Splitting Squares is a pretty patchwork quilt that will take beginners through the steps It is designed to needed to cut and piece a lap quilt from first step the last. Because of how it is assembled, you won’t need to worry about matching seams!

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The Easy1234 Baby Quilt

Photo via Bluprint member QuiltFinger

The Easy 1-2-3-4 Baby Quilt is a free baby quilt finishes at 39″ x 59″, making a generous-sized newborn quilt. With only two different fabrics to keep track of, you’ll love this versatile pattern for a classic patchwork project with all straight-line sewing.

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Rolling Meadows

Photo via Bluprint member Chasing Cottons

Strips quilts make great first quilting projects because they are quick to cut and very forgiving to piece. This quilt combines strip stacks with long and thick rectangles to make an interesting design that’s great for using scrappy fabrics.

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Quilt as you go! Can’t beat that for a beginner project because when you finish the quilt it’s already quilted.

Linda Benton

I was taught to hand quilt from start to finish by my Aunt Juanita, and during the last year watched classes on You Tube and on Craftsy and now do it by machine. I am so glad I did it by hand first, doing both ways is easy and enjoyable. So enjoy whichever way you begin! Machine is just so much faster.

Cherry Pie Ishikawa

I dont have a machine but I’m inspired to do what you did, byhand

Mary Kelly

I am making a t-shirt quilt. I need a word that I have not found on a shirt. I printed it out , off the internet, it is red. I need it to be red. How do I keep the red from fading. I will be printing it on to the paper/cloth made to picture quilts that I picked up from the national retailer close to my home.
any help, or ideas you can give would be Very appreciated, for time is of the essence on this project.
Mary Kelly 7/5/2015

Shernell R. Lowry

I saw a program several months ago where you had a paper pattern to sew on as you put the pieces together, this would help me as I am trying to learn by myself and sewing a printed pattern seems an easy way to teach myself. Can you help me as I do not remember the date of viewing except it was a JoAnn’s


So my dilemma is this: I can pretty much piece a quilt together to make a quilt top, my issue is “quilting” with my regular, ordinary home sewing machine. I love the intricate designs that are popular now. I’ve been limiting myself to stitch-in-the-ditch type quilting. I really need help in the “quilting” part of the project. Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Please email me b/c I’m not a frequent internet junkie 😉

Danielle S

My professional quilting friend used a normal machine for years (no extended arm, she’d do up to queen size quilts on it!) She always taught me to roll it tight when it’s on the inside of the arm, and starting in the middle, work outwards. Think of it as divided into 4ths and you are aiming to get 1/4th finished at a time. Hope this helps? Good luck!

Fast Eddie

I have a question. I can not seem to keep my strips strait. They a bit every row. Can you hepl


Make sure your material is squared before you start cutting strips. Easy to do fold material in half approximately start with the fold edge to cut not the raw edges they will be off. also needs to be folded with least amount of stretch. you tube how to square material.


A very easy fix for this. When sewing strips together, sew from opposite end for each row. In other words, sew two strips right sides together to the end; add another strip right sides together and sew from the end where you just finished. Add another strip and sew from where you just ended. Hope this makes sense, but basically you are sewing back and forth for each row. This keeps the strips from bowing as they do when you always start at the same end.


I want to make a quilt out of my son’s receiving blankets but I have no idea where to start. I love to sew and I can’t figure out which pattern wold be best. Any suggestions?


I am doing the same for both of my grown children. I have never made a quilt before so you can imagine how nervous I am about trying this. Did you get any responses? I have baby quilts that were hand made that I would like to incorporate in the design as well. Do you have any suggestions? Good luck with your quilt!


Just do a simple five inch block with alternating colors depending on the sex of baby. If you have a onesie or a piece of his/her clothing maybe use it as a “special” five inch block for the middle of quilt.


Hi all I’m thinking of doing a quilt for my bed my bed measures
75″+12″+12″ by 80″+12″ the 12″ is for the overhang sides and bottom
My question is at the head end of the bed do I need to reverse 12″ to allow for turn back on itself if that makes sense.

Dawn Griffey

Are all seems to be ironed open?

Danielle S

Yep! All seams are usually pressed open. It makes ditch digging and free motioning a bit easier later! 🙂


I turn my seams toward the darker material and iron flat. Has always worked for me. I would suggest making a few small squares or a couple of lap quilts. Do one quilt each way to see which you prefer. I was always taught to iron both seams to the dark fabric so that it did not show thru the light color. Also I was taught that it made a stronger quilt. I am afraid you will get as many different answers as people that answer. Everyone has their own special way. Good luck.

Cindy Tesler

I agree that quilts made with larger pieces will go together more quickly. You also said that they also take fewer seams to sew together. I think it’s important to choose a quilt that is made with reinforced seams so that it lasts a long time and will not get frayed.


k.c.johnson i lost my wifeof 43 yearslast nov 5th. I want to make a quilt like her.I lost the bst teacher I could ever had.Jackie Johnson could do anything in the world of arts and crafts. Befor she left she started another afgan,she was aut one – third finished and I am determined to finish it. She was also excellent at crochet, nedelpoint,and embroidry,not to mention many other things. the world lost a great womnen,wife,mother,and artist(did I mention she painted?) Thank You.K. C. Johnson


What beautiful memories you have of your lovely and amazing wife. If I were you, I’d find a local class/teacher and start there. In-person instruction is probably what will help you most. Best wishes.


Wonderful! I agree about finding in-person instruction. Many quilt shops are very small and will do one-on-one instruction if you explain what you are hoping to do. Many places also have “open sew” afternoons or evenings once a month, and you could also bring an unfinished project in to work on it then. That wouldn’t offer as much help, but a lot of encouragement and company!


Married 57 years, and retired, so is spouse. He assists me in cutting fabrics, helps with decisions of patterns and colors. He is helping me with my large throw as I quilt the patterns of the blocks by assisting in the weight of the fabrics. ( warm and natural batting and a flannel backing) There is a lot of weight in moving and quilting “our” project. My Janome Quilters Companion is a good machine, just a normal machine but works for me. Be happy for all memories, thankful for today and don’t forget to sign the quilts! By the way, husband “Charlie” is retired from sawmill work, bales hay and tends to 6 hours of our yard mowing a week, besides about 20 head of cattle and raises a garden. He still has an interest in sharing with me. If you have unfinished projects, ask for help. Family, a quilt club or church folks will be able to help.

Ted Alen Drake

Hi, My question is I want to learn how to make a small quilt. The only experience I have is I have a serger sewing machine and sew with a group of people.
I have been doing this for a year now and love the machine. I also have a regular sewing machine that I have very little experence on. Is there any hope for me at the age that i’m at?

betty brown

I am a beginner quilter and do not know much about it. I have picked out the Flying X pattern and it says for a 6 inch square to cut a strip width of 2 inch. However when I cut the triangle from the 2 inch square they do not match up. Am I correct in thinking I have to cut squares 2 3/8 for the triangles and 2 and 1/2 for the squares. I would appreciate any information you can give me .


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