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Over 500 Free Quilt Patterns and Projects

I'm always on the lookout for free quilt patterns and quilt projects, so this page was a lot of fun to put together.  It was wonderful to find so many free patterns and patchwork designs, some I had never seen before.

There are great quilt projects below like quilted pillows, placemats, table runners, gift bags, pincushions, and so many more.

The page also has specific quilts like rag quilts, T-shirt quilts, and other quilt patterns with quilt and patchwork designs that include jelly roll projects and applique quilt patterns.

Types of Quilts 

What are the types of quilts?

Charm Quilts: These quilts are made with squares of different fabrics, with none of the fabrics used more than once.

Autograph Quilts: These quilts are also called Friendship quilts and are still popular in the quilting world.  Many different quilt block patterns are used, but there are always sections where a friend or family member can write and sign their name.

Crazy Quilts: When I was in college my roommate was working on a crazy quilt.  This quilt uses all different types of fabric and beautiful embroidery to embellish the pieces that are in different shapes and sizes sewn together randomly.

Applique Quilts: These quilts are unique in that fabric pieces are hand or machine sewn on top of the quilt fabric to design a picture.  

These quilts were and still are very intricate and considered very special because of all of the work that goes into making them. They are most often made for special occasions.

Sample Applique QuiltSample Applique Quilt - The flowers and border were hand appliqued on this quilt.

While many quilts are pieced together, meaning pieces of fabric are cut into shapes and sewn together, appliqué quilts are made by sewing pieces of fabric to the top of a larger piece of fabric. The Baltimore Album quilt is a famous example of this type of quilt.

Pieced or Patchwork Quilts: These quilts are made by sewing pieces of fabric together to form a design. Most quilts fall under this category of quilts.  English paper piecing and Paper piecing are also types of patchwork quilts.

Memory Quilts: A memory quilt is most often made for special occasions like births, graduations, the death of a loved one, or other important occasions. 

The quilts are usually made of special fabrics from clothing of a particular person or people as a way of marking the event.  The death of someone special would be made of their clothing and given to the family as an honorable way to memorialize them.

Sample of a Memory QuiltPaper Doll Memory Quilt - The outfits are made with fabrics from the child's clothes.

T-shirt quilts, made with T-shirts used and collected over someone's life make great graduation memory quilts.

Special photos, especially old photos, can be copied onto fabric and used in memory quilts as well.

Traditional Quilt Block Patterns

Over the years, quilts have documented the history of America.  The quilt block patterns show the culture, the history of the people and the passing on of quilt projects as art through the generations.

What are traditional quilt patterns?

Some of the traditional quilt patterns are Pinwheel, Double Wedding Ring, Eight Pointed Star, Log Cabin, Nine Patch, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Dresden Plate, and Flying Geese.  There are several more, but these are the most popular and are definite classics.

It is impossible for me to choose a favorite!  They all have wonderful different aspects to them.

With over 500 quilt patterns and projects on this page, there is just so much more to say, but I will leave it to you to scroll down and enjoy them.

Over 500 Free Quilt Patterns and Projects

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APPLIQUE PATTERNS

Free applique patterns, including simple shapes and full projects with applique patterns. Don't miss the quilt applique patterns, especially the baby quilt applique patterns.

20+ BABY QUILT PATTERNS AND PROJECTS

20+ Free children's quilt patterns and free baby sewing patterns. You will find free patterns for baby quilts, baby accessories, a diaper bag and more!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PROJECTS

Ready for project ideas for school? Look at all of the free quilted back to school DIY projects such as pencil case patterns, backpack patterns, and so much more!

BARGELLO QUILTING PATTERNS

Find wonderful free bargello quilt patterns here! A bargello quilt looks very complicated, but there are many beginner free bargello quilt patterns to be found!

BLOCKS - QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS

This is the place where you can design your own quilt by using these free quilt blocks patterns. We have quilt blocks for every skill level.

COVERS - BOOK & JOURNAL COVERS

Free projects for covering books and journals.

CRAZY QUILT PATTERNS & PROJECTS

Go crazy with these free crazy quilt and crazy patchwork quilt patterns and projects!

ELECTRONICS

Free quilting projects & Tutorials for iPod, cell phones, kindle covers, iPad covers, etc.

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING PATTERNS

Find free English paper piecing patterns and English paper piecing templates using hexagon paper piecing along with many other creative shapes.

FAT QUATER QUILTING

Create quilt projects with fat quarter bundles.

HOLIDAY

Quilting ideas for Christmas, Easter and other holidays.

KITCHEN QUILTING IDEAS

Free quilted DIY kitchen decor and other kitchen projects including mug rugs, coasters, placemats, tablecloths, aprons, towels, and tea cozies.

LAP QUILT

Lap quilt patterns.

MINI QUILT & SMALL QUILTS

Quilts in a smaller version.

MISCELLANEOUS

Lots of fabulous quilting ideas - gift bags, needle cases, pin cushions, bookmarks and more.

PAPER PIECING

Free paper piecing (foundation piecing) patterns and projects

PILLOWS

Ideas for making quilted pillows.

POT HOLDERS / POT PADS

Sewing a potholder; how to make a DIY potholder, including quilted potholders with the best collection of potholder patterns.

QUILLOW PATTERNS

What is a quillow? It is a quilt that can be folded into a pillow. Quillows are great gift ideas for family and friends.  Learn how to make quillows with these tutorials.

QUILT PATTERNS

More than 50 free and easy quilt patterns with quilt designs that include jelly roll quilts and applique quilt patterns.

RAG QUILT

Use the free rag quilt patterns to sew up a quick and easy quilt! If you need tips and instructions, this is the place to learn how to make a rag quilt!

REDWORK

Redwork quilts, redwork patterns and redwork designs for quilts, pillows, etc.  Along with other information on redwork embroidery.

SEWING AND CRAFT ROOM ACCESSORIES

Free projects for your sewing and craft room.

SCRAP QUILTS PATTERNS AND PROJECT

Make a scrap quilt with these wonderful and free scrappy quilt patterns! Bust that scrap pile with fun scrap quilt patterns and even learn about quilts made from clothing scraps,

TABLE RUNNERS AND TABLE TOPPERS

Find free table runner patterns, including patchwork table runners and free quilted table runner patterns.

TEE SHIRT QUILT

How to make a tee shirt quilt.

TOTES, BAGS & PURSES

Free patterns for quilted totes, bags and purses.

WALL QUILTS

Quilted wall quilt projects and ideas. All free!

YO-YO PROJECTS

Free projects ideas with yo-yos.




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