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THE 7 EASIEST QUILTING PATTERNS
Sew Sailboat Quilt Blocks
This Sailboat quilt is made up of thirty-five 12-inch patchwork quilt blocks sewn into horizontal rows and separated by sashing and cornerstones. Two different sailboat quilt blocks are used, and they alternate with each other side-by-side and row-to-row.
Boat fabrics are warm, and contrast with the sea and sky.
Endless Stairs Quilt Block Pattern
Endless Stairs was the quilt block pattern for a past even in our Quilting Forum. The event is over, but do try the pattern to make a quilt for yourself -- or to organize a quilt block swap among friends.
Endless Stairs is a very easy block, so easy that you can crank them out in no time at all, and the 8" finished size makes the design usable in many projects, from toddler quilts on up.
Easy Framed Nine Patch Quilt Pattern
This quilt is so simple, and it can be customized to suit any theme. Nine patch units are sewn with two fabrics, a green print and a blue print, and the two prints swap locations in about half of the blocks. Next, frames are sewn around the nine patches.
Roman Square Quilt Block Pattern
Roman Square is an easy quilt block pattern with a scrappy patchwork layout. The same basic design is known my many names, including Rail Fence, depending on the arrangement and repeats of color and color value.
Roman Square is perfect for frugal quilting. You probably have leftover fabric from previous projects -- put it to use making a true scrap quilt, where color isn't a requirement.
Twenty-Five Patch Quilt Block Pattern
The Twenty-Five Patch quilt block is exactly what its name implies -- a design with twenty five patches within its borders, all same-sized squares.
The Twenty-five Patch is a perfect block for scrap quilts, but can also be effective when sewn in an orderly fashion. You'll need to make some choices before you begin.
Practical Orchard Quilt Block Pattern
Quilt blocks aren't much simpler than Practical Orchard -- it's a perfect block for beginning quilters.
Most of the block's patches are squares, but a single quarter square triangle unit at the block's center offers some practice with quick piecing techniques.
Practical Orchard is well suited for a quilt with sashing between the blocks. Another choice is to use plain setting squares or a simple alternate block, like the dependable snowball.
Maryland Beauty Quilt Block Pattern
The traditional Maryland Beauty quilt block pattern has half-square triangles along the straight edges of the dark pieces that are illustrated above. It's a lovely block, but this simplified version can be just as effective if you choose fabrics with lots of visual texture.
My Maryland Beauty quilt block is a perfect swap block. It's not too difficult for beginners, it doesn't have a ton of patches, and a scrappy mixture of Maryland Beauty quilt blocks makes a fantastic quilt.
Mock Basket Weave Quilt Block Pattern
Quilt patterns don't get much easier than the Mock Basket Weave quilt block. Grab a couple of striped fabrics, cut strips or squares, and use your quilt blocks to sew a quilt top or border in nothing flat. Stripes that run perpendicular to each other make a quilt or border look like true basketweave -- without the fuss of extra piecing.
Shoofly Quilt Block Pattern
I honestly wasn't sure what to call this quilt block, because there are at least ten traditional blocks that are very similar to it. It can be called an "O," but I'm stubborn enough to want a longer name. The Shoo Fly quilt block is a fairly close match, so let's go with that -- but we'll make a few adjustments to the Shoo Fly's standard color value arrangement.
Framed Four-Patch Quilt Block Pattern
The Framed Four-Patch quilt block is exactly what its name implies, a four-patch unit surrounded by framing strips. The illustration above shows a block made with frames that are the same width as the strips used in the four-patch interior, but you'll see other, similar quilt blocks where the outer frames are narrower or wider -- or where two frames are used per block instead of one.
Use any color scheme you like for these blocks. Bold colors and whimsical prints are perfect for baby quilts and quilts for kids, but you could go with subtle florals that blend into each other somewhat, or with reproduction prints from any time period.
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