Here’s is a large collection of free quilt projects that I’ve organized from my bookmarks and previous Tipnut features…many are simple to make and perfect for beginners. Plenty of inspiration in this list!
Simple : Learn how to machine quilt with this simple project.
Raw Edge Layer Cake : The seams are clipped to give some great ‘cuddle-up’ texture.
Snuggly Bricks : Quick and easy made with fat quarters.
Boxed In : This is definitely one that can be put together in a weekend, or even less, if you are ambitious!
Pieced Scrap Border : The pieced block is no more than a square center that has been given a pieced border.
Crazy Nine Patch Lattice : Crazy nine-patch blocks, with another tutorial for making a nine-patch lattice.
T-Shirt : You’ll need around 20 t-shirts to make this quilt.
Modern Square Garden : This shows you how to make the top, finished sized is 38 1/2″ x 51 1/2″.
Vintage Sheet : A simple project perfect for beginners using blocks of vintage sheets (you can use any fabric you like).
Cathedral Window Tutorial : Measurements and instructions for making a cathedral window block…includes lots of resources.
1-2-3 Easy : This utilizes the “pillow-case” method of binding, so there are no bias strips to make.
Blue Jeans : This is the project you’ve been saving your old jeans for.
5×5 : For babies but you can make it larger for an adult sized if you like, no problem!
His & Hers : Finished size is 99″ x 100″ and a fun variation of a coin quilt.
Self Binding : Teaches how to use a larger piece of fabric for the back and use the extra fabric to bind.
Raw Edge Jelly Roll : All the cutting is done for you with this easy-peasy project using 64 jelly roll strips and batting.
Sucky Puff (yo-yo) : Finished size measure 42-1/2″ x 54″ or 28 rows of 21 yo-yos. Includes template for making the yo-yos (each is filled with a small pom pom) and then instructions for assembling.
Mc-Cheats-A-Lot : Assorted squares of fabric are sewn on top of a duvet, edges are unfinished (or do a zig-zag stitch around edges if you prefer).
Whale’s Tale : Queen size (85 1/2″ x 93″) and made with 36 tail blocks (5″ x 20″). Template included in pdf tutorial.
Here’s a vintage string quilt tutorial (First published on Tipnut September 2, 2009 and moved to this page for better organization)
- Use 10 inch squares (or smaller) from better parts of worn blankets or men’s flannel shirt tails, for block foundation Step 1. This also makes the lining. A grand opportunity to use up all those long slender scraps left in the scrap-bag.
- Pre-Shrink Materials That Are New by wetting and pressing.
- Sew strips to the foundation piece as shown Step (1) and (2) Making Block (1) with two sides loose.
Method To Sew Together:
- Step (3) Lay block (1) on top of block (2).
- Pin lining on block (1) back out of seams way and sew edge of two blocks together. Flatten seam and whip the lining on block (1) down flat over the seam. Either put together in strips or make a square and keep adding blocks. Finish edge with a binding.
- The whole trick is to keep the sewn edge of one block inside the loose edge of the other block when putting the blocks together. When set together the lining is finished too.
Source: Women’s Household Magazine (1960s)