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!
Lemon Squares: Squares-in-squares that is made out of only 6 types of blocks.
Simple: Learn how to machine quilt with this simple project.
Take-Along: It’s a basic design (nine fat quarter patches) that has a buttoned fabric strap to make it easier to carry folded.
Raw Edge Layer Cake: The seams are clipped to give some great ‘cuddle-up’ texture.
Simple Circle: Lovely and surprisingly simple (two-part tutorial).
Snuggly Bricks: Quick and easy made with fat quarters.
Crayon Box: (for babies) Bright and colorful that can be adjusted for bigger sizes if you like.
Boxed In: This is definitely one that can be put together in a weekend, or even less, if you are ambitious!
Colors: Lovely patchwork. Size: 165 blocks, 15 rows, 11 columns, 61″ x 83″ finished.
Pieced Scrap Border: The pieced block is no more than a square center that has been given a pieced border.
Felicity: Promises to go together quickly and be very forgiving.
Crazy Nine Patch Lattice: Crazy nine-patch blocks, with another tutorial for making a nine-patch lattice.
Nine Patch: Shows you how to make a nine square block.
T-Shirt: You’ll need around 20 t-shirts to make this quilt.
Raw Edge Circle: Finished size is about 42″x 56″ but it’s easy to make this whatever size you want.
Modern Square Garden: This shows you how to make the top, finished sized is 38 1/2″ x 51 1/2″.
Simple Tied: No fussing with binding tapes as this is self-bound.
Vintage Sheet: A simple project perfect for beginners using blocks of vintage sheets (you can use any fabric you like).
Hour Glass Block: You can use any size square you want, depending on what size you want your hour-glass block to be.
Cathedral Window Tutorial: Measurements and instructions for making a cathedral window block…includes lots of resources.
Value: Baby quilts, wall hangings, bed quilts, or a favorite blankie, make it any size you want.
1-2-3 Easy: This utilizes the “pillow-case” method of binding, so there are no bias strips to make.
Puff: Baby-size but good project to try your hand at this method.
Blue Jeans: This is the project you’ve been saving your old jeans for.
Scatter Sunshine Scrappy: The example size is for babies but you can easily adjust for whatever size you like.
5×5: For babies but you can make it larger for an adult sized if you like, no problem!
Kaleidoscopic Kites: Ideal for beginners, each block has only 4 pieces and if you are familiar with chain piecing, you will make quick work of assembling these blocks.
His & Hers: Finished size is 99″ x 100″ and a fun variation of a coin quilt.
Patchwork Bedspread: 7 1/2″ squares of fabric (54 in total) are sewn together in six rows (of 9 squares each), backed with fabric and lightweight wadding. Edges trimmed with ribbon and buttons are hand-stitched in a random arrangement.
Self Binding: Teaches how to use a larger piece of fabric for the back and use the extra fabric to bind.
Full Swing Pattern: Finished size measures 66″ square, pattern available via free pdf download.
Raw Edge Jelly Roll: All the cutting is done for you with this easy-peasy project using 64 jelly roll strips and batting.
Sunny Tied: Bright and cheery that’s light enough to use over the warm summer months.
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.
Patchwork Memory Idea: A simple patchwork blanket made with old baby clothes, blankets and pajamas. Backed with prewashed cotton fabric.
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).
Daisy Chains: Skill level noted as “Confident Beginner”, finished size measures 85″ x 97 1/2″. Tutorial via free pdf download.
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)