Free Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Quilting | Comments


Like kids in a candy store, quilters go crazy for fat quarters. And it’s easy to see why! Fat quarters, 18” x 22” cuts of fabric, are the perfect size to make a variety of quilt patterns. They also don’t break the bank, since they typically cost a fraction of the price of a full yard of quilting fabric.

If you’ve been collecting fat quarters for any amount of time, you know all too well that they seem to multiply like rabbits. Buying them is a great way to get a sampling of fabric prints, but there also comes a time to put those fat quarters to good use.

If you’re looking for some fat-quarter quilt patterns to help bust your stash, check out these designs!

Baby Boy Quilt

Can you make a quilt with just four fat quarters from your stash? See a large baby quilt made from just four fat quarters and 3/4 yard of solid fabric on The Sewing Rabbit. The result is a fat-quarter quilt pattern that maximizes your fabrics with large patchwork blocks. It’s a great quilt pattern for beginning quilters to try out half-square triangles.

Fat Quarter Quilt Pattern

Divide and Conquer is a fat-quarter friendly quilt pattern by Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy. This project works great with coordinating prints, and Elizabeth says the quilt top is easy enough to finish up in one day or over a weekend. If you’re looking to use up fabric from your stash, this quilt is fat-quarter friendly and offers a great way to pair coordinating prints.

Apple Crate Quilt

Angela Mitchell of Fussy Cut shares a free pattern for her Apple Crate quilt, featured at the Moda Bake Shop. This versatile pattern can be made with pre-cut fabric strips or fat quarters, which are great if you’d like to fussy cut printed fabric. Fat-quarter quilts offer a wonderful way to show off coordinating prints from a fabric collection.

Fat Quarter Baby Quilt

Using eight fat quarters, the Tilt a Whirl Baby Quilt, designed by Faith of Fresh Lemons, is a paper-pieced pattern. Although this version uses prints from the same collection, this free fat-quarter quilt pattern would also work great with a mixture of prints from different lines or even solids. If you’d like, you can sketch out the fabric placement for your fat-quarter quilts using colored pencils, or just dive right in and stitch up individual blocks that you like.

Equalizer Quilt

Lindsay’s Equalizer Quilt featured on Pellon shows that fat-quarter quilts can lead to unexpected designs. Using 8 to 12 fat quarters, this fat-quarter quilt pattern resembles the bars of a music equalizer. With bold, geometric prints, it’s a masculine quilt design that relies on rows rather than traditional blocks.

Swoon Quilt

Craftsy member linynp finished this swoon quilt, which uses fat quarters. It’s one of the class projects included in Camille Roskelley’s online Craftsy class, Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple. If you love to find new patterns that are pre-cut friendly, you’ll love Camille’s fresh ideas for working with fat quarters, pre-cut squares and rolls of fabric strips.

Tomorrow on the Craftsy blog, we’ll share tips for perfecting the curved piecing technique.

What’s your favorite fat quarter quilt pattern? We love to read your comments!

Comments

  1. Anne Ogletree says:

    Just to let you know – I have had to take Explorer 10 off my compueter and go back to version 9 in order for this blog to come up properly. the end of the text before the ads was not coming up in v 10. It works great in v.9.

  2. Mary McNeill says:

    I think in most cases 4 fat quarters will cost more than 1 yard of fabric but of course you get more variety with fat quarters

  3. JulieCC says:

    I’ve been having the same problem as Anne with IE. I have a screen shot if you’d like. It cuts off the right half of all the text.

    1. Megan says:

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for your note- we’re working on fixing the problem, but it is only occurring in IE 10. Please use a different browser like Chrome or Safari to read the blog post and it should all show up! I hope this helps.

  4. The title is “Free Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns” and Swoon is pictured. I purchased mine, but know someone who would like one. Where is Swoon “free”?

    1. Megan says:

      Hi Mary,

      The Swoon quilt pictured is actually just a Craftsy member’s fat quarter project. It is not a free pattern– just an example of a project made from fat quarters. I apologize for any confusion and hope this helps to clarify.

  5. Linda says:

    I am currently making he Swoon quilt! I love the pattern! It goes together beautifully!

  6. just a note to say how informative your whole site is…..needed to check mitre corners and your outline is easy to follow. Many thanks….will visit again !