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Quilt in a Day: 6 Patterns for Fast and Furious Stitchers

Do you ever feel like you've been working on the same work in progress forever? Some quilters take months or even years to piece and complete a quilt, while others seem to quilt at the speed of sound, moving on to a new quilting project every week.

Between the time spent choosing and cutting fabrics to the hours spent piecing, it's quite impractical to think that you can actually make a quilt in a day. Or is it? We've searched far and wide for the freshest time-saving quilt patterns, with tops that you can whip up in 24 hours or less! Check out these quilt-in-a-day patterns, which are even simpler than some of our fast weekend quilt patterns!

Cascade Colorblock: Quilt-in-a-Day PatternsQuilt designed and pieced by Elizabeth Timmons;
Quilted and photographed by Jessica Levitt

Radiating colorblocking

Show off prints or solids with this fast quilt-in-a-day pattern we've featured above from the new Cascade collection by Jessica Levitt. Elizabeth's Colorblock Quilt finishes in a baby quilt size, and it's super fast to piece. In fact, she shares in her tutorial how you can assemble this fast baby quilt with only 10 cuts of fabric!

Plus Quilt Baby SizePhoto via Craftsy member ReannaLily Designs

Simple plus patchwork

Even if you've never pieced a plus quilt, this patchwork pattern is quick and easy to sew. Depending on the size of your quilt, you can probably knock out this quilt in a day. Jenn's fast plus quilt uses only 12 fat quarters, so you'll probably spend more time cutting your fabric and arranging the pluses than you actually will sewing!

Get the FREE Plus Quilt Pattern here.

Bohemian Star QuiltPhoto via Craftsy member Samelias Mum

One-day star top

This large 90" x 90" quilt pattern features a central patchwork block you can sew with pre-cuts, saving you time at the cutting table. Choose three additional fabrics and whip up the star's spokes and background for a big quilt with a bold look.

Get the Bohemian Star Quilt pattern here.

Easy Going ModernPhoto via Craftsy member Felicity Quilts 

Easy-to-piece blocks

This beginner-friendly, quilt-in-a-day pattern is also a quick sew for experienced quilters! Use large blocks to make a quilt top in baby, lap or queen size. Either way you slice it, this quilt top is easy to whip up in a day. It will also teach you a quick-piecing technique that you'll love using in all of your projects.

Get the Easy Going Modern pattern here.

Beach Quilts StripedPhoto via Craftsy member Vicki1112

No-batting beach quilts

Use a roll of pre-cut fabric strips to stitch together these tropical beach quilts in time for your mid-winter getaway. This pattern uses double-sided terry on the back, and there is no batting, so the quilts wash and dry in no time!

Get the Striped Beach Quilts pattern here.

Colorblock Quilt PatternPhoto via Craftsy member Bijou Lovely

Fat-quarter friendly colorblocking

Holly's take on a fast, colorblocked quilt pattern is fresh and fun! This simple, modern baby quilt pattern is great for featuring bold fabric prints, and it is ideal for beginners or more advanced quilters who are ready to churn out a simple quilt in a day. Use your stash of fat quarters and this PDF pattern will guide you through the rest!

Get the Colorblock Quilt Pattern here.

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5 Comments

Thea Mulder

Thank you for sending these quilting tips and patterns I love browsing through them and hope to get more to look at have a great quilting day Thea

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Karen Gentile`

Thank you for your patterns and ideas, they inspire me everyday to just keep quilting and see what you can create yourself too! You are the Best!

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DebbieD

I love the inspiration I get from just looking at these great quilts. Craftsy is my favorite website to find projects that I don’t feel are too difficult for my level of skill. Thanks for all the freebies!

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BettyGee

I love the Chevron patterns, but I am always afraid I’ll miss a cut and things won’t fit properly. This tutorial is so clear that even I might have a chance. Many thanks. I’ve only been quilting for 25 years and I still haven’t mastered the ruler.

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quiltlady

after looking at all the quilts, where do I buy “motivation” ?

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