Fun With Monochrome Quilt Patterns – All You Need is One!

When quilting, you can have just as much with one color as you can with a rainbow of colors. By definition, the word monochrome is used to describe an object that is made in shades of a single color, but that doesn’t mean one solid color. In fact, the different shades and tones of a single color can make for a stunning monochromatic look. Check out these patterns for inspiration on your next quilting project!

Sunny Side Up Monochrome Quilt
Photo via Anna Graham

Do you have a favorite color? Why not use it to create a monochrome quilt!

Why choose the monochrome look?

With all of the beautiful printed fabric out there, why would a quilter choose to create an entire quilt out of just one color? Here are just a few reasons!

  • Visual impact: Monochrome quilts are truly eye catching. They don’t seem to be very common anymore, so they are quite stunning.
  • Challenge: It’s not easy to work with just one color! Pattern choice can be more difficult because the focal point is really on the design.
  • Minimal fabric selection: Though it might be challenging to choose the design, the actual process of fabric selection is quite easy. Simply raid your fabric stash for your chosen color! The most effective prints consist of only that color, or those mixed with white. To make fabric selection even easier, choose a single solid fabric!
You may be interested in our post on choosing a color palette for quilting, which discusses looking at color tones and values when making your fabric selections.

Top 6 monochrome quilt patterns

Would you like to sew a monochrome quilt? Here are a six projects and patterns that might pique your interest. Click on the photos and links for more information!

Starry Night: Single-Color Quilt Pattern on Craftsy
Photo via Craftsy member Red Boots

Starry Night Blues

Make a bold and dramatic queen-size quilt with the Starry Night Blues pattern. The classic star blocks make for a timeless keepsake that will be treasured for years. The finished project measures 90 1/2″ x 90 1/2″.

Pretty in Pink Monochromatic Quilt Pattern -
Photo via Craftsy member Coras Quilts

Pretty in Pink

Two charming blocks repeated create the whimsical Pretty in Pink quilt. Pair your favorite colored prints or solids with a crisp white to recreate your own version. The pattern includes instructions for three different sizes: crib, twin and queen.

Rows-o-Rama Quilt: Craftsy Member PatternPhoto via Craftsy member WhistlepigCreek


Have you ever made a row quilt? This pattern is a type of sampler, and it will show you how to create a fun project. Learn a variety of sewing techniques as you sew up each different row in this quilt, which measures 60” x 70” when finished.

Craftsy Pattern: Block of the Month Sampler
Photo via Craftsy member Quilt Doodle

Block of the Month Sampler

The Block of the Month Sampler Quilt is a stash-busting quilt offered by Quilt Doodle Designs. A complete set of directions is offered to create 12 blocks measuring 12” square. This pattern is suitable for quilters of all levels.

Helix Quilt - Pattern on
Photo via Craftsy member Emily Herrick


Simple piecework and a creative layout work together to create the stunning Helix quilt. Men can be difficult to sew for, but this pattern is just right.

Front of Summertime Quilted Tote Photo via Christina Lane

Front of Summertime Tote

Use your imagination! You don’t have to stick to quilts when it comes to monochrome designs. Small projects can have the same effect. Christina of The Sometimes Crafter demonstrates this with her beautiful Flying Goose patchwork bag, created out of black and white fabrics.

Have you ever sewn a monochrome quilt? What is your favorite pattern to use for this type of quilt?

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