There are an infinite number of quilt patterns. Some are more popular than others. Maybe it’s because they are easy, maybe they have been around for hundreds of years, maybe they create amazing visually interesting quilts. What we do know is that these are some of the popular quilt patterns.
Here are some of the most popular quilt patterns in alphabetical order.
Attic Window Quilt Pattern
This is a fun pattern to use especially if you want to fussy cut a print so that it appears like you are looking out a window. See our directions for making an attic window quilt block.
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Bargello Quilt Pattern
Strips of fabric are sewn together, cut apart and put back together to form a wave design. See our directions for making a Bargello Quilt.
Courthouse Steps Quilt Pattern
The courthouse steps quilt block is similar to the log cabin in that strips of fabric are placed around a center square. The difference is that with.the courthouse steps you place the strips right and left, and then top and bottom of the center square. With a log cabin quilt block you sew the strips in a circular rotation around the center square. Read our directions on how to make the courthouse steps quilt block.
Crazy Quilt Pattern
Crazy quilts are made from a variety of fabrics and generally highly embellished with hand embroidery. Sometimes buttons, beads and sequins are also added to a crazy quilt. Fabrics include satins and rich velvets to create a posh look.
Check out all of the crazy quilts and read the interviews with the makers on Create Whimsy.
Double Hourglass Quilt Pattern
The double hourglass quilt block features four half square triangles and five solid squares. It’s a great quilt block for beginners. Read our directions for making the double hourglass quilt block.
Just like many quilt blocks, they have evolved over time. There are two popular quilt blocks that look different and both are referred to by quilters as the double hour glass. Here is the second version of the double hour glass quilt block we have directions for on Create Whimsy.
Drunkard’s Path Quilt Pattern
The Drunkard’s path quilt block has curved seams that scares some quilters. The traditional block features a quarter circle that is sewn into a square background. Practice a bit and it will open a world of new quilt designs that dance and move across your quilt top! Read our directions for making the Drunkard’s path quilt block. Looking for more freedom with your curves? Check out our directions for improvisational curve quilt blocks.
Flying Geese Quilt Pattern
Flying geese quilt blocks are used in both traditional and modern quilts. The block features a larger triangle set between two smaller triangles. There are many ways to make this block. We’ve got a great how-to article on making no-waste Flying Geese.
Four Patch Quilt Pattern
The four patch quilt pattern is probably the most basic of all patchwork. It’s a perfect quilt block for beginners. Use up your fabric scraps to make a scrappy four patch quilt! See our beginner directions for making a four patch quilt block.
Friendship Star Quilt Pattern
The friendship star is the simplest star quilt block that uses four half square triangles and 5 solid color squares. Check out our directions for making a friendship star quilt block.
Half-Square Triangle Quilt Pattern
The half square triangle is also referred to as an HST. There are so many different ways to make this quilt block that is divided into two pieces on the diagonal. Read the seven ways to make half square triangles. If you need only a few, I prefer half square triangles two-at-a-time. If you need a bundle, try half square triangles eight-at-a time.
Log Cabin Quilt Pattern
The log cabin quilt block starts with a square and strips of fabric are sewn around the center. There are so many ways to make this basic quilt block look. Check out the amazing log cabins by Amy Pabst. She works in miniature. Read our directions for making a log cabin quilt block.
Nine Patch Quilt Pattern
The nine patch is a basic building block format for many other quilt blocks. Some quilt blocks that use the three-rows by three-column format are the ohio star quilt block, the churn dash quilt block and the monkey wrench quilt block. The nine patch is a perfect quilt block for beginners. Check out our directions for the basic nine patch quilt block.
Pinwheel Quilt Pattern
The pinwheel quilt pattern is a four-patch format that uses four (4) half square triangles. Check out our directions for the basic pinwheel quilt block.
Rail Fence Quilt Pattern
The rail fence quilt pattern is made from strips of fabric that are then placed in different directions creating movement with a zigzag or basket-type pattern. Read our directions for making a rail fence quilt block.
Snowball Quilt Pattern
A snowball quilt block is a square with triangle corners in a different fabric creating an octagon shape. This quilt bloc is great for fussy cutting a design for the center. Read our directions for making a snow ball quilt block.
Spool Quilt Pattern
A spool quilt block is made from four (4) half square triangles and five (5) squares to form a spool shape. In a quilt design, they can stack one on another or shift 90-degrees to form a design. Read our directions for making a spool quilt pattern.
Want more? Browse through all of our free quilt patterns on Create Whiimsy.