Quilt Design 101

Before the quilt pattern...there was the idea...The Quilt Design.

This page contains affiliate links.

Quilter gets an idea!

Which blocks to use? What kind of layout? Which fabrics?

These questions need answers before the quilt pattern is even drafted, before the first stitch is taken.

To assist you with your own designing, we've assembled these design pages to help you visualize how different quilt blocks look in different settings, in different combinations.

Sometimes we even learn better when we take things apart.

From time to time we'll add antique quilt designs and then deconstruct them to to figure out the best way to recreate the quilt based on our own personal skills and preferences.

Use these ideas to jump start your own creativity!

The Quilt Design Pages

Some of these pages have links to the block instructions, either traditional and/or paper piecing.

Some do not--those pages are meant for purely for inspiration!

Free downloads are available for the paper piecing block patterns and templates when they are used.

Some designs include coloring pages for layouts. You'll find them near the bottom of their design page if they are available.

Now let's get busy and enjoy the creative patchwork design process!

Begin by clicking on an image below...

Click here for Autumn Tints quilt designs></a>

<a href= Oklahoma Twister Designs Rail Fence quilt pattern design Rocky Mountain Chain design Single Chain and Knot quilt pattern design ideas Star Chain quilt pattern design ideas Storm at Sea quilt design inspirations Susannah quilt design inspiration Valley Square quilt design inspiration

Deconstructing Antique Quilts

This is a brand new section that started out simply because someone asked a question in a Facebook group. 

As 'deconstructed' design pages are added, there'll be the same type of picture links as above.

For now just click on the image to the right to read Part 1 of the first article.

We Need You!

This section of the website is a work-in-progress. New designs will be added as the pages are written and illustrated.

Now, this is where you can help!

If you're interested in a particular design that we haven't written yet, Contact Us to tell me what you're looking for. While I can't guarantee that it'll be done immediately, knowing that there's interest in a particular pattern is very good motivation.

Another way you can help, is if you've got pictures of your quilts, submit them to our 'Share Your Quilts' section.

At some point, I'd like to have a slide show on each design page with examples of YOUR quilts so that others can benefit. We all know how inspiring it is to go to a show and see all the quilts. You just can't wait to get back into your own studio!

If you are a published designer and have a pattern(s) for sale that's a good fit for one of our pages...submit it to the 'Share Your Quilts' link...describe your quilt and be sure to add where someone can buy it and for how much. That would be very helpful and appreciated!

Favorite Quilt Design Tools and Resources

Share Your Comments, Tips and Ideas

of the Week

"North Stars"

by Elizabeth Hartman

Click here for info...
Click here for more by Elizabeth Hartman—the reigning Queen of cute animal quilts!

Or click here to see her online classes.

Quilt patterns, books and kits to tempt you!

Click any of the images or links below for more info...

Fold-N-Stitch Wreath pattern
Fold-N-Stitch Wreath
by Poorhouse Quilt Design

Farm Girl Vintage
by Lori Holt

Gypsy Wife
by Jen Kingwell

Enhance your
Fabric Resource Center
aka 'Stash'

Click on the images to go to Amazon.com for more choices.

Click here for MORE
Kaffe fabrics

Click here for MORE
Batik fabrics

Subscribe to our StashTalk Newsletter