Appliqué Patterns & Projects

Appliqué quilt patterns are the perfect way for quilters of any level to add a little something extra to their projects. While some might think of this technique as something more traditional, other quilters might find the look modern when paired with the right quilt fabrics. Asa result, appliqué patterns and projects appeal to a wide variety of quilters, novice and seasoned. Whether you prefer the look of needle-turn or raw-edge, or simply enjoy using fusible web, each of these projects shows you a different take on a well-known and widely used technique.

No matter what technique you choose, the process is the same: one fabric is set on top of the other and then the two layers are combined. While hand-sewn is the most traditional application, you can also use a sewing machine or fusible web to join the two layers of fabric together. When applying shapes and curves that are challenging to piece, this technique is particularly useful. Imagine piecing flower stems down the border of a quilt. It’s not easy! With this technique, it looks great, accuracy increases, and the process takes less time. If you’re just starting out, begin with a project that uses just a few shapes or curves to get the feel for it. If you’ve already got the hang of it, go big with an all-over appliqué design. We know you’ll love many of the appliqué quilt patterns you find here, including some of our free quilt patterns that we love so much!

Happy Quilting!

Friendship Rings Quilt

Friendship Rings Quilt

Liz Porter created this cheerful quilt using vintage prints and rickrack to frame the top. Our instructions for Cutting 60′ Pyramids and making bias strips for the applique stems help bring it together smoothly. A digital pattern for this project is coming to ShopFonsandPorter.com!Stay tuned or check our Digital Patterns page for updates! About This…

Watercolor Garden Quilt

Watercolor Garden Quilt

The star blocks in this pretty quilt are easy to piece using diagonal seams and a touch of machine applique. We walk you through making the flowers’ stems and leaves. About This Quilt Finished Size: 63¼” x 72″ Finished Blocks: 12 (9¾”) blocks Rating: Easy Designed by: Julie Lynch Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Rotary…

Bluework Quilt

Bluework Quilt

Take on this fun challenge: Designer Kathy Munkelwitz combined dramatic block design, applique, embroidery and pieced borders in this bed-sized beauty. It’s truly a triumph! We’ve made a correction to this quilt pattern. For the corrected version, click here. About This Quilt Finished Size: 68″ x 85″ Finished Blocks: 18 (12″) blocks Rating: Challenging Designed…

Ellie Quilt

Ellie Quilt

Use vintage 1930s-inspired prints for this happy circus-themed wall hanging quilt. We include tips for using paper-backed fusible web and templates for appliqué. The quilt features the Old Maid’s Puzzle block and the Uneven Nine Patch block. Sashing and double borders complete the project. For a quick and helpful free quilting video tutorial, Sew Easy: Triangle-Square…

Run Run Mat

Run Run Mat

Create holiday memories with this darling circular felted wool mat decorated with gingerbread boys and girls — an adorable project by mother and daughter designers, Kim Zenk and Katie Hebblewhite. Simple embroidery makes this holiday mat even more fun and creates the cute factor.  Take a break from those Christmas quilts to make a some…

Candlelight Tablerunner

Candlelight Table Runner

Time for a new Christmas table runner quilt pattern? Give Barbara Cherniwchan’s design a try. It requires making four traditional quilt blocks, then appliquéing a candelabra and candles. Strip piecing combined with appliqué adds interest to the finished piece and your guests will most certainly agree. Use warm hued fabrics to make up this welcoming…

Pine Burr Quilt

Pine Burr Quilt

“I’ve always loved this traditional pattern, but could never get excited about cutting out all of the oddly-shaped pieces needed for the design,” says Liz Porter. Our laser-cut fabric pieces take the cutting challenge out of making this traditional quilt. Scrappy or well-planned — whatever look you’re going for, this bright and lively throw quilt delivers.…

Prairie Petals Quilt

Prairie Petals Quilt

Stitch petals on top of pieced quilt blocks using easy raw-edge appliqué for an enjoyable, relaxed quilting experience. Raw-edge appliqué adds a little curve to your patchwork, adding interest. This throw-size quilt pattern looks spectacular with coordinating fabrics, but you can also treat this one as a scrap quilt pattern. Grab your stash and get started for a…

Puzzle Pieces Quilt

Puzzle Pieces Quilt

Wall quilts and batik quilt patterns make a great pair! We have the Puzzle Pieces quilt to prove it. Batik fabrics are created with wonderful saturated tones and this quilt takes advantage of that. This designer chose to “lock” them all together into a wall quilt to puzzle the eyes. This wall hanging quilt is…

Little Pumpkins Pillow

Little Pumpkins Pillow

If you’re looking for a fun fall project, you’ve found it! This wool appliqué pillow is not only fun, but festive and adorable. Appliqué patterns can be so rewarding to make and we simply adore this one! Sixteen pumpkins and four little birds will surely make you smile throughout the autumn months. Akin to primitive quilt…

Walnut Grove Quilt

Walnut Grove Quilt

Dresden Plates are classic quilt blocks that make quite a statement when featured in quilts! Choosing colors and fabrics for these blocks is an important part of the quiltmaking process, as they add so much to the look of the quilt. Kathy Delaney’s quilt, Walnut Grove, looks like it came right out of Granny’s attic…

Queen for a Day Pillow

Queen for a Day Pillow

Make this pillow for a sofa, bed, or chair to remind everyone there’s a queen in the house! The crowned “Q” appliqué on this regal pillow covering is easily stitched with a blanket or satin stitch. You can call this an appliqué quilt pattern, but it’s important to note that this project is an easy pillow pattern!…

Happy Harvest Quilt

Happy Harvest Quilt

Pears and apples are not just for fall! While they look great on an autumn table, they’re also fun and perky for a spring or summer table. Make this table quilt pattern with adorable pear and apple appliqués for yourself or as a gift that can be used over and over again. Finished Size: 24″ diameter  |…

Black Cat Arch Quilt

Black Cat Arch Quilt

This black cat isn’t scary and neither are appliqué quilt patterns! This cute, black cat in a hat is proof that Halloween doesn’t have to be spooky. Delight kids with this machine appliquéd wall hanging quilt or use some brights from your stash to create a cheery table top quilt. Correction: we’ve made a correction to the…