I’m looking for some free quilt patterns using fat quarters. Lately, when I go to the LQS, I find myself drawn to the brim with assorted fat quarters. At Fons & Porter, there’s a table and a cabinet organizer filled to the brim with fat quarters of all kinds. They’re sorted by color and fabric type, and to me, they’re kind of like little fabric snacks. They’re not whole yards of fabric, they’re neatly wrapped quarter-yard fabrics in every motif you can imagine.
Because fat quarters are sometimes made from the leftover fabric on the last of a bolt, you’ll often find a huge variety of them at the quilt shop. And I like to pick up a few at a time – just whatever catches my eye. So needless to say, I have a whole pile (or drawer) of them in my quilt room. I went on a search to find some of my favorite free quilt patterns using fat quarters, and here’s what I found:
I love this scrap quilt by Liz Porter. Liz’s quilt, Ohio Star, is testament that traditional quilts continue to inspire. The small hourglass units are the perfect size for accommodating the fabrics in your fat quarter stash.
Are you a fan of rainbow quilts? Maybe it’s all the pot of gold and leprechaun myths, but I think there’s something magical about them. And they’re as eye-catching as they come. You’ll be pleased to know this quilt, After the Storm, is a fat quarter friendly quilt project. With just a few rainbow colored peeks of color through the grey, this modern quilt is reminiscent of the first sparkle of sun after a dark storm.
This simple quilt, Kaye’s Scrap Squares, speaks for itself. It’s a straightforward quilt for using up the bits of fat quarters in your fabric stash. Make this easy traditional quilt in an afternoon. Some of my other favorite quilt patterns using fat quarters from the online quilt shop include:
Attic Treasures, a fat quarter friendly quilt project made using hourglass units. If you use our Sew Easy video tutorial on quick hourglass units, you can make these units with no cutting or sewing triangles.
Pomegranate Mountains, a gorgeous quilt featuring the Tents of Armageddon quilt block in surprisingly bright Civil War reproduction fabric prints.
I hope you enjoy all these quilts using fat quarters, and find some inspiration for your next quilt project. If you make any of these quilts or have made them before, post a picture in the comments. We’d love seeing your works of art!