Tip Tuesday: Quick & Unique Quilt Patterns

Calling all quick quilt lovers! We have so many quick quilt patterns it’s unbelievable, but they can get lost in the sea of Fons & Porter quilt patterns. I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about quilt-in-a-day patterns, jelly roll quilt patterns, layer cake quilt patterns… the list goes on. For today’s Tip Tuesday, I thought that you might like some suggestions on unique quilt patterns that don’t take a ton of time to make, but can be a lot of fun. Let’s get started!

Suggestion #1: Fire & Ice (Bargello Quilt Pattern) by Ann Lauer

Fire & Ice QuiltAre you a fan of bargello quilt patterns and jelly roll quilt patterns? This quilt combines both of those fabulous worlds into one spectacular quilt! This quilt is one of my all time favorite Quilting Quickly quilts.

Fire & Ice is GORGEOUS and so much fun to make. If you haven’t tried making a bargello quilt before, give it a shot. It’s worth it! Sewing Specialist for Fons & Porter, Colleen Tauke, shows you what it takes to put one of these together. It’s easier than you think!


Suggestion #2: Around the Rail Fence by Lisa Swenson Ruble

Around The Rail Fence Quilt

Around the Rail Fence is one of those projects that is quick to make, but really sends a message. This quilt says, “I am a traditional design with a twist and you can’t ignore me!” There are also great opportunities for some free motion quilting on this one – the solid borders are essentially a blank canvas for personalizing this quilt.

The Rail Fence quilt blocks become the star of the show by using the solid borders to frame the rows of blocks. Pre-cut jelly roll strips make it a simple and time-saving project. If you like jelly roll quilt patterns and unique quilt patterns, this is your quilt.

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a big fan of color. I like colors that pop and play off of one another so, when viewing the quilt, the eye keeps moving and holds the viewers interest. I also like a variety and prefer my baby quilts to have a softer tone. Pastels are always a go-to for me when considering baby quilt patterns.

Suggestion #3: Sweethearts by Joy McKeon

Sweethearts Quilt

Sweethearts might just be one of the sweetest baby quilt patterns I’ve come across. Of course, it works up quickly, which is a plus when you need a baby shower gift in a snap. And, with Valentine’s Day coming up, this crib-size quilt can double as a Valentine’s Day gift. Resize this quilt and make it a two-color quilt – red and white – for a more appropriate version perfect for an older child, teenager, friend or family member.

There isn’t any curved piecing in this one – this is Quilting Quickly, so it’s all straight seams here. If you’re looking for layer cake quilt patterns, you’ve found one! Use a pack of 10″ layer cake squares to make fabric selection easy.


Suggestion #4: Sunshine & Shadows by the Love of Quilting Staff

Sunshine & Shadows Quilt

Most quilters love traditional Log Cabin quilt layouts. You can see why – classic light and dark Log Cabin quilts have an original look to them that can’t be matched. They are truly their own arrangement, aren’t they? I was absolutely astounded to see a Log Cabin quilt pattern in the Quilting Quickly July/August 2015 issue. Log Cabin quilt layouts take time! And, then, there’s the piecing and the quilting. Well, the staff at Fons & Porter came up with a technique that makes for a quilt that works up quickly.

A quick note about this tutorial: Sewing Specialist, Colleen Tauke, made reference to 2 ½” strips, which is incorrect. She sends her apologies The project was made from 10″ squares, putting this quilt in the layer cake quilt patterns category.


That’s my top 4 Quilting Quickly quilts for now. Of course, these things change as new unique quilt patterns come around and tried and true quilt patterns resurface. Did you enjoy this tour? If you’d like to see more suggestions, let me know in the comments.

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter
Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor


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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.