Quilting fabric comes in all sorts of pre-cut bundles, such as Charm Packs or Jelly Rolls. You can also buy your own selection of fabric choices in pieces known as Fat Quarters.
What is a Fat Quarter? A Fat Quarter is typically a piece of quilting fabric that is cut to 22 inch by 18 inch. These fabric pieces can then be sewn together as they are to produce a large patterned quilt, or the pieces can be cut in numerous ways to provide the size of fabric required for the quilting pattern.
We have found 10 Free Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns & Projects that use Fat Quarter fabric. Some of these include tutorials and all are suitable for sewing beginners.
10 Free Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns:
This is a very well illustrated tutorial on how to sew a quilt from cutting up Fat Quarters to produce a herring-bone design. The secret to this quilt is in the folding and cutting of your fabric. Get this wrong and it just won’t sew right. However, the step-by-step instructions clearly explain everything you need to do to create this fantastic looking quilt.
This tutorial shows you how to sew your own place-mats using Fat Quarters. If place-mats are not your thing, then you can easily copy the project pattern to create multiple panel blocks to form a quilt. This is a pretty strait forward sew and the instructions are well written and illustrated.
Nearly Squares Quilt
If you want a change from just sewing squares together, but don’t have much confidence in doing anything too complicated, this fat quarter quilt pattern might be ideal. The tutorial shows you how to cut your Fat Quarter, and then how to sew a triangle onto each square to give a cut-away effect.
Fat Quarter Baby Quilt
This quilt uses strips, squares and rectangles to create a fun and lively pattern suitable for a child’s quilt. The easy-to-follow tutorial explains how to cut your Fat Quarters as well as showing you in step-by-step detail how to sew your quilt pieces together.
Modern Quilt Cross Quilt Tutorial
An interesting quilt pattern created from squares which are then sewn together to form crosses. The tutorial also includes a how to guide on sewing a quilt with one large cross throughout the quilt. These projects are suitable for beginners, with easy-to-follow instructions.
Simple Squares Quilt Pattern
This is possibly one of the quickest and simplest quilts you can sew. The pattern is made from sewing Fat Quarter pieces together. An easy-to-follow tutorial and an ideal project if you just want to complete a quilt quickly to prove to yourself you can do it.
Two sewing patterns in one here. The first is for a larger quilt sewn from diamond shaped pieces of fabric, and the second is sewn from the leftover triangle from when you cut your Fat Quarter. Both are fairly easy to sew but would not suit a novice quilter.
Zig-Zag Quilt Pattern
This quilt pattern is for sale via the link on the web-site. However, if you have some quilting experience then you would be able to get some ideas to create your own zig-zag quilt patterns. Try using fabric with strong print and colors and the zig-zag effect would be dazzling.
This tutorial shows you how to cut your Fat Quarters to create a broken-glass effect in your quilt panels. The secret to the success of this quilt is to cut carefully through all your pieces of fabric in one go so that they slot together well when you come to sewing them together.
Simple Stripes Quilt
This is a simple sewing tutorial that shows you how to create a very interesting effect by cutting some stripes off your Fat Quarters and then creating quilt panels from the random pieces. This tutorial is easy to follow and the instructions are fully supported with color photographs.