Our 15 favourite big block quilt patterns
If you're after supersized blocks and speedy piecing, look no further: here's our list of the 15 best big block quilt patterns on the market right now!
We've been feeling recently that when it comes to quilts, sometimes bigger really IS better! Maybe it's because big walls of a solid fabric of your choice allow one single colour to really steal the show, or perhaps it's because there's just something ridiculously satisfying about piecing a giant block that speedily gets your quilt closer to completion... whatever the reason, we can't get enough of them!
If you're after a quilt pattern that you can get done on a deadline, you're in the right place! We've compiled this handy list of the 15 best big block quilt patterns out there. We've got huge half square triangles! We've got fat Flying Geese! We've got great big diamonds (not the expensive kind I'm afraid...)!
These must-sew quilts are also a good choice if you have a fabric you adore and you want to show it off. No matter the kind of quilt project you're hankering for, there really is a big block pattern for everyone.
Big block quilt patterns you need in your life!
1. Orange Soda Quilt by Lorna Slessor
One of our favourite places to find patterns is on Today's Quilter and Love Patchwork & Quilting Etsy shop! It's full of gorgeous patterns including this orange soda quilt pattern. We love the bright summery colours and curved shapes. It's ideal for beginners and comes with a mini quilt pattern to help you learn the techniques on a smaller scale first.
2. Half Square Triangle Quilt by Jemima Flendt
Clearly, we aren't the only ones with a penchant for big block quilts: quilt designer Jemima Flendt of Tied with a Ribbon shares our passion, as can be evidenced by her book Quilt Big which features 17 patchwork projects for you to try your hand at various supersized blocks.
We especially love this beginner-friendly Half-square Triangle quilt which you can find in the book – after all, what better way to get acquainted with the trusty HST block than with a bunch of giant ones that come together quickly to form a stunning diamond formation?
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3. Hexie Pop quilt by Quilty Love
Humongous hexies line up neatly in between zig-zag rows in this colourful quilt pattern by Emily Dennis of Quilty Love. The Hexie Pop quilt uses traditional piecing techniques and big blocks so you can piece it with ease in no time! We love that the rows of hexie blocks seemingly blend together into EVEN BIGGER blocks, creating a wonderful, wavy illusion of stripes!
4. Tropical Sunrise quilt by Christine Slote
Why spend a weekend sunbathing on the beach when you could spend a relaxing weekend working on this sunny Tropical Sunrise quilt by Christine Slote, featured in the upcoming issue 108 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. Easy, efficient 4-in-1 HST blocks and supersized rectangles in funky prints make this a quick make for you to dip your toes into!
5. Southwest Diamonds quilt by Lo & Behold Stitchery
The Southwest Diamonds quilt by Lo & Behold Stitchery will have you falling in love with the infinite possibilities of the humble triangle, with its assortment of easy jumbo triangles that form zigzag stripes, shining diamonds and big bold blocks of colour.
Brittany's handy pattern includes step-by-step instructions so you can use her favourite triangle piecing method to easily complete this quilt without delay!
6. Apple Orchard quilt by Pen and Paper Patterns
Sink your teeth into the adorable Apple Orchard quilt pattern by Pen and Paper Patterns! Once you get the hang of the single apple block, you can choose to make a pillow or mini, or go all out and stitch a group of them together to create a whole orchard of apples. This fun project will surely leave you hungry for more big block piecing when you're done!
7. This Way Home quilt by XOXSEW
When it comes to this quilt, the only way is up! Chunky triangles and squares in alternating punchy prints and a neutral background fabric form rows of big arrows in the stunning This Way Home quilt by XOXSEW, a versatile quilt pattern that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
8. Dialogue Cabin quilt by Holly Clarke Design
Supersize the classic Log Cabin block with Holly Clarke Design's Dialogue Cabin quilt! Clever placement transforms this iconic, traditional block into a stunningly modern squares-within-squares design. Each block requires only five pieces of fabric, making it the perfect beginner-friendly pattern!
9. Add it Up quilt by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics
Big, bold blocks in punchy colour block solids make this stylish quilt as easy as 1, 2, 3! If you're a quilter who secretly loves the maths side of quilting, you'll love the Add it Up quilt by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics, available in Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 57. Pair two matching shades for the 'plus' blocks and alternate them with pale low volume 'minus' blocks for a design that is simple yet effective.
10. Reflections quilt by Suzy Quilts
Long strips of fabric are the star of the show in this super speedy quilt! With its straightforward design and only four fabrics needed, the Reflections quilt by Suzy Quilts would make a great first quilt for any quilting newbies – alternatively, its big blocks and straight lines galore make it a great option for a beginner hand-quilter!
11. Heart Posy quilt by Lyns Avenue
Heart eyes! We just adore this Heart Posy quilt by Lynett Muhaso of Lyns Avenue, inspired by her loving daughters. The big blocks making up the wholesome hearts and central flower of this quilt are great at helping you get to grips with curved piecing for the first time. Plus, the quilt's simple design makes it a great quick quilt to stitch up in no time as a gift for a loved one!
12. Double Mountain quilt by Then Came June
Inspired by the two scenic mountains that surround her neighbourhood, the Double Mountain Quilt by Meghan of Then Came June is a sight to behold. Easy triangles and squares transform into rows of mountains, evoking a calming mountain range – perfect for a beginner quilter who's yearning for the great outdoors! If you enjoy this quilt check out our mountain quilt too.
13. Colour Crazy quilt by Lou Orth
Use Foundation Paper Piecing techniques to piece this gaggle of Flying Geese in a variety of sizes, ranging from small to medium to large! Colour Crazy by Lou Orth from Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 63 is a fun design where big Flying Geese blocks in riotous rainbow solids steal the show. Careful colour placement will allow you to showcase the full spectrum of the rainbow in order!
14. Nomad quilt by Squats and Running Stitches Co.
Celebrate the great outdoors with the Nomad quilt by Summer Sage of Squats and Running Stitches Co. It's a real skill-builder due to its wide variety of quilt blocks, including large semi-circles which will help you gain confidence in curved piecing! Take a peek at #NomadQuilt on Instagram to get inspired by all the various colourways this quilt can be pieced with.
15. Grove quilt by Toad and Sew
An homage to the street she lived on with her friends at university, the Grove quilt by Taylor Krz of Toad & Sew is all about sisterhood, and those good vibes shine through in its funky, modern design. With beginner-friendly piecing at its heart, this medallion style pattern is a perfect speedy summer make to try out various different quilting techniques such as printing, using templates and sewing curves.
16. Rainbow Popsicle quilt by Tied with a Ribbon
Is this not the sweetest big block quilt you've ever seen?! If you've been hankering for a bit of summer sun lately, the Rainbow Popsicle quilt by Jemima Flendt of Tied with a Ribbon has got your name on it. Giant rainbow stripes make the ultimate feel-good background while the large pink and white striped blocks combine to create a scrumptious-looking lolly!
Keen crafter and editing aficionado Sophia loves to keep tabs on the latest trends in modern quilting and work with leading quilt designers worldwide to produce top quality content for Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Sophia feels at home in the crafting community, having successfully run an indie biz on Instagram (@sewphiacano) selling hand-embroidered hoops, t-shirts and tote bags alongside studying for her degree from UCL in History of Art & Philosophy and running her university magazine as editor-in-chief. When she’s not busy editing, she’s probably embroidering at home, snuggled up in a jumper knitted by her abuela, or a blanket crocheted by her mum (evidence of her lineage from a long line of amazing crafty women).
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