53 Quilts To Eye, Create, Or Buy

Forget old lady quilting stereotypes. Nowadays, these blankets are all kinds of hip, quirky, and modern — ideal for snuggling or decorating a wall.

1. 1. Crossroads Quilt

By This quilter appreciates the subtle beauty of simple blue-hued stripes.

ID: 695162

2. 2. Circles Quilt

Sweet and simple— get the tutorial here.

ID: 695255

3. 3. Color Shot Quilt

A stunning combo of colorful circles and stripes, created by this this talented blogger.

ID: 695142

4. 4. Prism Quilt

Basic patchwork and visible hand stitching have a cozy aesthetic. Buy it from Sundance.

ID: 695146

5. 5. Scattering Squares

Simple patchwork with a dramatic effect. Pattern can be found in this book.

ID: 724092

6. 6. Hideaway Log Cabin Quilt

A modern colorful take on the traditional Log Cabin design. Available from Garnet Hill.

ID: 695191

7. 7. Striped Squares

A kinetic, vibrant quilt made from hand-dyed fabrics by this gifted quilter.

ID: 695176

8. 8. Felted Sweater Blanket

Make a colorful quilt out of old sweaters with this awesome tutorial.

ID: 721849

10. 9. Nine Patch Art Quilt

This art quilt by Eleanor McCain would look gorgeous hanging on the wall.

ID: 695166

11. 10. Neighborhood Quilt

House motifs adorn the cute quilt featured in this book.

ID: 695350

12. 11. Honeycomb Quilt

A perfect quilt for cuddling- sold by Not On The High Street.

ID: 695274

13. 12. Bubbles Quilt

Overlapping circles make this a multi-dimensional design. Read about its creation here.

ID: 704680

14. 13. Fact or Fiction Quilt

The skillful use of negative space makes this a powerful design. Created by this blogger.

ID: 707022

15. 14. Modern Log Cabin

Color and pattern galore make for another revamp of the classic Log Cabin. From this awesome flickr stream.

ID: 707031

16. 15. Miscellaneous Squares

Love the simplicity of squares in a palette of orange and blue. Find it on flickr here.

ID: 707048

17. 16. Liberated Charm

A totally unique way to show off sporadic bits of patchwork. Read the story behind its creation here.

ID: 707055

18. 17. Llamas

Llama fabric, actual live llamas… nuff said. By this talented quilter.

ID: 707061

19. 18. Work Quilt

Creative applique, patchwork, and hand stitching… this little quilt’s got it all. Blogged about here.

ID: 707063

20. 19. Oodalolly

Not sure where the name came from, but I love the stained glass window look. From the blog Stitched in Color.

ID: 707069

21. 20. Autumn Jewels

It’s hard to go wrong with an earthy fall palette. Read this quilt’s story here.

ID: 707070

22. 21. Mustache

It’s official: a stache looks good on just about anything. By this clever quilter.

ID: 707073

23. 22. Cloud Song

Somehow makes a rainy day cheerful The pattern is featured in this book.

ID: 707108

24. 23. Drunk Zebra

Apparently, this is what a drunk zebra would look like. Designed and created by this quilter.

ID: 707143

25. 24. Hopscotch Quilt

Everyone’s favorite childhood game makes for an awesome quilt design. Find the tutorial here.

ID: 707110

26. 25. Pixie Sticks

This quilt totally reminds me of the colorful sugar candy it’s named after. The pattern is available in this magazine.

ID: 707113

27. 26. Reflection Quilt

Reminiscent of a reflecting cityscape, made by this crafty quilter.

ID: 710939

28. 27. Spring Carnival

Love the deteriorating aesthetic of the design. Made by I’m a Ginger Monkey on flickr.

ID: 712254

29. 28. Nine Patch

There’s something sort of rugged and homey about this one. Found on the flickr stream of daintytime.

ID: 714029

30. 29. Selvedge Quilt

Made entirely from selvedges (those manufactured edges of fabrics). Check out the tutorial here.

ID: 721822

31. 30. Alphabet Quilt

Creative patchwork makes this alphabet quilt cute instead of cheesy. Read about the process here.

ID: 721843

32. 31. Plaid To Be An American

A wall quilt that’s all American in both design and material, available to buy here.

ID: 721844

33. 32. Hipster Baby Quilt

Simple patchwork is all it takes when the fabrics are so cool. Made by this quilter.

ID: 721846

34. 33. Cathedral Windows

Hard to say what’s cooler— the antique windows quilt or the horns mounted on the wall. Room designed by Cortney and Robert Novogratz on HGTV.

ID: 721858

35. 34. Intersecting Circles

Minimalist in design and color palette, with stitches that echo the circular motifs. By A Blond Quilts on flickr.

ID: 721864

36. 35. Tie Dyed

Quilts gone retro. By SewMuch4me2do on Etsy.

ID: 721872

37. 36. Simple Grid Quilt

A colorful geometric quilt looks awesome in a white interior. This picture from the Scandanavian blog Emmas Design Blogg.

ID: 721883

38. 37. Pixelated Colorwheel

Skillful patchwork creates an awesome pixelated effect. By From the Blue Chair on flickr.

ID: 721892

39. 38. Arrows Quilt

It’s like a really confusing road sign. Created by this blogger.

ID: 721894

40. 39. Houndstooth

This pattern shouldn’t be reserved for preppy clothing. Design from Dear Stella Design.

ID: 721901

41. 40. Absurdite

From the quirky face series by Regina Alexandra.

ID: 721913

42. 41. Kantha Quilt Special Treat

Simple hand stitching emphasizes the beautiful fabrics. Available to purchase from The Family Love Tree.

ID: 723856

43. 42. Tokyo Subway Quilt

A vibrant depiction of the Japanese public transport. Get the pattern here.

ID: 723908

44. 43. Pajama Party II

From the Pajama Party series by quilt artist Ellin Larimer. Way cooler than any pajamas I’ve ever seen.

ID: 723916

45. 44. Opposing Triangles

Simple and elegant— love how the stitching echoes the triangle motif. From Sew Katie Did on flickr.

ID: 723922

46. 45. A Wedding Quilt

Shifting orange rectangles pop against a white background. Pattern available on The Purl Bee

ID: 723966

47. 46. Just Dandy

Because everyone loves blowing on dandelions. Get the pattern from V and Co.

ID: 723980

48. 47. Modern Monogram

Way cuter than your average name quilt. Full tutorial is available here.

ID: 723999

49. 48. Wool Plaid Quilt Hanging

Somehow this quilt manages to make wool and plaid look funky and fresh. From this flickr stream.

ID: 724024

50. 49. Modern Stix

Touches of yellow pop against the cool palette. Get the pattern here.

ID: 724052

51. 50. Two-toned Triangles

Gray, black, and yellow are an awesome and understated quilt palette. By CB Handmade on flickr.

ID: 724072

52. 51. Dancing Dots

So many circles! The pattern is in this book.

ID: 725508

53. 52. Just An Illusion

Gorgeous zigzags create a three-dimensional effect. Designed by Jessica Ogden and available to buy here.

ID: 725511

54. 53. Puzzle Quilt

This interlocking grid is surprisingly easy to create. Pattern available in this book.

ID: 726291

Pippa Armbrester is the author of Solids, Stripes, Circles, and Squares: 16 Modern Patchwork Quilt Patterns. See more of her quilt and crafting ideas on her website.

ID: 729222

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