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.

2. 2. Circles Quilt

Sweet and simple— get the tutorial here.

3. 3. Color Shot Quilt

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

4. 4. Prism Quilt

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

5. 5. Scattering Squares

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

6. 6. Hideaway Log Cabin Quilt

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

7. 7. Striped Squares

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

8. 8. Felted Sweater Blanket

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

10. 9. Nine Patch Art Quilt

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

11. 10. Neighborhood Quilt

House motifs adorn the cute quilt featured in this book.

12. 11. Honeycomb Quilt

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

13. 12. Bubbles Quilt

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

14. 13. Fact or Fiction Quilt

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

15. 14. Modern Log Cabin

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

16. 15. Miscellaneous Squares

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

17. 16. Liberated Charm

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

18. 17. Llamas

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

19. 18. Work Quilt

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

20. 19. Oodalolly

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

21. 20. Autumn Jewels

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

22. 21. Mustache

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

23. 22. Cloud Song

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

24. 23. Drunk Zebra

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

25. 24. Hopscotch Quilt

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

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.

27. 26. Reflection Quilt

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

28. 27. Spring Carnival

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

29. 28. Nine Patch

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

30. 29. Selvedge Quilt

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

31. 30. Alphabet Quilt

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

32. 31. Plaid To Be An American

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

33. 32. Hipster Baby Quilt

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

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.

35. 34. Intersecting Circles

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

36. 35. Tie Dyed

Quilts gone retro. By SewMuch4me2do on Etsy.

37. 36. Simple Grid Quilt

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

38. 37. Pixelated Colorwheel

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

39. 38. Arrows Quilt

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

40. 39. Houndstooth

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

41. 40. Absurdite

From the quirky face series by Regina Alexandra.

42. 41. Kantha Quilt Special Treat

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

43. 42. Tokyo Subway Quilt

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

44. 43. Pajama Party II

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

45. 44. Opposing Triangles

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

46. 45. A Wedding Quilt

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

47. 46. Just Dandy

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

48. 47. Modern Monogram

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

49. 48. Wool Plaid Quilt Hanging

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

50. 49. Modern Stix

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

51. 50. Two-toned Triangles

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

52. 51. Dancing Dots

So many circles! The pattern is in this book.

53. 52. Just An Illusion

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

54. 53. Puzzle Quilt

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

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.

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