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50 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.

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1. Hattie Butner Throw Quilt

Available here.
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Available here.

2. Circles Quilt

Sweet and simple-- get the tutorial here.
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Sweet and simple-- get the tutorial here.

3. Color Shot Quilt

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

4. Hand-Dyed Indigo Quilt

Buy it from Etsy.
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Buy it from Etsy.

5. Scattering Squares

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

6. Circular Patch Quilt

Available from Garnet Hill.
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Available from Garnet Hill.

7. Striped Squares

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

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

8. Felted Sweater Blanket

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

Or this one!

9. Nine Patch Art Quilt

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

10. Southwestern House Quilt

Available here.
etsy.com

Available here.

11. Desert Flora Embroidered Quilt Quilt

Sold by The Land of Nod.

12. Bubbles Quilt

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

13. Fact or Fiction Quilt

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

14. Modern Log Cabin

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

15. Miscellaneous Squares

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

16. Liberated Charm

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

17. Llamas

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

18. Work Quilt

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

19. Oodalolly

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

20. Autumn Jewels

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

21. Mustache

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

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

22. Cloud Song

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

23. Landform Patchwork Quilt

Available here.
etsy.com

Available here.

24. Geometric Burst Quilt

Find it here.
etsy.com

Find it here.

25. Pixie Sticks

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

26. Reflection Quilt

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

27. Spring Carnival

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

28. Nine Patch

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

29. Triangles Toddler Quilt

Available at Anthropologie.

30. Alphabet Quilt

Cute instead of cheesy. Get it here.
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Cute instead of cheesy. Get it here.

31. Plaid To Be An American

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

32. Hipster Baby Quilt

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

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

33. Abstract Circle Quilt

Available here.
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Available here.

34. Intersecting Circles

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

35. Kitty Blankey

Get the pattern here.
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Get the pattern here.

36. Simple Grid Quilt

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

37. Pixelated Rose Quilt

Available here.
etsy.com

Available here.

38. Arrows Quilt

By Miss Polly's Piece Goods.

39. Houndstooth

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

40. Free Range Triangle Quilt

Get a closer look here.
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Get a closer look here.

41. Tokyo Subway Quilt

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

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

42. Pajama Party II

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

43. Opposing Triangles

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

44. A Wedding Quilt

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

45. Just Dandy

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

46. Modern Monogram

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

47. Wool Plaid Quilt Hanging

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

48. Modern Stix

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

49. Dancing Dots

So many circles! The pattern is in this book.

So many circles! The pattern is in this book.

50. Puzzle Quilt

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