Summertime has officially arrived, and there are so many fun summer-themed quilts we can make to capture the summer spirit: from beach-inspired designs to patriotic quilts and more. Here, we’ve gathered together a few of our favorite summer quilt and quilt block patterns for inspiration. We’ve even included a couple of free quilt patterns for you!
Smooth Sailing quilt: Pieced sailboats and stars, framed in a log cabin block silhouette, create this nautical quilt designed by QM content director Carolyn Beam. Included in our Reader’s Favorites ’17 issue (on newsstands soon), it’s a great summer quilt for the living room or a sea-themed nursery. And, it’s perfect for scraps! The finished size is 58” x 70”.
Flying Glory quilt: What’s a summer quilt list without a little red, white and blue? Patriotic designs are perennially popular summertime designs, and this flag-themed wall quilt from our current Aug/Sept ’17 issue is a beauty! Designed by Paula Stoddard, it’s easy to make using our fast Flying Geese technique. The design finishes at 36” x 24”.
Lemons into Lemonade quilt block: Sit back and relax with this super-cute and refreshing block designed by Jennifer Ofenstein for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7.
Summer Skinnie quilt: Remember our QM Skinnie series from a few years ago? These seasonal wall quilts designed by Margie Ullery were quite popular. The Summer Skinnie design features sun, sand and beautiful bright colors — pure summer fun! It’s also a great project for using up scraps and leftover 2 1/2” strips. The finished size is 10” x 24”.
By the Sea quilt: Create clamshell-type curves in this stunning twin-size Log Cabin quilt from quilt design legend Judy Martin. All you need are blues and lights from your scrap stash for the beautiful waves of color. The finished size of the design is 76″ x 88”.
*FREE PATTERN* Life’s Better at the Beach quilt: Here’s a fat-quarter friendly sampler all beach lovers will want to make. Traditional and paper foundation piecing are used to create eight different “beachy” quilt blocks and machine appliqué completes the letters. The wall quilt was designed by Angie Milligan. The finished size is 36” x 48”.
*FREE PATTERN* Lotsa Pops quilt: Who doesn’t love an ice-cold popsicle on a hot summer day? Lisa Schafer’s baby quilt is a free pattern published in support of Project Linus, an organization that provides handmade blankets for seriously ill or traumatized children (click here for more free Project Linus patterns). The quilt finishes at 38″ x 38″.
Hang Ten quilt block: Surf’s up! Have a little summer fun riding the waves when you make Margie Ullery’s adorable Hang Ten block from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11.
Red Rockets quilt: Celebrate the start of summer with bursting rockets in a scrappy assortment of reds, whites and blues. Fast fusible applique teams up with easy pieced borders to create a stellar show on Margie Ullery’s design. Finished size is 14″ x 28″.
Summer Flip-Flops quilt: This playful quilt designed by Carol Burniston features bright and happy prints and a Log Cabin block border. The quilt finishes at 52” x 62”.
What are you planning to quilt this summer? Let us know in the comments below!