The Ultimate Quilt Design Resource Guide

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With over 1800 suggestions for quilt design inspiration from you during our recent survey, we’ve compiled a resource guide that will inspire and get you quilting those tops in no time!

From staring, to following the piecing, to using elements from the fabric designs, hundreds of quilters responded that they turn to the quilt top for their main source of inspiration. Understandably, this popular response will have heads nodding, but can also leave quilters stuck when the quilt is giving them the silent treatment.

If you are looking for some inspiration for quilt designs, look no further. If you don’t find your favorite quilt design inspiration listed below please add it in the comments and we will put it on the list.

 

Social Media Resources

Pinterest

YouTube Videos

Instagram

Facebook Groups (search for these on Facebook):

  • Sit Down Free Motion Quilters,
  • Free Motion Quilting Frenzy
  • Celebrate Hand Quilting
  • Longarm Quilting

 

Magazine Resources

American Quilter magazine

Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine

 

Companies Recommended

shopAQS.com

Handi Quilter

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Interweave

All People Quilt

The Quilt Show

 

Education Resources

iquilt

Craftsy

AQS QuiltWeek Workshops

 

Quilting Pattern Companies

Anita Goodesign

Anne Bright Designs

 

Quilters & Blogs

Ardelle@ Rose City Quilter

herzlich Willdommen@ Schnig Schnag Quilts and More

Practical Dazzle

Leah Day

Angela Walters: The Midnight Quilt Show & Quilting is my Therapy

Judi Madsen@ Green Fairy Quilts

Lori Kennedy@ Theinboxjaunt.com

Christina Cameli@ A Few Scraps

Katie Pedersen@ Sew Katie Did

Jenny Beyers

Jacquie Gering

Lisa Calle

Gina Perkes

Joan Wolfe

Margaret Solomon Gunn

Amanda Murphy

Christa Watson

Judy Niemeyer

Kathleen Quilts

Bethanne Nemesh

Cindy Needham

Bonnie Hunter

Harriet Hargrave

Jamie Wallen

Christine Conner

Karlee Porter

Linda Taylor

Jacqueline de Jonge

Amelie Scott designs

 

Favorite Books

Walk: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot by Jacquie Gering

Margaret Solomon Gunn: Design Inspirations

The Guide to Grids

Quilting Wide Open Spaces

Secondary Designs with Judi Madsen

AQS Catalog of Show Quilts

Keepsake Quilting catalog

Dover books

 

Inspiration Ideas

Coloring books

China patterns

Backing fabric

Imagination

Church windows

Grandma’s templates

Mom

Experimenting

Artist friends

Newsletters

Wood branches

Preprinted fabric

Play with designs while basting

Prior experience

Puzzles

Online sewing community

Ads

Photos

Travels

Greeting Cards

Jewelry

Free drawing

Designs on objects

Curves on animals

Flowers

Leaves

Trees

Scrapbook of ideas

Box of images

Hobbies

Kid’s drawings

Grass

Shells

Tissue boxes

Landscapes

Upholstery

Shop samples

Native American Art

Life

Old Sidewalks

DVDs

Sewing Clubs

Environment

Books

Embroidery designs

Windows

Ironwork

Picture frames

Scenery

Organic designs

Aerial photography

Library

Doors

Designers

Observing others

Boxes at the Grocery

Dreams

Class materials

Computerized pattern designers

Scale changes

Texture

Color

Lines

Bridges

Roadways

Initials

Applique

Themes of quilt

Names of blocks

Name of the quilt

Welsh quilts

Folk art

Celtic stonework

Expressions

The lines of the quilt

Templates

Mood

Piecing

Software

Negative space

Limitations

Mistakes

Experience

Dishes

Metal grates

Words

Ancient Art

Carpet

Who the quilt is for (their interests)

Whatever inspired the making of the quilt

Mosaics

State Fair

Quilt Shows

Pattern photo

Computerized designs

Continuous line design books

Geometry

Classic block patterns

Feelings

A lot of time

Magazines

Blogs

Wallpaper designs

Fashion designs

Gift wrap

Paper towels

Toilet paper

Stencils

Classes

Quilt shops

Architectural details

Professional Quilters

Guild

Fellow Quilters

Study quilt blocks

Zentangles

Doodling

Wood

Historical quilts

Friends

Ancient Architecture

Quilting diagrams

Traditional Quilts

Modern Quilts

Space

Skill level

Technique

Buildings

Antiques

Antique quilts

Art

Articles

Piecing elements

Motifs of fabric

Nature

Develop my own designs

Teachers

Rulers

Shapes

Sleep

Quilts

Exhibitions

Online Tutorials

Tiles

Printed designs

Fences

Demonstrations

TV programs

Art Design books

Beautiful quilts

Blocks

Forums

Patterns

Clothing

Artist blogs

If you don’t find your favorite quilt design inspiration listed above please add it in the comments and we will put it on the list.

All suggestions given here are provide by survey participants and readers. 
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FarmGirl

How do we access the resource guide. I thought I could click on an item and open up the information, but that does not seem to be possible.

Cheryl

I have found great designs on the inside of security envelopes!

How do I access the patterns?

Gregg

I use oriental rugs and vintage border design books (for print work like newsletters)

This stinks

Katie

The name of this article is bad. I understand why Marlene said this stinks. The name is misleading and implies that many actual resources that can be used will be listed or linked. If you named this something like “The Ultimate Quilt Design Inspiration List” or the like, it would be more accurate, people wouldn’t be frustrated or disappointed, and it would probably be better appreciated and actually used.

Deloris Hook

I received the free pattern Time Travel by Linda J. Hahn. The directions are unclear to me. For example the instructions are to cut 81/2″x16″ triangles, but I do not find where I am to use them. Can anyone help me out?