3 quick-to-make quilts for dads and grads

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, and graduation ceremonies will be popping up everywhere soon. When it comes to gifts for dads AND grads, there’s always a wonderful way to say


What way is that? Why, with a quilt of course!

Today we’ve rounded up three quilts that will easily pull double duty. From one pattern comes two gifts—one for the dad, one for the grad!

Pick up the print or eBook versions of the books below now and you’ll have plenty of time to raid your stash (or shop ’til you drop) to create a cool pair of quilts. What could be easier than making two at a time? When you see how simple and fun the quilts are, you’ll understand what we mean.

Quick dad/grad quilt #1: Strip-pieced simplicity


This scrappy Moroccan Tile quilt from Amy Smart’s bestseller Fabulously Fast Quilts would pop in any colorway, from minimalist neutrals to showy brights. The blocks are insanely quick to make—strip piecing to the rescue!—and with a Jelly Roll, you can skip a cutting step. There’s just one question you’ll need to answer: what are Dad or grad’s favorite colors?

Quick dad/grad quilt #2: Fat-quarter fusion for the win


This goes-with-everything neutral quilt from All About Strips gets its pop from dots, florals, and a toile print. Comb your fabric stash for 18 fat quarters in cream, gray, and black to make the quilt as shown; or showcase Dad or grad’s signature color. Or make one in neutrals and one in colors!

Quick dad/grad quilt #3: Sew a speedy stashbuster


It doesn’t get much quicker than this clever construction technique from Sew, Slice, Spin, and Sash, and Jelly Rolls are perfect for this patchwork. Go with a variety of 2½"-wide strips ranging from dark to light for sophistication, or punch up the pattern with colors in a more random placement. It’ll be loads of sewing fun—and you can easily get two quilts done.

Who will you make a (quick) quilt for this year: a dad or a grad? Tell us in the comments!


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