3 quick-to-make quilts for dads AND grads

School’s winding down and summer’s drawing near—it’s time to celebrate dads and grads! Do you want to shower a special dad or grad with a handmade quilt this year? Or maybe you know a dad and a grad who need spoiling. That’s a lot of quiltmaking ahead…isn’t it?

Not when you have that special something in your quilting toolbox: a go-to quick quilt pattern.

Detail of Rows of Bricks quilt

Every quilter needs a go-to pattern—one you can whip up in a weekend (or less)—with a simple but eye-catching design that will be appreciated by anyone who receives it.

From the dorm room to the man cave, today’s roundup will inspire you to sew a quick quilt that dads and grads alike will love. Make one or two—these designs are ready for double duty!


3. “Filmstrip” from Think Big by Amy Ellis. This squares-and-rectangles-only quilt stitches up super quick—just ask Marketing Coordinator Mary Burns. Mary whipped up this fun quilt (below right) during a weekend retreat to give to her niece, who’s graduating from UCLA film school. Perfect, huh?

Go with fresh, flowery fabrics for a modern yet feminine quilt, or try cream and tan prints against a darker neutral backdrop for a guy quilt. BONUS: Amy includes cutting charts to make this quilt in no less than five different sizes—take your pick.

Film Strip quilt from Think Big
“Filmstrip” quilt


2. “Fire Island” from Beyond Neutral by John Q. Adams. Our Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer, Jennifer Keltner, transformed John’s brightly colored quilt design by envisioning a black-and-white version for her cousin’s teenage son (below right). You’ll love the freedom John gives you in the pattern to “eyeball” the sewing—you’ll be zooming along that much faster.

Fire Island quilt from Beyond Neutral
“Fire Island” quilt


1. “Rows of Bricks” from Skip the Borders by Julie Herman. Make it big or small, go girly or manly, feature novelty fabrics or simple splashes of color—this stress-free design is the perfect quick quilt! Senior customer service representative Cornelia used Julie’s pattern to make a music-themed quilt for a school-band fund-raiser (below right). We think it turned out great—and when you skip the borders, you’re already skipping ahead toward the finish line.

Rows of Bricks quilt from Skip the Borders
“Rows of Bricks” quilt


Pick up the print or digital versions of these fun books today—we guarantee you’ll find even more go-to quick quilt patterns to add to your quilting toolbox!

Think Big Beyond Neutral Skip the Borders


Dads or grads (or both): who will you be celebrating this year? Tell us in the comments!

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