501 quilting design motifs + 8 ways to mark a quilt (+ giveaway!)

Silver Plume quilting motif

If you quilt by hand or machine—or if you’re one of many quilters who is ready to try her hand (or machine) at quilting your own quilts—you simply must get to know our #1 bestselling book on the art of quilting. Why now? Because it’s finally available in paperback for a new low price!

Bird and heart quilting motifsWhether you’re looking for hand-quilting designs or machine-quilting designs, 501 Quilting Motifs is one of those books that will inspire you for as long as you quilt. The collection comes from the editors of Quiltmaker and features more than 26 years of designs from the magazine. Got specific-sized blocks that need quilting? Consult a handy size index for loads of ready-to-stitch ideas. Get tips for selecting, adapting, and transferring motifs to any quilt top you’ve finished, plan to finish, and even those you may never finish (seriously—there are that many motifs). Just know that whatever quilt top you do finish, you can rely on this indispensable reference when deciding how to quilt it.

Now, the idea of getting motifs from paper to fabric can be a mystery to quilters who haven’t done their own quilting before. Below is handy chart from 501 Quilting Motifs that explains the pros and cons of marking quilt designs with different tools, so you can experiment and find your favorite.

Tools for marking quilting motifs--chart
Feel free to print the chart above and use it for your personal reference.

The book features lots more handy tips about the process of quilting a quilt, but let’s face it: 501 Quilting Motifs is all about the FIVE-HUNDRED-AND-ONE MOTIFS you can play with! Designs are broken down into eight chapters:

Quilting design motifs
Chapter examples, from left: Feathers, Flowers, Geometric Shapes, and Children/Teens

Quilting design motifs
Chapter examples, from left: Vines and Leaves, Hearts, Holiday/Seasonal, and Foods

Quilters who own the book give it extra-mega-bonus points for one more valuable feature: in the example below, you can see how motifs come with additional ideas for quilting blocks, corners, and borders. With these variations, you can create well over a thousand different arrangements.

Feather quilting motifs
Example of the “Cocheco” feather motif

501 Quilting MotifsSo, what do quilters who own 501 Quilting Motifs have to say? Here are just a few reviews from Amazon:

  • “I never thought there were so many easy motifs I could sew in a quilt. I’m sewing like crazy! It’s amazing how much fun I’m having with this book’s help.”
  • “A friend referred me to this book…she had loaned her copy to me, but then I realized I must have my own.”
  • “Don’t get in a rut quilting the same old thing on every quilt…this book will expand your quilting and keep it fresh and interesting.”
  • “This book is so wonderful in its simplicity and I look forward to using it over the years.”
  • “Worth the money, quite a resource.”

Ready to invest in a quiltmaking staple that will lead to a lifetime of inspiration? Buy the paperback edition of 501 Quilting Motifs right now and download the eBook instantly for free. Or, buy the eBook only and save even more!


What motifs have you used to quilt your quilts? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the 501 Quilting Motifs eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Patty, who says:

“Being a quilting newbie this would be a great addition to my small (but growing) container of information. The ebook edition would be great because then I can read it on my laptop right where and while I am ‘working’ on my quilting (tho I wouldn’t call it working because it is something I am learning and enjoing it without a doubt).”

We’ll email you about your prize, Patty. Congratulations!


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