The Novice Quilt Pattern

The Novice quilt pattern is a modern quilt pattern using fat quarters and 3/4 yard of fabric for sashing. I used mostly Windham fabrics for my version. I loved the bright and slightly whimsical fabrics combined with the florals and geometrics.

Throw size quilt pattern measuring 56 in. x 64 in. 

The Novice quilt pattern was written for a beginning quilter. It's basic, easy, straight lines and design make it the perfect beginner quilt. Have fun. Don't stress. If you mess up, just rip it out and start again. The best quilters always have a seam ripper close by.

Fabric Requirements:

Throw Size
56 in. x 64 in.

Fabric Requirements


10 Fat Quarters
Sashing 3/4 yard
Backing 4 yards
Batting 62 in. x 70 in.
Binding 1/2 yard


I made this infographic for beginning quilters to help remember what all those abbreviations mean:


Cutting Directions:

Fat Quarters:

Turn each FQ verticle in front of you.

Cut 3 - 5 1/2 in. strips from each FQ.

Subcut each strip into 2 - 5 1/2 in. x 10 in. pieces.

Each FQ makes 6 - 5 1/2 in. x 10 in. pieces


Cut 8 - 3 in. x WOF

  • Cut selvage off ends
  • Subcut 2 strips into 3 - 14 inch pieces/strips

Piecing the Quilt

Arrange 11 - 5 1/2 in. x 10 in. pieces in a row (Figure 1). Make sure they are in the order you want them in your quilt. Sew the blocks together. Press seams in one direction. Repeat the process with all 5 rows. You will have 5 extra blocks.

Figure 1


Sew each 3 in. x WOF together with a 3 in. 14 in. strip.  Press seam to one side.

Arrange rows in desired order (Figure 2).

Figure 2

Starting from the top sew the rows together. Make sure that the seams from each row of blocks line up with the seams from the row of blocks above (Figure 3). You can do this by checking as you pin each row, or by marking where the seam should be with a fabric friendly pen.

Figure 3 

Finished quilt top:

Finishing The Quilt:

Piece the backing. Press well. Lay wrong side up. Lay batting on top. Lay well pressed quilt top on top. Baste. Quilt. Bind using 2 1/2 inch strips.

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