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22 Southwestern Quilts and Southwestern Quilt Ideas

This year, go Southwest with these bold and bright free quilt patterns and projects!

By: Ashley Jones, Editor, FaveQuilts.com
Updated April 04, 2019
Southwestern Quilts and Southwestern Quilt Ideas

One of the hottest trends in quilting right now is bold graphic patterns and prints inspired by the great American Southwest. The Southwest is one of the most unique areas of the country, which is reflected in the beautiful landscapes and culture of that region. Hop on the train of current quilting trends with this list of our favorite Southwestern-inspired quilt patterns and projects. These colorfully vibrant quilts and quilt blocks capture traditional patterns found in Southwestern culture, from the deserts of Arizona to the high mountain steeps of the Rockies.

There's literally a pattern or quilt project for everyone and anyone in this list of Southwestern quilt patterns. If you've always wanted to experiment with paper piecing or are looking for creative ways to use your charm packs, then you'll love these fun and fresh quilt ideas. We've also made sure to include quilts of all colors, from bright summery hues to rich and deep autumn shades that are perfect for fall. This year, go Southwest and embrace easy and edgy patterns with these gorgeous Southwestern quilt projects.

Southwestern Quilt Patterns and Tutorials

Diamond Totem Quilt Pattern

Bring the signature colors and motifs of Southwestern style into your home with these stunning designs. From tribal quilts featuring ancient motifs to patterns that follow bold color schemes, the aesthetic of the free quilt patterns below will be sure to transport you to the warm and bright American Southwest.

Featuring a varitey of sizes and difficulty levels, you're sure to find the perfect project to meet your individual quilting needs. Whether you're looking for a larger pattern like a bed quilt or something small like the Diamond Totem Quilt Pattern (pictured here), each and every one of these Southwest quilts is sure to make a statement.

  • Four Corners Strip Quilt

    Perfect for your favorite prints or jelly rolls, this beginner-friendly quilt tutorial shows you how to cut and piece together a basic strip quilt in gorgeous Southwestern-inspired fabric.

  • Traveling Southwest Quilt

    Your next quilt will be a journey into effortless luxury with the pattern for the Traveling Southwest Quilt. The unique blocks in this pattern are made with half-square triangles.

  • Southwest Salsa Quilt Pattern

    This modern quilt pattern is the perfect combination of classic Southwestern designs and rich modern colors and offers itself to some lovely free motion quilting options.

  • Aztec Charm Pack Pattern

    This charm pack quilt idea uses half square triangles to form different block patterns, giving this quilt a beautiful kaleidoscope look. Make it bold with a two-color scheme.

  • Morning Splash Quilt Pattern

    This free quilt pattern comes with a free printable pattern sheet, meaning you don't have to stress about how to create this gorgeous quilt. The vibrant colors make a statement.

  • Cowboy Up Bed Quilt

    This full-sized bed quilt uses jelly roll quilt patterns full of galloping horses, tanned cowboys, and dry desert scenes to create a truly unique pattern of strip quilt blocks.

  • Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

    The Desert Sunset Wall Quilt proves that you can still do piecework when making panel quilts. Slice up a Desert Nite panel and add purple and orange fabrics for a fiery quilt that incorporates the most beautiful colors of the desert.

  • Modern Navajo Quilt Pattern

    Combine the use of modern color blocking and big pieces with the traditional look of old school quilts to create this truly wonderful piece. This Southwestern themed patterns uses a combo of squares and half-square triangles to look intricate, but simple.

  • Fat Quarter Double Irish Chain

    If you have a fat quarter pack gathering dust that you just cannot decide what to do with, consider creating a lovely and traditional quilt pattern.

  • Squash Blossom Throw Quilt Tutorial

    Design a gorgeous and simple throw quilt inspired by the American Southwest with this Squash Blossom Throw Quilt Tutorial!

  • Pyramid Points Twin Quilt Pattern

    This challenging tutorial comes with a free printable PDF pattern and printable triangle template.

  • Weekend Warrior Quilt Pattern

    This gorgeous Southwestern-inspired pattern uses half-square triangles to create a vibrant design that's strong and stylish.

Southwestern Quilt Block Patterns and Mini Quilts

Into the Sunset Flying Geese Block

In love with Southwestern designs but still new to quilting? Don't fret! We have something small and simple included below that is perfect for you. Create a quick quilt project like a block pattern or mini quilt to show off your love of Southwest style.

Many of the patterns below use the common and simple half-square triangle and flying geese techniques, which naturally create a Southwestern asthetic and is a great method for quilting novices. The best part? Most of these small and simple quilt patterns can be completed in just a few hours and many even use precut fabric!

  • Split Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern

    Using three lovely colors, this free quilt block pattern can be rotated while quilting to find several different looking quilts that are all classic yet quirky.

  • Arrowhead Quilt Block Pattern

    Whether you want to create a neutral design or go crazy with colors, this block looks lovely on its own or it can be used to create a quilt you are sure to adore.

  • Happy Cactus Applique Pattern

    Use these hand-stitched hexies to create a cute cactus that makes an adorable addition to any piece of quilted decor. 

  • Arizona Star Block Pattern

    The Arizona Star Block Pattern is inspired by the starry skies of an Arizona desert and will look lovely in your home.

  • Fashionable Feather DIY Quilt

    Hang this refreshing quilt anywhere in the house for a burst of happiness. The pastel colors of the feather patterns contrast nicely with the dark background of the quilt, making them pop!

  • Double Edged Arrow Block Pattern

    This rustic paper piecing pattern is a wonderful way to channel a primitive and country-inspired vibe by creating a beautiful quilt block.

  • Navajo Star Quilt Block Pattern

    This gorgeous star quilt pattern is inspired by the beautiful designs of Navajo blankets, and it can add a Southwestern to your home.

  • Modern Splat Block Tutorial

    Forget about traditional quilt blocks and create a bright and modern block that follows the trend of southwestern themed patterns!

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Ooh, these are fun. I love this style. Can't wait to make some of them.

I grew up in the southwest I love the style out there I miss home

Southwest style is so comfy and cozy yet trendy. I am definitely considering making one of these.

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