13 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 February 26, 2018
13 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

Squash Blossom Throw Quilt Tutorial

Bring the gorgeous colors and patterns of the Southwest into your home with these stunning quilt patterns and tutorials. From easy throw quilt patterns to full bed quilt designs, you're sure to find the absolutely perfect project to take you to the warm and colorful American Southwest.

  • 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 and quality design with the pattern for the Traveling Southwest Quilt. This quilt pattern has unique quilt blocks that you can make using 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. You can create this quilt with a classic two-color scheme or try experimenting with a rainbow of color!

  • 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 in this quilt make it a fantastic statement piece in any room and the detailed pattern is intricate and elegant.

  • 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 free quilt pattern uses a combo of squares and half-square triangle blocks to make a quilt that looks 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.

Quilt Blocks and Other Quilt Projects

Double Edged Arrow Block Pattern

If you're new to quilting, start off simple and create a small quilt project to show off your love of the Southwest. These easy quilt blocks and other small quilting projects can be completed in just a few hours!

  • 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 quilt or go crazy with colors, this star block looks lovely on its own or can be combined with other free quilting block patterns to create a quilt you are sure to adore.

  • Happy Cactus Applique Pattern

    This free printable pattern provides an easy-to-follow template to help you create sharp and accurate shapes often used in hexagon quilt patterns.

  • 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 and catching your eye.

What do you love about the American Southwest? Be sure to leave a comment below!

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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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