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24 Traditional Quilt Patterns and Quilt Blocks

If you love classic quilt patterns, then you don't want to miss our list of traditional quilt ideas!

By: Kaylee Pope, Editor, FaveQuilts.com
Updated June 28, 2018
Traditional Quilt Patterns and Quilt Blocks

While you can find a ton of different types of quilts these days, the best free quilt patterns are often the ones that remind you of the original quilters. Making vintage quilts with more traditional quilt blocks and traditional quilt patterns can really help you add a homey and old school look to any space.

Whether you are sewing a bed quilt or making a wall hanging from quilt patterns, free patterns like the ones in this collection can really give your home some history.

Many of us learned how to quilt from our grandmothers and come from a long line of quilting women and men. Why not honor the great, beautiful tradition and art of quilting by using one of these traditional quilt patterns to make a quilt that harkens back to the golden years of quilting? Traditional quilts are just as stunning and lovely as their modern counterparts.

There are hundreds of ways and patterns to make vintage quilts. Since quilting is traditional at its very core, many of the quilt block patterns you use every day lend themselves to creating traditional quilt patterns. Traditional and vintage patterns often look just like other quilt patterns with a hint of back-in-the-day.

Whether you choose to add a pop of color to a vintage quilt pattern or make your traditional quilt patterns as homey as possible with more subtle hues, these free quilt patterns are going to the top of your to-quilt list. They’re that dazzling.

Log Cabin Quilt Patterns

  • Log Cabin Block Pattern

    This traditional Log Cabin Block Pattern is super easy to design. You can make this specific block pattern in one night.

  • Rainbow Log Cabin Quilt Block

    Put a twist on plain old log cabin quilt blocks by using fabrics in every color of the rainbow for the "logs." The Rainbow Log Cabin Quilt Block is an easy way to add a pop of color to your quilt.

  • Improv Log Cabin Quilt Block

    Looking for something that's a mix of old and new? This more modern and abstract take on the traditional log cabin quilt block is just as cute as the one you know and love.

  • Quilt As You Go Log Cabin Block

    earn how to build block foundations for log cabin quilts with this easy tutorial. This quilt block has a feminine feel, but feel free to change the colors for your own liking and purpose.

  • Country Cabin Lap Quilt

    In this Quilt As You Go Log Cabin Quilt tutorial, you'll quilt your log cabin strips right onto your batting, then sew the blocks together and add backing and binding. All of your seams in the top and batting are hidden inside the quilt!

  • Cabin Fever Blues Quilt Pattern

    This free quilt pattern combines scrap quilting with the traditional log cabin to create a jaw-droppingly pretty design. Complete with a piano key border, this log cabin quilt pattern comes as a free download.

Flying Geese Quilt Patterns

  • Flying Geese Block Pattern

    Flying geese quilt blocks are some of the easiest quilt blocks to make. The variations are almost endless, and their traditional look makes them great for just about any quilt pattern.

  • Scrappy Geese Quilt Block

    If you have piles of fabric scraps that need to be used, then we have just the project for you! This tutorial uses the flying geese quilting technique to create a lovely geometric patchwork design.

  • Flying Geese Blocks Made Easy

    Learn how to make flying geese a breeze with these nifty tips and tricks. This tutorial includes a handy chart to help you size your triangles depending on how large you want your block!

  • Flying Geese Quilt Block Pattern

    Combining three colors of triangles into one block, the final result of this free quilt block pattern is gorgeous, yet simple. The geometric design does all of the work for you.

Star Quilt Patterns

  • Bright Hopes Star Block

    This quilt block pattern is called the Bright Hopes Star Block because its center square is a traditional bright hopes quilt block. Learn how to avoid using tricky Y-seams in this tutorial.

  • Star Flower Quilt Block

    This block pattern for quilting uses the turnover triangles technique in order to create a start that is sure to shine bright on any quilt.

  • Arkansas Traveler Quilt Block

    The four-pointed star, pieced from rhombus shapes, is also known as Teddy's Choice, the cowboy star, or the travel star. A bit of paper piecing makes this block unique from other Arkansas Traveler blocks!

  • 7 Pointed Star Block

    Change things up easily with the 7 Pointed Star Block, a paper piecing pattern that's got real contemporary appeal. Don't worry about all those extra points as long as you follow the templates.

  • Smoky Mountain Stars Quilt

    Create a stunning bed quilt that reflects the beauty of the night sky with this star quilt tutorial. This Counting Stars Bed Quilt Tutorial shows you how to use diamond shapes to piece together your quilt.

  • Giant Vintage Starflower Quilt

    If you like star quilt patterns featuring the popular starflower block, you'll love this super quick Giant Vintage Starflower Quilt. Use big swaths of vintage sheets to make an extra-large starflower.

  • Royal Star Quilt

    You'll want to use your best fabric such as fat quarter quilt patterns to make a big impact with star quilt block patterns that seem to just burst with color.

  • Counting Stars Bed Quilt Tutorial

    All of the stars are an optical illusion created by triangles sewn onto the corners of each square in this quilt. Create a rustic effect similar to patchwork within each of your quilted stars by using some scrappy quilt patterns.

Patchwork and Nine Patch Patterns

  • How to Make a Nine Patch Block

    This is the perfect beginner quilt block. Plus, it comes with it's own printable PDF to make it even easier for you to follow along with the video tutorial and read the instructions.

  • Rainbow Cuddle Fabric Quilt

    Make a soft and cuddly quilt out of minky fabric with this quilt for kids that uses basic patchwork. This beginner quilt project is a fantastic way to play with color.

  • Nostalgic Fat Quarter Quilt

    This incredibly easy quilt pattern highlights pretty fabric selections and comes together in just a few days, even though it's big enough for a queen size bed!

  • Sixteen Patch Baby Quilt

    The Sixteen Patch Baby Quilt is a colorful patchwork pattern that is great for baby boys, in the colors shown. This baby quilt pattern is actually a super fast jelly roll quilt.

  • Incredible Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt

    You might not believe it when you first see it, but this sneaky little pattern makes the disappearing nine patch quilt block really work for you.

  • Crazy Nine Patch

    You don't have to worry about straight lines or precise measurements to make this easy crazy quilt block. Coordinate colors and prints in blocks to make stripes and make your fat quarter quilt patterns pop with unique piecing techniques. 

Bear Paw Quilt Patterns

  • Bear Paw Quilt Block (Video Tutorial)

    You can master making this wonderful bear paw pattern in a matter of minutes when you watch this super helpful video tutorial.

  • Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt and Block

    Combining patchwork with HST pieces to make the paw block, this scrap buster can be combined to create a lovely quilt.

  • Scrappy Bear Paw Block Tutorial

    This beautiful bear paw block is a fantastic idea for charm packs and uses easy half-square triangles, making this a great block idea for beginners.

  • Anchorage Free Block Pattern

    You can easily fussy cut your favorite piece of fabric at the center, allowing a character or floral design to take center stage.

Traditional Celtic Square Quilt Patterns

  • Celtic Square Block Pattern

    This traditional Irish block is both visually stunning and very easy to piece together. Give it a try to add some Irish flair to your quilts!

  • Celtic Cross Mini Quilt Tutorial

    Visit the misty shores of the Emerald Isle with this Celtic-inspired quilt project. Create a bright and pretty mini quilt or table topper inspired by Irish tradition with this block pattern.

  • Celtic Squares Block

    This design is simple enough to make a full bed quilt pattern manageable, but also lends itself easily to smaller projects. You can't go wrong with the Celtic Squares Block!

Other Traditional Quilt Patterns

  • Drunkard's Path Block Pattern

    This Drunkard's Path Block Pattern is the next block pattern to take you that much closer to finishing your quilt. This is a super fun DIY quilt block pattern that you can really make unique.

  • Lattice Square Quilt Block (Video Tutorial)

    Simple but elegant, the lattice square quilt is a great traditional style of quilt block that's great for featuring fussy cut pieces.

  • Fresh Diamonds Quilt

    Make the Fresh Diamonds Quilt with a pretty charm pack cut and pieced into half-square triangles. This charm quilt pattern will not disappoint you, no matter what prints and colors you use.

  • Grandma's Gorgeous Autumn Quilt

    This granny square pattern is flawless, and you'll love the crisp look that you end up with. Choose a colored border for your quilt to really make it stand out.

  • Tidal Pool Layer Cake Pattern

    Create a jaw-dropping sea sensation with this free quilt pattern. Mirrored after the different shades of color in the ocean and the life found in tidal pools, this free quilting pattern is perfect way to bring nature into your home.

  • Jungle Path Baby Quilt

    Parents and babies alike will love the bright colors and happy animals of this Jungle Path Baby Quilt.

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I love traditional patterns and I am really looking forward to making a few of these log cabin blocks.

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