Friday, June 21, 2013

Free pattern day: Sun and solstice quilts

Here are free quilt patterns and tutorials for sun and moon themes! This post was first written at the solstice, the longest daylight period of the year. We're updating it with more free patterns just prior to the Solar Eclipse in August, 2017! (This post was updated on August 18, 2017).
Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the colored letters of the link to the pattern.

Sunshine Days, free mini quilt pattern at

View from the Shore block, 12 x 12", for the 2016 American Made Brands mystery quilt, free pattern at Clothworks

Twilight Sky quilt, 48 x 60", free pattern at Landauer Publishing (PDF download)

Sundial Quilt, free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy for Dear Stella Design

Sending a Little Sunshine Mug Rug tutorial by Chrissy at Sew Lux Fabrics

Constellation table runner, free embroidery pattern and tutorial by Jessica Marquez for Design Sponge

Luna table runner, ~10 x 26", free pattern at American Quilters Society

Full Moon Quilt, free pattern and tutorial at I Am Luna Sol

Ascend quilt, ~52 x 63", tutorial by Corinne Sovey at Must Love Quilts

Matrix wall hanging, 37 x 37”, free pattern by Gina Gempesaw for Quilting Treasures (PDF download)

Sunburst quilt in solids, 60 x 60", free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy for Dear Stella Design

Sombre quilt, 66 x 98",  warm and cool versions, free pattern by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Sunrise Baby quilt, ~36 x 43", tutorial by Erika Mulvenna at We All Sew

Big Moon quilt, 44 x 44", free pattern at Benartex

Sunset Eclipse quilt, 61 x 77",  free pattern by Heidi Pridemore for Benartex (PDF download)

 A Little Ray of Sunshine quilt, 68 x 92", free pattern at Benartex (PDF download)

Mango Salsa Stars quilt, 40 x 40", free pattern by Konda Luckau for Timeless Treasures (PDF download

California Dreamin' quilt, 46 x 46", free New York Beauty quilt pattern by Marsha Evans Moore for Free Spirit Fabric (PDF download)

Sunshine quilt, free pattern by Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring

Sunny Skies quilt, 54 x 54”, free New York Beauty pattern download at Connecting Threads

Trilogy mini quilt series, free needle arts project by Victoria Gertenbach as seen at Lark Crafts

Aurora Sunshine quilt, 10 x 14",  free pattern by Marlis Bennett for Bernina 

Summer wall hanging tutorial by Teje at Nero’s Post

Sunshine block, 12”, at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)

Swirly Twirly Dresden block, 10 x 10",  tutorial by Vicki at Quilting Lodge

Starburst Pillow cover tutorial by Mary from Lake Pulaski as seen at The Intrepid Thread

Sunburst Picnic Blanket, 55 x 59" at Dear Stella Design, based on the tutorial by You and Mie

Sunburst Picnic Blanket tutorial by You and Mie

Placemat No. 1, 18 x 14”, free paper piecing pattern by Deb Karasik

Desert Sun quilt block, 12"square, free pattern by J. Michelle Watts

Bubble and Swirl quilt, ~66 x 66", free pattern by Lonni Rossi for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)

Caribbean Sunset, 60 x 70", free pattern by Ellie Brown at McCall's quilting (photo below by Ellie of her sister Ria)

South Seas Sky, free New York Beauty / Log Cabin quilt pattern by Toby Lischko for McCalls Quilting

Sunshine and Marmalade by Susan Guzman, free pattern for queen size quilt at McCalls Quilting


Image credits: All images are copyrighted by their owners. Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links.  Some of these are tutorials while others have downloadable (.pdf) patterns; we have tried to note which is which in the title above each photo.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at Quilt Inspiration {at} gmail {dot} com


  1. Hi! These are all just amazing quilts! I love orange/yellow/red and we all love sun! Thank you so much for including my Summer wall hanging! I'm on my way to see all the other links! Sunny wishes from Greece! x Teje

  2. Hi Teje, our thanks to you for your great Summer quilt tutorial. We love your work. All of the sunny colors remind us of Greece !

  3. I love the celebration of the significant event. The sun is heading back to us now.


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