Modern Quilts

Projects from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting which represent Modern Quilts.
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What a beautiful throw quilt pattern! Mary McGuire's choice of fabrics and fabric arrangement in Goodness Gracious is spot on - This quilt has interest and appeal. It's a vintage-inspired quilt with a fresh modern look.

Goodness Gracious Quilt Project

Give Your Traditional Piecing A Fresh New Look! Three sampler quilts with paired sister blocks infuse traditional piecing with a modern aesthetic in a combination of whites, creams and beautiful, bright solids and prints. Sisters Sampler Quilts offers 25 interchangeable sisters blocks and three sampler quilts that challenge traditional grid layouts with innovative settings.

Sister Sampler Quilts | 3 Modern Samplers with Paired Sister Blocks

Create a fabulous faux braid with simple blocks in this quilt, Star-Crossed. Challenging, modern quilt pattern.


Aptly named, this Midnight Blue quilt is a fat-quarter friendly mock double wedding ring quilt. Simple and elegant!

Midnight Blue

Combine colorful strips of fabric with a crisp white to make this cheery pyramid block quilt: Strippy Pyramid. Great modern quilt project that is fat quarter friendly.

Strippy Pyramids–Modern Fat Quarter Friendly Scrap Quilt

This joyful contemporary quilt is aptly named Happy Happy! Made using pre-cuts, this white quilt is an easy project and comes with digital instructions and a video tutorial from the Fons and Porter staff.

Happy Happy!

Cleverly arranged squares and rectangles are all you need to make this contemporary quilt: Gray Square Scramble. Easy quilting pattern for quilters interested in trying modern quilting.

Gray Square Scramble

Use pre-cut triangles to make this quilt, Round Trip. Intermediate quilting project with accompanying tutorial available.

Round Trip

Boo's Nursery baby quilt pattern. This quilt pattern includes the instructions for the baby quilt, as well as curtains, a changing pad cover, crib sheet, pillow, and crib skirt! A modern baby quilt that is as cute as can be!

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Tony Jacobson says, "This quilt is no shrinking violet!" It's definitely bold, and he used a clever technique to make the blocks. Learn how to make All Inked Up in our free video tutorial.

All Inked Up

Shelley Cavanna's inspiration for this quilt came from the rolling ocean waves along the beautiful coastline of Scotland. She aptly used sea glass shades of blue and green for the triangles. Learn how to make Selkie in our free video tutorial.


Do you see flowers, Nine Patches, or Churn Dash quilt blocks? Using only white and shades of gray, Amy Ellis has created a quilt with strong visual interest.

Flowering Nine Patch

A playful set of prints set against a white background results in an eye-catching quilt. Chain piece the blocks assembly-line style, and you'll be done in no time.

Bold & Bright

Oversized log cabin quilt blocks create the bold design in this fat quarter friendly quilt pattern.

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This quilt has a modern slant to the bargello technique. The thin strips in the quilt have gradated blue to black fabrics.

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Designer Terry Albers created a brilliant kaleidoscope effect in her quilt by using gradations of yellow, orange, and red, with defining corners in green. Click to download this free quilt pattern.

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Brightly colored fabrics weave through a white background in this cleverly designed quilt. Make the quilt blocks in sets of nine, seven, and six to replicate the woven structure. This quilt is fat-quarter friendly.

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This quilt pattern featured in Quilty July/Aug '13 is a throw size quilt featuring modern spool quilt blocks and twirling triangle pinwheels. A traditional spool block gets a pretty, modern makeover.

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This quilt project uses pieced and plain blocks with one curved corner and sashing between blocks. Watch Mary and Heather construct a block from this quilt at

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The red circles in this quilt are bursting with energy and color, this is one happy quilt.

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Designer Diane Nagle was inspired by the panel prints which reminded her of abstract sculptures. She constructed paths to connect each one. This quilt features fussy cut bordered squares and path blocks and finishes with a straight-grain French fold border.

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This full-size contemporary quilt features set-in seams and star point units created from 60º diamonds. Watch Fons & Porter's Cutting 60-degree Diamonds Sew Easy lesson for help making Star Flowers' quilt blocks.

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Cartwheels in the Garden features patterned cartwheel blocks and snowball blocks on a white background. Digital pattern and quilt kit available! Find this quilt project in Quilting Quickly Fall '14.

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Diamond District is an easy way to showcase a collection of 5" charm squares and easy piecing half-square triangles makes this quilt come together quickly. Video quilting tutorial available! Look for this quilt in Quilting Quickly Fall '14.

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This contemporary white quilt is just a hop, skip, and a jump away when you use pre-cut 5" and 2½" squares. Video quilting tutorial available! Look for Happy Happy! in Quilting Quickly Fall '14.

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