30+ Minimalist Modern Quilt Patterns for Modern Quilters

Browse our favorite minimalist modern quilt patterns and make a simple geometric quilt. Learn how to make a quilt look modern by choosing the right pattern and fabric.

If you ever thought that quilts are outdated I am here to tell you they are the exact opposite.

If you share our minimalist aesthetic there are so many amazing patterns for quilts you can use to create the perfect minimalist modern quilt.

What’s even better is that usually, these super modern quilts are super beginner friendly. They often feature simple geometric forms and large blocks. This means you can make them quickly (a great point on the beginner-friendly checklist) and they don’t require advanced sewing skills (another great point).

How do you Make a Quilt Look Modern?

Before I give you some of our favorite minimalist modern quilt patterns, I thought we’d do a quick overview of what makes a minimalist modern quilt (or quilt pattern).

I feel it’s necessary to add, at this point, that the definition of minimalistic and modern might be different depending on who you ask. 

Coming from a rather minimalist school of architecture, we probably take the word – minimalist – pretty seriously compared to some other (quilt) artists. In fact, many of the principles I list below can also be applied to minimalist architecture and I guess that’s no surprise given our background.

Choosing a Pattern for a Minimalist Quilt

First, you’ll need to choose the right pattern to create that minimalist modern look (we’ve got some great ones in this article, so keep reading). There are certain design principles that all patterns I consider minimal have in common:

1. Using basic geometric forms and quilt blocks

Unlike traditional quilts, which often have more complex designs, minimalist quilts often make use of one single geometric form or basic quilt block. So whether it’s a half-square triangle or a simple rectangle, a minimalist quilt pattern will take this one element and create something new just by the clever composition of the blocks.

2. Large blocks and uniform surfaces

To create a modern effect, pattern designers often use oversized blocks and large uniform surfaces. This takes away the ‘unnecessary’ ornaments and lets these basic shapes do the heavy lifting of the design.

3. Use of negative space

Negative space is just another type of a large uniform surface but is usually perceived as a ‘background’ or ‘white space’ which allows the main design to come forward.

Choosing Fabric for a Minimalist Quilt

Regardless of the pattern you choose to make your quilt, the choice of fabrics will play an immense role in creating that minimalist modern look.

As I’ve said before, we all have a different interpretation of what modern and minimalist means, so here are my tips for choosing fabric going from the most minimalistic to – well, the least:

1. Monochromatic Palette 

A simple way to ensure your fabric choice goes with the minimalist aesthetic is to choose a monochromatic color palette. You know all of those ombre quilts you’ve seen around? That’s just one (great) example of a monochromatic palette.

A monochromatic color palette consists of all the varieties of a single hue. For example, navy, baby blue, and cobalt blue make a monochromatic (blue) color palette. 

Choosing only varieties of a single hue creates a modern look even if the pattern itself is not super minimalist. 

2. Want more colors? Choose solids!

Of course, if you’ve been around here before, you know we looove colors and we still consider ourselves to be minimalist quilters.

A simple trick that I find makes colorful quilts look more minimalist is the use of solids. So don’t be tempted by those pretty patterns in the fabric shop. For a truly minimalist quilt, you gotta let the shapes and composition do the talking. And using solids is the easiest way to do so.

3. But I need those printssss

OK, OK, I’m not saying I never surrender to the pretty prints in the fabric shop calling my name. If you really want to use prints, consider using simple geometric prints that won’t take away from the shapes in the design. Low-volume prints work great in minimalistic quilts, as do stripes, grids, and other simple shapes.

Now that we know the theory behind creating minimalist quilts, let’s take a look at some of these designs in action. Here are some of my favorite minimalist modern quilt patterns. Some of these are even free, so scroll through and get inspired!

Minimalist Modern Quilt Patterns to Make

Herringbone quilt top with hand

Modern Ombre Herringbone Quilt by Designed to Quilt (Free Pattern)

We had some great HST fun with this pattern. It’s all HSTs, but the use of solids and the positioning of the half square triangles make this one a great minimalist pattern. It’s a free pattern, so make sure you check it out!

Diagonal Stripe Quilt by Purl Soho

Diagonal Stripe Quilt by Purl Soho (Free Pattern)

If you’re looking for some modern quilt inspiration, Purl Soho is definitely worth checking out. This Diagonal Stripe quilt always comes up when I’m searching for inspo (or falling down the quilts-of-the-internet rabbit hole) and I am not complaining. This design relies solely on stripes to create a modern effect and the choice of colors here takes minimalism to the next level. There is a step-by-step tutorial right on the Purl Soho blog, so you don’t even need to buy a pattern.

Underlined Quilt Pattern

Underlined by Designed to Quilt (Free Pattern)

Speaking of stripes we’ve got a stripey minimalistic quilt pattern of our own. It looks complicated but is actually constructed using two identical sets of large stripey blocks. So it’s a fairly easy make, especially if you follow our strip piecing tips (also included in the pattern).

The pattern is available as a free download for our newsletter subscribers, so if you’re not in this awesome group already, sign up here.

Minimalist Modern Quilt Patterns: Color Explosion

Color Explosion by Bonjour Quilts (Free Tutorial)

True to its name, this quilt really is an explosion of colors. And we love it! The minimalist effect here is created by using large (almost oversized) blocks and a harmonious vibrant color palette. Again, all fabrics used here are solids, which instantly makes it more modern. If you want to use prints, make sure you place them strategically and possibly mix them with some solids to create a balanced contemporary look.

Playful Triangles by Sew Hungry Hippie

Put the skills you learned with our half square triangle tutorials to the test and sew this ah-mazing Playful Triangles quilt. I love how this design takes one of the most basic quilting blocks and turns it into a modern composition. Plus, I am a sucker for bright bold colors, and this quilt delivers! If you decide to buy this pattern, it even includes a tote pattern with the same triangular design, so it’s a two for one kind of deal.

Minimalist Modern Quilt Patterns: Spectrum

Spectrum by AFG Studio (Free Pattern)

Another great example of what a basic geometric shape can do is this Spectrum quilt. It features simple lines placed in the shape of arrows forming a strikingly contemporary design. What makes this specific quilt top contemporary is also the use of bright bold colors and plenty of negative space. All fabrics used in this example are prints, but because the prints themselves are very geometrical, the overall effect remains minimalistic and modern. 

And a bonus point – this pattern is free! The link above will take you straight to the download.

Minimalist Modern Quilt Patterns: Modern Ombre Triangle

Modern Ombre Triangle Quilt by See Kate Sew (Free Tutorial)

This minimalist triangle quilt is the definition of modern. It uses one simple shape repeated throughout the quilt top to produce a contemporary patterned effect. If you decide to make this one, I suggest choosing solid fabrics (with an optional low-volume print, if you like). This will help you create the modern minimalistic vibe you’re going for.

Minimalist Modern Quilt Patterns: Modular Blocks

Modular Blocks by Purl Soho (Free Tutorial)

Another HST-inspired masterpiece, this Modular Blocks quilt pattern lays the playful half-square triangles against the most basic solid squares. By doing so it creates an inspiring contemporary composition that can evoke so many different associations. Is it a small town with little houses and roofs, or are they kids’ building blocks? Or just an exploration of surfaces? I am in love!

Deep Diving

Deep Diving by Designed to Quilt

The Deep Diving Quilt is actually the first pattern that we designed, and it set the tone for everything we’ve been doing since. Basic geometric shapes and large surfaces along with solid fabrics are what make this quilt ‘us’. It’s definitely our take on a minimalistic modern quilt pattern. If you want to make your own, the pattern is available in our shop. 

Minimalist Modern Quilt Patterns: Simplicity

Simplicity by Alderwood Studio

Sometimes the simplest forms can create the most stunning effect. This Simplicity quilt by Alderwood studio is just what its name promises – simple, but contemporary and fresh. While I wouldn’t call all of her patterns minimalistic (although definitely modern), this one fits the bill.

Minimalist Modern Quilt Patterns: Riding Mountain

Riding Mountain by The Blanket Statement

If you want a truly minimalistic quilt pattern, then Riding Mountain might be what you’ve been looking for. As Erin describes in her shop, this pattern utilizes large half-square triangles and sashing to create a geometric design. And I think it does an amazing job!

Minimalist Modern Quilt Patterns: Sugar Pop

Sugar Pop by Suzy Quilts

Of course, you can’t write about modern quilt patterns and not mention Suzy Quilts. She has influenced so many modern quilters (ourselves included) and there is a galore of modern quilt patterns by Suzy you can choose from. If I had to pick the most minimalistic one, I’d say it’s this Sugar Pop quilt. Again, a clever composition of simple lines, laid upon a large negative space, creates a stunning contemporary quilt.

Dutch Tulips Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co.

Dutch Tulips Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co.

This quilt is a great example of minimalist modern quilt patterns using large blocks. Whether you choose solids or prints, the large blocks will give you a bold and modern final look.

Deltille Quilt Pattern by Running Stitches Quilts

Deltille Quilt Pattern by Running Stitches Quilts

I like the simplicity of this pattern with the white borders adding a fresh touch. Julie from Running Stitches suggests three versions: a modern one with just two colors, an ombre style, and a scrappy one. They all end up looking modern!

Pebbles Quilt Pattern by APQS (Free Pattern)

Simple, oversized, scaled motif – this pattern ticks all the boxes of a minimalist modern quilt pattern. As long as you keep the contrast between the lines, your finished quilt will be a stunner!

Maneuver Quilt Pattern by Art Gallery Fabrics

Maneuver Quilt Pattern by Art Gallery Fabrics (Free Pattern)

I like how modern and geometric these circles look. This pattern might be a bit tricky because it involves sewing curves, but it’s worth giving it a try.

Lucky Star Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co.

Lucky Star Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co.

I love the visual impact this star quilt pattern has! When you see it from far away, you’ll notice a bright white star on a blue background. But when you get closer, you’ll see that the background is pieced from different shades of blue. The simplicity makes it a great example of minimalist modern quilt patterns!

Double Irish Chain by Designed to Quilt

Double Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Designed to Quilt (Free Pattern)

When it comes to quilt designs, we like to take inspiration from the traditional ones. This Double Irish Chain quilt pattern is a classic pattern with a modern twist in its colors. Ula added some great modern color options, but my favorite is this one that tricks your eyes into seeing rounded corners!

Heart Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co.

Heart Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co. (Free Tutorial)

Spread some love with this adorable heart pattern! Use your favorite prints, mix in some solids, or stick to just one color – they’ll all give you a minimalist look. The finished quilt is approx. 50 x 50” which makes it a large baby quilt. If you want to make it even bigger, just add a border. Find some modern quilt border ideas and easily calculate the border fabric requirements.

First Aid Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.

First Aid Quilt by Simple Simon & Co. (Free Pattern)

This is one of my favorite minimalist modern quilt patterns Elizabeth from Simple Simon & Co. designed. Pieced from the same blocks with sashings added is a quick-make with a clean, modern look. And what’s the best – it is precut-friendly, so you can show off your favorite fat quarter fabrics!

Strip Quilt by Polkadot Chair

Strip Quilt by Polkadot Chair (Free Pattern)

When talking about minimalist modern quilt patterns, stripey patterns stand out. Melissa from Polkadot Chair made this vivid quilt, a perfect choice for all minimalists. The original pattern is approx. 60 x 72”, but she gives instructions on how to make it a baby quilt too! Stripey quilts are easy to customize, so you can pick the quilt size you want.

Hunter Star pattern by Polkadot Chair

Giant Hunter’s Star Baby Quilt Pattern by Polkadot Chair (Free Pattern)

This beautiful baby quilt pattern features an oversized block that adds a modern twist to a traditional design. The pattern recommends using two contrasting colorways. Whether you choose solids or prints, as long as the colors contrast enough, the result will be an eye-catching minimalist quilt!

Mirror Maze Quilt Pattern by Designed to Quilt

Take the half-square triangle block to a whole new level! We’ve designed this minimalist quilt pattern with simplicity in mind. Make it in limited-colorway or empty your scrap bin, the simple shapes and big surfaces give you that minimalist modern look everyone loves!

Moonrise Quilt Pattern by Woollypetals

Moonrise Quilt Pattern by Woollypetals

I love the vivid, bright colors of this striped quilt. It’s a simple pattern that catches your eye immediately – a great example of minimalist modern quilt patterns.

Villager Quilt Pattern by Eudaimonia Studio

Villager Quilt Pattern by Eudaimonia Studio

I like the playfulness of this geometric pattern. As Brooke from the Eudaimonia Studio states, the pattern was inspired by the importance of people coming together and helping each other. I like how these connections are reflected in the knots.

Middle Way Quilt Pattern by Eudaimonia Studio

Middle Way Quilt Pattern by Eudaimonia Studio

You can see right away why I picked this quilt pattern as one of the minimalist modern quilt patterns. Its big background surface with a simple geometric composition of lines gives you lots of colorway options while still keeping that distinctive design.

Superstar Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

Superstar Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She (Free Pattern)

Caroline from Sew Can She humorously described this Superstar quilt – it is not just a super size star quilt but also super quick to make! To speed up your quilting even more, check out our flying geese tutorial to make 4 blocks at once.

Pinwheel Quilt Pattern

Pinwheel Quilt Pattern by Designed to Quilt (Free Pattern)

We designed this pattern while exploring traditional quilt blocks and giving them a modern twist. We liked the simple look of the pinwheel blocks, pieced just from 4 basic half-square triangle blocks. To get the finished quilt top, you just need to multiply quilt blocks and add sashings and borders. This quilt size is about 36 x 46”. You can easily resize it – just add a wider border. Use our quilt border calculator for help!

Southbound Pattern by Alderwood Studio

Southbound Pattern by Alderwood Studio (Free Pattern)

I like the simple, modern look of this pattern. Whether you go for a monochromatic version or pick an ombre style, you’ll get a minimalist look. And the best part? It’s a free pattern for all newsletter subscribers!

Giant Bear Paw Quilt Pattern by Polkadot Chair_

Giant Bear Paw Quilt Pattern by Polkadot Chair (Free Pattern)

This pattern is a great example of a traditional quilt block turned modern. The big surfaces of the scaled classic bear paw block result in a minimalistic modern look.

Plus Quilt Pattern by For the Love of George

Plus quilt pattern by For the Love of George (Free Pattern)

Using basic shapes multiplied on the quilt top is a great way to achieve a minimalist quilt design, and this pattern is a perfect example. The shapes create a bold visual impact and offer lots of possibilities for color combinations. Lauren from For the Love of George recommends some fantastic color combos, even if you prefer a lighter palette.

Coins by Quilty Love

Coins by Quilty Love

This pattern is all about keeping things simple, from cutting to sewing. And you’re sure to end up with a minimalist result!

One Patch Heart by See Kate Sew

One Patch Heart Quilt by See Kate Sew

When talking about the big surfaces, this pattern is the one. It is not just a canvas to show off your favorite fabrics, you can also show off your quilting skills. Make some awesome straight-line quilting designs!

Triangle Twizzle Quilt Pattern

Triangle Twizzle by Monday Morning Designs

I’m a big fan of the fun vibe this pattern brings with its scaled basic quilting shapes. Plus, with those bright colors, it’s one of my top picks for minimalist modern quilt patterns.

Which one of these amazing minimalist modern quilt patterns are you going for? Report back if you decide to make one of these, we can’t wait to see 🤩

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