How to MakeCrafting the Gratitude Quilt

I remember the first time I felt a profound sense of gratitude. I was a young adult, fresh out of college, and had just moved into my first apartment. It was a small, cozy place, but it was mine. I remember sitting on the floor, surrounded by boxes, feeling a sense of accomplishment and gratitude. I was grateful for the journey that had brought me to this point and for the adventures that lay ahead.


Fast forward to today, and I find myself feeling that same sense of gratitude every time I sit down to quilt. Quilting has become a way for me to express my gratitude, to create something beautiful, and to share my love for this craft with others. Today, I’m excited to share with you a free Gratitude Quilt Pattern. This pattern is perfect for sewing with precuts and can be personalized with signature blocks.

The Gratitude Quilt Pattern

The Gratitude Quilt Pattern is a versatile design that can be adapted to suit your personal style. Whether you prefer working with precuts like Charm Packs, Layer Cakes, and Jelly Rolls, or cutting all of your pieces from yardage or scraps, this pattern has got you covered.

One of the unique features of this pattern is the traditional plus ‘signature’ blocks. You can embroider or write people, places, or things that you’re grateful for on these blocks, creating a quilt that is not only beautiful but also meaningful. Alternatively, you can just make a fun, scrappy plus quilt. The choice is yours!

Materials Required

To create this quilt, you will need:

  • Signature blocks (cross background): 1 Charm Pack OR 41 squares 5” x 5”
  • Setting Squares and Scrappy Border: 1 Layer Cake OR 40 squares 10” x 10” OR 40 squares 6½”x 6½” and 28 assorted 3½” x 10” strips for scrappy border
  • Cross fabric: 12 strips 2½” x WOF (Width of Fabric) OR 1 yard solid OR 41 assorted strips 2½” x 12″
  • Inside Border fabric: ½ yard
  • Outside Border fabric: 1 yard
  • Binding fabric: ⅝ yard
  • Backing: 4½ yards

Crafting Your Gratitude Quilt


The Gratitude Quilt Pattern includes a detailed tutorial to help you make your own gratitude plus quilt. The tutorial is sponsored by Baby Lock Sewing Machines, a brand that I’ve been working with for a few years now and absolutely love.

The original Gratitude quilt was made entirely from Precuts: a Charm Pack (precut 5″ x 5″ squares), and a coordinating Layer Cake (precut 10″ x 10″ squares.) The cross blocks are all from solid cream pre-cut 2 ½″ x 2 ½″ strips.

For the newest version of the quilt, I cut all of my pieces from a stack of Fat Quarters and other quarter yards. I made the cross blocks scrappy with a variety of prints and I love the change of character it gives.

Quilting is more than just a hobby; it’s a way to express gratitude, to create something beautiful, and to make memories that will last a lifetime. The Gratitude Quilt Pattern is more than just a pattern; it’s a way to express yourself, to create something beautiful, and to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Whether you’re a seasoned quilter or a beginner, I hope this pattern inspires you to create your own Gratitude Quilt. Remember, the beauty of quilting lies in the process as much as in the finished product. So take your time, enjoy the process, and most importantly, have fun!

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