Pattern Jam – Easy Quilt Design Tool

Do you love to play with fabric combinations? Do you wish that you could see the fabric combinations in different colors, layouts, and border combinations before you commit to cutting and sewing, let alone buying that fabric? Have I got a cool site for you!

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The new Pattern Jam website is rolling out right now. Pattern Jam aims to be the world’s easiest quilt design platform where you can interact with dozens of current quilt designs as well as a huge library of the latest designer fabric collections.

Pattern Jam Quilt Design website

There are multiple ways to use Pattern Jam. The first thing you need to do is sign in and create your own profile. This way you can save all your choices from the Fabric library as well as all of your customized quilt designs.

From there you can begin to build your own “virtual fabric stash” from the Browse Fabrics button. You can browse fabric samples by color, designer, collection or manufacturer. Then click on the heart icon to add it to your favorites. It’s pretty addicting but the good news is, it’s totally free, you can get a little of everything and your family can’t be appalled by the size of your collection. 🙂

From there you can Design a Quilt using a very simple interface where you drag blocks into an easily customizable grid and then drag fabrics into you block. This is a great beginner version for customizing quilt designs and a really fun way to play with block shapes and colors. The video above shows you how quickly you can create a whole new design.


This is a design I created from scratch in just a matter of minutes. It’s a really fun (and free!) way to get your creative juices flowing.Heather_Bailey_Lattice_1436213765_watermark

Or you can choose the Customize a Pattern option and chose from dozens of finished quilt patterns to use as your template. Here is a sample of using Heather Bailey’s recent Clementine collection in my Lattice Quilt Pattern. If I were to sew this quilt with this fabric, it wouldn’t necessarily look identical to this, but it gives me a really good idea – especially when you’re choose border fabrics/colors. That can change the whole look of the quilt!

You can see some of the virtual quilts I’ve been playing with under my profile. I warn you now, this is also very addicting. 😉

Many of the quilts in the Customize a Pattern section and instant downloads are available for immediate purchase, with many free pattern templates available as well!Pattern Jam Quilt Design Tool collage

For a limited time, be one of the first to create a profile at PatternJam and receive an invitation to start playing. And better yet, for a short time only, refer 5 quilt-loving friends and you will get 6 free half yards of fabric as a thank you. For real. Visit patternjam.com for all the details. Pattern Jam is still in it’s introductory phase, working out glitches, etc, so your feedback is welcome!

I’d love to hear what you think of Pattern Jam! As an incentive, Emily Taylor – Pattern Jam developer – is giving away 8 additional yards of free designer fabric to one of you. Give Pattern Jam a whirl and leave a comment sharing what you think of Pattern Jam to be entered! Giveaway open until Sunday, July 12 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED


Buffy says 

I started playing with Pattern Jam about 2 weeks ago. It is super addictive…I love how it fulfills the part of me that enjoys sorting fabric, changing patterns and goals with a project. It allows you to play but takes the guess work out of how something will look when it is finished. I sometimes think a certain fabric choice is great for a pattern only to be unhappy once it is sewn up…I love Pattern Jam as a preview, a creator and a mistake fixer! 🙂

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    July 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Sounds like a great idea but the website does not appear to be up and running yet. At least, nothing when I open it except a message that says “You’re on the list…”

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      July 7, 2015 at 5:08 am

      It gave me the same message. Maybe it will work later.

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    Christina maclaren
    July 6, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    What a wonderful tool! I’d love to see more fabric collections to choose from, but I can see this being incredibly helpful when designing, as I tend to have paralysis when deciding what fabrics will work well together.

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    July 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Looks like a great tool! Thanks for sharing!

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    Miranda roSa
    July 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I wish I could tell you how awesome it is. I’m on the wait list. Can’t wait to try it out.

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    July 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I love pattern jam. Its so fun to actually see my quilt before i buy the fabric

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    July 6, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Warning! Pattern Jam is addicting. It may lead to increased creativity and internet usage. Beware of drool covering the computer due to gorgeous fabric selections! It is recommended that you set a timer to shake you out of any creative haze or hours may pass before you know it!

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    July 6, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I’ve been having a blast learnign how it all works. I’m going to go see what you have designed Amy. Thanks for promoting such a fun website.

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    July 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I found Pattern Jam a while ago and it’s exciting to see all the changes the site is undergoing. Great tool!

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    Carley Biblin
    July 6, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Looks promising. I can’t wait to see what it can do.

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    July 7, 2015 at 12:15 am

    So happy that you shared this. I’m always looking for new tools to assist with quilt design. I signed up. Hope I can use it soon!

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    Marie Biswell
    July 7, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I LOVE it!!!!!! A fantastic way to waste time…oops, I mean to start planning new crafty ventures!

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    July 7, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Well I’m on the list – look forward to checking it out, thanks for sharing

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    Jenny faasavalu
    July 7, 2015 at 2:12 am

    I have been looking for something exactly like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    July 7, 2015 at 3:47 am

    What a great idea. I love the idea of visually trying out fabrics in a quilt design. Can’t wait to give it a whirl!

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    July 7, 2015 at 4:28 am

    On the list. Thank you for sharing.

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    July 7, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Looks like fun! I was just thinking about EQ7 but this may be what I am looking for. Signed up!

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    janet moilanen
    July 7, 2015 at 5:13 am

    I tried to get into the Pattern Jam site after creating a password but I couldn’t get past the ‘Share with friends’ page. I don’t have FB or Twitter so I couldn’t go any further. Sounds like a great idea though!

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      July 7, 2015 at 5:38 am

      I’m having the same problem. I don’t want to refer more people until I know how it works…

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    July 7, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Great site!! What a brilliant idea.

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    July 7, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Ok, I am seriously going to go try this. I have collected fabric for a quilt but can’t decide what to do so I am going to try a couple things out. Thanks for reminding us of this site!

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    Catherine Stovall
    July 7, 2015 at 5:51 am

    As a new quilter….this is AWESOME!!!!! I’m currently on the waiting list, but I cant wait to see what kind of designs I will be able to use, and grow as a quilter in difficulty.

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    Julie N
    July 7, 2015 at 6:10 am

    This is just what I have needed. Can’t wait to use it and see what together we can accomplish!

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    Judy in MI
    July 7, 2015 at 6:19 am

    I’m on the list! Can’t wait to see what it can do! I would like it better if I could share with five quilting friends on Instagram instead of Facebook (which I broke up with almost a year ago and I don’t miss it a bit) and Twitter (which I never. ever. use). Add a share option on IG and I’ll be tagging all of em!! Thanks for information – can’t wait to give this a try!

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      Amy Smart
      July 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Good idea! I’ll forward that on to Emily. I’m with you. So much easier to share on IG!

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    July 7, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Can’t wait to try this!

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    July 7, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I have been signed up for Pattern Jam but have not played on it yet. Picking fabrics for quilts is v a very agonizing experience for me so I really need to start using this sight.

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    Mary Ellen Coumerilh
    July 7, 2015 at 7:06 am

    So much fun!!! The site is still a little buggy but way cool – When I try to share on Facebook with my friends with the “unique URL” a really funky page comes up, not the home page. I’m definitely going to have fun with this one!

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      Amy Smart
      July 7, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Let them know. I know they are working to get bugs fixed. I’m sure that feedback is appreciated!

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    Elizabeth A
    July 7, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Can’t wait to get started!

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    July 7, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I started playing with Pattern Jam about 2 weeks ago. It is super addictive…I love how it fulfills the part of me that enjoys sorting fabric, changing patterns and goals with a project. It allows you to play but takes the guess work out of how something will look when it is finished. I sometimes think a certain fabric choice is great for a pattern only to be unhappy once it is sewn up…I love Pattern Jam as a preview, a creator and a mistake fixer! 🙂

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    July 7, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Good luck

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    July 7, 2015 at 7:30 am

    How fun! Says I am on a list although I am not sure how it knows who I am it didn’t ask me for any information. I would love to check it out!

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    Peggy Pirillo
    July 7, 2015 at 7:50 am

    It’s a pretty cool app. Still needs some work as there are some glitches such as the ‘you’re on the list’ message” every one saw. It is a bit confusing as you don’t seem to be able to go anywhere from there. But I went back and clicked on Amy’s link which took me to her page – then I just added my id in place of hers and it took me to my very own new page. It’ll be great once they work through beta. Amy, are they looking for bug reports and suggestions from users too?

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      Amy Smart
      July 7, 2015 at 9:16 am

      I’m sure that would be helpful. I know they’re still working out bugs, adding fabric, etc. I’m sure feedback is very welcome!

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    Susan Michael
    July 7, 2015 at 8:09 am

    This looks like a great tool! I will definately give it a try. Thanks for sharing the info. =)

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    July 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I can definitely see how this would be VERY addicting! I think one thing that’s hard is that the number of fabrics already uploaded aren’t really what I have…and I didn’t try, but I’m guessing uploading your own fabrics s a bit of a pain. I’d also like to be able to design my own blocks instead of just using pre-determined blocks; maybe that’s there and I just didn’t see it yet. So far, it seems pretty fun, though!

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    Emily Kim
    July 7, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I got to test the new website and LOVED it!! It was so much easier than the old one and just as you said, it made it very addictive! 🙂 I’m going to love having this tool to play around with!

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    Lori voth
    July 7, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Another great tool for the toolbox!

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    Karen libby
    July 7, 2015 at 9:31 am

    regarding Pattern Jam. I signed up for the newer site but went to the old site to play around. It’s amazing just using the American Brand Solids and one of the simple log cabin patterns how many different looks I could get. It’s very easy to use. I am excited when the new website is up and running.

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    July 7, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Can’t wait for this site to be up and running! Would love to experiment before committing. I am a geeky computer nerd and would love to design my own quilts without having to resort to graph paper and pencil! I’m on the wait list! Love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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    Rosemary Bolton
    July 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Oh my, this is a great tool. I will certainly be using it…. This will save me time and fabric. Making test blocks and not really liking the combination, starting over — I will try Pattern Jam!!
    And it’s free to try out? Sweeeeet

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    July 7, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Can’t wait to give it a whirl! This is something I’ve wanted to figure out how to do. Hopefully the wait isn’t going to be too long…

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    July 7, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I was excited to try this out but I couldn’t get past the “you’re on the list” page to see anything else. I would suggest making it possible to make an account with just an email address instead of having to sign in through my google account which honestly I’m not even sure what that is. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter so those weren’t options. When the share with friends option showed I couldn’t do that either. An Instagram option would be helpful. Thanks for promoting this site because I’d love to give it a try once I have the option. I have eq7 and don’t find it to be easy to use at all.

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      Amy Smart
      July 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Great feedback, Jamie. I’ll pass it along to the Pattern Jam folks.

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    July 7, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Yes, website not working. I signed in and got to the next page which wanted me to refer friends from Twitter and Facebook.

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    July 7, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I’m on the list. Looks like a fun tool. Can’t wait to try it out.

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    July 7, 2015 at 11:53 am

    What a great giveaway. I can’t wait to use the website! I’m signed up 🙂

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    July 7, 2015 at 11:56 am

    It says I’m on the list so I haven’t had s chance to play yet but I watched the video in your blog and it all seems pretty simple to use

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    July 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Just came up with the “you’re on the list” message and nothing more. I will try what another commenter recommended- going through your link, Amy. I need something like Pattern Jam because I get paralyzed picking out fabrics so I wind up playing it too safe, which gets boring.

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    July 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I’ve been looking for an easy quilt pattern creator and this looks awesome!

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    Carolyn S
    July 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Looking forward to the website being up and running. I also do not use my google account much and have to ignore Facebook and Twitter or else when would I have time to quilt??? Priorities 🙂

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    Kay :-)
    July 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    got it set up but having a little trouble with it – looks like fun though – I I know I will have a blast with it!

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    Allison CB
    July 7, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Looks like it has great potential! Looking forward to trying it out!

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    July 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    This sounds like a great idea. Look forward to trying it.

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    July 8, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I am in the group that can’t seem to get into the site. I have signed up but I can’t get to anything beyond the prompt to share the site with friends via Twitter and Facebook. I love the concept– I hope the full functionality is available soon.

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    Karen @runsewfun
    July 8, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Addicting for sure! I experienced the same issues others are having in not being able to move off the “share with facebook and twitter” page. (I agree with the IG option.) Discovered if I enter from my browser by typing in patternjam.com/design it works! Thanks for sharing this with us, Amy.

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      Amy Smart
      July 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Thanks for the good feedback. I’ll make sure the PatternJam folks know about that glitch!

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    Brenda Ackerman
    July 8, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I finally got signed up by creating a new account. It has been very frustrating trying to get into the site, but now that that is over and done with; looking around the site, there appears to be quite a bit of information. I am looking forward to searching the site and discovering.

    I did get 5 people to sign up on facebook and think they will have fun exploring also. Thank you for sharing the information and spreading the details of a new great site. Have a wonderful day!

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    Katy M
    July 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I managed to get on using the patternjam.com/design link and it looks great – this is exactly what I was looking for a few months ago but ended up using graph paper! I look forward to using the site in future x

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    Kath S
    July 9, 2015 at 5:20 am

    OH … I’m so envious of everyone who’ve been able to access Pattern Jam. I haven’t been able to get past the ‘Share with …’ and since I don’t have a FB or Twitter, looks like I can’t go any farther (although it does say I have early access?).

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      Amy Smart
      July 9, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      OH darn. Hang in there! I think it will be ready soon!!

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    Susan Paxton
    July 9, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    It sounds like great program..can’t wait to use it. Do I need 5 of my friends to sign up before I can use it?

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    Melanie C
    July 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I’m on the list too.

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