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Alturas Quilt Pattern
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Alturas Quilt Pattern
Alturas Quilt Pattern
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Alturas Quilt Pattern
Alturas Quilt Pattern
Alturas Quilt Pattern
Alturas Quilt Pattern

Alturas Quilt Pattern


Named after a nearby town, Alturas features a retro-tile-inspired design that is fun to make in a variety of different fabrics and colors. The design also offers up a great opportunity to explore using a large-scale print as the appliqué that can be cut up and sewn into the project, allowing for both the print and appliqué designs to shine.

Additionally, the small block size makes for an addictive and portable project that works well with both yardage and precuts!

Project Sizes

46 1/2″ x 42 1/2″ (Wall), 18" x 18" (Sham), 21 1/2" x 42 1/2" (Runner)


Works well with 5" squares, Fat Quarters (18" x 22") and/or Fat Eighths (9" x 22")

Techniques/Skill Level

Confident-beginner friendly needle-turn appliqué (can use another appliqué technique if desired), basic piecing and binding 

Pattern Includes

How-to work with large-scale prints and a continuous design, two projects and three size options, how-to make pillow sham and bias cording, how-to instructions with illustrations, suggested quilting diagrams, directions for making a hanging sleeve

Featured Projects + Additional Resources

Alturas Quilt

Alturas Pillow Sham in Gleaned fabrics

Alturas Meets Nest Egg Tote

Needle-Turn Appliqué Tools

Alturas projects on the blog