Dena Crain’s Designer Quilt Patterns are representative of work I have done for many years as part of my Symmetry Sets series of innovative quilts. They derive from five different forms of symmetry and represent a completely fresh approach to patchwork quilting.

Patterns found here are full sized graphical representations of innovative quilt designs, not mere sets of rotary cutting instructions. The designs are unusual,  suited for cutting with dressmaker shears and construction methods common to apparel sewing. You may find it helpful to review my free quilt tutorial about working with fusible interfacing that explains how to use fusible interfacing instead of freezer paper. If you are an advanced quilter, you may be able to make one of these quilts without further instruction. However, if you have any difficulty with the piecing, please take my classes Designer Pinwheels, Reflections and/or Crystal Quilts at Quilt University where you will receive instruction in all the sewing methods I use to construct Symmetry Sets quilts.

Print the designs in their entirety, made easy by their PDF format. Make templates with seam allowances added or cut out patches adding seam allowances as you go. Patterns do not include seam allowances.

Each thumbnail illustration shown on this page links to another page about that design where you can find out more information before downloading the pattern itself. There, you will find an enlarged image, finished quilt dimensions and any specifically useful details about that particular quilt.

Use the contact form at right if you need any additional information before you make a decision to purchase the license for any pattern. All patterns for sale are available as instant downloads. Click the “Buy Now” link to initiate the process, then simply wait for further instructions which will come to you immediately by email. Although all purchases are final, your feedback is most welcome.  Use the contact form to let me know how you get on with my patterns.  And, once you have completed a quilt from one of them, please email me again.  I will be proud to feature your quilt on my blog!


Art quilt designs are intellectual property; these designs belong solely to Dena Crain. All patterns on this Web log are protected by copyright. You do not purchase a pattern; you purchase a license to use a pattern. Patterns are intended for your personal use, not to be made into quilts for sale nor to be resold as patterns to any third party. You may not use any pattern from this Web log in whole or in part for any quilt to be exhibited under your name without giving full and obvious credit to Dena Crain for its development. Multiple use licensing is negotiable; use the contact form at right to inquire about specific details.


“Calligraph” is available to you as my gift; it is a free pattern you can obtain by following the links. All other patterns are for sale. Please check back often as new patterns are being developed and will soon appear here.

"Calligraph," 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Calligraph – FREE!

An original Designer Pinwheel Quilt Pattern; finished quilt measures 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.  Pattern is a full scale illustration, not a set of rotary cutting instructions.  Curved piecing or appliqué.  A great way to sample more complicated designs shown below.


Sunrise – US$ 4.95

An original Reflections Designer Quilt Pattern; finished quilt measures 36″ x 24″.  Pattern is a full scale illustration, not a set of rotary cutting instructions.

Fractures, a Designer Pinwheel quilt by Dena Crain

Fractures – US $ 6.95

An original Designer Pinwheel Quilt Pattern; finished quilt measures 27″ x 27″.  Pattern is a full scale illustration, not a set of rotary cutting instructions.

Lilac and Clover, a Designer Pinwheel quilt by Dena Crain

Lilac and Clover – US $ 14.95

An original Designer Pinwheel Quilt Pattern; finished quilt measures 36″ x 36″. Pattern is a full scale illustration, not a set of rotary cutting instructions.


You, too, can be a designer! You can learn how to draw and design your own Butterfly, Quarter, Ladder, Crystal and Designer Pinwheel Quilts and how to sew your original designs beautifully as you master my simple but unusual sewing techniques by taking my classes at Quilt University. Check the class calendar for upcoming dates, then register with a credit card. What could be easier? No tests, no exams, no grades – only good times and lots of fun! Also, be sure to take a look at my International Teaching Schedule to see when and where you might study with me in your area.

7 thoughts on “Patterns”

  1. Dena, It’s my pleasure to see this nice post here today. I’m gonna let you know you are one of those who are inspiration for me. I respect your experience and love your unique quilt designs as well. Thanks for sharing and keep doing your best.

  2. My Mom and Dad have been missionaries in Ghana and Liberia for many years. I have a box full of fabrics I would like to make a simple but Africa style quilt for my parents. Any suggestions?

    1. A good question, Becky; thanks for asking! Many people do the simple thing of cutting 3″ or 4″ squares, one or more from each fabric and put together like a postage stamp quilt. That’s how people in Kenya made quilts when I first moved here over twenty years ago. Sadly, the only batting they had in those days was foam rubber sheeting–ugh!

      There are two possible approaches, as I see it. One is to select carefully a pattern that you can modify by using African fabrics, motifs or imagery. Whether it’s the overgrown postage stamp idea above, or whether you create a landscape, portrait, still life or other composition using African motifs, let the colors and values speak loudly of Africa–that will happen anyway with the fabrics you have.

      The other option (one I personally prefer) is to set aside any formal patterns, and simply cut and piece as you like, capturing special portions of each fabric like fussy cutting and building your own composition. This method of piecing is often referred to as “improvisational.” It’s more closely aligned, I believe, to the way any African artisan would have approached the task had they had materials and the urge to do so.

      Find more information on my blog post “What Makes an African Quilt “African?” and see how others are making African quilts by visiting the Kenya Quilt Guild galleries and having a look at what quilters in Zimbabwe and South Africa are producing by searching for their guilds on the Web. And be sure to check out the books available at Amazon. A search for “African quilt” turns up some 300 offerings!

      Good luck with your quilt, and if you want to show it off to the world, use the Contact Form in the sidebar to email me with a photo. I’ll be happy to share your triumph with my readers!

  3. Dear Dena,

    Calligraph is a beautiful Pinwheel design
    and I look forward to making the block.
    Thank you for sharing the pattern!

    You’ve got an amazing blog!
    The country, the animals,
    the things that crawl…’s all incredible.
    The plants are inspirational,
    that carpet flower – I had to see if you made that!!

    I’ve really enjoyed visiting and will be back!

    ~ Jessica

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