Boy Quilts

20 Modern Boy Quilts

I love making quilts for the fellas in my life. When it comes to making boy quilts, I’ve noticed that my favorite designs tend to be more simplistic and geometric. These quilts also carry a contemporary vibe–making these quilts great not just for the guys–but perfect for anyone with a modern decorating style. In fact, many of the quilts in this post live sprinkled throughout my home since I like to decorate with a lot of navy + charcoal + neutral tones.

Here are my Top 20 Modern Boy Quilts:

1. The Rugby quilt

Who can resist the simplicity of a striped block? Rugby is a beginner-friendly quilt pattern and a sure winner with its sporty vibe. The Rugby layout alternates striped blocks + simple background squares, making it a quick one to piece. Make it with 1 Honeybun (1.5″ strips) or 9 fat eighths (9″ x 22″ each).

Rugby honeybun simple stripe quilt for boys by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is Harvest Road by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
Rugby quilt pattern by Lella Boutique. Make it with a Honeybuns (precut 1.5″ strips) or 9 fat eighths. Fabric shown is Harvest Road for Moda Fabrics. Quilting by Marion Bott.

2. The Beachcomber quilt

Here’s a modern twist on a traditional log cabin quilt block. A secondary pattern of little arrows emerges, making the quilt come alive with motion. Make it with 1 Jelly Roll (2.5″ strips) or 1 Layer Cake (10″ squares).

Beachcomber modern log cabin quilt for boys by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is mostly Persimmon by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.
Beachcomber modern log cabin quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with a Jelly Roll (2.5″ strips). Fabric is Persimmon by BasicGrey + “Blueberry Crumble” Grunge (SKU 30150 213). Cream background is “Vanilla” Grunge by BasicGrey (SKU 30150 91). Quilting by Kaitlyn Howell at Knot and Thread.

3. The Sprinkles on Top quilt

We all know the sprinkles give something a little “extra” to anything they are added to… here’s a modern plus sign quilt with just the right amount of “sprinkles” mixed in! Each block is made with 1 Jelly Roll strip (2.5″ x 40″) and uses 2 background prints that are slightly different. This “Sprinkles on Top” quilt pattern is found in my book Jelly Filled – 18 Quilts from 2 1/2″ Strips.

Sprinkles on Top jelly roll quilt. Really cool, graphic black and white plus sign quilt. Pattern is found in the book: Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2-1/2" Strips by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is Catnip by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics.
Sprinkles on Top plus sign quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with 1 Jelly Roll (2.5″ strips). Fabric is Catnip by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics. Quilting by April Rosenthal.

4. The Hot Cross Buns quilt

One a penny, two a penny. This one’s been baked up many times over at my house. The Hot Cross Buns quilt is packed with dozens of colorful plus sign blocks. The original Hot Cross Buns quilt (below) is made in Mixologie fabric by Studio M for Moda. Make it with a Jelly Roll (2.5″ strips) + 4 accent prints for the block corners.

Hot Cross Buns plus sign quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is Mixologie by Studio M for Moda Fabrics
Hot Cross Buns plus sign quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with 1 Jelly Roll (2.5″ strips).

Here’s Hot Cross Buns mocked up in Smoke & Rust fabrics arriving to shops this month.

Hot Cross Buns plus sign quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with a Jelly Roll (2.5" strips) or a Layer Cake (10" squares). Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.

5. The Aviator quilt

Meet one of my all time Lella Boutique bestsellers sure to make your heart take flight. This scrappy Airplane quilt lived on my little boy’s bed for many years (until just recently). Make Aviator with 16 fat quarters– I recommend choosing an even combination of light and dark prints as each fat quarter will yield 1 background + 1 airplane.

Aviator airplane quilt pattern by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Great boy quilt in these scrappy fabrics
Aviator airplane quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with 16 fat quarters. Fabric is Persimmon fabric by BasicGrey + Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis + assorted low volume text prints. Quilted by Vanessa Goertzen.

6. The Mountainside quilt

My heart has always belonged to the mountains, so this quilt has lived in my mind for a very long time. (I’ve already made 3!) Even though this tends to be a more masculine design, I made a super girl-y tester version shown here. Build your own cozy Mountainside quilt with 24 fat eighths.

Mountainside quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Make it with fat eighths. Great boy or modern quilt. Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
Mountainside mountain quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with 24 fat eighths. Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda. Custom quilting by Natalia Bonner.

You can make this one with an accent stripe at the bottom or as a single-print background. I used Moda Snuggle minky on the back of this single-print version… can you tell? (Hint: the quilting looks more “plump.”)

Mountainside quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Make it with fat eighths. Great boy or modern quilt. Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
Mountainside mountain quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with 24 fat eighths. Custom quilting by Natalia Bonner.

7. The Fracture quilt

Another modern twist on a traditional log cabin block. Fabric is Smoke & Rust… I designed this fabric collection because I wanted to design something that would appeal to modern and masculine taste alike. The Fracture quilt is made with 15 fat quarters or 30 fat eighths.

Fracture modern log cabin quilt pattern by Lella Boutique. Would make the perfect quilt for a boy in these Smoke & Rust fabrics!
Fracture modern log cabin quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with fat eighths or fat quarters. Quilting by Marion Bott

8. The Concord quilt

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

This quilt was born during 2020 amidst a lot of chaos. The overlapping links is a reminder to focus on what we have in common rather than what separates us. The Concord quilt is made with a Honeybun (1.5″ strips). I would consider this one a little more intermediate than my typical pattern just because of all the seams that need to be lined up.

Concord modern overlapping rings quilt. Honeybun friendly quilt pattern. Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Concord overlapping ring quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with 1 Honeybun (1.5″ strips). Fabric is Smoke & Rust fabric by Lella Boutique. Quilting by Kaitlyn Howell at Knot and Thread.

9. The Moonwake quilt

Moonwake: a word to describe when the moon’s reflection seems to follow you as you walk along water. This quilt reminded me of that same magical bit of beauty. Make the Moonwake quilt with 16 fat quarters. (I stuck to the black + white + grey prints of Smoke & Rust.)

Moonwake geometric quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with 16 fat quarters. Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique. Quilting by Kaitlyn Howell at Knot and Thread.

10. The Trinkets quilt

Love the geometric design of the Trinkets quilt. It came out several years ago and is still a very popular pattern in my shop. Even though the original quilt (below) isn’t necessarily “masculine,” I always imagined this design as a great boy quilt.

Trinkets modern geometric quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is Biscuits & Gravy by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.
Trinkets tile quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with 16 fat quarters. Fabric is Biscuits & Gravy by BasicGrey.

Of course, it’s not always easy to imagine a more masculine version without seeing the prints plugged in, so I’ve mocked up Trinkets in Smoke & Rust fabric below. I haven’t had a chance to piece this one yet, should I add it to the list?

Trinkets fat quarter quilt. Modern geometric quilt. Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.

11. The Double Dutch quilt

This is the quilt that currently lives on my little boy’s bed. I haven’t snapped a decent picture of his room to share yet, but it’s pretty cool. Just imagine chambray bedding with this Double Dutch quilt folded up and sitting politely on the edge of the bed. It ties in well with his large (stylishly faded) American Flag poster on the wall (a Hobby Lobby find several years ago) + this Iron Man photograph + this Iron Man text print from Etsy. The Double Dutch quilt is super fun to put together, looks good in literally any fabric, and can be made using fat eighths or fat quarters.

Double Dutch geometric quilt PDF pattern by Lella Boutique. Make it with fat quarters or fat eighths. A great boy quilt in these Sweet Tea prints by Sweetwater for Moda.
Double Dutch geometric quilt pattern by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Sweet Tea by Sweetwater for Moda. Quilting by Marion Bott.

12. The New Leaf quilt

Here’s a quilt everybody loves–but the blues + greens + browns definitely make it feel more masculine in my book. This is a fun sampler type of quilt (beginner level) and is made with a combination of a Layer Cake squares (10″ x 10″ each) + fat eighths + fat quarters.

New Leaf fall sampler quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Harvest Road by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
New Leaf leaf sampler quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Harvest Road by Lella Boutique for Moda. Cable weave quilting by Natalia Bonner.

13. The North Wind quilt

This is one of my earliest patterns designed while living in west Texas. There were wind farms just about everywhere you looked so of course, the turbine shapes made their way into my quilting. Made with 2 charm packs of Mixologie fabric by Studio M for Moda.

The North Wind quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Mixologie by Studio M for Moda Fabics
The North Wind geometric quilt by Lella Boutique.

14. The Somersault quilt

Who can refrain from smiling when seeing a little child try to do a somersault? When they first learn, they remind me of a primitive wheel, more angular than round. As they grow older, they start to be more daring–rolling down grassy hills–like a scene in The Princess Bride. This quilt captures the primitive motion of an early somersault and comes together in a jiffy. Pattern found in my book: Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5″ Squares (Stash Books).

Somersault charm pack quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Pattern found in the book: Charm School - 18 Quilts from 5" Squares. Fabric is Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. Cute use of quarter-square triangles
Somersault quilt pattern by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. Pattern found in Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5″ Squares book by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Quilting by Abby Latimer.

15. The Railroad Crossing quilt

When my mom was a young girl, she lived next to a railroad rack way out in the country. She and her siblings often went out to see the train when it thundered past, belching smoke and offering a wonderful variety of colored boxcars. In the summertime when I was a girl, I built my own memories of watching the train pass by when I went out to the tracks. This quilt conjures up memories of the foundation of railroad ties and uses 5″ x 5″ squares both as a center block at the intersections and as a subcut to make the railroad line between the squares. Pattern found in my book: Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5″ Squares (Stash Books).

Railroad Crossing charm pack quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Pattern found in the book: Charm School - 18 Quilts from 5" Squares. Fabric is Feed Company by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. Great coin quilt idea.
Railroad Crossing coin quilt pattern by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. Pattern found in Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5″ Squares (Stash Books). Quilting by Vanessa Goertzen.

What child can resist sneaking a treat from the cookie jar? When I was a kid, we had a jar in the shape of a tiger. I remember the heaviness of the lid and its odd shape–difficult to remove and replace without a clamor. When Mom filled the tiger, it emptied out pretty quickly. (Not surprising with four kids hanging around.) My favorites were carrot cookies, glazed with orange icing! Making a quilt can be like filling a jar with cookies. With this one, we’ll mix fabric strips together to form striped rectangles, then combine them with other fabric ingredients to form a roundish cookie shape. Grab your apron and whip up a batch today! This Cookie Jar quilt pattern is found in my book: Jelly Filled – 18 Quilts from 2 1/2″ Strips (Stash Books).

Cookie Jar jelly roll quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Pattern found in the book: Charm School - 18 Quilts from 5" Squares. Fabric is By the Sea by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs.
Cookie Jar jelly roll coin quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is By the Sea by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs. Quilting by Abby Latimer.

17. The Soiree quilt

I fell in love with this Soiree quilt pattern by Amy Ellis several years ago after meeting her at quilt market for the first time. It was both of our debut markets as new Moda Designers; her collection was called Modern Neutrals. She had several stunning quilt designs made up in it, but this one really stole my heart. A few months after the show, I drew my brother-in-law’s name for Christmas and knew I had to make Amy’s Soiree quilt exactly as she designed it.

Soiree modern geometric quilt by Amy Ellis. Makes a great boy quilt in her Modern Neutrals fabric for Moda Fabrics. |Boy Quilts by popular US quilting blog, Lella Boutique: image of the Soiree quilt.
Soiree quilt by Amy Ellis. Fabric is Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis for Moda Fabrics. Pieced and quilted by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique.

18. The Shuffle quilt

I have always loved pinwheel quilts. The Shuffle quilt came about as a way to take a traditional pinwheel block and spin it on its head… literally. This is fun to make and uses a partial seam technique to come together. I pulled a few of my blue and orange Mixologie scraps for this one. Make the Shuffle quilt with charm packs (precut squares 5″ x 5″) or fat quarters.

Shuffle pinwheel quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Cool boy quilt made with charm packs or fat quarters. Fabric is Mixologie by Studio M for Moda Fabrics.
Shuffle pinwheel quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Mixologie by Studio M for Moda. Pieced and quilted by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

19. The Barn Style quilt

Simple and sweet. Barn Style is a fat quarter quilt pattern that comes together in a snap. I mocked up this baby sized version in Folktale fabrics as a quick baby boy quilt idea. I shared all the information on how to modify the Barn Style pattern to make it bigger or smaller (like this baby sized version) in a recent blog post here.

Barn Style fat quarter quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Great boy version using Folktale fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Barn Style baby quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Folktale by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.

20. Th Arrow quilt

Would you ever guess this is a log cabin block? I designed this for an Australian magazine called Quilts From Precut Fabrics issue no. 5 several years back. Even though printed copies are no longer in circulation, you can just snag a digital copy of the magazine here.

Arrow quilt pattern by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Arrow quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique.

If you could choose your 3 favorite boy quilts, which would they be? Leave a comment and let me know!

12 Comments

  1. Cecilia Young

    April 12, 2021 at 6:15 am

    My favorites are The Aviator, North Wind, and Railroad Crossing for boys. But, I love the others as well.

  2. Kaye

    April 12, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Thank you for these suggestions for “boy” quilts, as I’ve been mulling what I could make for my almost 13 year-old triplet great nephews. I’m delighted I already have several of your pattern suggestions—now to pull out my saved Harvest Road and order some Smoke and Rust—I knew I liked that line as soon as it was introduced!

  3. Sharon Colburn

    April 12, 2021 at 8:52 am

    My favorites are the Rugby, Fractured, and Beachcomber but would actually enjoy making all of them.

  4. KimS

    April 12, 2021 at 10:19 am

    If possible, I’d love to know what the backing is on the shuffle baby quilt. I see that quilt in my future. Thanks

    1. lellaboutique

      April 14, 2021 at 6:23 am

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you! Isn’t that a great dot? It was a print from the Mixologie collection by Studio M for Moda. It’s been several years since that collection was printed so it’s likely difficult to track down.

  5. Karen

    April 12, 2021 at 11:38 am

    The Somersault, Cookie Jar and Arrow quilts are my favorite three, but it was hard to choose.

  6. KimS

    April 12, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Shuffle, double dutch and hot cross buns. Forgot my list in the earlier post.

  7. Theresa

    April 12, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Trinkets, Double Dutch, and Barn Style are my fav’s

  8. Linda

    April 12, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    So in love with Rugby and Sprinkles on Top – and have been since I first saw them 😍 Your fabric choices are the best, too 😍

  9. Cindy

    April 16, 2021 at 7:33 am

    I love the Beachcomber,Fracture and a tie for last one North Wind or Trinkets

  10. Alice Hwang

    October 7, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I love the Shuffle, Soiree and Trinkets. I have moonwake and Rugby already!!

  11. Carol

    June 28, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    I love the Rugby Quilt..Have the pattern but want to use it for a baby quilt…Do you have any measurements for reducing the block size ? I Purchased the Flower Pot fabric and can’t wait to make it. Hope you can help me.!!!

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