Desert Quilt

Desert Quilt by Christopher Thompson

About this Quilt

Finished Size : 18" x 21"

Rating : Confident Beginner

Designed By : Christopher Thompson

A barren landscape exposed to the elements. A dry expanse of weathered earth. A flat plain dotted with succulents and sand dunes. A place unbearably hot, yet still beautiful and serene. A desert.

Christopher Thompson’s wall quilt was inspired by the desert views surrounding Palm Springs, California. The city, an oasis surrounded by the hot, dry Sonora Desert, is noted for its fine examples of mid-century architecture and artistic past. This quilt fits perfectly with that aesthetic. It is bold, small, artistic, and accessible.

We love that the horizontal triangles arranged asymmetrically on the side of the quilt are precise because of their construction technique. Simple paper-pieced blocks can be easily rearranged by the maker, but Christopher’s placement creates movement and interest in the quilt that keeps it true to the desert landscape.

Download this quilt pattern plus a dozen more in the May/June issue of Modern Patchwork.


  • Fat eighth* each of green, gray, and black
  • 7/8 yard cream for background and batting
  • ¾ yard backing
  • Craft size batting

*Fat eighth = 9″ x 20″

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