Did you know that almost every manufacturer I carry offers free patterns? Yep! They have various quilters make a quilt for all the new lines – and these are almost always offered as free patterns to all of us! A few fabric companies (like Michael Miller and Moda’s blogs) have other patterns offered as well – but the majority seem to be quilt related….although as home sewing and garment sewing regain popularity, I think we’ll see more free pattern options.
Anywho….I used this free pattern to make Taylor’s quilt. The blues look crazy bright in this picture….they are really more normal looking than this. It looks like they took every bit of sunshine available, absorb it and became radio active or something. 😀
So back to the free patterns….what’s so great about them, well, first of all, they are free. But what I love more than that is you can see so many ideas in one place. It’s a great starting place for projects – to get your creative juices flowin’! It’s also easy to tweek patterns, add an element from one pattern to another, leave this or that off, etc. etc. And with free patterns, I don’t really feel guilty about doing this. Plus, did I mention they are free?
(Just a little aside here, remember that these are free patterns….some are written in pretty broad terms and you often don’t get the illustrations and hints that you do when you purchase an idependent designer’s pattern….I’m not saying always…but I don’t want you to be shocked when it’s not a 15 page color booklet!)
So this is what I’m going to do for you….because I love you all so much…..I’m making a list of the manufacturers (that I carry) with a link to each free pattern page. If I start carrying a new manufacturer, I’ll try to come back and update this post….maybe….if I remember. 😉
Art Gallery Fabrics and Patricia’s Blog
Free Spirit Fabrics and their blog
Henry Glass and their blog
In the Beginning Fabrics
Red Rooster Fabrics
Riley Blake Designs and their blog
Michael Miller Fabrics and Kathy’s blog
Moda and the Bake Shop (blog)
Robert Kaufman and their blog