April 17, 2013 How many of you like the word “free”? Most of us do and sometimes “free” is easy to find. Where can you find free quilt patterns? If you are like me, you keep getting subscriptions to various quilting magazines and they are always loaded with patterns. As these magazines accumulate and pile up, I go through the pages and tear out the patterns that I think I would like to make someday. These upright magazine holders work fine for categorizing patterns from various magazines. These then go into stand-up magazine holders by categories. (If I was really well organized, I would put them in plastic sleeves in categorized notebooks – like LeeAnn does!) When I am in the mood to start another project (which is quite often, thus the reason for having so many unfinished projects) I have another source of patterns in addition to my quilting books. How many of you get flyers in the mail enticing you to send for books or magazines? Many of those flyers provide free quilt patterns for you to try. Don’t toss them away! Another great source for free quilt patterns are calendars. Have you ever received one with a different pattern for each month? Those are the greatest! If your family needs some gift ideas for you, why not add a quilt calendar to your list. Take time to visit your local library. Most libraries have a section on crafts or such, which will include quilting. Many of these books are outdated, but many of these “old time” patterns are still used today – it’s just the fabrics that look different and we know we can always substitute any fabric of our liking – we do not always have to make something look just like the “picture”. . If you have the opportunity to go on a “Shop Hop” to various quilt shops, go! Many times these shops will be handing out quilt patterns and ideas to the Quilters walking through their doors. Notice my little "tags" on the shelf edges - yes, this is a little "dorky", but it helps me to know where certain types of books are (at least until I am better organized and have time to set up a better system). Another way to get free quilt patterns is by combining several different blocks or ideas from various quilting patterns you already have. This in turn will give you an entirely different look to a new project. This can be interesting and fun (and a mystery until it is finished). If Sophiegets bit real hard by the quilting bug, I will have to make sure she knows about all the possibilities for free quilt patterns. Many of the companies we are linked to offer free quilt patterns – so check them all out and see if there is something that piques your fancy! Have you ever picked up a free quilt pattern, purchased your fabric, and cut it out according to the directions - then – guess what! It doesn’t go together as stated OR you are short on your fabric. Yikes! That’s a big let-down and a whole lot of work (and money) out the window.