Here are ten great sources for free quilt patterns. If you have quilted any patterns from these sites, post a photo of your finished quilt on our Facebook page, we would love to see your work!
Above: "Something's Fishy Beach Bag," "Twirling Star," and "Pie Quilt," patterns that are all available free from AccuQuilt.
The makers of the popular fabric cutter have assembled many quilts that take advantage of the AccuQuilt GO! Designs must be added to your shopping cart, which means going through their checkout process and creating an account on the site. It's worth the extra steps - they even offer booklets on dozens of block styles to inspire your creativity. The beautiful photos of completed quilts displayed in home settings is a really nice touch.
Above: "Mary May" pattern by Toby Lischko of Gateway Quilts & Stuff Inc., available from Hoffman Fabrics.
Our friends at Hoffman Fabrics provide not just abundant free quilt patterns, but truly beautiful designs inspired by their fabric lines. Nothing to register; just browse and download at hoffmanfabrics.com.
Above: "Ambrosia" by Janet Houts for Blank Quilting, available from Superior Threads.
You'll find the highest quality threads at Superior Threads, but you'll also find fabric, patterns and more. To easily locate the free patterns, use the search field at superiorthreads.com to enter "free patterns" and voila! You'll have many to choose from, and they download easily.
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Above: A "Caned Seat" block detail. The pattern is available from Quilter's Cache. This example is from Adrianne Surian's Happy Hour Projects.
Since launching her site on a modest scale in 1997, Marcia Hohn has grown Quilter's Cache into a much-loved resource featuring a vast collection of block patterns for you.
Above: "Four Patch Charm Quilt" pattern by Tamarack Shack, available from Robert Kaufman.
Pages and pages of beautiful patterns await on the Robert Kaufman site. A nifty "calculator" feature quickly provides fabric quantity information for making multiple quilts.
Above: "Spin the Wheel" pattern by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Designs.
Another fabric manufacturer, Riley Blake Designs offers a wide variety of easily downloaded patterns - no registration or checkout steps required.
Above: "Postcard from Sweden" by Jeli Quilts, available at Craftsy.
Offering online classes in quilting, general sewing plus other crafts, Craftsy is also an online store with a wide product selection. Best of all... free patterns, but you do have to go through their checkout process to create an account before downloading.
Above: "#babychic" by Firetrail Designs, available from Andover Fabrics.
Another manufacturer who makes downloads super easy, Andover Fabrics offers many patterns that are inspired by their fabric lines. Patterns are beautifully detailed.
Above: "Cats and Dogs" designed by Marinda Stewart, available from Michael Miller Fabrics.
Expect beautiful patterns from Michael Miller Fabrics, but their download steps seem a little less than intuitive. Not all listed quilts on their "Free Patterns" page appear to be downloadable. Quilts with free patterns have a button that says "Download Instructions," by which they mean to download the pattern instructions. We thought it read as if you were about to obtain instructions for downloading. A little odd but the patterns are impressive, and if you click on the image of the quilt, you have the opportunity to add the demonstration fabric to your "swatches" so that you can easily maintain a list of the fabric lines they suggest for the design.
Above: "Rebecca Quilt" by Annemarie Yohnk of Quilts Remembered for Windham Fabrics, featured on freequiltpatterns.info.
Even many new quilters will be familiar with this resource, but our list would be lacking without it. freequiltpatterns.info compiles links to countless free patterns and is home to Pat Sloan's Mystery Block of the Month. Designers can submit their own free pattern links for inclusion, which explains so many bad links over time. The "Pattern Playground" is a lot of fun, allowing you to select fabric swatches from a few manufacturers to customize a pattern visually. A terrific benefit of trying this site is that the "free pattern" links are going to take you to many quilting sites you may not have visited before. The search field available on the homepage is a product search which will direct you to online retailers.
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