It’s always exciting to find enticing new patterns for appliquÃ?Â© quilt projects. Here are some sites offering free patterns as well as resources, tips and information on appliquÃ?Â© quilting.
The AppliquÃ?Â© Society (www.theappliquesociety.org/freepatterns.htm)
This organization describes its mission to promote, teach, and encourage the love of all types of appliquÃ?Â© quilting. They offer free downloadable appliquÃ?Â© patterns – rose, swan, Christmas dove, and Mr. Bunny.
The site also offers a newsletter every six weeks to members. Issues contain appliquÃ?Â© quilting information and notices of the latest happenings in the field, as well as two or more patterns. Other resource sections include Chapters, Artists, News, Links, Events, Lost quilts, Just appliquÃ?Â© (articles, questions etc.). Pattern packs are also available for sale and contain patterns from the previous newsletter.
Quiltmaker describes its offerings as including, techniques, tips, and step-by-step instructions. The site provides a good collection of free appliquÃ?Â© patterns, each available as a printable webpage or downloadable PDF. Animal appliquÃ?Â© patterns include more than 15 designs such as Just ducky, Honeybee, Butterfly ballet, Counting sheep, Lady bug, Jumping cat, and more. There are over 40 flower and leaf patterns such as Rosebud, Autumn’s acorn, Greenery, Petite daisy, Celestial, Berry blossoms, Lily bud, and Morning glory. Free Miscellaneous appliquÃ?Â© patterns include designs such as Grandma’s buttons, Man on the moon, Dancing doll, Peace sign, Psychedelic swirls, Best foot forward, and Mittens.
The Quiltmaker site has basic lessons available if you need help getting started with appliquÃ?Â© quilting techniques. In addition to basic quilting lessons its resource sections include Motifs, Online Guide, Product showcase, Excerpts from the experts, and more.
Quilter by Design (www.quilterbydesign.com/pickledish.html)
This quilting site, where “tradition meets creativity”, offers some free downloadable appliquÃ?Â© patterns from the official Pickledish website of the Kansas City Star newspaper. The 12 vintage patterns, originating from the 1930s include designs such as Electric fan, Flying swallows, Shamrock, Gold bloom, Teapot, and Texas pointer. The Quilter by Design site has quilting class offerings, patterns, links, as well as quilts.
Free AppliquÃ?Â© Patterns (www.freeapplique.com)
The Free AppliquÃ?Â© Patterns website offers a nice selection of free printable appliquÃ?Â© patterns for sweatshirts, t-shirts, wall hangings etc. Patterns are described as easy to use and sew, and include designs such as Arkansas block, Growing hearts t-shirt, Arrow denim shirt, Butterfly house sweatshirt, Patchwork star, Star light, star bright, Hummingbird shirt, Windmill sweatshirt, Clover t-shirt, and more.