Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday Tip - Free patterns

I had several tips in mind for this morning.  Since I have been working on organizing and cleaning my sewing studio this tip seemed to be on the top of the list.  As you work around your stash you realize you have many scraps and need scrappy patterns to use some of this fabric up.  Of course, using it up is a reason to shop for more. Right!!!

I have listed 6 (six) links to scrap quilts for 2014.  Enjoy!

Many women from my local guild have asked me how I find all these patterns on the internet?  Part of it started with following Bonnie Hunter on www.quiltville.com and her blog.  Then blogs have "Linky Parties" and you start viewing other links to other blogs.  You can spend the whole day going from blog to blog.  So this is where my information is coming from, other blogs.  I have really enjoyed getting to know some of the bloggers by following them and linking up with their parties.

Today I have linked up with Connie at Freemotion by the River.  She is working on the Quilt Doodle Design (listed below.)

On Bonnie Hunter's website there is a whole section of free patterns.  Plus, every year Bonnie offers a Mystery Quilt on her blog beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving until approximately January 1.  This year's mystery scrap quilt was called Celtic Solstice.  Bonnie introduced the colors and yardage amounts in October and started the clues on Friday, November 29th.  Each Friday she released a new clue building units until we were ready to make blocks.  The big reveal was released at midnight eastern time on New Years Eve.  Below is a link to the free pattern.  This will only be free until June 1, then she will pull it off the internet for her next book.


The next free quilt has started with the new year with Cindy at Quilt Doodle Designs.  This is a block of the month for 2014.  I don't have much to hang up after Christmas and this looks great with the first block section.

Don't forget to grab the button too and post on your blog! The more the merrier!
   The give-away for the January block will be announced on January 15th and a winner will be picked on the 31st....

Last year Country Threads from Garner, IA, had a BOM scrappy quilt where you made two blocks a month, one 6 1/2" and one 12 1/2".  I thoroughly enjoyed the scrappy design and kept up all year long.  The only catch for me was completing the half square triangle units as connecting blocks to finish the quilt.  While cleaning I found a box of  2 1/2" HST and it felt like hitting a pot of gold!!  I don't know if there is enough to finish the quilt but it puts me much closer to a finish.

Anyway, the response was so popular they have started another one for 2014.  They have not shown a picture of what it will look like because they are saying "trust me as we go" with the layout.  I do trust them and will be making blocks out of scraps.  The blocks will be several different sizes.

Country Threads 2014 BOM (trust me as we go layout)


Aurifil Block a Month by a different designer each month.


Pat Sloan free BOM called Globetrotting
This has a large, almost medallion block in the center with blocks around the outside.  Love the color choices and fabrics she is showing.  Check it out!

Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara
Love the first block.  Check out her color choices and how it changes the appearance of the block.

I hope you have as much fun checking out and participating in these BOM quilts as I do.
Yours in quilting,