8 Top Sources for Free Quilting Patterns Online
At Primitive Star Quilt Shop, we sell amazing quilts, shams, pillows, and even shower curtains – but we’re also quilters ourselves. Since our love of quilts knows no bounds, we’re always on the lookout for our next project.
One of the best things about being active online is the quilting community. Whether it’s inspirational photographs on Pinterest, following our favorite quilting blogs, or browsing eBay for primitive country antique treasures, we love connecting with fellow décor enthusiasts, collectors, and quilters from all over the country.
When we’re looking for our next great project, gazing upon a stack of fabric scraps, one of favorite things to do is search for free quilting patterns online. There are a lot of sources out there, but not all are easy to navigate and use. Below, please find eight of our tried-and-true, trusted sources:
1. Craftsy.com is a creativity hub that offers online classes, kits, supplies, and patterns for every type of endeavor. Quilting, embroidery, and sewing are featured prominently, but you can also learn photography, woodworking, gardening, knitting, drawing, and much more from 900+ experts from all over the world.
We follow Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting, who has a large selection of free quilting patterns, including a very prim friendly star quilt called, appropriately, Stars. We also love UK-based Vendulka’s creative ideas for table runners, Christmas bells, and even a child’s quilted backpack.
2. McCall’s Quilting is a favorite spot when you want to browse through a large number of quilt blocks easily and quickly. Free downloads and simple instructions make this site one to bookmark and visit again and again. Best of all, when you sign up for their free newsletter, you’ll get access to a long list of eBooks with great quilting tips, projects, and of course, more free patterns!
3. New York City-based Michael Miller Fabrics’ collections sometimes tend to be a little contemporary for our primitive country décor aesthetic, but there’s no denying the quality, creativity, and whimsy of the fabrics. Tailor made to complement each other in an unexpected yet completely perfect way, the entire site is a free lesson in how to put together an amazing quilt. The free patterns offered on the website are an extension of this quality – one we recently downloaded was a very detailed yet easy to follow 11-page .pdf! We especially love the designs by Heidi Pridemore.
4. What’s not to love about a site with the header ‘101+ Best Quilt Patterns for Free’? Obviously we had to check it out. FaveQuilts has a quilt pattern for every type of quilt you can imagine. Baby quilts, quilted purses, block patterns, art quilts, t-shirt quilts, appliques, doll quilts…this site is an A-Z of anything and everything quiltable. Best of all, all of the patterns are free! Check out their free eBooks and quilting videos, too, as well as their reasonably priced selection of fine art and sewing supplies.
5. Texas-based online fabric and quilting source Fat Quarter Shop’s name says it all. Their bundles are a quilter’s dream, but they also offer a well-edited selection of colorful, creative quilting patterns created by a variety of quilting fabric designers. Although their patterns span a number of styles, there are plenty of primitive country motifs to coordinate beautifully with your classic décor.
6. Generations Quilt Patterns, a comprehensive tutorial site, offers a great selection of blocks, as well as paper piecing patterns, on their site free of charge. True to their name, the patterns at Generations tend to be all classic Americana, just our style. Because they are so well matched, style-wise, they can be mixed and matched for those who would like an additional quilting challenge!
7. Quilter and author Eleanor Burns offers free quilt block patterns on her site, Quilt in a Day. As the name implies, Eleanor specializes in fun, fast, easy methods that save time yet deliver the quality you expect from the future heirloom you’re creating for your family. She also offers a large selection of video programming, and of course, her best-selling books, on the site.
8. Connecting Threads offers free patterns for those quirky, fun, small projects you can complete in a long weekend. But don’t let the wonderful ideas such as a kids’ quilted crown, toddler raincoat, peppermint candy pincushion, or quilted eBook reader distract you from the selection of beautiful full quilt patterns the site also offers, free of charge.
With all the wonderful resources available out there at no charge, our project list just keeps growing. We love to hear what our customers are working on, so be sure to tell us about your projects in the comments below!