Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Free Patterns, stitcheries and Block of the Month

Well the rush of Christmas is well behind us,  and it's about now that quilters, stitchers, and other crafters start to look around and plan their years projects.  We see a lot of Free BOM's being offered, there are also many pay by the month BOM's out there, but that's a different slice of cake..........so here are just a couple of the freebies that have turned up in my mail box.And of course, don't forget to check the list of other BOM's and freebies on offer from some wonderful designers in our sidebar.

 Happy day!, sometime ago I wanted to paper piece poinsettias for a project, and in my search I came across a lovely sharing lady who gave me several patterns and ideas, well computers being what they are I lost the lot, but mainly I lost the contact details, how wonderful today to re-discover the wonderful site of  Regina Grewe.  Regina has some wonderful patterns and free patterns available on her site and a inspiring BOM with paper pieced mushrooms and a delectable mushroom stitchery.  This BOM started in September 2009 but the patterns are freely available on Regina's site, and just to make the landscapers in us ever so green, go visit these beauties. Regina's site is choc-a-block with lovely work and photos, well worth spending time to check out her wonderful work.

Quilters Guild of Plano brings us this 'Sweet Treats' BOM, It is a finished BOM, that is, all the blocks can be downloaded now - no waiting and no surprises!, the blocks cover various techniques, patchwork, applique, paper piecing, curved piecing and chennile, what a wonderful idea for a beginner or as a finished quilt for one of the younger set.

The talented Kim Noblin, editor of Block Central  has designed a BOM 'Sentimental Journey' Each link will be posted on the first of the month, and the link will take you to a printer friendly block instruction page.
If perhaps, you would prefer a different colour scheme, clever Kim has a printable colouring page for you to download.
block one for January is up here with a printable fabric list,  and a cutting chart for the whole quilt
The folks at Block Central are a bit partial to BOM'S and you can access the list and links here for previous BOM's

have a Mystery BOM with 5 blocks  already posted and set to go, another 3 blocks will be posted on the 16th. of each month, finishing in May 2010.  These ladies have also set up a special group for the block of the month participants to join and post pics of  finished blocks and ask questions.
This talented trio have a plethora of goodies on their site, one really piqued the interest, Cereal Box Booklets !!  -- Wha?...  the step beyond reading the spots of the Cornflakes box?..........no! really fun, go on, off you go, I know you are just as intrigued as I was.
Now if you think that was fun check out the mixed media fiber cuffs.

Planet Patchwork have this vibrant BOM 'Moonlight Dancers' on offer, it was started way back on August 2009 and there are 6 BOM's and 6 variation BOM's on offer.  Each block comes with cutting and assembly instructions as well as a fabric list.  The blocks stay up and available until the end of the BOM, and you can also sign up for a reminder for when the newly posted blocks arrive on site.
Planet Patchwork is a site well worth browsing, with a niche for beginners, a section called 'quilter profile' where you can read about some very interesting and innovative  quilting folk such as Jane Sassaman and her totally amazing quilts and a lady with a real story Ildiko Francais....go read her story and become inspired, along with more folks than I have space to mention here.

Kelli from Don't Look Now writes the loveliest patterns, you can take a peek at some in her online store and she also tutors workshops  Kelli  has a number of tutorials on her blog, including the wonderful project that she is currently working on, aptly named 'Joseph's Coat'.  Kelli has posted very clear and comprehensive step by step instructions for the project, starting with Drafting the blocks on to finishing the ends of your rows and everything in between, you will find all the links on the side bar of her blog.

Bronwyn from Red Brolly Designs, was rather taken by a quilt  made by Rita for her daughter and has been moved to offer a free cat stitchery each month for us to make into our own quilt design.  There is a pic of Rita's quilt in Bronwyn's post containing the first free stitchery pattern of Brutus the cat snoozing on a cane lounge......very cute.
About Quilting, a free quilting site well worth investigation, has a whole section on Miniature Quilt Patterns such as this Miniature Bear's Paw Quilt Pattern

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