Oh, paper piecing, how do I love thee, let me count the ways…
Paper piecing (or foundation piecing) is the medium that has set my art free. It has only happened once or twice (so far!) that I have been defeated my efforts to create a new pattern. For the most part, I can look at an image and see the pattern inside it. It’s something that makes me giddy, connected to myself in a way I never knew before, gloriously happy, excited and (occasionally) frustrated all at once.
I have lots of paper piecing books in my crafty library as well as inexpensive patterns by independent designers much like myself.
If you’re just starting or maybe a little pinched in the pocket, free patterns can get you sewing and keep you sewing!
Here are some great free pattern resources. If I’ve missed one of your favorites or you find a broken link, please leave a comment below.
Fandom In Stitches – Multi-Fandom quilt patterns designed by fans, for fans
Free Patterns from Carol Doak – geometrical beauties by the Queen of Paper Piecing.
Block Central – lots of cute patterns, including books to make a bookcase quilt.
Quiltmaker has a number of free paper pieced patterns in their directory. Search “paper pieced.”
Equilters has a number of paper pieced patterns that are spread throughout the site’s pages
Ulas Free Patterns – lovely patterns including a variety of New York Beauty Blocks, various animals, Coat of Arms and more
Winnowing by Christine Thresh (free patterns are at the bottom) – Support A Cause Ribbons, flags, chicks and more
Ginger’s Paper Pieced Patterns – Cats, Christmas and more
PC Piecers Free Patterns – great patterns from Nautical to Holiday themed
Quilter’s Cache, the motherload for free quilt patterns, has a number of free paper pieced patterns for whole quilts and individual blocks. You’ll need to do a little seek and find through the directory to find the whole-quilt patterns.
Quilt design’s BOM – some free patterns, including a lovely log cabin project
The Quilted Snail – a nice sized collection with a large variety of blocks
Free Paper Pieced Patterns from Patchpieces – paper pieced patterns and projects
Quilt dot com – a nice collection of beginner blocks
Four Twin Sisters has a number of free paper pieced patterns, but they do not have their own directory. Look for the patterns marked “paper pieced”
Piece By Number – Geometrics, plants and animals and more
Regina Grewe – a wonderful site with an ever changing collection of free patterns.
Quiltiger – a variety of free paper pieced patterns
Compuquilt – a variety of free patterns, many of them paper pieced.
Charise Creates – check the sidebar under “Complimentary Patterns”
Whims and Fancies – fun fandom patterns, British themed and more
Ruthie Quilts – free wonky houses
If you’re just starting and would like to learn paper piecing, check out my
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updated February 2012