Fabulous Freebies!

I’m running late with this because, A)  School is back (for staff) and it has been crazy busy, B) I just finished our department raffle quilt in time to sell tickets tomorrow and C) It’s my birthday!!! I’m officially a speed limit….55.  Well, OK maybe it is more of a suggestion where I learned to drive in California but still it feels like an accomplishment.  Besides, now there are senior discounts!  It was a low-key birthday with work all day, this when I went to Dutch Brothers


A quick binding on this quilt


And dinner with hubs and the girls.  These two who are fresh back from their trip to Greece..


I love those smiles!

Now, about the freebies….I love, love, love the amazing patterns and tips and tricks that people share on the internet!  Quilters are, in my opinion, some of the most caring and generous people you’re ever going to meet in life!

So, I couldn’t narrow it down to one….all three of mine are works progress from free patterns or tutorials…

1st – Strings a la Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville....seriously, have you ever looked at how many free patterns Bonnie has?  And, she does an annual mystery quilt for free!  Now, I don’t know about you but that kind of generosity always puts me first in line to buy whatever Bonnie is putting out and I’ve never been disappointed!  This string block is a tutorial from her blog and all made with bits and oddments that I had laying around


Fun, right?  everything but the kitchen sink in that one!  I’m debating if I want to add on to it to make it bigger…I’ve still got plenty of scraps.  So many that I’m nearly finished with my first Scrap Vortex from over at Crazy Mom Quilts.


You’ll find everything you need in the instructions on Crazy Mom Quilts to make your own vortex….caution, it’s addictive!  Also, Samelia’s mum just posted a rainbow scrap that is a fun improve pieced quilt, too!

Third is a special one for me because both the fabrics and the pattern were free.  A bunch of time ago, I brought home a stack of 2.5″ wide purple and green stripes from the guilds’ free table.  Bonnie Hunter’s scrappy trips were all over at the time and I decided to try a controlled look.  By placing the light and the green in the same spot, I got a very controlled look that still has fun with all the purples!


I love how this is coming out and can’t wait to make more!  This is another of Bonnie Hunter’s free patterns.  Now, when I add a Frankenbatt (that’s what I call it when I stitch leftovers back together with a wide zig-zag until I get enough to use) and an on-hand backing …the whole quilt will be free!  Of course, my theory is that if you make it out of what’s on hand then it’s free.  Obviously, fabric depreciates rapidly!


Check out my fabulous friends for more freebies and thanks to  Joan at MooseStash Quilting for pulling all this together!

Happy Quilting!

18 responses to “Fabulous Freebies!

  1. I love all the scrap quilts! Thanks for the links.

  2. I’m a big Bonnie Hunter fan also! Thanks for the links.

  3. Love your work, thanks for the links, for me reminders, they are wonderful choices. I have a scrap vortex top either done or almost done. As you mentioned they are addicting and I’m not sure if I want to make it a bit larger before declaring and moving on.

  4. thank you for sharing today. Happy Birthday. i like that you are a speed limit. LOL in december i will be a speed limit also 60 i love your dr suess quit

  5. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    The scrappy quilts look so fun! I haven’t allowed myself to improv piece yet because, I’m afraid if I do I won’t want to do regular piecing again!! LOL But, I am going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing! Happy birthday!!

  6. Happy Birthday! Oh I love scrappy quilts and I love free tables at quilt guilds too. I take full advantage of the one at my group, lol!!!Bonnie Hunter has great quilt too.

  7. Happy Birthday! I also am a Bonnie Hunter fan and have taken a few classes with her and do some of the mystery quilts. Nice scrap quilts you’ve made.

  8. Happy Birthday! I personally am going to be traveling down Route 66 this year when my special day rolls around. Retirement time … when the senior discounts become a necessary part of life. Bonnie Hunter is my all time favorite freebie pattern go-to gal. Good to see her in the hop. Thanks for sharing. Love your scrappy quilts … ❤ Pat

  9. Oh, Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy those well deserved discounts! LOL!!
    I’m a big Bonnie Hunter fan. I just love how she throws everything into her quilts and they look so awesome. I absolutely love your Dr Seuss quilt. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  10. We both did Bonnie Hunter Freebies. I love it!

  11. Wonderful freebies, so famiiar with all the blogs and ladies you mentioned for freebies….they are wonderful.

  12. Lovely quilts! Great way to use up all those scraps. Thank you for all the links. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

  13. I love love love all of the scrap quilts and of course, they are my favorite kind of quilt.

  14. Happy Birthday! Your quilts are beautiful…all of them. I do love the Seuss quilt, because I love Seuss everything. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Well happy birthday for the 22nd…. my Dad’s is the 23rd. But by your reckoning he is speeding now. Love all your scrap quilts and all Bonnie Hunter’s freebies. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to share. 🙂

  16. Free – an absolute winner!! Bonnie Hunter is a marvel and I do love her freebies. Your scrappy controlled trip is going to be wonderful. I started one and need to finish though I may go with the ‘controlled’ look. The first quilt you shared was great; I love the look of ‘shadows’ and that one was perfect.

  17. I hate it that I’m late to your birthday party. Happy Birthday! Your trip around the world quilt will be awesome. Those blocks are so fun and fast to make. I love all your “free” quilts. I’m so happy with your description of “free” fabric. lol

  18. Love Bonnie Hunter’s patterns too! Belated Happy Birthday wishes! Thanks for sharing your lovely quilts 🙂 xx

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