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    Weather I use them or not if I like the pattern and print it off. I am now overrun with patterns that I will probablynever use because I forget I have them.
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    Love finding patterns on the internet! Just finished a baby quilt using a free pattern. I save all the patterns each month in a separate folder on the computer and at the end of the month, transfer them onto a portable hard drive I use just for quilting, knitting & crocheting patterns. That way I don't have binders full of patterns. When the next month comes, I just create another folder on the computer and fill it up! Also save links that way too. I try to use digital subscriptions to quilting magazines. If I purchase a book, I always look for the e-book rather than getting a hard copy. Basically, everything is on the portable hard drive. I'm scanning my books that I have and then giving them to charity! It feels good to get rid of the paper! Especially since I've been doing these things for well over 50 years! Thanks for your post.
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    I'm right there with you on free patterns. Why pay for books and magazines (though I do occasionally -- can't resist some of them) when there are so many freebies out there? I haven't printed them. Instead, I have bookmarked them on the computer and just print one if I want to use it. Saves paper and precious space in my sewing room.

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    I have soooo many big binders full of free pattern it's sick...lol not to mention drawers full...but I do have plenty of purchased patterns and magazines to...so it's kinda even...

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    I, too, love going through my free quilt patterns and my quilt books. Cheap entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    I have collected some, but try not to over do it!
    i call that WILL POWER. Good for you.

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    Downloading free patterns is almost as bad as hoarding fabric and I do both!! I'll never be able to use all of the patterns I have but I figure if they are free, there is really no reason not to "collect" them. I don't print them. I have them filed in folders by where I found them (I get a lot from the fabric manufacturers). It's an addiction that costs nothing but a little space (well, maybe more than a little) on the backup drive!
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    I started with binders. After I got QuiltPro, I began drawing patterns into that format, which takes much less space and helped me to see how the designs and colors work. It also makes it easy to try different colorways. Because I put things into subdirectories, everything is conveniently organized. I passed on the 3 large boxes of magazines I was given.

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    I downloaded like crazy at first. Then I realized a lot that I downloaded was because of the fabric patterns. I bought a bunch of books and magazines. I am holding a moratorium on buying and downloading for the most part with the exception of 3 BOM's for this year and the next copy of 100 blocks.

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    I have found a kindred spirit in "luv quilts and cats"........I also love looking at patterns and imagining which of many fabrics I would choose to use.

    I'm a pusscat adorer too and I love fabric and quilt book buying......dear me, am I really supposed to sew as well?????

    Ellie xx

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    I have quite a few printed out, plus some I design myself just for fun...I have many, many more patterns than I will ever have time to make. I do like to just page through my binder or quilt books and imagine different ways to do different quilts or ways to use different fabrics.

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    Do you have an external hard drive? I keep all my designs on that. As I down load them I put them in folders so I know what I have. Have lots of embroidery designs. I like making tote bags and I make them special for friends and family. If you have any questions you can PM me. I have met a lot of other embroidery friends on here and we have got to be good friends. What type of embroidery machine do you have?
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    I have tons of free patterns . It only took me 4 years --so far-to collect them. Some areon my computer--some on an external drive and I have a file cabinet full of patterns-a big offfice file cabinet. I still keep finding more that I like and will probably save them also.I will never be able to do them all--but I will always have lots of choices when I want to start another project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    Nothing a bit wrong with collecting patterns, especially free ones. Maybe one day you'll make them and maybe you won't. Actually no different than collecting recipes, which I love to do too.
    I liken it to recipe collecting too! I don't hesitate to download a pattern I like. I have a 1TB hard drive which I back up routinely. I have various sub folders such as Baby Quilts, Toddler Quilts, Lap Quilts, Samplers, Table Toppers, QOV, House Blocks,Wall Hangings, etc. I also "pin" a lot of patterns/pictures I come across to Pinterest so they don't take up any space on my hard drive.

    Looking through photos and patterns is half the fun.

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    A friend of mine uses 3 ring binders for each category of free patterns. I loved her idea and intend to buy several 1 inch-3 ring binders... one category will be for table runners, craft projects. Another category for kids or crib size, another for twin size, another for wall hangings, etc.
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    "The 15 years of quilt magazines" -- I used to subscribe to about 10-14 quilt magazines a year and I entered them into a database on my computer. That way if someone was looking for a certain magazine, I could find it and share with them. Then it got out of hand, lol! Finally I gave several big boxes of quilt mags to the Guild to sell at our Quilt Show. The money went to the Guild. And I still have over a thousand quilt magazines for 'inspiration' -- AS IF I could ever find the particular magazine and pattern I'd be looking for, lol! But it is fun to look back through them on the long haul to and from TX to visit relatives!

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    I have three super-sized binders full of photos of quilts I'll make "some day". Wish I hadn't discovered the Pictures section of this site, and Flickr and Pinterest because of the thousands of beautiful quilts that I can use for inspiration. As for actual patterns, I have maybe 10 if I don't count the 15 years of quilt magazines on the bookshelves.

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    I have thumb drives one that holds quilting patterns and the other holds embroidery designs, that way I can take them with me where ever I go. But like many there are more than I will ever get to. Oh well another thing for the daughter to inherit someday. I have tried to categorize them but it is a work in progress.

    I also have hundreds of magazines that I am slowly working through to give away to new or other quilters through our group.
    Last edited by squires1042; 03-18-2013 at 12:57 PM.

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    I have 2 large three-ring binders full of patterns I've printed off...and a head start on another one! We won't mention all the books I have, or the fabric, or UFOs, or....well, you get the idea.
    When someone mentions quilting, I go to pieces!

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    Oh, a cousin also go me hooked on a website for free knitting patterns...for Lion Brand Yarns...Oh, my!
    When someone mentions quilting, I go to pieces!

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    I have two large binders of free patterns. I do have some lovely books but I always bookmark or print off a free pattern if I really like it. My mum quilts and does not really have access to the internet but she knows she can browse through my books and free patterns folders
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