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Applique Patterns Free For Quilting

“Fly By With Applique”

We have several applique patterns free for quilting on this site.

We’ll go over one of our applique butterfly designs right here.


The finished block looks like this and 8” x 8”.

This pattern allows you to make as many blocks as you need for however large your finial quilt will be.

Before you begin this project the quilt size must be determined.  It’s best to know how many blocks you will need to complete the project. 

Remember to multiply how many blocks you will need across the width and down the length.  If you need more instruction on how to calculate the amount of blocks you need, please visit our block quilting page.

It is encouraged, but not necessary, that each butterfly and background be of a different fabric.  Implementing several different fabrics will bring out wonderful dimensions in your finished quilt.


Once you have calculated how many blocks you will need it is best to cut out the background fabrics of your choice.  Make sure you have enough squares of material for each block.

Then print out the butterfly applique design that is pictured here.

Trace this design with template plastic or whatever template you prefer to use. 


The paper itself can be used for this if making a small quilt because it won’t be ripped as often as a large one.  The bigger the quilt the longer lasting you want the template to be.

Copy the template onto the fusible you intend to use.  Make as many as you need.  Doing it all now saves time later.

Draw the template design onto the desired fabrics. Cut 1/4 inch around the design.  This will be your grace that is folded over for the applique pieces in whichever applique method you prefer.

Our suggestion is to use the freezer paper technique.

Tip:  If this is going to be a wall-hanging that will not need to be washed use the stained glass quilting method instead.  It will save you time and frustration.

Iron press the fusible to the wrong side of the desired fabrics.

Then position your applique piece on the backing fabric.

Once you have the desired location of your materials, press them into place.

Sew the applique down with a tight zigzag stitch around the edges.

After every quilting block is done in this manner, sew the blocks together to make the number of squares for each row.

Sew the rows together until your quilting top is done.

Now you are ready to quilt your quilt.  Finish it in whatever method you choose.  We highly suggest not quilting over the applique pieces.  Doing so can gum up your needles and machine.

Wrap Up

These applique patterns free for quilting are easy and fun to complete as they are beautiful.  Look around and see which patterns strike your fancy.  We’re adding new designs all the time.  So be sure to subscribe to our e-zine for the latest and visit often.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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