Free Patterns and Copyright

The links to the current project files and patterns sheets are on the page

Current Block Pattern Sheet Freebies 

I would love to see photos of any projects using my designs.

Leave a comment below and I will contact you and you can send photo by return mail.

Please be aware that I own the copyright to these designs, and if you are unsure about what you are permitted to do please read the full notice below.

Using Virtual Quilt designs

Many of the virtual quilt designs are easy enough to copy, and if you have EQ you can recreate a design with EQ in the title by finding the blocks in the block library. If the quilt is for your yourself or a private gift no permission is required, but if you post photos on the web or exhibit the quilt I would appreciate acknowledgment as the designer.

You do require permission to sell quilts using these designs, but if you leave a comment below permission will almost always be forthcoming. All you need to do is ask.

Whatever the quilt is for I would love to see a photo. If you post it on the web somewhere, let me know so I can have a look and link to it, or leave a comment here and I will reply by email so you can attach a photo to a reply.


Everything on this site is

Copyright Judy Butcher 2008 – 2012

All words, pictures and diagrams on this site are covered by international copyright law.

This will help explain what you are not allowed to do and what you are permitted to do under copyright law.

Any patterns or other item purchased or free downloads taken from this site are for your personal,

non-commercial use, and are not to be distributed in part or total in any form.

The only copy you may make is a working copy, to cut apart or mark while working on a project.

Permission may be granted for you to use designs to make items for sale, providing each item is individually made by the seller, or if  proceeds of sale will be donated to charity, but please ask.

Permission is usually granted for shops and independent tutors to teach classes and workshops based on the patterns, but each student must have their own purchased copy of the pattern, either purchased independently  or in bulk by the shop or tutor. Bulk rates may be available to approved shops and tutors.

Permission may be granted for shops and individuals to prepare packs but a complete purchased copy of the pattern must be included as part of the kit. Bulk rates may apply.

You should always ask permission before exhibiting a project made using a copyrighted pattern, and the designer must always be acknowledged on or near the item, anywhere the item is displayed, and also anywhere photos of the item are published eg catalogues, magazines, internet.

Always remember that if you are not using original copies of books, patterns or any other item protected by copyright you may be taking away income from the copyright owner, and you are placing yourself at risk of prosecution.

Providing the copyrighted material is complete you may lend it, or give it away, but you must not own a copy unless you also posses the original. You are not permitted to copy it for someone else, or allow it to be copied.

It is important to remember that buying a copyrighted item does not buy

any of the rights granted to the copyright owner of that work.





33 Responses to Free Patterns and Copyright

  1. Shirley says:

    Hi Judy,

    I’ve just discovered your blog and am fascinated. I think I can easily spend days looking around and reading.



  2. sandra collins says:

    i love looking at your site it is so motovating.I just love it keep the lovely work up.I would love to make some of your quilts just fabulous.


  3. Sue Kershaw says:

    Judy I think your site is very interesting, and your virtual quilts are very inspirational. At my website i have been doing a little bit off virtual quilting (nothing like your) using some of the fabric i sell to give people inspiration. Would you mind if you used some of your designs and coloured them with my fabrics, i will of course quote you as the designer.
    Kind regards


  4. Edwina J Muray says:

    May I have your permission to reprint the Housekeeping for Quilters in our local quilt guild newsletter? I am the newsletter writer, editor and also serve as president of our guild. I like this article and I think our group would enjoy it immensely!


    Edwina Murray
    Berea Mill Stream Quilt Guild
    Berea, Ohio


  5. Sheila Fernkopf says:

    I love your Cabin Fever Christmas Edition quilt – the center looks like a flower. May I use this design photo to recreate the quilt in EQ7 for a small quilt for myself? I have had red, green and cream fabrics just waiting for the “right” Christmas quilt to come along – I think your quilt is it!


  6. Mary says:

    Great Quilting ideas


  7. Gail says:

    Your quilt designs are beautiful. Just learning EQ7 and you are an inspiration.


  8. Vanessa Spencer says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful designs


  9. Judy says:

    I would like to make the quilt you sent today, the one which looks like fireworks to me.
    Would it be possible to get the details from you? I also have EQ7, but I am an absolute beginner and taking some lessons at QuiltUniversity.
    Greetings from Switzerland


  10. sandra collins says:

    Hello Judy,
    I just love your quilt After Pompeii & I would love to make it.I have Eq6 but not very good with it.Would you give me your permission to make this quilt & the pattern Please .
    Please keep the love ideas up as they are just really fabulous.


  11. Gail says:

    Just found this site this morning very early, and we leave tomorrow for a long family visit for the holidays. Do you think I really need to sleep tonight, or could I just sit here and read? Log Cabin is my very favorite block, and yours are great. Piecefully, Gail


  12. Susan N. says:

    “The links to the current project files and patterns sheets are at the bottom of this page”. I don’t see them. Are they no longer available?


    • Susan,


      I removed the free project file links and added a separate page for the pattern sheets and didn’t change the wording on this page. More project files will be made available in the future.

      Judy B


  13. Wanda Warner says:

    Could I please have permission to make your Drunkard’s Path design PJ1112 Whirling Every Which Way? I would exhibit it at our guild show, and at various quilt shows in our area. I would, of course, list you as the designer right on the quilt label, and would list you as designer on any entry forms. Love this design! thank you!


  14. rachel says:

    can anyone tell me how to calculate how much fabric I need to make a queen sized ‘barnraising’ log cabin quilt? thanks


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  16. Taryn Doidge says:

    I would like your permission to use one of your patterns for my quilt guilds 2021 Oppertunity Quilt that we raffle off. I also hope there is a pattern to purchase. I’m new to this position, so if I’m going about this incorrectly, please let me know. Your quilts are breath-taking.


  17. Dianne Lyon says:

    How could I get the pattern for the tangled irish chain 11?


  18. lenise r pimenta marques says:


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