I got my Connecting Threads catalog the other day and discovered that they have a lot of free quilting pattern downloads available on their site. If you scroll down on the right side of this screen, you'll find a box labeled "Free Patterns from Vendors". You can click there to see what is available. Bird Brain Designs usually has a free pattern for embroidery or wool work.
If you have some other favorite links for free patterns from vendors, let me know and I'll add them to our list. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or just click below to leave a comment.