An up-and-coming trend in quilting is the use of die-cut machines. Each year more and more machines and dies are available, and with the expansion of these kind of tools, quilters have more and more possibilities for time-saving options. The problem at present is finding patterns for these dies. Some, but not all, manufacturers do have patterns to support their products. That can be a problem for some, but if you have an imagination -- and most likely you do if you're reading this -- then you'll probably be able to work out something. Quilters are very creative individuals. Take a look through your patterns and, of course, this update and its free patterns and really look for the opportunities. Maybe you love the project but not the applique. Well that's easy to change. Die cuts can save time and frustration.