Have you joined the Free Pattern Club at You Can Make This? I have. I love how you can sample a pattern from a designer to see if their style of writing is easy to understand. Then you can buy other patterns from that designer if you like their work. I have submitted my cute Pouch Cube tutorial and it is being featured this week. Here are some of the other free tutorial available at YCMT.
Their sister site, Swak embroidery has free embroidery designs!
I use this basting square non stop. Most machines have this but my basic machine did not.