Here are some links to free patterns and tutorials.  

Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley has really great patterns.  She is one of the designers that inspired me the most when I first started quilting.  You can find her website here:  

Suzy Quilts is a really fun pattern designer with a great blog offering information for new sewers.

Cloud 9 Fabrics has free sewing and quilt products here: