I stumbled across a great blog called "Fandom in Stitches." They offer paper pieced patterns, for free, by fans of various literary and media Sci-Fi and fantasy cult classics.
I downloaded the Dr Who embroidery patterns. My husband was a big fan way back, and we'd watch the Doctor together. Here is the page on their Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Stitch Along: http://www.fandominstitches.com/2011/05/doctor-who.html
I can't wrap my head around the technical thought behind paper piecing, but I may need to figure it out because there are some wonderful patterns here. Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Vampires, TV children's cartoons, Comics, Games & Tech, Disney and more can be found here. They also are looking for contributing designers and have a wish list from fans.
You can find them on Facebook. The Fan Followers photo are shared on Flickr at:
Here is Fandom in Stitches website: http://www.fandominstitches.com/
Here are Harry Potter blocks from Jennifer's blog: http://sewhooked.com/harry-potter/
Here is the Sewhooked shop: http://sewhooked.com/shop/
Here is Jennifer's Crafty shop: http://www.craftsy.com/user/470750/pattern-store
From their blog:
- Fandom In Stitches is owned and edited by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked http://sewhooked.com/. Other authors are designers Michelle Thompson and Lilja Björk Sigurdórsdóttir.
- While we are fully aware that we can't stop you from selling items made from Fandom In Stitches' patterns, we ask most emphatically that you do not, unless it is for a fundraiser or non-profit (please see next question). As long as no one is profiting from our patterns, our use of fandom images, all of which are copyright or trademarked by the originators/authors/etc., we are relatively safe under the broad allowance made under U.S. trademark laws (we have this from a bona fide trademark lawyer!). By not selling items made from FiS patterns, we are in no way competing with or profiting from the fandoms we love. We would absolutely hate to lose our ability to share these patterns with you because someone decided to profit from them. One cease and desist letter would likely be enough to shut us down.