Here are some cool quilt patterns that you can download for free. Fabric manufacturers release these patterns to promote specific fabric lines, but of course you can use them with any fabric you like. Those marked with * seem to me like excellent beginner projects.
A Cat’s Life
Flea Market Fancy* (aka A Hop, Skip, and a Jump from the Denyse Schmidt Quilts book)
Ginger Bliss* (which would look great with some more subtle prints or solids to balance out the louder patterns)
Prism Seasonal* and Prism (by Whip Up’s own Weeks Ringle and her husband Bill Kerr)
And here are highlights from Robert Kaufman’s free patterns page:
And finally, two random findings from around the internet:
A Fine Toothed Comb* from Claudia’s Quilt Shoppe
Aunt Minnie’s Tile Floor* from easymade.com
If you know of any great free quilt pattern sources on the internet, let it be known in the comments!