|Hi Gigi, I saw your tip on pattern weights and thought I'd add mine too.
I use nice rocks for pattern weights. They're decorative touches to my sewing room and are free... unless you like special rocks. My mother collects nice chunks of quartz for me when she travels and I keep these in a basket near my cutting area.
Look for smooth, flat stones along the riverbank or shoreline. Get a variety of sizes and shapes. Being that I love natural objects and fabrics in my home, they fit right in with the decor (HUH? What decor? Does eclectic mismatch count? :))