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Our Local Stars on the Internet!
* Judy E. was the Quilter of the Week in March 2015 on McCall's Editors Blog. See her feature here.
* See Donna in her Carhartt ad here. And here is another video starring Enumclaw.
2017 On Line Quilt Alongs
Busy Hands Quilts has a long listing of the Quilt Alongs for this year. See them here.
QuiltAlong.net also has listings of current QALs as well as previous ones.
2016 On Line Quilt Alongs
* Pat Sloan's "My Secret Garden" Mystery Quilt Club - This begins Jan 2.
* Crossroads Quilt Along - by The Fat Quarter Shop. This begins in February 15th and will benefit the March of Dimes.
* Dear Laura Little House on the Prairie Mystery Quilt Along - by Ebony Love of Love Bug Studios. Begins January 10th.
* Quilt Doodle Designs will be having a Block of the Month to make a Christmas Quilt.
* Fat Cat Patterns will have 4 different Block of the Month quilts to choose from, 3 of which begin on January 1st.
* The Free Motion Quilting Block Party by Leah Day. This is a mystery quilt and begins on January 1st.
* My Favorite Things Block of the Month - by Jennifer Ofenstein on SewHooked.
Rather than list ALL of the Quilt Alongs available, see this Pinterest page which has links to a large number of them. Or you can search Google to find more Quilt Alongs.
On-Line Quilting Videos
* Important information on copyright laws! See this "Quickie Guide to Copyright Law". And also see this "Copyright Law for Patterns". Both have information regarding using patterns and copyrighted fabric that we have all had questions about and we should all understand.
* Missouri Star Quilt Company - has many, many free videos available. Each video is a mini-lesson on a particular quilt pattern and most are done with pre-cuts (Jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc.), and are quick and easy patterns.
* Fons and Porter's web site has many videos available also. These videos include the catagories Quilt With The Stars, Sew Easy and Quilting Quickly.
* You Tube - Many, many quilting videos are available here.
ON-LINE QUILT SHOPS
Click on each name to be taken to that website
* Cow Lick Quilts - local to the Enumclaw area! Now open for shopping right here in the Enumclaw area: 38125 303rd Ave SE, Enumclaw; Phone: 360-825-5433
* Missouri Star Quilt Company - specializing in pre-cuts (charm squares, layer cakes, etc.)
* Little Quilts
* Marmalade Fabrics
* Fat Quarter Shop
* Pink Chalk Fabrics
* Canton Village Quilt Works
* Red Crinoline Quilts - formerly Bonnie Blue Quilts. Their speciality is Civil War reproduction quilt patterns/designs from the 1800's. They also have kits and notions.
* Bird Brain Designs - Lots of embroidery designs and supplies.
2014 ON-LINE "QUILT-ALONGS"
New! * Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville will be having a winter quilt-along called "Grand Illusion". The introduction to this quilt-along can be found here. The first post of quilt instructions will be posted on Friday, November 28th, so you have plenty of time to get the fabric you want. Bonnie says there will be 6 to 8 clues to this mystery.
* Civil War Quilts blog by Barbara Brackman, the quilt historian, is having a quilt along Block of the Month called "Threads of Memory". The theme will be The Underground Railroad, with each block named for an important place in the network. As usual, there will be true stories about the people who were involved in The Underground Railroad. These will be 12 blocks that finish at 12 inches, and each is an original design for a pieced star. I suggest that you sign up (for free!) for notifications to the blog by email, so that the weekly post will come right to your inbox. Blocks and stories will be posted on the last Saturday of each month, starting on Jan. 25, 2014.
* The Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Not exactly a quilt-along, but more a challenge to use up some of those scraps that seem to collect in the quilt studio (whatever that may be at your house). This is a continuing sew-along/challenge that Angela is running. For more info, see her blog here.
* The Quilting Gallery is having a "Delightful Stars" quilt-along. There is a one-time fee of $15, block lessons are posted every Monday morning with 24 unique blocks that are a combination of traditionally pieced and paper pieced blocks. This will make an extra-large queen size quilt. For further info, see here.
* Leah Day will be hosting a quilt-along on her website. The "Building Blocks" quilt pattern:
|Building Blocks Quilt|
Finished Size 48" x 56"
FREE PINCUSHION PATTERNS
* All People Quilt - free pincushion patterns (This is the publisher of American Patchwork & Quilting mag)
* Better Homes & Gardens - free pincushion patterns
* Craftsy - Pincushion patterns, many are free
* Tipnut - 50+ pincushions
* Riley Blake Designs - Lots of pincushions
* Darling Adventures - 25 Pincushion Tutorials
* Molly Flanders - Tiny Cottage pincushion
* Green Bee Design - Skinny Pincushion
2013 ON-LINE "QUILT- ALONG"S
It's not too late to get started on a new quilt for this year. There are a number of "quilt-along"s happening on-line, and you can still get caught up quickly. Some are for large quilts and some are for smaller or doll-sized quilts. Take your pick and join in!
|This is color option #1. There is another color option shown on the January page.|
* Intro and January blocks here
* February blocks here
* March block here
* April block here
* May blocks here
* June blocks here
* July blocks here
* August blocks here (the photo of the blocks is here)
* September blocks here
* October blocks here
* November blocks here
* December blocks here
* photo of the finished quilt is here
|the finished quilt!|
* Temecula Quilt Company (a quilt shop in the San Diego, CA area) is having a small quilt Quilt Along to celebrate Judie Rothermel's 25 years as a fabric designer for Marcus Brothers fabric. She specializes in reproduction fabrics. There is only a teaser photo available of what the finished quilt will look like, but it will finish to 40 inches square. This Quilt Along has blocks posted every week for 5 weeks.
* The first post "Getting Ready" is here. This post explains about the Quilt Along and has the fabric requirements. This is the only post I can directly link to, I'm afraid. The rest of the posts you'll have to find by scrolling through the blog, which can be found by clicking here. I'll tell you the dates that they occur to make it easier for you to find them.
* There are two posts on Jan. 25, which include the first row and answers to some questions.
* Row 2 is Friday, February 1.
* Row 3 is Friday, February 8.
* Row 4 is Friday, February 15.
* Row 5 and the Finishing Directions are two posts on Friday, February 22.
* Kathleen Tracy, author of 4 books on small & doll quilts, is having a Quilt-Along on her blog "A Sentimental Quilter" found by clicking here. She is doing "One Small Quilt A Month", based on the patterns in her books. She has links to the Amazon pages where you can purchase her books on her right-hand side bar. (She also had the same One Small Quilt A Month Quilt-Along on her blog in 2012, making different quilts.)
* January's project is here. This month is "quilter's choice". She has a link to her free patterns on the right-hand sidebar on the blog.
* February's project is here.
* March's project is here.
* May's project is here.
* June's project is here.
* July's project is here.
(There doesn't seem to be an August project)
* September's project here
* October's project here
* November's project here
* December's project here
* Cheri Payne has many quilt-alongs for small & doll quilts on her blog found here. She specializes in primitive and country-style quilts. There are rotary cutting directions and photos of the quilts scattered all throughout her blog. Take a little time and scroll through her posts to find something fun to make!
ON-LINE QUILT PHOTOS - A VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW!
Each listing is a link to another page on the internet that will open in a new window.
Modern Quilt Guild's QuiltCon winning quilts:
2017 click here
2016 click here
2015 click here
* "Infinite Variety - 3 Centuries of Red and White Quilts". A showing of the collection of Joanna S. Rose's 650 red and white antique quilts in New York City in March 2011. There are numerous pages of photos, done in reverse order (the oldest page is first). This link will take you to the last page - at the bottom of each page, click on "older posts" to see more pages. If you click on any of the photos, you can see all the photos in that particular post at one time. To return to the page/post you were on, click the "X" in the upper right of the black screen that the photos are on.
If you are interested in seeing more photos of this exhibit, go to Google and type in the title of the exhibit. Many people have posted their photos of the exhibit on-line.
* The 2009 Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival. A set on Flickr of one person's 130 photos from the show. You can click on the "slideshow" icon on the upper right, or go through all the photos one at a time by clicking on the first photo (upper left).
* 2009 Birmingham England Festival of Quilts - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. This is on a blog by an English lady. Great photos.
* 2010 Pacific International Quilt Festival. A set on Flickr of one person's 270 photos from the show. You can click on the "slideshow" icon on the upper right, or go through all the photos one at a time by clicking on the first photo (upper left).
* 2011 Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival - Another set of photos on Flickr. 312 photos.
* The Faith and Stephen Brown collection of Amish Quilts. Each thumbnail photo will enlarge if you click on it.
* 2012 Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival - Another set of photos on Flickr. 365 Photos.
* International Quilt Study Center - at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can search their entire collection of quilts on-line (and there are A LOT), view their Quilt of the Month or even subscribe (by email) to it, and you can view their many on-line exhibitions as well. This site will keep you busy for a long time!
2012 AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania - this is a video on You Tube of all the winning quilts at this quilt show. Be sure to click the "Full Screen" button.
FREE QUILT PATTERNS
* Piece By Number - This web site has lots of information and patterns for the paper piecer. She has fun, unique paper piecing designs, some are free and there are links to her Etsy shop and her Craftsy shop where she also sells her paper peicing patterns.
* Quiltville.com - the web site of teacher/author/quilt designer Bonnie K. Hunter. Bonnie writes a regular column for Quiltmaker Magazine called "Addicted To Scraps. She has lots and lots of free resources on her web site.
Click here to go to Bonnie's Free Patterns page.
My advice is to start here with her Scrap User's System before you check out all her patterns!
Click here to go to her page Addicted To Scraps, with links to all the blocks she has designed for Quiltmaker magazine. This site will keep you busy for a long time!
* Oh Fransson! by Elizabeth Hartman. Many patterns, some are for quilts, some are for blocks. Some are free and some cost money, but they are instant downloads (pdf documents).
* Moda Bake Shop - Free patterns to download or view on-line. All the project are designed to use the pre-cuts from Moda (charm squares, layer cakes, etc.) The projects include quilts, tablerunners, bags and other projects.
* Quilting Daily - Free e-books. Hundreds of free books to download instantly (pdf documents). There are quilting project ideas, tutorials, tips and techniques. While you're at Quilting Daily, check out their other offerings. There are instructional videos that are relatively inexpensive (you can also order them as DVDs), there are galleries of quilts, on-line extras, and many other offerings. You do have to join to take advantage of the offers, but it is free and simple to do.
* Free Quilt Block Patterns - There are a number of sources for free block patterns. Here are just a few:
1.) Block Lotto - this is an on-line group (any one can join at any time) that makes blocks each month from a provided pattern, then everyone has a chance (1 block = 1 chance) to win some of the blocks in a drawing. There is a wonderful page full of the patterns they have already made here.
2.) Quilter's Cache - Quilt Blocks Galore by Marcia Hohn. Lots of traditional patterns, and many originals by Marcia.
3.) Block Central - lots of paper-pieced and pieced patterns.
* Temecula Quilt Company - this is a blog for the quilt store in Temecula, CA (San Diego area) that has lots of free patterns for little quilts, plus links to the store, their quilt booklets, other patterns, etc. Their specialty is a reproduction look/fabrics. Just scroll down the page to see each post's directions, then at the bottom of the page, click on Older Posts to see previous pages/posts. Lots of good stuff here, it just takes a little patience!
* Quilts by Cheri - a blog by Cheri Payne, with many free patterns for primitive little quilts. She also has the occasional quilt-along on her blog.
* Grandmother's Choice - a new blog by Barbara Brackman, the quilt historian, starting September 1st, 2012. This is a free pattern Quilt Block of the Week, with the topic of The Fight for Women's Rights. Each block will post on each Saturday morning for 1 year. Barbara suggests using this as a guild quilt-along.
QUILT AND QUILTING TUTORIALS
* Gwen Marston - this link takes you to Gwen's pages where she shows and tells how she hand-quilts her quilts. The last lesson is at the top of the page, the first lesson is at the bottom of the page.
* Melody Johnson of Fibermania blog offers a pdf document of free-motion quilting designs on her blog. Here is the link to her page. You then have to click on the highlighted "here it is" on that page and download or print out the document.
* Fabric Therapy Blog has a 5 part series on how she organizes all her quilting "stuff". There are lots of photos and clear explanations of what works for her. It may not all work for you, but there is some good information here. Besides, it's always fun to see other quilters' stash and work space! :)
Part 1 is Fabric.
Part 2 is Taming the Scrap Pile.
Part 3 is UnFinishedObjects and Kits
Part 4 is Tool and Supply Storage
Part 5 is Managing the Print Media Avalanche
The Quilting Edge - This blog has many great tutorials, including a series of post about a new method of Quilt As You Go, and Machine Binding. See the tutorial page here.
* Barbara Brackman's blog - Information from a quilt historian about quilts and quilt fabric past and present.
* All People Quilt - the on-line presence of the Better Homes and Gardens family of magazines: American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, Quilts and More and also Quilt Sampler magazines. Lots of things to see and do here.
* The Quilt Show - the home of Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. There are some things you can do without joining, you can join for free for limited access, and you can subscribe for six months or one year and have unlimited access to the web site.
* American Quilters Society - the official site of the Society. You can join and receive the magazine and have full access to the web site.
* Fons and Porter - their site with on-line extras from the magazine, free quilt patterns and lots of other information.
* Quilty Magazine - on-line site for the new Quilty magazine, specializing in modern-style quilts.
* McCall's Quilts and Quick Quilts website with on-line extras from the magazine, free quilt patterns and lots of other information.
* Quiltmaker magazine
* Quilter's Newsletter magazine with free quilt patterns, web extras and so on.
* Quilting Arts magazine