Beginners Guide to Quilting

Quilting History, Patterns and Designs, Making a quilt
This site has several links to interesting or useful sites including information on the history of quilting, patterns and designs used in quilting and the process of making a quilt. LOTS of useful information, especially for beginning quilters.

The Ultimate Guide to Quilting

Quilting for Beginners, Patterns, Communities, History, Quilting with Kids
If you are interested in learning to quilt, there are plenty of helpful places to start in this guide. If you're looking for Free patterns, ideas or a quilting community to connect with, you can find that here too.

Quilting Patterns

Pink Parakeet Designs
Creating quilt patterns that are easy enough for the novice but fun for the experienced quilter.

Pattern Jam - FREE online pattern design resource.
Design a custom quilt plan using the block pattern tool. Preview fabric from online vendors in a quilt design. Upload images of your personal fabric stash to preview in the design. View fabric calculations and download a PDF of your final plan.

Quilting With Jinny Beyer

Quilter's Design Board, Free Patterns, Quilt Gallery, Tips & Lessons
The Quilter’s Design Board is free to online visitors. Download hundreds of free quilt blocks (new ones are added regularly), design a virtual quilt using the blocks and get fabric recommendations, yardage requirements and more.

-Blocks are Grouped by Drafting Category
-View Blocks in Color or in Line Drawings
-Tile the Blocks
-Add and Change Borders
-Calculate Yardage
-Print the Quilt you Create

-New blocks are added regularly
-Pattern sizes are 6", 10" and 12"
-Patterns can be downloaded in PDF format for free

Quilt Related / Community Building Projects

How to make Barn Quilts
A barn quilt is a large, hand-painted wooden block typically displayed on the front or side of a barn. The barn quilt movement has spread to over forty states (as well as Canada!). Barn quilts are an excellent way to bring communities together and promote agri-tourism. Learn more about the history and significance of barn quilts, as well as instructions on how to build, paint, and frame one.
Thanks to Aubrey L. for finding and sharing this link!

Barn Quilt Information
Interactive map to locate "quilt trails" within the U.S. and Barn Quilt Information from Author Suzi Parron, with Donna Sue Groves of "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement."

Charity Crafting Opportunities

Craft for a Cause: Charity Crafting, Spinning and Fabric Donation
Life throws us many difficulties and no matter how bad things may seem for us, it is important to remember that someone else is probably facing something much worse. This is why it is so important to give and help make everyone's day a little brighter. What better way to do this than using your skills and creativity? There are many organizations looking for talented and caring individuals willing to donate home-made items to the needy. If you cannot or do not sew, crochet, or knit, you may also want to donate craft items or even money to help. This site has links to multiple ideas and / or organizations that could use your creativity to benefit others.

Crafts That You Can Do at Home

Fun and simple crafting ideas that you can from the comfort of your home.
With multiple options for crafting at home, individuals with a little creativity can complete hundreds of different projects including quilting and knitting, scarves and potholders, jewelry making, candle and soap making. In addition to each of these crafting options, there are tons of ways that kids can get involved with making crafts at home. Included are several examples of crafts you can do at home as well as resources for each.

Online Fabric Suppliers

Quilters Joy
Fabric - Notions - Patterns - Books

Quilt Shops - In town AND Online

Dolls & More
At Dolls & More we make, dress, repair and sell dolls. We also carry yarns, knitting supplies, stamping, cards and scrap booking items, quilting and rug making materials. We make real fur teddy bears. We do custom embroidery, alterations, and mending.

Stitch 'N Time FABRICS

Established in November of 1993, We are family owned and operated. We strive to offer the highest quality of fabrics, notions, sewing machines, and services.
Stitch 'N Time FABRICS is an authorized PFAFF, SINGER and JANOME dealer for: Sewing machines, Embroidery machines, and Sergers.

The Quilt-n-Bee
The Quilt-n-Bee, Traverse City's only quilt shop, is full of high quality 100% cotton fabrics from top companies. Unique hand embroidery and children's patterns are our speciality. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are here to assist your creative needs. Stop in and bee inspired!

Open Mon - Fri, 9:30 to 6, Sat. 9:30 - 4 (winter hours), Sat. 9:30 - 5 (summer hours) Closed Sundays.
Call if you need directions. 231-922-6766

Quilt Tops for sale

Quilts and Quilt Tops
Linda Rotz Miller Quilts & Quilt Tops - New homemade Quilt Tops added on the first of each month. Free Quilt Top Drawings.

Quilting related VIDEOS

How Pins and Needles are Made
INSIDER design - This is how pins and needles are made.
Thanks to our friends at Science Channel for sharing. "How It's Made" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m.

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