There is now a book about the female prisoners aboard the Rajah who made the quilt I sing about.
When we were passing through International Falls, MN on our way home
from our spring 2012 tour,
It turns out she has her own business, printing images on fabric, as well as being a longarmer.
We met Ami at Houston in 2002 for the first time. What a
delightful, capable and accomplished woman! She has a GREAT
on-line newsletter that will keep you up to date with all kinds of things quilty
(and occasionally dog related - oh, and the odd opinion about ugly quilts and
funny signs!). She also spearheads the fundraising
initiative called Alzheimers Art Quilts Initiative.
A wonderful resource about
Australian quilt history and stories.
Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement
by Suzi Parrron and Donna Sue Groves
We've been discovering barn quilts by chance in
our travels for the last several years. They are always a surprise,
and always put a smile on our faces. The drive becomes exciting,
trying to spot the next one. Finally, someone has written a book
about it! This is a link to the Amazon site.
A great on-line quilting store. This shop is amazing:
6,000+ bolts of fabric and wonderfully helpful staff. Especially
good for challenging I-spy options and topical quilts, but Julie
Owens has a bit of everything, and she'll ship anywhere in the
world. And It's worth a stop if you're ever in Wyoming - the shop will take your
For current information, and how to contribute blocks for
the largest quilt in the world.
The best place to find out about goings-on in Canadian
This is a wonderful site to help you choose colours, based on predominant colours in photographs. There is a search function - if you have lots of a particular colour in your stash, it allows you to see what other colours will work with it. I spent hours looking at all the possibilities. You can also download your favourites for future consideration.
Day Style Designs
Are you interested in free motion quilting?
A new friend, Leah Day, from Shelby, NC has this VERY useful website. She has great video tutorials on how to do many many different designs on her site - for free! Subscribe to her blog to get regular updates.
looking for antique chintz reproductions? Look no further than this company in
Amsterdam. They have wonderful glazed chintz reproductions - and panels! -
from the earliest days of the Dutch East India Company. Antique
reproductions and toile fabrics.
A TERRIFIC site for fabric!
There's a song on the new CD "In The Heart of
a Quilt" called "No Such Thing as an Ugly Quilt". The poem that started this
song was written by Fran's husband, Charles. Find out what he's talking
about by visiting Fran's website. Guaranteed that you won't find an ugly
We met up with Jan for the first time in Fargo, ND. An
award-winning teacher, quiltmaker, author (see her books "Lone
Star Quilts and Beyond",
"Hunter Star Quilts and Beyond" and "Diamond Quilts and Beyond"), TV star (she's been
on Alex Anderson's Simply Quilts a bunch of times), and
all-around nice person. Take a class from her, order her books
and patterns on-line. You won't be sorry!
One of my favourite Australian quilters, Jenny's work is
magnificent. She has exhibited and taught all over the world. Her
pictorial quilts bring all the best parts of art to fabric. We co-wrote "I Need
Another Wagga" together (on "A Quilter's World").
Jinny is a warm, creative, generous woman, who is one of the
"superstars" in the quilt world, and one of its most accomplished proponents.
Her annual seminar in Hilton Head, SC was a tradition for many women, and well
worth it - a Mecca for many. Alas, 2009 was her last seminar. Jinny also has a shop in Great Falls, Virginia for you to shop in person.
Linda Lang runs this great site for long arm quilters. The previous
owner, Darlene Epp helped me research "You Can Quilt
That Out", the song about long arm quilters.
Mary is an inspired textile artist from Edmonton, Alberta, and her web site is all about making creativity an everyday
experience in our lives. She and her husband Gary conduct
creativity and personal development workshops, through quilting
and other means. Mary was also co-convener of Quilts Canada in
May of 2002 in Edmonton.
Molas from San Blas Islands
I have just found this website where you can order authentic molas
(reverse appliqué pieces) from Panama, via Ohio.
There's also lots of information on the site about the Kuna Indians.
The National Film Board of Canada short film: Quilt
This is a charming animated take on some of our favourite
traditional quilting blocks.
Notan Design Instruction Video
I am fascinated by the possibilities of this Japanese technique
of designing positive/negative images.
I have made Mock Mola quilts from my own Notan explorations,
and in July of 2011 held a Notan challenge on my Facebook page.
Here's how they're done.
Your home on
the web, including the world's first web-only magazine for quilters and the
Daily NewSnips. Be inspired by a fabulous collection of antique quilts,
participate in global challenges, learn the history of your favourite patterns,
and meet 19th century girls who were making doll quilts at the age of 3.
We met Pam for the first time in 2001 at the Indian Summer
Quilt Show in Fargo, ND. She placed a
blow-up kangaroo at my feet when we sang Australian
songs! Since then, she's become internationally known as the
wonderful quilt teacher she is, and was the 2003 winner of Best of Show at
the Houston Quilt Festival for her 1776 quilt. There is now a book available
about this amazing quilt, and her journey to make it.
Patchwork Pattern Maker
Have you ever wanted to make a pieced quilt from a
The Victoria and Albert Museum is doing us a service, by including this
design tool to their website.
Based in Victoria, BC, Daphne has wonderful patterns and supplies for quilters.
She specializes in "Give and Take Appliqué", a technique using positive/negative
fused appliqué - and nothing is wasted. She also teaches
classes to hundreds of quilters every year. She - with her former business
partner Susan Purney Mark, have FOUR great books out.
They are the reason that I am a quilting teacher today.
Quilt Artist & Teacher,
England. We met Patricia and saw her amazing pictorial quilts at
Jinny Beyer's seminar at Hilton Head, January 2004. Her appliqué
is very precise and beautiful, and all her students raved about
is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides love, security, warmth and
comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need
through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by
volunteer “blanketeers.” To date, they have given over 2 1/2 million blankets!
This is THE on-line shop in Australia, carrying all four
quilting CDs. She specializes in quilting "doo-dads" - all those handy
little tools that make life easier. She's at every Stitches and Craft Show in
Australia; her booth is the one
with all the people around it!
For insurance purposes, it is important to know the value of your quilts. I've been lucky enough to meet many of Canada's accredited quilt appraisers. They are the ones to talk to about your old family quilt, or your prize-winning art quilt.
Diane Shink - Montreal Quebec
Judy Lyons - Burlington Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Hunt - Calgary Alberta email@example.com
Central TV is the international source for quilters. Co-hosted by Janie
Donaldson and Cindy Walter, QCTV explores everything from traditional quilting
techniques to longarm quilting to the modern and 21st century of quilting.
Through the show, viewers can participate in a variety of offers for classes,
cruises and quilting supplies.
Interesting articles about
historic quilts and vintage fabrics.
Eleanor Burns is an amazing woman.
TV host, author, performer, quilter. In 2003 her presentation at
Paducah included a hilarious video of my song "100 Ways to
Hide Your Stash". You can order a copy of it, or any other
programs. She even has her own fabric line now.
This is the
most amazing quilt I've ever seen, a life-work of a gifted and dedicated artist:
Esther Bryan. It is a blanket for the world, for every nation represented in
Canada. It is Canada's most comprehensive - and astonishing - textile project.
At Houston International Quilt Festival in 2007, the quilt stopped everyone in
If you have
an antique quilt in need of help, make sure you go to an expert. A search of the
Internet may yield someone closer to you, but here's a company in Pennsylvania
to get you started. They also have some helpful tips on their site to keep your
I teach hexagon workshops using these wonderful reusable plastic
templates, designed by Pati Shambaugh.
day, all-quilting Internet TV station. If you have high-speed internet,
you shouldn't have any problems viewing this wonderful resource, for all things
quilty. Watch for Cathy on "Great Canadian Shop Hop", singing three songs,
and featuring the Satin Moon Quilt Shop in Cathy's home town, Victoria BC
Fascinating articles about quilt history. There have been
articles about the Changi quilts (November 2000) and the Rajah
Quilt - made by transportees to Australia in 1841.
An on-line quilting fabric/notions, etc. shop
I have had many requests for more information about this wonderful story. The best place I can recommend is http://www.nga.gov.au/RajahQuilt/ , where you'll be able to see a very up-close view of the quilt, and find out the whole story. For information about the Female Factory in Hobart, Tasmania, where many of these women were incarcerated, http://www.femalefactory.com.au. And to find out more about the installation of 25,000 baby bonnets, commemorating the lost lives of Transportees and their babies, here's the website of the artist: http://www.christinahenri.com.au.
Ralli Quilts from India and Pakistan
We met Patricia Stoddard in France in September 2011 where she
showed me her amazing quilts
from this ancient tradition. She has a book about them, and a very informative website.
Ralli Quilts - Textiles from Pakistan and India
We sang in Ricky's studio in LaVeta
Colorado in July of 2006 and had a grand time. Ricky is transforming the world
of quilt teaching with his highly useful DVDs, demonstration-lectures and
on-line quilting TV show and magazine with Alex Anderson. He sells his wonderful
hand-dyes, continues to win top quilting prizes, and plays a mean piano.
I've also heard him play trumpet!
This is the world famous quilt shop in the city where I live.
With very approachable, knowledgeable owners, and new quarters (with better
parking), the shop just keeps getting better. Great classes, wonderful fabric,
notions -- whenever you visit Victoria BC, you must drop by! They also have a
great website, and a toll-free number for easy ordering.
There is a project up and running at the Quilt Index,
which includes the full story of the quilt I wrote "My Grandfather's Brother"
about. It is a Miller family quilt that I was unaware of until it arrived
as a Christmas present from my brother in 2005 - with 833 names embroidered on
it! The entire site focuses on signature quilts, both old and new.
This is an amazing endeavour to provide sleeping bags for homeless people.
I like this site because it lists
a whole lot of links that I'm sure will be of interest to people just getting
into the "quilting thing", from free quilting patterns sites to quilting
communities and quilt history and culture sites to explore.There's even a
section on "Quilting With Kids".
More music from the same place Cathy is from!
Where I hang out when I'm home.
A new craze, also known as guerrilla or stealth knitting, that is taking over the world, one stitch at a time! If you are interested in knitting, and making a statement, perhaps you can join their ranks. It's been done on the Great Wall of China, in Paris, Stockholm, Vancouver, and San Francisco (the Golden Gate bridge, no less!).