Quilting Links of Interest

This is an alphabetical list of interesting sites I've found - I hope you find something useful here!



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Rajah Quilt Book: Pachwork Prisoners

There is now a book about the female prisoners aboard the Rajah who made the quilt I sing about.



Printing on Fabric - Oversized

When we were passing through International Falls, MN on our way home from our spring 2012 tour,
we met Val in front of her quilt - a quilt that stopped me in my tracks.
It was a photograph on fabric - but BIG, REALLY BIG!
How did she get that printed?

It turns out she has her own business, printing images on fabric, as well as being a longarmer.



American Quilter's Society Online

Ami Simms

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.

Australian National Quilt Register

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.

Big Horn Quilts, Greybull WY

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 breath away!

Born To Quilt, Mornant France
Our friend Veronique has a wonderful, jam-packed shop full of fabrics and patterns in a charming village near Lyon, France. She even has rug hooking supplies. The site is mostly bilingual, so it is easy to get around. Veronique and her husband spent some time in Canada and discovered quilting then.  She is even carrying Cathy Miller CDs!

Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt:

For current information, and how to contribute blocks for the largest quilt in the world.

Canadian Quilters' Association

The best place to find out about goings-on in Canadian quilting.

Clip Art for Quilters

This is a great site with lots of quilt blocks available free for your use. Use it with your signature on emails, print them out on name tags, or insert them in your own website.


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.

Dutch Quilting Fabric

Are you 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!

Fran Snay

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 quilt here!!

International Quilt Study Center & Museum

Devoted to the preservation, study and exhibition of quilts, and sharing resources with the public. Finally the IQS has its own home in Lincoln Nebraska. On this site, you can browse their collection, listen to stories from quilters, learn more about international quilting history, even design your own quilt!

Jan Krentz

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!

Jenny Bowker

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 Beyer

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.

Long Arm Quilting Supplies

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.

Lost Quilts

Help recover lost or stolen quilts and learn what you can do to safeguard your own quilts.

Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer

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.

Online Quilter

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.

Pam Holland

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 photograph?
The Victoria and Albert Museum is doing us a service, by including this
design tool to their website.

Patchworks Studio

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. 

Patricia McLaughlin

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 her.

Project Linus

This 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!

Punch With Judy

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!

Quilt Appraisers - Canada

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 dimacquilt@sympatico.ca
Judy Lyons - Burlington Ontario judy.lyons@sympatico.ca
Dawn Hunt - Calgary Alberta dawn.hunt@shaw.ca

Quilt Central

Quilt 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.

Quilt History Directory

Interesting articles about historic quilts and vintage fabrics.

Quilt in a Day

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.

Quilt of Belonging

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 their tracks.

Quilt Repair and Restoration

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 quilts healthy.

Quilt Patis

I teach hexagon workshops using these wonderful reusable plastic templates, designed by Pati Shambaugh.

Quilters News Network

24-hours a 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 Canada.

Quilters Newsletter Magazine

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.

The Quilters' Stash

An on-line quilting fabric/notions, etc. shop in Washington.

Rajah Quilt

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

Ricky Tims Studio

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!

Satin Moon Quilt Shop

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.

Signature Quilt Project

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.

Singing Knitter 
Wren Ross is a knitter, but she's a singer and voiceover professional first. (She sounds a bit like me!)  She has two CDs of wonderful songs - a lot of parodies included,  like "It Had to Be Ewe", and "After the Ball is Over".

Ugly Quilts

This is an amazing endeavour to provide sleeping bags for homeless people.

Ultimate Guide to Quilting

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".

Vancouver Island Music Website

More music from the same place Cathy is from!

Victoria BC Quilting Guild

Where I hang out when I'm home.

Yarn bombing
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!).