In no particular order, here are some links that you might find useful! Some of them are quilting related, some not. If any of you have a suggestion for a site we should link to, just let Jane know. Click on each site's logo to go directly there.

Bonnie Hunter has made a wonderful site, full of free quilting patterns. She's mostly into scrap quilting, but she doesn't get upset if you use a planned color scheme in the quilts you make with her ideas! When you get done, e-mail her a picture of the finished quilt for her to add to the pattern's page.

This site is a must- see for quilters! Marcia has pulled together a tremendous amount of original and traditional blocks in her 'quilt blocks galore' section complete with instructions, regular and paper piecing templates, etc. You can search for a block alphabetically, by size, or browse thru the pictures. She shows what the block might look like in a quilt layout, and provides space for pictures of quilts made with that block. Also don't miss her how-to sections, with answers about the technical side of quilting, including getting started, laundering, figuring yardage, putting on binding, applique, paper piecing, ... just go look! She adds a handful of new blocks every month, too.
Hostbus provides our home on the net. The owner, John, has exceptional service, and has been exceedingly patient in helping me fix website problems. Thanks, John!
Electric Quilt

EQ is a great tool for quilters who are comfortable with a computer. There are block, layout, and fabric libraries to help you design a quilt. You can draw your own blocks, choose what size to make them, then have EQ add ¼ seam allowances to your templates for printing out on cardstock, or you can use thin paper to print up paper piecing templates, or select rotary cutting instructions.

No more coloring with crayons to help you decide on different shades, EQ lets you scan the actual fabric in, so you can see exactly what the quilt could look like. Think you might want to switch all your blue to lime green? A couple of simple clicks lets you try new color combinations. Wonder what it would look like if every other block were reversed, flipped, rotated? Easy with EQ. The challenges they offer almost every month are a great way to hone your design skills, and the customer support is superb!

The quilt block graphics on ucquilts.com were made with EQ software.

Womenfolk.com has over 100 textile and women's quilting history articles, well written and thoroughly researched. There's a section on multicultural quilters, articles on Crazy Quilts, the Civil War, feed sacks, pioneer women, even poetry about quilting. The section on "Facts vs. Myths About Our Quilting Past" was particularly interesting.

If you can't find what you're looking for on the Womenfolk site, try its sister site, Patches from the Past, with even MORE information about quilts and their history.

A great site for purchasing Synthrapol - helps wash dye OUT of fabric so it won't bleed later, and Retayne - helps colors stay bright. Also an excellent source for fiber reactive procion dyes and fixers if you ever get interested in trying to hand dye your own fabric. They even sell muslins, silks, and other fabrics prepared for dying.
Go see Patty's site - you'll find information about her applique and reproduction quilts. You can even buy her book there!
Frieda Anderson does some wonderful nature scenes, using her own hand dyed fabrics. She gets her inspiration from the walks she takes with her dog, George, whose quilt is shown to the left, as her logo. She visited Uncommon Threads do do a lecture and workshop in February, 2006. Check out her site, esp. the Chicago School of Fusing page, and her blog.

Linda Poole was the featured guest at Uncommon Thread's annual November retreat. Check out her site for info on her patterns and a gallery of her work.

http://www.lindampoole.com

Stop by and register, you can win prizes, you will also be notified of upcoming sales and promotions. New items being added every week.
Cotton Treasures - Chantay has a long arm machine, belongs to Uncommon Threads, and is willing to take quilts to be done. Check out her site!

Joan Shay visited our guild February 2009, teaching two classes and entertaining us all at the guild meeting.

Check out her website for information about making fusable 3D flowers. Order her kits and books too!

www.antiquequiltdating.com

www.clotilde.com

More to come! Got any suggestions of good sites?

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February 25, 2009

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