Links, Links, Links

Free Quilt Patterns

Here is a site with links to sites with free patterns.  there are over 1,100 sites listed.  Patterns are listed alphabetically and labelled BOM (block of the month), PP (paper pieced pattern), QD (quilt designs) quilt labels, wallhangings and small projects, placemates and mysteries.  The patterns are also orgnized by category.  This  site is well maintained and updated often.  I love this stie for its pieced blocks.

Quilting Library

This site has a wonderful variety of links for the quilting enthuiast and more.  Along with links to sites that offer helpful tips and tutorials, there are many links to sites offering project ideas and free patterns.  I've been on the site several times and noted that it is updated often.

Marcia Hohn's Quilter's Cache

Marcia's site offers hundreds of free traditional and foundation piecing patterns on her website in an area called Quilt Block Galore.  When I am looking for a specific block I always start here.  Her site is visually pleasing and easy to use. Marcia has included pages with instructions for starting quilting, calculating yardage, studying color theory and more.  She also has a 'Tiny Store' where she sells her own patterns.

Paper Panache

This site offers patterns for sale that often take advanced foundation piecing skills.  I love the patter 'Parading Seagulls'.  It was one of the first foundation projects I made.

Electric Quilt

I use EQ5 to design blocks and quilts.  Anyone who enjoys computer technology and loves quilting will find this software to be a gret tool and a LOT of fun!  The EQ site has ideas, lessons, projects and fabric palettes available for EQ users.

Photgraphing Quiltings

Our quilts are beautiful and often our pictures do not do them justice.  Jim Evan's photos seem to capture as much beauty of a quilt as possible with seeing it in person.  Jim offers great directions and tips for photographing quilts.  His tips have helped me a great deal; I sill have a  way to go.  I don't  have all the necessary to do the job he does, and I certainly lack some of his natural talent.  Go to the Lakeview Quilters Guild website to see some of Jim's wonderful pictures.

Video: Pillowcase by Thea

This nine-minute YouTube video includes the making of a Mystery Block Two...but WAIT.. Thea Jirak demonstrates a very, very clever method to make a pillowcase.  Cool!

Continuous Bias Tape

Shelley Rodgers of California offers the best information about binding.  She discusses the pros and cons of bias vs. crosswise bias.  She does the math for figuring yardage.  Not only does she do the math...she provides pictures!

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