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Patterns and Tutorials

Color Theory for Quilters
Free course begins with a basic overview of the color wheel and how quilter’s can use it to understand the interaction of colors in patchwork– a particularly helpful skill when you’re trying to pair prints with solids.

Fabric: Pre-Wash it or Not?
The idea of pre-washing your fabric is somewhat controversial. There are also many things to consider; what type of fabric is it? What will the fabric be used for? Laura from SewVeryEasy covers this and more in the linked video.

Fabric Bleed Corrections
If you’ve ever had a problem with fabric bleeding (those pesky reds, purples and even turquoises), Vicki Welsh in VA tested various products and methods that may help you.  The link above has her testing for you to see, and here is her detail process document that you can use to even possibly improve a finished quilt that has fabric that’s bled. Key word: Soak! Save My Bleeding Quilt!

Quilting website with hundreds of free quilting patterns and tutorials.

Free Motion Quilting Blogspot
400+ free motion quilting videos and blog by Leah Day.

How to Photograph Your Quilt
Your latest quilt is finally finished! It’s a stunning design, and you really feel great about it. Now all you have to do is photograph it. Here’s some tips for the folks who may know more about fabrics than they do about photography.

Quilt Patterns Through Time
The History of Quilting Patterns & Free Quilt Block Patterns

Alliance for American Quilts

The Applique Society
A diverse group of appliqué artists, teachers, designers, authors, collectors and enthusiasts interested in joining with others worldwide to advance and promote appliqué.

American Quilter‘s Society
Inspired by the enduring creativity and importance of quilts and quilt making, our objective is to provide a forum for quilters of all skill levels to expand their horizons in quilt making, design, self-expression, and quilt collecting.

American Quilt Study Group
Establishes and promotes the highest standards for interdisciplinary quilt-related studies, providing opportunities for study, research, and the publication of work that advance the knowledge of quilts and related subjects.

Appraisals of Quilt Worth
Nancy Bavor has been a quilt maker, teacher and collector for over twenty years. She lectures nationally on quilts and quilt history and is an American Quilter’s Society Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles. Visit her website for schedule, or for appraisals, email her.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Mission is to inspire an understanding of the cultural and artistic significance of quilts by collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting and promoting discovery of quilts and quilt making traditions from many cultures, countries and times.

Lost Quilt Come Home
Facebook page dedicated to displaying lost or stolen quilts in the hopes that some may be returned.

Northern California Quilt Committee
Facilitates communication among quilt groups, shop owners, teachers, judges, museums and vendors. NCQC maintains a master calendar of quilting events occurring in the Northern California area.

Quilting in America
Quilting is not ‘quaint hobby of long ago’. Believe it or not, the world of quilting is more than thriving.  It tops the US Dept. of Statistics in the Craft Industry for Sales!  Interesting to think about next time you are at the local hardware store and your partner is eyeing a new blade or saw, his/her other half is probably at the quilt shop with other intensions!

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)
An information resource on all things art quilt related for our members as well as the public.

The Smithsonian
From the National Museum of American History

The Quilting Hub
Worldwide hub of quilting, a community maintained as an accurate information resource for events, shops and more.

The Quilt Index
The Quilt Index contains digital images and history on more than 50,000 quilts (and counting!). Contributors from 25 museums, libraries, universities and state documentation projects are already participating in this unmatched virtual collection.

Why Quilts Matter
This fascinating series explores quilts in fresh new ways by taking you behind the scenes to reveal the unique position of quilts at the center of American culture. You’ll go on an amazing quilt journey from function to art, to women’s empowerment, economic clout, American politics and beyond.

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