This is an alphabetical list of interesting sites I’ve found – I hope you find something useful here!
Rajah Quilt Book: Pachwork Prisoners
There is now a book about the female prisoners aboard the Rajah who made the quilt I sing about.http://www.researchtasmania.com.au/index.php/publications/patchwork-prisoners
|Removing Stains from Fabrics |
Sara, from Knox County, Maine sent (via her teacher) this useful guide to removing stains from fabrics: https://www.lulus.com/blog/lifestyle/a-guide-to-removing-stains-from-clothing-and-fabric/
American Quilter’s Society Online
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 discovered barn quilts by chance in our travels. 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.
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.
Canadian Red Cross Quilts – WWII
Joanna Dermenjian has been researching these quilts for years and has found out some fascinating details about the tens of thousands of quilts sent over to England during the Blitz. I would recommend her as a speaker for quilt guilds. https://sutureandselvedge.com/
Changi Quilts– WWII Singapore
On my first quilting CD “One Stitch at a Time”, there’s a song called “Time Flies” about three quilts made by civilian internees at the Changi Prison in Singapore. Suzanne Evans has done exceptional research into the woman who came up with the idea to make them: Ethel Mulvaney, from Manitoulin Island, Canada. This is an excellent book, that reads like a novel. http://suzanneevans.ca/
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Based in North Saanich, 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.
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.http://www.onawingquilting.com/
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.
Quilt History Directory
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. There is a link to the video under the “Videos” tab, above.
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. Unfortunately, Esther died in July, 2022, but the quilt lives on.
I teach hexagon workshops using these wonderful reusable, foldable, 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.
I have had many requests for more information about this wonderful story. The best place I can recommend is https://nga.gov.au/stories-ideas/the-rajah-quilt-1841/ , 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, https://femalefactory.org.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: https://rosesfromtheheart.tumblr.com/about.
There is now a book about the female prisoners aboard the Rajah who made the quilt I sing about. https://books.google.ca/books/about/Patchwork_Prisoners.html?id=m1XYmgEACAAJ&redir_esc=y
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. Here’s a video of her talking about them.
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!
This is an amazing endeavour to provide sleeping bags for homeless people.
Victoria BC Quilting Guild
Where I hang out when I’m home.
A fascinating 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!).