Quilters have gone online for many reasons in the past 20 years or so: as bloggers, designers, teachers; to track their own quilt-making history, or to present what they have learned through photos, tutorials on youtube, written instructions, tips and tricks, and periodic newsletters telling us what they have in the works that we, too, can do via the tutorials or sew-alongs.
Along the way they have made us laugh (hopefully!), challenge ourselves, given encouragement, shared their own mistakes and let us share our quilts with them through their websites or Instagram. In the process we discovered entertaining and informative teachers and speakers, and some whose subject matter or presentation did not mesh with our guild membership. C’est la vie.
Many of the quilters who started blogs also got to a point, in their online adventure, of selling their own quilt pattern designs and representing particular fabric and notions lines on their sites – usually the brands they preferred. [No shame in the game, as I’ve been told].
Anyway – I have a few favourites that I thought I would share with you – there are soooooooooo many quilt blogs out there! I receive about 8 to 10 newsletters weekly from a variety of quilters. And one per week from any blogger/teacher is plenty. Otherwise, I (or you) simply delete the over-abundance without reading and go on with life.
I basically chose blogging/teaching sites to share using the following criteria:
- One newsletter per week, maximum.
- Entertainment value (is quilter fun to read or to watch).
- Teaching Ability – does she know what she is doing and is she able to share with us in a way that we can see and understand what she is teaching.
- Variety –modern, contemporary, traditional, art and embellishers
- I also listed a couple teachers who do not have a blog, but do share their works and teaching schedules online.
So – without further ado and in alphabetical order so as not to show preference:
Art East Quilting – John of AEQ was interviewed by Karen Brown of Just Get It Done (more on her below) and while he began as a theatrical costume designer, he picked up quilting – with no previous sewing experience! – and has some very whimsical designs with animals. I especially love his “Goats in Pajamas” and “Dinosaurs on Skates”. arteastquiltingco.com.
CluckCluckSew – Allison lives in Seattle and with 4 children and works part-time as a professional; you may wonder where she gets time to do the tutorials (photos and written instructions) that she has put together. Right now she has lots of pumpkins, bats and fall leaves patterns. cluckclucksew.com/.
EvaPaige Designs – “Author, pattern designer, and national quilting instructor Beth Helfter has one rule about quilting – it’s supposed to be fun. With that in mind, along with her company motto of “Inspired Designs, Relaxed Attitude,” Beth brings visionary designs and techniques to her patterns and exuberance and encouragement to the classroom. Looking for staid or typical? You won’t find it here.” This is a quote from Beth Helfter’s About Us page on her website. For all her wonderful designs, patterns, teaching schedule and more go to https://evapaigequilts.com/.
Geta’s Quilting Studio – Geta Grama is Romanian and her ‘About’ page is at this link: https://www.getasquiltingstudio.com/2010/04/born-to-quilt.html. A quote:
“In my country quilting is an unknown craft so these things that for most of you mean nothing, for me were big victories:
– the first quilting book I bought; I studied it with a magnifying glass and an English-Romanian dictionary; the day I understood what is the difference between “batting-backing-binding-basting” was a big day!
– the day I brought the sewing machine with free motion quilting foot
– the day I managed to free motion quilt
– the first fabric order in a quilt shop in USA.”
I have to admit, I first looked at this site because my sister-in-law is Romanian. But after reading about Geta and seeing her work, I decided to subscribe to see more of her projects. She focuses on all sorts of quilting styles and oodles of bag styles.
Just Get It Done – Karen Brown has lots of ways to organize, save money, use up scraps and finish projects so that you do not have a bagful of UFO’s taking up precious space. She has several tutorials on youtube and also does interviews with various people in her Canadian quilting community. She is easy to watch and wonderfully informative. Find Karen at justgetitdonequilts.com/.
The Midnight Quilt Show – Angela Walters provides a kind of off-the-wall tutorial experience. But don’t let the title scare you – you can watch anytime. She usually has a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine (or perhaps cranberry juice) to get her through the wee hours. youtube.com/c/MidnightQuiltShow will take you to the youtube page that lists all her shows. And she has been doing this several years, so there are videos on tips, tricks, tools, and time savers. This is great for those quilters who like video format. And if you are on facebook, you can find her at facebook.com/MidnightQuiltShow/.
Missouri Star Quilt Co – Jenny Doan, consummate quilter, is the star of this site. There are blogs, videos, live classes and “how-tos” for all sorts of quilting projects. I like to shop locally, but this site saved me during the lockdown when I could not get into a fabric store. So many gorgeous fabrics and notions galore. She also does several tutorials with two of her daughters, such as taking a basic block pattern and interpreting it three different ways. You can also subscribe to BLOCK magazine, and receive it online, with links to help you along with designs, and in paperbound, for those late evenings when you do not want to be sitting at a computer, but want to read about and look at quilt photos. For their story and other information, go to https://www.missouriquiltco.com/.
Ricky Tims – He is a musician and quilter, combining two unlikely arts into his presentations. “He is known in the international world of quilting as a best-selling author, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, fabric designer, and a talented and spellbinding speaker. His innovative and entertaining presentations, feature live music and humor combined with scholarly insights and wisdom. His quilts have been displayed worldwide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal.” Just because – check out his site and works at https://www.rickytims.com/galleries.
Suzy Quilts – “Suzy Williams, founder of Suzy Quilts, is rooted in a deep love for the heritage and tradition of quilting and a desire to craft unique, contemporary textiles. With a BFA in visual communications, Suzy uses her graphic design background to transform conventional sewing into a fresh, personal interpretation of minimal, modern design.
Suzy is a BERNINA Expert Ambassador, Craftsy Instructor, member of the Modern Quilt Guild and has been published in Modern Patchwork, QuiltCon Magazine, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Modern Quilts: Designs for a New Century and has worked in collaboration with large corporations such as Toyota and Crate & Kids as well as Birch Fabrics, Windham Fabrics, Hoffman Fabrics, Art Gallery Fabrics and Cloud9 Fabrics. Suzy also writes a monthly column in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.”
She has tutorials on her website – both written word with photos, and videos. Most of her modern quilts are bold and graphic with unusual color combinations. So stop by and see if you like what she does: suzyquilts.com/about/.
TimnaTarr – Local to Massachusetts, she is a quilter, teacher and does trunk shows. She doesn’t have a blog, but you can see her work with “map” quilts and quilted animal faces (I love the bunny!) at timnatarr.com/. Or read an article about her at https://www.nepm.org/post/quilt-artist-finds-solace-daily-production-not-overthinking-i-just-needed-sew#stream/0.
Tula Pink – Her designs and colours are almost a shock – but in a good way. Her use of vibrant hues and intricate designs can get your creative juices flowing. Even if you don’t like her work, you can just stop by for a visit now and then to see what she is up to. And yes, that is her real name. And yes, she does seem to love the colour pink. You can find her at tulapink.com/. Or if you are on facebook you can put ‘tula pink’ in the search bar and pull up her page.
Zippy Quilts – Modern Quilts with a Twist – Mary J Puckett has been blogging about quilting and related subjects for 8 years. She even references Geta Grama’s site (see above) in one of her blogs: zippyquilts.blog/2018/03/. But to get to her home page for her most recent blog go to: zippyquilts.blog/. Her “Sunrise” quilt is a variation on Postcards from Sweden, a Broken Dishes pattern.
And finally, we have for all of you embellishers and art quilters:
Art Quilts Around the World – aroundtheworldin20quilts.blogspot.com/. These art quilts are responses to challenges over the years, such as “Layers”. “Out of This World”, “The View Outside My Window” or “Songbird”. Take a look – there are so many and by clicking on each photo tile on the site you can enlarge the photo for a better view. OD on the eye candy. It’s not fatal!
I hope you have found something to interest, inspire or challenge you on these sites. And if you have a favourite quilter/blogger, please share the link with all of us on the facebook page. Thanks and Happy Quilting!