9 super-cool quilty things on the Internet

Ah, the Internet. So much inspiration, so little time! When I was asked to write a post about exciting quilting sites, I said, “I have to restrict it to 9?” Seriously, I could have easily made it 90! However, in the interest of time, I will restrain myself. I hope you enjoy these sites and tutorials as much as I do!

Let’s get right to it:

1. Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville

If you love scrappy quilts, vintage sewing machines, travel, mystery quilts, and free patterns, you’ve come to the right place. Bonnie ever-so-graciously shares her quilty life with her readers via her blog. Her main site has oodles of free scrappy quilt patterns as well as a detailed description of her Scrap User’s System.

2. The Free Motion Quilting Project

Free-Motion Quilting ProjectLeah Day—another generous quilter/blogger—originally set out to design 365 free-motion quilting designs and then post a short video showing how to do each of them.  The original “project” has snowballed to over 400 designs—wow! Each design is categorized by difficulty level and design type so you can easily find just what you’re looking for. Leah also shares details about her quilt-design process, talks about her favorite tools…oh, just go there, you’ll see!

3. Missouri Star Quilt Company YouTube Channel

Tons and tons of great quilty tutorial videos here! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but here’s one that I am dying to try—a really fun Jelly Roll (or any other strip size, really) quilt that has design possibilities galore. (Please don’t ask me how many Jelly Rolls I have.)

4. 40-Minute Scrap Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This is a great little twist on the 1600 Jelly Roll quilt that is so popular right now—except that you don’t need to use a Jelly Roll! Just use 2½" strips that you’ve cut from your own scraps. You can use varying lengths depending on what you have, which makes it so much more interesting.

How to tie a quilter's knot5. How to Tie a Quilter’s Knot

The quilter’s knot is really a very simple thing, but trying to explain it in written form with illustrations is pretty challenging. Here’s a 12-second video that will tie it all together for you (pun intended).

6. Quick Strippie Quilt

My quilt guild (The Busy Bee Quilters of Snohomish, Washington) holds an annual Quilt Olympics every year. Teams of five quilters compete to see which team can complete the most quilt tops. It’s super fun and the tops go to the various charities we support. I think I’ve found the perfect quilt to help my team win the gold medal next time!

7. The Roll It Up Pillowcase

Pillowcases are fun to make, and this cool technique helps you get them done in record time. Plus, this pattern will make you look super professional because there are no exposed seams in the end. (If you make pillowcases to donate to charity, be sure to add your tally to American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.)

8. Confessions of a Stitch & Flip Flunkie

Confessions of a Stitch-and-Flip FlunkieI can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was to find this post. The stitch-and-flip idea is so easy and accurate—unless you’re me, that is. I would do this and then wonder why in the world my corners were coming out so wonky. I thought the technique was supposed to be foolproof! I compensated by moving my seam out a little but I always felt like I was cheating, until I saw this. Now I feel better and my quilts LOOK better. WOOT WOOT!

9. Martingale’s Stitch This! Blog

Naturally, we like to think that we belong on this list! Our team works very hard to bring you great information not just about our books, but about all kinds of amazing things that go on in this great, quilty world of ours. Here are nine links to some of our “coolest” and most popular posts.

What cool quilty things have you seen lately online? Share links to your favorites in the comments!

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