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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19 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Thank you Cornelia…..LOVE this post!!

    —Connie on October 10, 2013
  • Inklingo!! Lindafranz.com or http://inklingoprojects.blogspot.ca/ to see what others are doing with this wonderful method. I am currently working on piecing a pickle dish pattern and it is coming together beautifully, thanks to cutting and stitching lines printed on my fabrics. Can’t say enough good about Inklingo!!

    —Lorraine on October 10, 2013
  • This is such a fabulous list. I’m going to favorite, share and visit. Some of them are new to me. I’m excited! Thanks for putting this together.

    Michal on October 10, 2013
  • This is a great list! Bonnie Hunter’s site is really great. Her posts during her travels are like you are traveling with her. I also follow your Stitch This Blog. Thanks for the others!

    —Sandy Gray on October 10, 2013
  • Very informative and useful post! I too, am big Bonnie Hunter fan. 2 others I try to get to every week:

    Design Wall Monday at patchworktimes.com is a "linky party" every Monday hosted by Judy Laquidara, on her blog. Everyone posts what they have on their design walls. Fun inspiration for all tastes, and you can even ask other quilters for advice on your design issues.

    Another favorite is: ncymetromodquilters.blogspot.com It is so much fun to see what they are up to. Each month, a different member of the group has the other members create a quilt block according to their specifications. Then, as the members are making the block, they post pictures of them. You can get lots of "out of the box" challenge ideas from looking at their blog.

    Candace on October 10, 2013
  • this is a great web site for lots of fun with other quilters

    —vandy on October 10, 2013
  • I am a regular fan of some of these sights- quilt cam with Bonnie is a hoot! And I love Jenny– she is just DARLING! I made a bunch of the pillowcases at Christmas last year. But others- like the free motion site- I did not know of– so thanks for adding to my list of regular reads!

    —Tandy McCardle on October 10, 2013
  • just watched the 40 minute scrap quilt video–Wow!!! Must try this one!


    E. Engman on October 10, 2013
  • I love various ways to do scrap quilts. My stash is somewhat sorted in different width, squares & HST beside many boxes of fabric. So any help to use this up is greatly appreciated. Seeing Bonnie Hunter;s web site looks great. Hope I win. Happy Quilting!

    —Sheila Ivany on October 10, 2013
  • Sew We Quilt is a Fantabulous site because Madame Samm hosts blog hops around a variety of themes. The last one was batik and 60’s themed projects. While didn’t have a large number of participants that is usually has, it was still great! The bloggers that usually post during the hops are from all over the world so you get to visit Europe, Asia, Scandanavia, as well as countries "down under." The bloggers are so gracious and frequently provide tutorials and giveaways. The next one on the horizon is a Halloween theme. Check out: http://www.sewwequilt.com/

    —Rosemary on October 10, 2013
  • Such a great, useful post! Thank you for sharing all this great information in one place. I’m keeping this one to use . . . appreciate it very much!

    —Maeve on October 10, 2013
  • Love The Freemotion Project with Leah Day and Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville, but I agree with Rosemary. Sew We Quilt is a great trip around the world with bloggers showing some remarkable things. It should be on your list.

    Carla on October 10, 2013
  • You have some fun things I will be looking into!

    —Jusy on October 10, 2013
  • What a great list! I’m already a huge fan of Bonnie Hunter, but it’s fun to be introduced to some new places, too. Thanks for this. 🙂

    Dianne B. in England on October 11, 2013
  • I love quiltersclubofamerica.com. I am currently participating in a mystery quilt! It is great!

    —Jan staples on October 11, 2013
  • Thanks for the info – all in one place, too!

    —Nancy Eriksen on October 11, 2013
  • Three of my favorite quilt bloggers are featured on this post — Bonnie, Judy, and Mary! (Mary’s design is suggestion #6, "Quick Strippie Quilt.") I tune into Michelle’s Quilting Gallery, too.

    I’d love it you would feature an update from That Patchwork Place/Martingale authors and designers. My quilting library has dozens of TPP books (which have consistently excellent technical editing). Marsha McCloskey, Sara Nephew, Mary Hickey, and of course Nancy Martin. Also Donna Lynn Thomas, Trudie Hughes (I know she’s retired, but is she still quilting?), Carol Doak, Peggy True, Judy Murrah, Mary Ann Caplnger (I think I got that right), Janet Kime.

    Nann on October 11, 2013
  • I don’t watch many on-line shows, but these comments make me want to! This is something to look forward to. Thanks for the list and the other suggestions from your readers.

    —Linda Towers on October 11, 2013
  • I love it all. I usually quilt because I have a huge
    a huge stash but my heart is inn knitting, crocheting and cross stitch.

    —Helen Cheney on August 13, 2014

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