Quilting is the art of joining pieces of fabric together with small stitches, often with padding in between. Quilting can be completed on whole cloth quilts (made from one large piece of cloth), or patchwork quilts (made from small pieces of fabric sewn together into one large piece, then quilted). There are many techniques for creating the patchwork portion of your quilt, such as foundation piecing, crazy piecing, strip piecing and appliqué. Both the piecing and quilting steps can be done by machine (using a regular sewing machine or larger, industrial quilting machine) or entirely by hand. Quilts can be functional or decorative, or somewhere in between.
This pathfinder is designed to help you find sites on the web, print sources and organizations that offer information, advice and patterns for quilting. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive, but to provide a starting point for learning about quilting.
Quilting at About.com
The Alliance for American Quilts
National Online Quilters
International Quilt Association
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Quilt Guilds Worldwide
The World Wide Quilting Page
American Memory: Quilts and Quiltmaking in America (1798-1996)
Quilting Blogs and Blog Communities
My Quilt Blog
Quilting and Patchwork
Center for the Quilt Online - Weblog
There are many quilting books published every year, ranging from titles written to help someone who has never quilted or sewn before, to books designed for the expert fabric artist.
Finding Quilting Books in Your Library
Depending on the system of classification used in your library, books about quilting can be found in a number of locations. Libraries using the Dewey Decimal System will probably keep most of their quilting books at call numbers beginning with 746 (Textile arts). In libraries using the Library of Congress classification system, it will probably be helpful to look in the catalog under the subject heading "Quilting." Remember, you can always ask a librarian for assistance!
General/Beginning Quilting Books
Pahl, E. (1997). The quilter's ultimate visual guide: from A to Z--hundreds of tips and techniques for successful quiltmaking. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press.
Quilting 101: a beginner's guide to quilting. (2003). Mankato, Minn: Creative.
Advanced/Specialized Quilting Books
Barry, P. C. (2007). ABC's of long-arm quilting. Iola, Wis: KP.
Michler, J. M. (2008). Crazy quilting: the complete guide. Iola, WI: Krause Publications.
Hall, J. (2006). The experts' guide to foundation piecing: 15 techniques & projects. Lafayette, CA: C&T Pub.
Nickels, S. (2003). Machine quilting: a primer of techniques. Paducah, KY: American Quilter's Society.
Sloppy, E. (2003). Strips & strings: 16 sparkling quilts. Woodinville, WA: Martingale.
American Quilter's Society. (1985). American quilter. Paducah, KY: American Quilter's Society.
Fons, M., & Porter, L. (1999). Fons and Porter's for the love of quilting. Birmingham, AL: Oxmoor House.
McCall's quick quilts. (2004). New York: Primedia.
McCall's quilting. (1993). Birmingham, AL: Symbol of Excellence.
Bauermeister Groelz, B. (2000). Quiltmaker. New York, NY: Primedia Enthusiast Media.
This pathfinder was updated by Lauren Foster for Dr. Eileen Abels Info 780 Course at Drexel University, Spring, 2008.