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A list of quilt articles sorted by topic including free quilting patterns, free quilt blocks,  mystery quilts,  and more.

Techniques | History-Ethnic | Equipment-Materials | Planning Quilts
  Mystery Quilt Patterns #1, #2 
, #3  & #4Quilters Tips & Opinions
Software-ClipArt | Appliqué | Free Projects
Themes-Galleries-People
| Miscellany |

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Techniques & Free Patterns

Half Log Cabin Block & Quilts - Fun to make from strips - use your stash and make it scrappy. Two different styles are included for variety and sample quilt top layouts.

Contrary Wife Block & Quilts - a block made of simple HSTs and plain blocks. See variations, including a ribbon quilt.

Snowball Block and Quilts - The Snowball block is  amazingly versatile and fun for use alone or in combination with other blocks. Here are samples and 6 other blocks to use with the Snowball.

A Typing Paper Quilt
A very easy string pieced quilt project to make with minimal measuring. A fun way to use up scraps and make a frugal quilt.

Another Typing Paper Quilt
3 different ways to sew this new variation block using the same easy, no measure techniques as the earlier article. 17 quilt tops are shown.

Raggedy Edged Quilts
Fun to make as gifts and frugal, too.

Pinwheel Block of the Month series - This BOM series is now complete with 12 blocks in it . Many paper foundation pieced blocks for all levels. Some simple pieced blocks.

Picture Frame to Paper Piece - A new block added to the Knick Knack Shelf series 

The Many Looks of Rail Fence Quilts - An easy block with many looks. See 20 sample quilt tops here and lots of links to instructions for making these quilts in several ways. Gallery of quilt photos, too.

Easy Basic Useful Quilt Block - A fast sewing method for a handy block I call "half-split/half-square triangle block" - lots of variations shown in 10 quilt tops.

Easy Curvy 9-Patch Quilt Blocks - How to sew curves into the classic 9 patch quilt block and see 12 sample quilt tops.

Two Bottle Blocks - Knick Knack Series
Grandma Hattie's shelves have two bottle blocks, Paper foundation pieced. Also see 2 sample quilt top layouts.

Stack and Slash Star quilt blocks - How to make freeform stars using stack and slash method, create 4-5 blocks in one "slashing".

Sewing Easy Curves
See how to strip piece or assemble pieces with gentle curves with no pinning or snipping.

Blue Jeans Quilts
Recycle your family's old denim jeans into multi-hued indigo blue denim quilts. How to, photos, links, gallery of jean quilts.

Make a Tee Shirt Quilt Techniques, materials, ideas, free quilt blocks and links here. Sample layouts shown in color.

Redwork
Learn about this longtime embroidery style used on quilt blocks - links to free patterns and commercial patterns are here.

Making a Scrap Border Using leftover fabrics you can make a stunning border for a quilt. See illustrations and links here. 

Direct Printing on Fabric w/ Computer - Links to how to and places to purchase supplies. Much about new Bubble Jet Set BJS solution.

Grandma Hattie's Knick Knack Shelf Series - A series of free paper foundation pieced blocks to arrange in fun novelty quilt on "shelves". There are now 8 blocks in the series& more to come!

Why You Should Press Your Seams Open - Mabry Benson explains why she uses open seams for her quilts.

Halloween Pumpkins and a Black Cat Free paper foundation patterns for Halloween blocks, plus an EQ4 file.

Teapots, Cups and Mugs - Free paper foundation pattern blocks to make your own coffee or tea sets. Full patterns and color samples included.

Transfer Printing on Fabrics with Computer
An extensive article explaining the current state of transfer printing papers, technology and more. Includes gallery links.

Signature - Memory Quilts History, blocks to use, tips on making, many images to visit on the Web. The classic gift quilt for all occasions.

Five Free Signature Quilt Blocks Five free blocks with layouts and printable blank block for making memory quilts.

Binding A Quilt How to do straight cut, bias and other binding techniques for that perfect edge.

Log Cabin Quilts Blocks, Quilts and links to images of these classic favorite quilts.

Log Cabin Heart Quilt
Make a heart quilt by careful placement of log cabin strips and blocks.

Half Square Triangle Units Important building blocks for quilt blocks are easy, fast to make with innovative techniques. 8 Block Designs, Quilt tops and many links.

The Four Patch Block
A sample 4 patch block and 14 variations which can be made from it, + links to Web sites for more 4 patch info and designs.

Paper Foundation Piecing - Part One There is much information plus samples online for PFP. Basic techniques, how-to and free quilt blocks for learning (& quick projects for experienced piecers).

Paper Foundation Piecing - Part Two Continuation of last week's feature with ideas on how to combine and use PFP to create more complicated free quilt blocks with great accuracy and ease.

Quillows What they are, how to make them, patterns for quillows and images on the Web for inspiration.

Lone Star Quilts The Lakota call these Star Quilts - read about history, meaning and techniques to make these classic quilts.

Double Wedding Ring
A much loved quilt pattern, sources & ways to construct.

Starch & Sizing Use for Quilting 21 Quilters share tips and techniques for improving your piecing, cutting and applique by using good, old-fashioned starch.

Using Flannel in Quilting
Tips and ideas from quilters for handling and sewing with flannel.

Pre-wash or Not Pre-wash
An edited Forum Discussion

Frugal Quilting
Recycling old clothes, techniques for frugal quiltmaking.

Discharge Techniques Using bleach and discharge agents to create fabric by removing color. Tips, examples and books. 

Mystery Quilt #1 - Begin the Four Star Square Our own mystery quilt here. This is a fun and easy 40 x 40" wall quilt - give it a try. All parts now here.

Mystery Quilt #2 - 9 Patch, Over-Under Part 1
An easy free quilt pattern - a full size queen or a smaller wall size. All 9 parts are here.

Mystery Quilt #3 Fast & Easy Fat Quarter Free Mystery Quilt all parts here - wall size or queen bed size.

Mystery Quilt #4 - Piecemaker's Guild by Penny Pennington - this quilt is now complete in 6 parts.

Flowers on Quilts, Floral Quilt Blocks Wide range of floral ideas & patterns for paper piecing, applique and more.

Dyeing Cotton Applying color to cotton is a big topic -  Different dyes, techniques, difference between dye and pigment - plus links for learning more.

Watercolor - Impressionist - Colourwash Quilt Designs These beautiful quilts are made with techniques of Impressionist paintings. This article has links, images, how-to and book information.


Projects

Penny's Gift Coasters  Easy to make free holiday or hostess gift coasters, by Penny Pennington - fast and great way to use scraps from your stash.


Applique

Snowflakes to Appliqué - 18 different designs to print out and use.

Stained Glass Quilts - links to free patterns and how-to information.

Appliqué, Web Tips  This is part 2 of last week's article on Baltimore Album Quilts and points out many sites with information on all aspects of appliqué techniques.

Baltimore Album Quilts, elegant appliqué   About the history, both past and present of these amazing and extremely valuable quilts.


Quilt Miscellany

Quilters Copyright FAQ - Questions, links and answers about copyright on the Web for quilters and quilt designs. 

Quilt Jigsaw Puzzles - Java jigsaw puzzles to work using quilt images - many levels of difficult make this fun for all.

Quilt Word Fun - quilt word mazes to puzzle you. And more mazes here.

Dolls & Doll Making  Dolls in traditional or fantastic images, as personal imagery, healing aids, toys, and more. See great doll sites, patterns, how-to images.

Applique Projects

Flowers on Quilts
a simple flower pattern to appliqué on borders or scatter on a quilt. Free templates are included.

Rotary Retro Dial Phone
A pattern for a phone to appliqué.

Circus Block Series - appliqué blocks to use to make a fun, colorful children's quilt. A circus tent, a clown, a zebra, more coming.

Four Seasons Blocks - four 18" appliqué blocks, one for each season. Use as wall hangings or set into a quilt.

Shoe Series - many of these shoe blocks are appliqué blocks. Sports shoes, children's shoes, more.

Daffodil Block
A simple to appliqué floral block

Camera Applique Block
Need a block for a photography lover? Here's a colorful camera to applique.

Azalea Flower Block to Appliqué - A free appliqué block for making a blooming azalea flower. All templates are included.


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Opinions & Tips
 from Quilters

Favorite Unconventional Quilting Tools
You'll get some great ideas for new tools and save some money on many.

Can you make a Sewing Table ? - tips from the Quilting Forum on making your own.

82 Quilting Commandments
The quilters on the Quilting Forum have put together a list which is both fun and slightly serious - enjoyable reading!

Quilters' Magazine Opinions - Quilting Forum members sound off about their favorite (and not so fav) quilting magazines. 

Tips on Using Flannel in Quilts - Quilting Forum members give tips and advice on using flannel for making quilts.

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Equipment & Materials

Airbrush for Dramatic Effects Jessica Schick takes quilters through an explanation of types & how to use an airbrush for spectacular surface design effects.

Inspiration for the New Millennium About the Machine Quilters Showcase (MQS) 1999 for longarm quilting machines and quilt photos.

Quilt Fabric Converters & Whlslrs - Commercial Listings  Links to the major suppliers to quilt shops. See new fabrics and learn more about printing and designing fabric.

Long Arm Quilting Machines  The "giants" of the machine quilting world - see the variety available and read about them on the Web.

Quilt Batting  How to choose, types, links to online files, cotton, poly, blends, needlepunched, wool and more.

Cotton, King Cotton (or Queen Cotton) Lots of facts and information about the wonderful fiber that is cotton, clip art included for your use.

Featherweight Sewing Machines A collectible that sews like a dream and is the most talked about sewing machines on the Net. Many links to feed your FW "habit".

Quilting Frame and Hoops  These are essential tools for quilters - here are links to kits, manufacturers and comments from users.

Sewing Machines  Excellent sewing machines for quilting are available and quilters are passionate about their favorites. Machine links included for the Web.

Thread - Many Choices  Quilters use many types of threads, mostly cotton for piecing and quilting, but when it comes to embellishment it's "anything goes"! 

Thimbles: history, use, collecting Thimbles - in all their variety. Whether you love them for quilting, for sewing or as a collector's item, learn about thimbles and where to find them online.


Planning Quilts

What Size Quilt to Make? - How to figure out what size quilt to make. Sizes of mattresses and sample quilts included.

Quilting with Children - tips, ideas for parents & teachers - stories, math, geography, history or just for fun - teaching kids or teens to quilt can teach us all!


History & Ethnic

African-American Quilts & Quilters  Past and present, African-American quilters make innovations and improvisations in their extraordinary quilts. Lots of Web links to explore.

Lone Star Quilts - Historical and Traditional
Important quilts to the Lakota people.

Online Appraisals? Learn the Facts - Should you use online, digital appraisals? - not for insurance or actual evaluation we believe.

Antique Quilt Pattern History  Quilters are fascinated by antique quilts & blocks. Whether a collector, historian, social anthropologist or quilter - you'll find Web resources here.

Amish Quilts  Information, links to quilts, images of Amish quilts, historical and even some travel tips for a visit to Amish Country.

Molas - technique, history & the Cuna Indian women of the San Blas Islands who continue their mola tradition and quilters are inspired by the ideas.



Gallery, Themes & People

Overview of International Quilt Festival 2001 in Houston - Links to all the Award and Ribbon winning quilt photos and descriptions.

Houston 2000 Intro & Index - A spotlight on coverage of Houston 2000 Quilt Festival with an Index which will grow with links to many of the events and quilt shows within this marvelous quilt world for a few days.

14 Sunbonnet Sue Quilts - Photos with details of Sunbonnet Sue quilts that were shown in Houston. Some antiques and some are new looks at Sue, "Wake Up Little Suzie" quilt.

America Collects Quilts: 25 Yrs of the Esprit Collection - This collection of 14 antique quilts was photographed at the Houston Quilt Festival. Photos include full view and detail close-ups.

Fireworks Over Houston - Small Quilt Study - Lots of photos of mini quilts sent in by quilters from all over the USA and abroad.

Ribbon Winners in All Categories - Quilts, wearables, dolls and applique - the winners in Houston in detailed photos.

Houston 99 - International Quilt Festival - Pictures and story of this grander than ever show start here.

Claudia Comay's Layered Quilts - An interview and 6 page Gallery of Claudia's art quilts.

Don Mettler, Quilt Artist - An interview with and sampling of the quilts from this creative Michigan quilt artist.

Houston 1998 - Quilt Festival  A Gallery of images photographed by Susan Druding at the Houston International Quilt Festival in Nov. 1998.

Michele Duell, Art Quilter  Interview with Michele plus images of her Steel: Forms: Home series.

Crazy Quilts -past & present  Crazy Quilts were a big with Victorians and a revival is underway. Quilters make CQ's by hand and with computerized sewing machines.

Holiday Quilts & Gift Ideas for Quilters   Links to sites on the Web for gift making for Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa.

Quilters & Quilting in Japan  Web sites of Japanese quilters, find a world of quilting online not in English search engines. 2 great Japanese magazines are reviewed.

Quilting Cats and Dogs (and other Critters)
Quilters love to put their pets and other animals on their quilts. Here are lots of samples of ways to put critters in your projects.

Quilts with Hearts & Hearts on Quilts
Quilters have put hearts on quilts for many years. For heart-inspired quilts, here are free patterns (including paper foundation pieced), ideas, images, and heart clip art.

Mystery Quilts - many projects on the Web   Making a Mystery Quilt can be fun -  the mystery is that you don't know what your quilt will be until the last set of instructions - a great collection of sites.

Art Quilts - Contemporary Quilts  Thinking of expanding your quilting horizons from traditional quilts into art quilts? Tips and ideas as well as Galleries to visit.

The Peace Quilt from South Africa  Photos and information about the multi-paneled Peace Quilt, plus links to other peace quilt projects.

 

Susan Druding  to reach me by email: quilting -at- equilters.com (replace -at- with @ )
 

These articles and patterns are written by Susan Druding.