BLOGS, BLOGS, BLOGS!

It’s no secret that quilters like to share...their latest quilted creation, quilting tips, tricks, and designs, and their love and enthusiasm for the craft. And with the proliferation of blogs in recent years, the ability to share has only become that much easier.

Chances are if you’re reading this (an e-zine), you’re probably no stranger to online media or even the growing online quilting community. But as the number of quilting and sewing blogs grows exponentially, it can be hard to keep up and keep track.

Admittedly, we regularly read—and subscribe to—somewhere short of a million blogs (okay, slight exaggeration), but we definitely have our favorites. And for this and a few future editions of Friends@Festival, we thought it might be fun to share some of those with our readers. So, if you’d like some online quilting inspiration, but aren’t quite sure where to start, we’re giving you a place!

It might be her brilliant use of color (get it...brilliant?), it might be her charming patchwork designs, it might even be her eye for fantastic fabric designs (or any combination of the above), but we are more than slightly smitten with Aussie quilter Rita Hodge’s blog. Rita’s quilt designs are typically modern, straightforward, and easy-to-construct, but her flair for color selection takes them to a different level. Visit Red Pepper Quilts whether you need inspiration for your next quilt project or just a little pick-me-up!

This blog belonging to popular professional machine quilter Angela Walters is full of helpful bits of information—techniques, designs, and even thread selection tips—and inspiration in the form of gorgeous detail shots of her quilting. Angela may have found her niche in modern quilts, but quilters from both ends of the spectrum (and everything in between) will find no shortage of fantastic ideas for selecting just the right quilting motif for a particular piece, something for which Angela clearly has a knack.

Sherri McConnell has been sewing since age 10, quilting since 1993, and hasn’t stopped since. And her blog is a reflection of what is clearly her genuine—and truly contagious—enthusiasm for the craft. It seems that Sherri—like so many devoted quilters—always has at least a handful of ongoing “works in progress,” and readers get the benefit of seeing many of them from conception to completion. The blog also features great project ideas, tutorials, and the occasional giveaway.

This fabric-centric blog (seriously, it’s “all fabric, all the time”) might very well be our single greatest blog addiction. And whether you’re a quilter whose fabric stash requires its own room in your house or simply someone who appreciates good design, you’ll find plenty to leave you jonesing for a True Up fabric fix.

Fabric expert Kim Kight posts several times a day on various fabric-related topics—industry news, new collection previews, vintage finds, surface design, designer profiles, etc. Plus—some might argue, best of all—Kim posts sale alerts each Friday, just in time to do some weekend fabric shopping!

Great quilts, gorgeous photography, and interesting glimpses into quilter Amy Smart’s family life are what make this blog—which she’s also dubbed “confessions (and obsessions) of a stay-at-home quilter—worth a read. In addition to posts documenting her own works in progress, Amy also regularly shares well-written and easy-to-follow tutorials for quilts and other projects.

The quirky and colorful blog of quilter/sewist/crafter (and friend of Roy G. Biv) Jeni Baker is a go-to for fun project ideas and patterns and modern and contemporary quilt designs, with a little baking, thrifting finds, and photos of Jeni’s precious rabbit George thrown into the mix. Permanent features include a Block-of-the-Month, collection of tutorials, recipes, and something Jeni calls the “Art of Choosing”—a super informative series discussing fabric and color, the latter of which she certainly has a fondness for!

Amid the busy schedule of life as a stay-at-home mom, quilter/sewist/screen-printer and former museum curator Amy Friend finds a few minutes for her creative endeavors “during quiet time” (hence the name of her fun-to-follow blog). In addition to documenting her adventures in quilting (and, often, life as mother of three), Amy hosts giveaways and posts great tutorials for both quilts and fun, smaller projects on a regular basis.

 

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