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From the basics to the individual patterns, how-to guides on quilting abound! Why not try one of these titles for instruction and inspiration?

Selected Books

Clayton, Marie
Ultimate Quilting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-By-Step Techniques
q TT835.C59428 2009x
A reference for quilters.
Doughty, Kathy and Sarah Fielke
Material Obsession: Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots
TT835.D695 2009x
Doughty and Fielke, owners of the popular quilting shop Material Obsession in Sydney, Australia, bring an unconventional spirit to a traditional craft. Here, they present 23 vibrant quilt patterns that appear fresh and modern, but are often based on traditional designs.
Doughty, Kathy and Sarah Fielke
Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots
Australians Doughty and Fielke present more than 20 new quilts done in their trademark style: a melding of fresh, modern fabrics with traditional designs.
Hatton, Marianne L.
Simply Dynamic Sampler Quilts
A time-honored way to learn how to quilt is to make a sampler quilt where each block or part of the quilt displays a technique every quilter should master. From the American Quilter's Society.
Laquidara, Judy
Weekend Quilts
q TT835.L3543 2010
This book for time-challenged quilters showcases 16 quilts that are lap size or bigger and take between six to 18 hours to finish. Each step takes about one hour to complete.
Marston, Gwen
Liberated Quiltmaking II
Marston has updated her 1996 Liberated Quiltmaking which provides a way of working without using templates or set patterns, allowing for more creativity on the part of the quilter.
Mostek, Pamela and Susan Nelsen
SuperStrata Quilts: celebrating the colors of Bali
TT835.M6993 2010
Using the authors' simple strip-set technique, learn how to make colorful one-of-a-kind, contemporary quilts featuring straight, curved, slanted, and diagonally cut SuperStrata.
Seven Sisters: New Quilts from an Old Favorite
q NK9112.S87 2010x
Each year the American Quilter's Society collects patterns from the winners and finalists of The National Quilt Museum's "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" annual contest.
Smith, Lura Schwarz and Kerby C.
Secrets of Digital Quilting --From Camera to Quilt : 8 Projects, 25 Techniques: Embellish with Paints, Inks and More
q TT851.S63 2010
Next step in photo quilting--use a digital camera to create fabulous, one-of-a-kind printed fabric. Learn how to make a memory quilt with old photos. What a way to get your husband involved!
Sunflower: New Quilts from an Old Favorite
q NK9112.S87 2010x
The American Quilter's Society has collected patterns from the winners and finalists of The National Quilt Museum's "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" annual contest.


Patchwork Quilts Made Easy (VHS)
Learn how to make a four block sampler quilt. Includes information about quilting tools, a detailed supply list, and cutting instructions for the sampler quilt. You can also borrow the book of the same title.
A simple quilt (DVD)
(DVD) TT835.S5487 2004x
A step-by-step demonstration of how to make a simple lap quilt.
Hawaiian Quilting (DVD)
(DVD) TT779.H393 2003x
An expert quilter shows how to make a Hawaiian quilt using needleturn appliqué techniques. Includes all the necessary information on materials, tools, and supplies

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Web Sites

  • Alliance For American Quilts
    Alliance for American Quilts is a nonprofit whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers.
  • American Quilter's Society
    The American Quilter's Society publishes many quilting books for all levels as well as American Quilter Magazine, which comes with membership. It also hosts shows and workshops and works with the National Quilt Museum.
    An online store featuring over 22,000 Fabrics in stock. You can find a fabric you like and then click the color to find similar colors.
  • McCall's Quilting
    The website for this McCall's print publication includes free patterns and quiltmaking lessons.
  • National Quilt Museum
    Next time you are in Paducah, Kentucky, stop by and see the 150 quilts that are on display. The American Quilter's Society is also in Paducah.
  • Planet Patchwork
    Includes a collection of quilting websites.
  • The Quilt Index
    The Quilt Index is an online research and reference tool designed to provide access to information and images of quilts held in private and public collections. It was conceived and developed by The Alliance for American Quilts in partnership with Michigan State University and inventories collections from multiple contributors.
  • Quilt University
    This is an international site that offers online quilting classes. Their Library includes a glossary of quilting terms.
  • Quilter Magazine
    Their website includes links to quilting stores, online stores, organizations and guilds.
  • Quilters Club of America
    An affinity quilting club bringing quilters together in an online forum to share, learn and create.
  • Quilters Newsletter
    This site for the print magazine also features blogs.

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Pittsburgh Region

  • Nia Quilt Guild
    The Nia Quilt Guild is a multi-generational program of the Young Men and Women's African Heritage Association that infuses cultural arts and group interaction with traditional heritage quilting.
  • North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild
    The Guild consists of about 100 members and sponsors workshops and lectures and holds a biennial quilt show.
  • Three Rivers Quilters
    Dedicated to sharing information and developing skills in quilting and textile arts, and to encouraging interest in these arts throughout the community.
  • Western Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation Project
    The project is documenting quilts that currently reside in ten counties in the southwestern corner of the state: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.