There is nothing quite like the feeling of making something yourself, and quilting offers the ability to make incredible and useful projects for the home and for gifts. Some even make a living at designing and crafting them! Whether you do quilting for fun, for relaxation or for profit, you’ll find these ten websites to be great resources for ideas, tips, materials and even socialization with other quilters. They are listed in order of their Alexa traffic count rating.
Global Alexa Rating: 101,664
Quilting Board is the quilter’s message board. It is the way to connect with other quilters and pick up more information about this craft than you could ever imagine. The homepage lists the forum sections which include such things as tutorials, blocks of the month and week, member swaps and events. You can use the Resource tab to get to popular forum topics as well. Here you will also find great articles, the Daily Digest and eBooks (fee to download) that have been compiled by expert community members.
Global Alexa Rating: 14,029
The Fat Quarter Shop is a great resource for fabric, books, kits, patterns and more but is also a fun place to read blogs and check out their free quilt patterns. You can shop by collection, fabric designer, theme, color or use the search function. They also have a newsletter that you can sign up for or read past issues on the website. They have a number of clubs you can join to get a supply coming in every month.
Global Alexa Rating: 159,566
You will find this a nice source for quilt patterns, bags, pillows, gifts, holiday quilts, how to quilt articles, videos, shopping and magazines. The how-to-quilt section includes basics, cutting, piecing, applique, machine quilting, hand quilting, embellishing, organization and finishing. There are also tons of videos as a complete guide to quilting. A great resource for lots of free patterns as well.
Global Alexa Rating: 171,539
Keepsake Quilting has been a trusted resource for quilters for over 25 years with a full guarantee on all their products. They offer exclusive kits and products as well as contests and challenges to keep it fun. The site is categorized into fabrics, kits, books, tools and notions, patterns, bali batiks and the bargain bin. Although they don’t offer free patterns, they do have a few free quilting tutorial videos posted from their sister magazine brands. They are very well known for their quilt kits which make a great choice for those just getting started with quilting or don’t want to be bothered with hunting down the perfect fabric for a project.
Global Alexa Rating: 285,220
This site offers quilters worldwide the opportunity to watch a fully produced web “TV” show that features great instruction. The show is shot in front of a live audience making it lots of fun. There are four free shows on the site and the ability to purchase others. There are many tutorial resources on the site, although a number of them require purchase of a membership which is currently $42.95 per year. The Daily Blog is a nice feature on this site. They also have a forum for connecting with other quilters.
Global Alexa Rating: 477,843
McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts are trusted magazines popular with quilters and their website is just as popular. You will find a free eBook on the site entitled, “One Quilt Block Wonders.” Signing up for their free newsletter gives you access to a number of free items. The site includes bonuses, blocks & patterns, lessons, videos, blogs and a community feature. Of course, you can also subscribe to the magazines and access the digital versions once you subscribe. You can also purchase past issues.
Global Alexa Rating: 563,775
This is an extremely fun place for quilters to meet up and have fun. Join and become part of the directory. You can get involved in swaps, quilt-alongs and other fun events. There are blog posts and tutorials as well. The quilt shop locator is a great tool for locating both regular brick-and-mortar stores and online quilting retailers, as well as other quilting professionals. The quilt-along is done through Craftsy.
Global Alexa Rating: 624,528
The quilt blocks galore section of the Quilters Cache is loaded with patterns (Find it listed in the drop down entitled “Where do you want to go today?”). You can browse patterns by name, by block size or simply click on the picture to get to its directions. It is not the easiest site to navigate, but it makes up for that in the number of patterns available and how unique many of them are. Other parts of the website are also helpful including links to a number of sources for free online patterns.
Global Alexa Rating: 650,578
This is another site operated by a magazine company. As such you can subscribe to print or digital issues and view the current issue. They offer free eBooks to their members. You become a member by signing up for a free account. There are some free quilt patterns that can be downloaded as a PDF. Videos, blogs and a community section round off a pretty useful site that most quilters will find useful.
Global Alexa Rating: 1,792,033
At first glance you might think this isn’t much of a website, and that may be why it isn’t showing a high traffic count. However, if you don’t spend a little time checking it out, you will have missed out on a truly useful site. You must absolutely go down the right hand side of the page and get to the free scrap quilt patterns. There are some incredible options there with tons of pictures for guiding you through crafting the quilt. Each one has a link for obtaining the pattern in PDF format. Bonnie is an incredibly friendly person with a desire to bring passion to the world of quilting. She even has a live quilt-cam in her studio! Each recording is saved in archives as well.
Whether you are a seasoned quilter or just starting out, you will find so much help within these websites. The only tough part will be deciding on your next project! It is said that every quilt tells a story, so what story will your next quilt tell?