Resources & Links
Click on the icon for the full listing of books used as references in classes, pre-meeting demonstrations, and other guild projects.
Books Donated to Sussex Library System
Click on the icon for the full listing of books from the guild's library that have been donated to the Sussex County Library System.
These books can be accessed through their website ~ Delaware Libraries
Budget Planning Form
Mare's Bears Quilt Store - Lewes, DE
Serendipity Quilt Shop - Dagsboro, DE
Sticks & Stones Stash Management Quilt - Johanna Barbati's show & tell from the Dec. meeting.
Folded Star Ornament centerpiece prize at the Dec., 2012 luncheon
Community Services Tote Bag
E Reader ~ Tablet Covers
• Tube piecing method
• Strip piecing method
• Teddy Bear Large - upper body
• Teddy Bear Large - lower body
Chicken Pin Cushion
Baby Quilt Instructions
Gurney Quilt Instructions
Heart Pillow - This is the link to the website of the group that originated this project. The web site explains how the heart pillow is used by breast cancer patients. Instructions and the pattern are also available on the site. The guild has been granted permission to share the pattern as long as all pillows made are DONATED as gifts and not sold. The pillows Ocean Waves makes will be donated to Atlantic General Hospital and the Tunnell Center in Lewes.
Wine Glass Coasters
Of Interest to Quilters
Video of Houston Quilt Festival Prize Winners - Bonnie McCaffrey tours the 2013 Houston Show, interviewing prize winning quilters and showing off some of her favorites. Not quite the same as being there but certainly worth viewing to see some incredible work.
The Old Mission Peninsula Quilt Barm Trail Project - The goal of the Old Mission trail is to persuade visitors to leave the Peninsula's main roads and exoplore the less travels rural areas by following and searching out the quilts displayed on barns. This project is modeled after similiar quilt trail projects in Ohio and Missouri. To learn more, click the link above.
Color Exploration -
Option #1 -
I found, in "Southern Living Magazine," a website that will allow you to explore the colors found in an uploaded photo, a scan of fabric or from a website image AND print out the color palette. The service is part of Sherwin-Williams' website and the color palette it prints shows paint chips from their color offerings. While intended as a decorating tool it will allow you to find colors within a focus fabric and take those color samples with you to the quilt store. To save or print your palette you do have to register an account but it is free and you don't receive emails from Sherwin-Williams - but they do offer a coupon for paint if you decide to repaint your studio.
Option #2 -
This website was given as a resource in a Jinny Beyer video on color. It allows you to generate a color palette from a digital image; a photo or a scan of fabric. In addition to showing all the colors contained in the image it provides a chart of the light, medium and dark colors as well. The drawback - it doesn't print out the palette! This tool was developed for web developers, to generate a palette of colors to use in a web site and they only require the color code (a series of numbers and letters), no need to print it out.
How to Fold a Quilt - Ann Fahl offers tips on the best way to fold and store quilts
50 Scrap Projects - What instant gratification? Need a hand crafted gift with short notice? Want to use up your scraps? Looking for ideas of things you could make and donate to the Quilters' Boutique at an upcoming show? Check out this site for links to patterns for 50 scrap and remnant projects.
The Quilt Index - Quoting the site's about page, "The Quilt Index aims to be a central resource that incorporates a wide variety of sources and information on quilts, quiltmakers and quilt making. This will include:..." and then lists six different categories of information found on the site. The description of the categories is somewhat involved but simply put this is a database of quilt information from highly regarded sources. It is best understood if you visit the site and explore its offerings. Those fascinated by the history of quilts will love this site.
Free Quilt Patterns - This site has two offerings of interest. First is has an extensive listing of links to free patterns. My only caution here is that the list is TOO extensive and you have to click a lot of links to find what you are looking for and unfortunately I did encounter a number of broken links. If you were looking for something specific it could take you quite a while to find it, because as we know quilt patterns have multiple names. The second offering - click on "Pattern Playground" boasts over 1 million quilt patterns to use as a design base. AT the "playground" you can play with quilt design much like using EQ software: change block size, change quilt size, explore fabric options and do minor changes to the design through rotating blocks. Once you achieve a design you like you can print it with a color diagram, fabric requirements, cutting directions and assembly instructions.
Gayle Thomas Counterpoint Video - This very clever and imaginative video is a graphic presentation of blocks, morphing into other blocks all set to Celtic music - 6 minutes of pure enjoyment and fascination.
The Art Quilt Gallery NYC / The City Quilter - This is the only commercial gallery in New York City devoted to quilts. The gallery plans to showcase the best quilts from around the world and promote quilts as an art form. A list of upcoming shows is posted on their site.
Twelve by Twelve; The International Art Quilt Challenge - Explore the work of 12 quilters who joined together to create a set of 12 theme challenges and then 12 color challenges. Their journal notes offer insight into the creative process when doing a quilt challenge. Photo galleries allow you to see how diverse their interpretations of the themes and colors were.
Smithsonian American Indian Quilt Gallery - view a portion of quilts from the Smithsonian collection of Native American Art, stitched by women of Northern Plains tribes from the 1940s to the present
Quilting Related Services Links
JoAnn's Discount Card. Membership in the guild qualifies you for a JoAnn Fabric Store discount card. To obtain your card you must have a current guild membership card and then go to JoAnn's website to request your card.
1. Scroll to the bottom of the home page and under customer service select: "Discount Cards" and click "Enroll Now."
2. On the next page, select VIP Discount Card and provide the requested information. Click "Enroll Now" again.
3. You will receive a confirmation at the top of the page. Expect your card in 3 to 4 weeks.
4. Once you receive the card in the mail, present it when you check out along with your guild membership card. The store will initial and activate your card
** This card expires on August 31 of each calendar year, you must reapply for a new card at that time.
Fabric calculator at http://search.quiltshops.com/calculator/calculator.htm.
Fabric finder. This is an innovative fabric search engine that finds fabric and quilting supplies from hundreds of online quilt stores. You can search for products by either typing in words or by uploading a photo from a digital camera. If you use a photo, the search engine uses image recognition technology to find matching fabrics.
Quilt Documentation. Ann Baker Horsey, Curator with the State of Delaware Historical & Cultural Affairs, has been documenting quilts for Delaware for some time. If you are interested in having an old quilt included in this research you can e-mail her by clicking on her name.
American Quilter's Society
International Machine Quilter's Association
National Quilting Association
Another all purpose site has been referred to us by a student. A Guide for Quilting Fanatics has links to many resources including sites on: Quilting History & Museums, Learning to Quilt, Museums & Charity Quilts and Quilting for Kids.
A great general, all purpose site was suggested by a student in California; Samantha. Samantha and her fellow students have been using OWQG's site as a resource in their Home Economics class. Check out www.bedroomfurniturespot.com/bedroom-comforters-guide-to-quilting. The site opens with a brief history of quilting and an overview of the quilt making process. 20 useful links to organizations, tutorials, articles and more resources are part of this site's resources. Thanks, Samantha.
Superior Thread - If there is any question you have about thread, this is the site to visit. Over 100 educational articles, videos and charts to help you choose threads for any type project and machine, needles and figuring out tension.
Quilt Blocks & Design Board - Jinny Beyer offers over 4,050 quilt block patterns (for free) on her site along with a design board to work out your quilt pattern. You can download and print each of the blocks, also found in her book; The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns. Click on "quilter's design board" then "free patterns"
Free Patterns - Connecting Threads has an extensive selection of free patterns to download. There are block patterns, quilt patterns and other sewing projects.
A Little Bit of Everything - Bonnie Hunter's website contains a wealth of information. She offers free patterns, mystery quilts, has a tips & techniques section, recipes and also quilt trip opportunities.
Charities and groups accepting donations of handmade items -
Delaware Quilts - Hosted by Marge Gordon, an Ocean Waves founding member, this site offers block of month projects.
Quilting.About.com - An all purpose site with lots of information: block patterns, quilt patterns, instructions for beginners including answers and links for just about any question you might have on quilting.
Quilt guilds, shows and guild activities - http://www.quiltguilds.com. Guilds throughout the world are listed along with shows, game ideas, program suggestions, and books. Guilds in the United States are listed by state.
Speakers & Instructors