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The internet is a wonderful source for quilters. Of course, we can google “art quilts” or
“quilt embellishments” -- but finding some of these treasures on the web isn’t easy. Here are a few to investigate (some of which I’m looking forward to exploring more myself).

1. First, general information and inspiration:

quilterscache.com
So much here that I don’t know where to start. The free square patterns are listed by size, perfect for when you need that 12” finished size. Also: learning to quilt lessons including info on binding for example.

freequiltpatterns.info
This was recommended by a friend. I was tempted by the free video tutorial.

2. Next, organizations have websites with lots of information.

quiltguilds.com

Here you can find listings of guilds and shows (international) by location. Also, program suggestions and game ideas for your guild.

americanquilter.com

This society gives lots of benefits with membership and lists past winners of shows and contests. Who knew there were quilt classes online for college credit?

nqaquilts.org

A national quilt association. You can learn about their shows and their member guilds.

3. Historical and museum-related sites: Visit the museum and learn history without leaving home.

quilthistory.com/museums.htm

quiltmuseum.org  (the national museum Paducah, Kentucky)

nequiltmuseum.org  in Lowell, Mass. rotating exhibits

shelburnemuseum.org

quiltandtextilemuseum.com  including Amish quilts, in Lancaster PA

quilter's sos: allianceforamericanquilts.org interviews with quilters (save our stories)

4. Sites associated with magazines

allpeoplequilt.com  for BetterHomes and Gardens lots of info and patterns

craftsy.com more than just quilts, variety of patterns

quiltingdaily.com

or look up your favorite quilting magazine

5. Tips and information on specific patterns, for example

dearjane.com worth looking at if you are not familiar with this historic pattern, including a daily email series of hints

6. Online shop hop  

fabshophop.com   A monthly contest which also helps you explore online shops. Also has a fabric search function. Great prizes, stiff competition.

7. lots of blogs, too many to mention except

timeforquilting.com/quilting_blogs.html    has some suggestions

My friend Marianne, quilter extraordinaire follows the blog of Barbara Brackman, quilt historian, has participated in a secret pal exchange and a block swap through a yahoo group. She looks to blogs for tips on certain patterns or a block of the week suggestion.

So: Which of these have you enjoyed?  or Which sound interesting? Which others have I missed that you would recommend?

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