This article was used by permission from the author in April 2009. I am reprinting it as it is good reference information.
Resources for Learning to Quilt
By Becky Wolsk
Your First Quilt Book by Carol Doak
The Quilter's Ultimate Visual Guide, Ellen Pahl, ed.
Quilter's Complete Guide by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter
and Calendar Kids: Handprint Quilts Through the Year by Marcia L. Layton
If you’re teaching children to sew or quilt:
http://www.quilterscache.com/ Marcia Hohn generously provides free quilt patterns and lots of clear how-tos for beginning quilters.
Quiltcetera’s Basic Quilting Techniques Course, by another community-minded, generous quilter, Bradie Sparrow.
Charity quilting is a great route for beginning quilters to take (hint, hint).
Project Linus distributes handmade blankets, including quilted, knitted, and crocheted blankets, to children nationwide via many state chapters.
You can also peruse Bonnie Hunter’s charity quilting page at http://quiltville.com/charityorg.shtml for other worthwhile ways to spread warmth through quilting.
DC Threads, at www.dcthreads.org, was founded by Laura Lee and Allison Lince-Bentley. Through their outreach (monthly sewing lounges, and Stichin’ For Change), and a great website, participants work on their own projects in a collegial atmosphere, learn to sew, or help others learn to sew. The DC area’s craft scene is flourishing right now, in spite of, or even because of, the bleak economic climate, and DC Threads is a part of this larger scene.
For fabric and supply shopping, if you are in DC, Maryland, or Virginia, please consider supporting these local businesses:
Gary & Susan McLaughlin, owners
15926 Luanne Dr., Gaithersburg, MD
Judy Gula owns a fabulous crafter’s paradise in Alexandria, VA (http://www.artisticartifacts.com). You can sign up for workshops, order products online, and Gula has a link to her blog from the main site.
4750 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22304
8519 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Honfleur Home donates a portion of their proceeds to arts and education. They run classes, and sewing cafes where you can rent time on their sewing machines!