Resources

Sharing some resources I find helpful!

Quilt Care:

Wanted to provide my friends and family with a quilt care reminder. I always machine wash my quilts upon completion before gifting, but in case it needs another wash, here’s the info –

Machine wash cold on gentle cycle, Tumble dry on low heat. If still damp, lay out flat to finish drying.

All of my quilts are machine sewn so machine laundering is fine. For more delicate quilts, read this post by Mary Marlowe Leverette for tips on hand washing and drying.

How often should you wash your quilt? Once a year! Really, unless it’s a baby quilt, you can clean when needed. Households with pets may need an additional cleaning as well, try quarterly.

Inspiration:

Design Seeds — Find the right color combination for your next project! There is inspiration all around us.

Moda Fabrics Palette Builder – Take a picture of anything (art, vase, fabric, etc) and upload to Moda’s Palette Builder for a list of matching colors. Also lists matching Bella Solids and matching Aurifil thread!

Pinterest – So many free patterns, DIY tutorials, and inspiration. Check out My Boards!

Instagram – Be inspired by other quilters and crafters! Follow me @petalsandpins

Quilting How-To:

Quilting Terminology — also includes a free Craftsy course for quilting basics!

Binding Tutorial — this is the method I use on my quilts.

Guide to Specialty Cuts – from the Fat Quarter Shop. Learn about mini charms, charms, jelly rolls, layer cakes, and the various bundles of fabrics that are out there.

Quilting Calculations:

Calculator — from Quilter’s Paradise. I use this regularly for binding and backing calculations.

How Many Squares in a Fat Quarter? – from Bonnie Hunter

Fabric Shopping:

My favorite online fabric shops: Hawthorne Threads — coordinating threads and solids are featured with every collection. Fabric Worm is another great online shop for modern fabrics and Japanese imports. The Fat Quarter Shop has all types of fabric bundles for your next project!

Favorite local shops include Quilt Asylum, Stitched with Love, Urban Spools, Stitchin’ Heaven, and Jo-Ann

Superior Threads — my favorite thread manufacturer. I have some varieties of their Polyester, Cotton, and Glow-in-the-Dark threads.

Gardening:

The Old Farmers Almanac: Plants by Hardiness Zone 8

Great plant details, even though it’s not in my zone, Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder

Texas Gardening with Aggie Horticulture

Bonnie Plants – Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers. A guide on growing, harvesting, and uses from each plant profile.

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