Here are my favorite books, websites and shops to recommend… please support your local fabric shops and bookstores!


Quilting techniques
Denyse Schmidt Quilts, by Denyse Schmidt (Chronicle, 2005)
I Love Patchwork, by Rashida Coleman-Jones (Interweave, 2009)
Log Cabin ABCs, by Marti Michell (Marti Michell, 2008)
Log Cabin Quilts Unlimited, by Maggi McCormick and Patricia Cox (Creative Publishing International, 2004)
Material Obsession, by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke (STC Craft, 2009)
The Modern Quilt Workshop, by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr (Quarry Books, 2005)
Patchwork Style, by Suzuko Koseki (Trumpeter, 2009)
The Practical Guide to Patchwork, by Elizabeth Hartman (C&T, 2010)
The Quilter’s Ultimate Visual Guide, by Ellen Pahl (Rodale Press, 1997)
Quilting for Peace, Katherine Bell (STC Craft, 2009)

Quilting history and culture
American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940, by Marin Hanson and Patricia Cox Crews (University of Nebraska Press, 2009)
The Pieced Quilt: An American Tradition, by Jonathan Holstein (New York Graphic Society, 1973)
Abstract Design in American Quilts: A Biography of an Exhibition, by Jonathan Holstein (Kentucky Quilt Project, 2001)
America’s Quilts and Coverlets, by Carleton L. Safford and Robert Bishop (Bonanza Books, 1985)
Quilts of the Oregon Trail, by Mary Bywater Cross (Schiffer Publishing, 2007)
Ho for California! Pioneer Women and Their Quilts, by Jean Ray Laury (Dutton, 1990)
Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt, by Paul Arnett et al (Tinwood Books, 2006)
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend: Masterpieces from a Lost Place by John Beardsley and others (Tinwood Books in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2002)

Embellishments and Extras
Bend the Rules with Fabric, by Amy Karol
Stitched in Time and Embroidery Companion, by Alicia Paulson (Potter Craft, 2008 and 2010)
Sublime Stitching and Embroidered Effects, by Jenny Hart (Chronicle Books, 2006 and 2009)
Button It Up, by Susan Beal (Taunton, 2009)
Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric, by Malka Dubrawsky (Lark Books, 2009)
Crochet Adorned, by Linda Permann (Potter Craft, 2009)

General Resources

True Up
True Up covers all things fabric, sewing and quilting, including weekly US and international sale announcements.

Fabric Shoppers Unite
Shop local! Find your closest independent quilting and fabric shops using their handy geographic search tools.

The Modern Quilt Guild
A lively and fantastic guild for modern quilters, with US and international chapters – find and join your local guild or start a new one for your area.

Portland Modern Quilt Guild
I’m a member of our wonderful local guild! Meetings are the third Thursday of the month, from 7-9 pm, at PNCA. Check the blog for more details!


Bolt Fabric Boutique
2136 NE Alberta St.
Portland, Oregon 97211
A very modern collection of vivid prints, imported fabrics, and other ultra-tempting fabric, patterns and notions.

Cool Cottons
2417 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97214
My neighborhood fabric shop – beautifully organized by color. Every direction you turn brings more inspiration.
Many Etsy shops carry remarkable new, vintage, and imported fabric and notions. Search by what you’re looking for and bookmark your favorite shops.

Exclusive Buttons
10252 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 524-5606
You have to see this amazing shop — filled with vintage buttons from floor to ceiling, all sweetly organized — to believe it. I’ve found some of my favorite treasures here.

Fresh, modern quilting cottons and Japanese fabrics.

Fat Quarter Shop
A huge shop specializing in yes, fat quarters, along with other specialty cuts.

Pendleton Woolen Mills
8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Portland, OR 97222
(503) 535-5786
Buy from the Pendleton Woolen Mills Store on eBay, or call the store directly. This is a wonderful source for Pendleton yardage and notions – an amazing resource.

Pink Chalk Fabrics
A lovely collection of fabric, kits, notions and more.

Purl Soho
459 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 420-8796
A gorgeously inviting New York City store carrying fabrics, wool felt, notions and many other treasures, with a charming online shop and blog.

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