"How-To" Videos and Tutorials
Have you seen Debra Gabel's famous "Raw Edge Applique the Easy Way"? This video walks you through her inspiring process.
Designers and More
Dr. Reeze Hanson is a prolific pattern designer: morningglorydesigns.net/. She not only designs gorgeous patterns, she also teaches EQ7. And she's just plain fun to be around.
Cara Gulati is another favorite designer of ours: www.doodlepress.com/. Her creations are reflective of her unique personality! She's also just fun to hang out with.
Margaret Travis is quickly becoming a favorite designer of ours. Her pattern instructions are among the best we've seen, and she comes up with the CUTEST stuff ever -- great little giftie things you can make quickly. Check out her designs at www.EazyPeazyQuilts.com.
Judy Laquidara has written some great books, including "Weekend Quilts" and "60 Pieced Quilt Borders". We love how she breaks down steps into do-able pieces for everyone. She is also a prolific blogger and it's fun to keep up with her life on a Texas farm here: http://www.patchworktimes.com/.
Professional Longarm Quilting
Have your quilt beautifully finished by a professional longarm quilter: hardcandyquilts.com/. Be sure and tell Kathi that Connect The Blocks sent you.
Another favorite long arm quilter of ours is in New Mexico, and she also does spectacular work. Her artistic, hand-guided quilting will bring out the best in the top you've created. Contact Shirley Barter at www.shirleysmachinequilting.com. (And of course tell her we sent you!)
Quilters Retreat Centers
For a beautiful, serene retreat center just north of Houston, Texas: www.quilterscabin.com/. Tell Diane that Connect The Blocks sent you!
Quilt Shops We Love
One of our favorite quilt shops just happens to be in Texas, quite near Quilter's Cabin Retreat: www.quilterscrossingtx.com/ If you're in the area, stop in and tell Deb and Mandy HI! Be sure and bring a hankie or something to wipe up all the drool over their outstanding selections.
If you're ever in Goshen, Ohio - just northeast of Cincinnati -- be sure and stop by The Quilt Cabin. It's small but has a great selection and wonderfully friendly service!