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Beginner Quilting - New Website Offers a Modern Resource for a Timeless Craft


Sacramento, CA, June 13, 2008 – A new site devoted exclusively to the art of quilting is now available on the World Wide Web, according to its creator, Jennifer Walter.

Responding to questions about the need for such a website, Ms. Walter, a teacher of quilting and crocheting, said, “I created because this craft attracts new fans each and every day. Beginners especially need a site where they can learn the basics of quilting, and experts need a clearinghouse for new ideas and designs.”

Quilting has survived as an art form since the Crusades, where the need to be protected not only from the elements, but from the chafing associated with wearing heavy armor, fostered the invention of the layered quilt. In Colonial times, American women devoted a great deal of their labor to spinning, weaving and making clothing, and in many parts of the world quilting actually became a cottage industry.

“Quilting is part of our history,” advises Ms. Walter, “we have learned a great deal about everyday life in Colonial America from the newspapers that early American quilters used as batting.” Batting is the insulating middle layer of a three layer process that forms a quilt. The top piece is the decorative outer layer, and the bottom piece is known as the backing layer. is a site that is chock full of lessons and tips for quilters of all ages and levels of expertise. Everything from fabrics and tools to actual tutorials explaining how to make various kinds of quilts is included at the site, along with basic instructions for the novice.

“My goal was to develop an online, all-purpose resource for quilters. I wanted the novices to feel just as much at home as the experts, and I think I accomplished that,” said Ms. Walter. “I’m particularly proud of our instructions for beginners. Many quilters have elevated this from a simple utilitarian creation to an art form. Quilting provides an excellent vehicle for those artistically inclined.” Indeed, quilts are often hung on walls as decorative pieces, and are frequently given as gifts.

It is hard to guesstimate how many quilters there are in the modern world, but since this craft has been around for so many hundreds of years, and is found throughout all cultures and regions, it is likely that quilters number in the tens of millions.

Jennifer Walter created in 2008 help promote, support and educate the quilting community. A quilting teacher and aficionado, Ms. Walter brings more than 40 years of experience to explaining the intricacies of the craft to beginners and experts alike.


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