Sunday, February 17, 2013

An Online Quilt Museum

This a screen shot of the explorer page at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum (IQSCM) website.  These are a few of the quilts that you can view there.  If you click and hold your mouse on the mosaic, you can move it to see more quilts below and to either side.  Many more!  

You can click on any quilt and learn more about it.  You will be offered the option to add it to your collection or view the record.  I don't have an account so I asked to view the record.

The whole quilt pops up on the screen with information about it to the side.  You can see below the image that there are "-" and "+" buttons.  They will make the quilt larger (or smaller after you've made it larger) so that you can see details.  

It takes a moment to focus when you enlarge it to its maximum size but, oh, the details you can see!  Not every stitch but in some quilts you can see the lines of quilting.  In other quilts the fabrics are clear enough to see well.  Sometimes it's not so easy to see details.  (Remember that the images in this post are just screenshots and they're not as clear as the real images.)

The website offers other options, too.  Enjoy Making a Quilt where you can choose a pattern, alter it, then choose print fabrics from different time periods plus solids; choose your layout; choose your border; and experiment with several quilting options.  (Maybe it's like Electronic Quilter?)  Something very fun:  you can choose to have your quilt added to their Quiltmaker Gallery and also view virtual quilts created by others.  I can see this as a potentially helpful tool for future quilts when imagining color combinations or layouts.

Go play when you have a little time.

Happy quilting!


  1. I need to check this out when I have time. Sounds like I could waste many hours browsing. :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is a GREAT link! Thanks for sharing it. I could get lost on that site for hours.


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