Quilts: Past and Present
Look at quilts throughout history including patterns and design construction. Covers quilts from the United States, Great Britain, Asia, Australia, Latin America, and elsewhere. Includes classroom activity ideas, audio recordings of quilt makers, an online game, and many photos of quilt patterns. Underground Railroad quilts are found on some sites. Includes an eThemes resource on Quilts: Literature Activities.
Learn common vocabulary words about quilting.
The Quilt Index
See images and learn information about quilts. There is a link to historical quilts, a quilt museum, and a quilt exhibit hall.
Stitch a Quilt
Read about quilting in America, how quilts are made, and how quilts preserve memories. See images of historical and contemporary quilts, including one made by students.
PBS: American Quilts
Explore quilts as part of three elements: history, family, and art.
PBS: The Art of Quilting
Explore this online exhibit of contemporary art quilts. Watch video interviews with quilters to learn how they make their quilts.
Patches from the Past: Scraps of Textile, Needlework, and Quilt History
Click on "Needlework around the World" or "The African American Presence" as well as many more topics.
Quilts, Counterpanes and Throws in America
Click on the links to learn more about that time period or type of quilt. Includes crib and Amish quilts.
Quilt History One
Scroll down or click on the link to read about quilts in history. Includes English, Scottish, and slave quilts. NOTE: The site includes ads.
America's Quilting History
An in-depth look at quilting from different periods in American history complete with photos. Includes Amish, Civil War, Friendship, Underground Railroad, and Native American quilts. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Exploring Mathematics Through Quilts
This site gives teachers ideas on how to incorporate math into a quilt unit. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Fifty States Quilt Project
A class worked with other schools to make a quilt representing the 50 states. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Log Cabin Quilt History
Find out when these quilts became popular. Includes many photographs. At the bottom click on "Design Your Own Setting" for a quilt pattern to print out.
Quilts and Quiltmaking in America
This site from the Library of Congress offers photographs of quilts and a search function. Click on "Gallery" for photos, "Sound Recording" for audio of interviews about quilts, and "Subjects" for quilt patterns.
ThinkQuest: Threads of Freedom
This ThinkQuest teaches about the quilts that slaves made with messages in them. "Fun and Games" includes a quiz and wordsearch. "The Hidden Message" and "Learn More" give more information about the history of these quilts.
ThinkQuest: Slave Quilts
Learn about the symbols of freedom used in these quilts and then take a quiz.
Qulit Patch Tool
Create your own quilt patch with this interactive tool.
Making a Quilt
Explore this interactive Flash site to learn about types of quilts, view a timeline of quilt history, make your own virtual quilt, or view quilts in the online gallery.
eThemes Resource: Quilts: Literature Activities
These sites provide information and activity ideas about children's books that reference quilts and quilting, such as "The Keeping Quilt," "The Patchwork Quilt," and many others. Includes interactive games of quilting vocabulary and a link to an eThemes on Quilts: Past and Present.
eThemes Resource: Quilts: Underground Railroad
These sites are about the Underground Railroad and the secret codes it used. Here you can find background information, a glossary of code terms, maps, and interactive features. Students can design their own quilt blocks and learn about African American quilting traditions. Included is an eThemes resource on the Underground Railroad.