Pittsburgh Quilting Resources
Quilting has a long tradition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and its surrounding areas. Traditionally, making quilts was a way to save money and make do with what the family had. Over the years, quilts have become more than just blankets to keep warm. They've become works of art that people pay money to go see. Quilting has become a hobby with many people around the Pittsburgh region and the country. Quilt shops with row after row of beautiful fabrics are found throughout the city and suburbs. With the internet, Pittsburgh quilting resources have grown even more. Just one click of a mouse and a quilter can find out when the next quilt exhibit will be or where the nearest quilt shop is.
Broken down by the categories listed below, this article links you to some of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's finest quilting resources.
- Quilt Shops
- Quilt Guilds
- Additional Online Resources
- Notable Quilt Facts Regarding Pittsburgh
There are plenty of quilt shops in and around Pittsburgh, PA. Here are just some of the stores in area.
- The Quilt Company
- Quilters Depot
- Sew Much Fun!
- Amy Baughman's Sewing and Quilting Center
- Creative Stitches Cafe
- Piecing It Together
For even more shops around the area, check out Quiltpittsburgh.org.
The Quilt Company
Sew Much Fun!
Amy Baughman's Sewing and Quilting Centers
Creative Stiches Cafe
Piecing It Together
If you enjoy sharing your love of quilting with other people, then quilt guilds are perfect for you. Pittsburgh offers a number of quilt guilds.
- Three Rivers Quilters - Every year this large quilt guild puts on a grand quilt show in the south side of Pittsburgh. Throughout the year it offers classes and workshops. The guild also works on various service projects and community outreach.
- North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild
- Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild
- Tri-County Quilters
- Martha Washington Quilters Guild
There are many more quilt guilds in and around Pittsburgh, but they don't have websites. An easy way to find some of these smaller guilds is through local quilt shops or quilting friends. Quiltpittsburgh.org also provides a complete list of guilds throughout the area.
Additional Online Resources
In addition to all of the links provided, you can find out more about Pittsburgh quilting by visiting these online sites. These websites can help you find the latests shows, exhibits and other up-to-date information.
- QuiltPittsburgh.org - This website is full of information for Pittsburgh quilters, providing contact information about quilt shops and guilds within a 150 mile radius around the city. It also has current information about upcoming events. Its Facebook page keeps all Pittsburgh quilters well-informed.
- Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Blog
- Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc.
Notable Quilt Facts Regarding Pittsburgh
Did you know...
- The Pittsburgh Friendship Quilt - is a quilt project started in 1987. The object of the project was to see how many squares could make up one quilt. Thousands of 2.25" signed quilt squares were used to make this quilt. Among the signatures obtained are those from the children's television star, Mr. Rogers, who was from Pittsburgh, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and Ladybird Johnson. After it was initially displayed it was "lost" until 2007 when it was rediscovered and displayed at Pittsburgh's Heinz History Center.
- The Heinz History Center holds an annual quilters weekend with displays and workshops.
- The Martha Washington Quilters Guild has done a series of quilts which, displayed together, depict scenes along the historic Route 40. These quilts have been displayed at local and national quilt shows and the series is entitled A Road Runs Through Here.
- Karen Montgomery - is a nationally recognized quilter and fabric designer. She owns and operates The Quilt Company which is about 10 miles north of Pittsburgh.
- Although no longer in the area, Eleanor Burns of Quilt in a Day fame, is originally from a town just north of Pittsburgh, PA.
- There are many Amish communities near Pittsburgh that are filled with rich quilting traditions. Many Amish residents run small quilt shops on their farms and sell their quilts at various festivals and local stores throughout the area.
Quilting In and Around Pittsburgh
Whether you are new to the area, were born here, or are just coming by for a quick visit, Pittsburgh is a great place for quilters. Visit one of our quilt shops or check out a big show when you have a chance. You'll have a great time.
© 2012 Claudia Mitchell