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Pittsburgh Quilting Resources

Updated on August 14, 2016
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Glimmer has been quilting for 25 years and writing about quilting for almost 5 years. She has won a number of awards for her work.

A traditional quilt.
A traditional quilt. | Source

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

Quilt Shops

There are plenty of quilt shops in and around Pittsburgh, PA. Here are just some of the stores in area.

For even more shops around the area, check out Quiltpittsburgh.org.

show route and directions
A marker3940 Middle Rd., Allison Park, PA -
3940 Middle Rd, Hampton Township, PA 15116, USA
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The Quilt Company

B marker4160 Library Rd., Castle Shannon, PA -
4160 Library Rd, Castle Shannon, PA 15234, USA
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Quilters Depot

C marker110 West McMurray Rd., McMurray, PA -
110 W McMurray Rd, Canonsburg, PA 15317, USA
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Sew Much Fun!

D marker20215 Route 19, Suite 106, Cranberry Township, PA -
20215 Rte 19 #106, CRANBERRY TWP, PA 16066, USA
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Amy Baughman's Sewing and Quilting Centers

E marker2644 Mosside Blvd, Monroeville, PA -
2644 Mosside Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146, USA
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Creative Stiches Cafe

F marker2124 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA -
2124 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
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LOOM

G marker3458 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA -
3458 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, USA
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Piecing It Together

My quilt displayed in a local quilt guild show.
My quilt displayed in a local quilt guild show. | Source

Quilt Guilds

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.

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.

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.

Happy Quilting!

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    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful article on quilts! I love to buy them rather than make them, but the information you have given here is wonderful. This is a quilters paradise. Thanks for an interesing and informative article. Voted up and shared!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Great article on finding supplies for quilts. I have never actually made a quilt, but for those that do this was so very informative and such a wonderful resource that I have voted and shared too :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love quilts and my mom was a quilter, wish I had picked it up!

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Interesting hub. Makes me wish I lived near Pittsburgh. :) Voted up & more.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Just stopped by in memory of my mom. I' glad I did. Thank you.

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      bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the timely quilting Hub. I am thinking about having a t-shirt quilt made for my wife as a gift. Any of the quilt shops or guilds make quilts for others? Do you have any idea what someone would charge to make a t-shirt quilt? Thanks for the info. Great Hub.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      A great resource! PA really is a wonderful place to find fantastic quilts. I bought one years ago in Sugar Creek and use it as art! Enjoyed your hub immensely. --Jill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks suzettenaples! I appreciate the comments. You should try to make one some day.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Janine - Thanks so much for your comments and share! Quilting really is a fun hobby.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for the visit Jackie. It's never too late to learn something new and quilting is a great creative outlet.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Christine - Thanks so much for the comments! If you are ever in the area you'll have plenty of quilt places to visit!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      mhatter - So glad you stopped by and such a nice reason to. Always nice to "see" you. Thanks.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      bankscottage - Thanks for commenting. I would contact the quilt shops and they may have a list of professionals that do tshirt quilts. They could give you better info about pricing and quilters. Good Luck!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Jill - PA definitely has great quilts and quilters! Thanks for the comments.

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      ESPeck1919 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      This is a great hub! I had no idea quilting had such a broad social community.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks ESPeck! You'd be amazed how many quilters are out there. I'm always fascinated by the different hobby communities out there. I appreciate the comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Another great hub post on quilting. I would love to have one right now as it is a bit chilly here.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks teaches! I would too. It got really cold here overnight and the leaves are falling! I appreciate the comments.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Neither Bev nor I quilt, but I have always been fascinated by them, and I love the story behind each quilt. Thank you for a little education. I have been looking for a good one at garage sales but so far no luck.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for the visit Bill! You never know where you can find old quilts. Unfortunately these days people know the value of them and they sell them for huge prices.

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      Marci Barnes 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Just brought back an "antique" from my in-law's house in Georgia. We wanted to get it professionally repaired and now I have some sources to check out! Thanks for the great info!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments hadashot. I hope the resources help!

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