Dec. 99 Summary: Fabric website links for computer quilters to download fabric from the Internet for Electric Quilt 4, Quilt-Pro 2 and 3, QuiltSoft, PCQuilt and Creative Impulse.

Issue 7: December 1999
Editor: Sharla R. Hicks
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Fabric Swatch ready for Gleaning on the Internet

Yes we have a gold mine of fabrics awaiting us on the Internet. I have a long list below of fabric sites.


FYI: Creative Impulse, Electric Quilt 4 and 5, Quilt-Pro 2, 3 and 4, all require that the file format be converted from jpegs and gifs (file extensions) to 256 color bitmap usable before they are usable by the fabric libraries. I have included a tutorial in this issue on how to download fabrics from the Internet and THEN convert them USABLE fabric files for your Quilt Software Libraries. using a wonderful little freeware called IrfanView32--all your problems and using multiple programs will be solved with this great little FREEware.


FYI: QuiltSOFT does not require a fabric file conversions because it accepts most picture formats including gif and jpeg and PCQuilt allows 16 million colors in their bitmaps.


Quilt-Pro and Electric Quilt have provided fabric or fabric access.
  • EQ has Designer fabrics on their CD that can be accessed while running the program. EQ has also listed the fabric manufacturers listed in the EQ Program Help files with URL's (website listings) so that you can go out to the Internet and search for what is new. You can connect directly to the website listed in the help files when you are hooked up to an Internet connection. (See below for help file configuration -- double-click on each book to move to the next level down.)

  • EVERY PROGRAM CAN USE the fabrics found on Quilt-Pro's Website. If you own Quilt-Pro, it also includes files for quilt projects that are Quilt-Pro specific including prebuilt fabric palettes that just need dropped into the program.

    • To find the Fabric Files on the Quilt-Pro site click on Fabrics. Here is a graphic of the fabrics you will find. The manufactures have given Quilt-Pro their latest products -- this is very current.

Here are websites that I have collected that have fabrics. Bonnie Hensley contributed a few of these also.

Hand Dyed Fabric

  • Carol Bryer Fallert produces her own fabric that she sells
  • Clothworks hand dyes, shibori, and oxidized fabrics, all one-of-a-kind by Phil D. Jones
  • Dye Artist offers over 600 colors of premium quality hand dyed fabric for quilting, appliqué, and textile art projects.
  • The Dyers Edge distinctive hand-dyed/painted fabrics and more.
    Fabric Art Shop featuring EDIEBARB Designs and DAQ® Pro-FreeHander® quilting & FME machines Patterns, specialty dyed & painted fabrics & yarns, threads, notions, & tools
  • Fiber Arts at hand dyed soft cottons, geometric and texture cottons and velvets.
  • Hand Dyed Fabric Just For You sells top quality hand dyed fabrics for quilters and other fabric artists. We provide free shipping and love to do custom work.
  • Marble-T-Design your site for unique, marbled fabrics for all your sewing, quilting and wearable projects. Original quilt pattern kits and much more - order unique pieces created just for you and your particular project.
  • Natural Dye Studio has beautiful subtle natural dyed fabrics, each piece a one-off. Perfect for patchwork and appliqué.
  • PM Quilting Company has a online store that features their most popular Hand Dyed One of a Kind Flannels, they are 108" wide and double napped. They also sell cotton fabrics, patterns and batting.
  • Textile Arts site offers hand-dyed cottons and an opportunity to put up your work in their gallery

Fabric Companies that have swatch examples

Stores that carry fabric

  • ABC's of Quilting with Feed Sacks: A treasure-trove of historical quilting information and supplies by the famous feed sack historian and speaker Jane Clark Stapel - The Baglady
  • A Seller of Purple sells original specialty marbled fabrics
  • Aspidistra Sequenced hand-dyed fabrics by Jack used in many award winning
  • A Seller of Purple sells original specialty marbled fabrics
  • Animas Quilting
  • Barkcloth Hawaii
  • Batik Tambal Exquisite Handmade Indonesian Batik Paintings and Textiles for Quilting, Wearable Art and Interior Decorating
  • Bear Paw Quilt Co. Online discount fabric retailer with thousands of name brand fabrics starting as low as $2.99/yd.
  • Big Horn Quilts large selection and includes an interactive Design Wall
  • Dazzling bright and bold quilting cottons, batiks, and black & whites for the creative quilter. Internet only shop.
  • Calico Fabrics large line of fabrics that can be purchased on-line
  • Cotton Patch Quilt Shop We are a quilt shop located in Woodlawn,IL. We carry lots of bright fabrics, books, and notions. Contemporary Fabrics, Brights, Michael Miller Fabrics, Hoffman and ReproductionFabrics.Check them out!
  • Denver Fabrics Fabric for fashion, dancewear, costumes, rug hooking, crafts and home decor. Many silk, wool, and linen designer fabrics. Prices often at or below wholesale fabric pricing. Also sewing notions, trims, books and patterns at discount.
  • Effies Elements An online fabric shop specializing in Reproduction 1930s & 40s quilt fabric, 1880s Civil War Reproduction Fabric, Fat Quarter Groups, Authentic Vintage Fabric, Vintage Quilt Patterns (Applique & Pieced), Embroidered Baby Quilt Patterns, Redwork Patterns, Embroidery transfers and more.
  • e-Quilter Asian-Pacific and Contemporary motif fabrics
  • Fabric Attic on-line catalogue for fabrics and patterns
  • Fabric Corner With your imagination and your love of sewing and/or quilting, you will find inspiration at Fabric Corner. We specialize in fashion fabrics, embellishments, sewing notions, embroidery thread, and Bernina sewing machines.
  • Fabric Club on-line wholesale mail order source of fabrics, plus some extras under General Merchandise
  • distinctive fabrics at discounted prices, all available through easy Internet shopping
  • a complete Fabric Destination! has been compiling your requests into a one- stop- everything- you-ever- wanted- to- know- about- fabrics megasite. Includes a search engine that helps you locate other merchandise needs on the web from their link listings.
  • Flapper Girl Fabrics On-line fabric store specializing in the most beautiful vintage reproduction fabric including large scale florals and tickings for sewing and decorating. If you love vintage fabric, retro fabric, vintage textiles, reproduction fabric, antique fabric, vintage look fabric, antique reproduction fabric and 19th century fabric then please come in and enjoy our collection of vintage reproduction fabrics and unique sewing patterns.
  • Fons and Porter Fabrics
  • FrieStyle, Batiks by Mail great fabrics and good for fabric bitmap downloads
  • Hancock Fabrics (the chain)
  • Hickory Hill Quilts
  • Hwa Seng Textiles Online fabric store and tailor. We specialize in the best quality sea-island, egyptian cotton and linen, as well as the finest suiting fabrics from renowned mills in Europe.

  • Kasuri Dyeworks Japanese Fabrics
  • Loving Stitches in Stevensville, Michigan, has gone online with their fabrics
  • Magic Mike's Fabric Scraps offered to you for the cost of shipping. These are fabrics destined for landfill from factory cut throw aways. Use for philanthropy projects or your own ideas. Flannel, rayon, dacron, fleece, jersey, poly-cotton blends.
  • Missing Fabrics place an add to list the fabric you would like and others will tell you if they have it and will sell it to you
  • Patchwork Mountain fabrics from multiple manufacturers and table runners
  • Patchworks reproduction fabrics
  • Phoenix Textiles quilt fabric and other types of fabrics are offered.
  • Poppies Fabrics wide range of quilting fabric and notions
  • Not for sale but worth a visit: Rags to Riches Quilt Fabric Archive a large, educational archive of beautiful fabrics used in quiltmaking. Illustrations are organized into four sections according to the seasons, along with a collection of juvenile prints. Two additional components -- early 20th c. ragtime MIDI and Japanese women's haiku and wacky poetry -- help to enliven the fabrics and deepen their meaning.
  • Q is for Quilts
  • Quilting-Warehouse Discount Quilting Supplies! Quilting-Warehouse is your best source on the web for quilt supplies, quilt books, quilt patterns & more. All Items are more than 20% off everyday!
  • Quilt-a-way
  • Sharon's Antiques only vintage and antique fabrics, with no reproductions. .Our online selection features more than 700 swatches of feedback and cotton print fabrics from the 19th century to the 1950's.
  • Stash and Stash 2000 CDs, over 3,000 fabric swatches on each CD from 1999 and 2000 can be found on these two CDs. We have these CDs for sale here at Computer Quilting Made Easy at Soft Expressions.
  • Textile Arts
  • The Best Kept Secret
  • The Quilted Garden carries 100% cotton quilting fabric from top designers. You will also find quilting books and patterns, notions, and gift items.
  • The Quilting Room
  • The Quilter's Stash and e-fabric quilt shop featuring new and discontinued fabric lines.
  • The Stitching Post several of the major fabric lines available here.
  • wow, stuff you have never seen before!

There may be a few new additional on our link pages for Quilting Business

If you have some fabric website that you would like to share, e-mail me and I will add them to the list. Mention the fabric list, so I will know where you would like them added. (thanks)


Remember to convert the files to usable bitmaps for the our quilting software, check out the IrfanView32 program and the article that I wrote on how to convert a lot of fabrics at one time in only a few simple steps.

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