Free Stuff for Quilters

Free Stuff for Quilters coverFree Stuff for Quilters on the Internet
Heim and Hansen

Submitter: I found this book this morning while weeding our craft section. To be fair, in 1998 it was probably a boon to quilters looking to get free patterns and connect with other quilters across the country. But, it’s an  awful library book now because 1998 was the Stone Age equivalent of the Internet compared to today. Helpful tips in the book how to use one of the starter discs from AOL to get started with internet service, and how to set up Explorer on your computer. Unfortunately, I am old enough to remember all of this, so I got flash backs of trying to dial into the internet and the horrible screeching sounds accompanying the attempt. I didn’t try the links, but I’m guessing many or most of them do not work. About the only information relevant to today are the Internet safety tips, which still ring true today. I see that there was a 2nd edition published in 1999, but I doubt the information on the Internet had significantly improved in a year’s time. I honestly don’t have an explanation as to why this was on the shelf. I have weeded in that area before, but never ran across it before. It’s leaving our shelves today.

Holly: Isn’t it weird how things just pop up out of nowhere sometimes? It’s probably been checked out to someone for like ten years and they finally decided to return it. Gee, thanks, patron.

Is stuff really free

What software do I need


Internet Safety

Quilting Links



  1. You’re not going to see the free stuff with that quilted star in the way, and monitor on its side, and the whole thing being transformed into a sewing machine. Just sayin’.

    This is a waste of paper and shelf space and has been for decades. If someone reshelved it in this century, ask them WHY?!

    1. Counterpoint

      As legend would have it, the World Wide Web got underway when, in 1866 Doris Eccles of Goatleavingstone started “uploading” her material to local seamstresses by way of a very early steering wheel, a dubious blood tranfusion contraption, and furious pedalling.
      Much like today, the system worked with binary code, but in those days it was rather more polite than the cold, heartless On/Off nature of modern computer language. One stitch signified “Why, yes, that’s splendid,” while two stitches meant “I’d rather not say.”

  2. I have to admit that I am also of the age that this book was cutting-edge information at the genesis of the “information age.” The idea of buying a book that would tell me where to get information was seen as the arrival of “The Future.” Funny how obsolete it now seems in just a few short years.

  3. By the time this book was published, we had our own web site in our own domain, and we just searched for information. Google didn’t come in till late that year, but Yahoo was much easier for getting this sort of info rather than buying a book. It’s what we used back then, kids. There were a few other search engines too.

  4. Sewing machines have all sorts of high tech gadgets on them these days.

    But even by 1998, treadle machines were only regarded as antiques and were usually seen in plays, movies, living history museums, and such.

    1. Fittingly, interest in treadle machines has gone up since the time of this book— because of the internet. Now it’s easier for the curious to find out how to repair and operate that machine that was “just a decoration” for years.

  5. One of the illustrations in that book is a screenshot of a rec.crafts.textiles.quilting email thread and I’m one of the people who wrote one of the posts. (Fewer than 15 minutes of fame, to be sure.)

  6. “If you subscribe to any computer magazines, or have ever in your lifetime attached your address to anything computer-related, open your mailbox and an America Online disc will probably fall out.” I remember those days! I used them as coffee table coasters. Literally.

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