Search Tips for Quilters

Here’s something you need to know if you’re a quilter and you use the internet.

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There is an easy way that you can find a boatload of inspiration for your quilts.

It’s really simple:

Use Google to search specifically for images.

Here’s how it works. Go to Google’s home page at

google8 Search Tips for QuiltersIt’s hard to read the tiny words in this screen shot, but the red arrow is pointing to “Images.” Click on “images.”

google2 Search Tips for QuiltersNow the Google logo says “images” and indicates that you’ll be searching for, you guessed it, images. How is this helpful for a quilter? Let me show you.

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The red arrow shows the line of words that give you options in case you want to switch out of Images. “Web” means searching everything. You can also choose Shopping, Videos, News or More.

If you’re in Google Images and you search for “log cabin quilt,” this is a small sampling of the results you’ll get. I say it’s only a sampling because you can scroll and scroll (see below) and see more and more ideas!

The red arrow in the photo above shows the line of words that give you options in case you want to switch out of Images. Choose “Web” and Google will go back to searching everything. You can also choose Shopping, Videos, News or More.

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Scroll down to see more and more log cabin quilt images.

Let’s try a different search. Here’s what you get by searching Google Images for “flying geese quilt.”

google7 Search Tips for QuiltersAnd I don’t know how they do it (Google is smart!), but there’s a cool sideways-scrolling bar of options along the top of the screen indicated by my red arrows. You can choose any of these if they fit your needs: modern flying geese quilt, block, Anthropologie, scrap, antique, vintage.

google6 Search Tips for QuiltersI clicked on “scrap” and the screen changed to this, indicating there were “100+ more” images of scrappy Flying Geese if I wanted to see them. Are you getting excited yet? This is an amazing tool for us!

If you wanted to see designs by a specific quilter, you could search for something like “Caryl Bryer Fallert quilts.” Here’s what you’d see.

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Maybe you feel like making a blue and white quilt. Search for “blue and white quilt.”

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Try “red and white quilt.”

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Try searching with a famous artist’s last name, like “Van Gogh.”

google12 Search Tips for QuiltersAnd just like that, you know something about the colors Vincent Van Gogh preferred! Isn’t this fun?!?

Okay, now you know how to search in Google Images and get a lot of visual information with just a few clicks.

Off you go—to discover!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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9 Responses to Search Tips for Quilters

  1. Sherlene says:

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the
    same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Many thanks!

  2. Kathy says:

    Good suggestions and possible ways/sites of getting more info.

  3. Pam says:

    I use the internet all the time and have so many ideas I won’t live long enough to put them all in a quilt…..and now…..well, now there will be ideas multiplied…..WOW!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Claudia says:

    I tried your idea and nearly didn’t come back. One thing leads to another, and another, and another. My ever-widening back porch NEEDS to get out of this chair!

  5. debra says:

    I do the same thing on YAHOO.

  6. Linda says:

    Thank you, thats something I never knew which will come in very handy.

  7. sue c says:

    Super-thanks! Would love to find apps for quilters other than quilt math related apps. I think I read one time ant an app in which you can download pictures of your fabrics into a quilt block and see how they look, but I can’t seem to find it now so I am thinking I dreamt (is that a word?) it up.

  8. susan Bass says:


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