Tips for a New Quilter

Posted by Marie Adams on

Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, here are some general tips to help you along the way:

  1. Gather Essential Supplies:

    • Fabric: Choose quality fabrics that work well with each other. Consider pre-cut fabric bundles. A variety of pre-cuts are available for every skill level and style preference.
    • Quilting tools: Rotary cutter, cutting mat, rulers, scissors, and pins.
    • Sewing machine: A basic sewing machine is sufficient for most quilting projects.
    • Thread: Use a high-quality cotton thread for quilting.
  2. Start with Simple Patterns:

    • Begin with basic quilt patterns to build your skills.
    • Choose patterns with straight lines and simple shapes. Squares, rectangles, and strips are a good place to start.
  3. Learn Quilting Terminology:

    • Familiarize yourself with common quilting terms such as blocks, sashing, binding, and batting. There is a learning curve, so give yourself some grace, and don’t be afraid to ask someone for help!
  4. Accurate Cutting and Piecing:

    • Precision is key in quilting. Take your time to cut accurately and piece seams consistently. This is a skill that takes time and practice to master. Again, give yourself some grace!
  5. Experiment with Fabrics and Colors:

    • Don’t be afraid to play with different fabric combinations and color schemes to create visually appealing quilts.
  6. Practice Quilting Techniques:

    • Learn and practice various quilting techniques such as piecing, appliqué, and quilting stitches. Start with something simple, and work your way to harder techniques as your skill improves.
  7. Take a Quilting Class or Join a Group:

    • Consider taking a quilting class to learn from experienced quilters.
    • Join a local quilting group or an online community to share ideas and get advice. There are thousands of people who have struggled with the same things you are. They are usually more than happy to help you avoid the mistakes they made, or help get you past the task you are struggling with!
  8. Build Your Quilting Library:

    • Invest in a good quilting reference book for guidance and inspiration.
    • Explore online tutorials and videos for additional learning resources.
  9. Start with Small Projects:

    • Begin with smaller projects like table runners or wall hangings before tackling larger quilts. 
  10. Enjoy the Process:

    • Quilting is a journey, not just a destination. Enjoy the process and take pride in your creations.

Remember, everyone progresses at their own pace, so be patient with yourself. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. We all do things differently, learn differently, at our own pace. Don't hesitate to experiment and have fun with your projects!

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  • This is such a good intro and I’m glad you’re doing this!
    The only thing I might suggest is that absolute beginners should make a
    project with pre-cuts before investing in tools.
    (Cuties…hint, hint…)
    Or, ask a quilting friend to cut their fabric for them.

    They might find that quilting isn’t really their thing and won’t have gone to
    the expense of a rotary mat, etc.

    Skeinster on

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