So, you want to Learn How to Quilt?
I hope that I can help get started today 🙂
Where do I start?
There are plenty of places to learn how to quilt:
- Books (that’s how I learned)
- local quilt shops that teach classes
- Online classes
What Supplies do I need?
- A Sewing Machine
- rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
- Good quality scissors
- sewing needles
- neutral threads
- sewing machine needles for quilting, I use Schmetz Quilting needles No. 11 for my piecing and quilting, I also use Schmetz Quilting needles #14 for paper piecing.
- Seam Ripper
- The desire to learn and the ability to forgive the non perfection of the first attempts.
Do I need a Fancy Dancy Sewing Machine?
No you do not! I started quilting on a basic machine and still do.
I own a Janome Sewist that I can take with me to classes and a Janome Memory Craft 6500.
I do piecing and machine quilting on both of these machines.
What Kind of Fabric should I buy?
Do I need a lot of space?
I began my quilting journey sewing at the kitchen table.
Tucked my supplies in the closet and fabrics in a container under the bed.
If you want to quilt, or pursue any creative hobby, you can find the place to store your supplies.
It may not be your dream studio, but it will work.
Don’t let space stop you 🙂
What should my first pattern be?
A basic pattern is a good place to start, but one that doesn’t bore you to tears.
I didn’t much like quilts when I was younger, I actually thought they were kind of dorky.
I especially didn’t like the patterns for beginners. Placemats made with big blocky squares.
It sounds like good advice to start there. I didn’t.
- My first quilts were nap quilts for my sons. Made with Half Square Triangle units.
- I didn’t own a rotary cutter either.
- I traced the patter from a magazine to paper
- Glued the paper to cardboard and made a template.
- Next I traced the shape to the fabric
- Then cut each triangle out – one at a time.
These quilts were made in a way that seems primitive to me now!
Do pick a pattern you love, don’t shy away from a challenge.
but don’t pick something so elaborate that it takes the fun away from learning.
Know that whatever you choose you WILL learn from it.
A Sampler Quilt is also a great way to learn lots of different techniques.
My Pattern Picks for You:
Quilting is a life long journey that will
- Stretch you creativity
- Test your patience at times. 🙂
- Warm your heart and the hearts of others
- Add joy to your life and fill your home with warmth
Quilting gives twice!
It gives joy to you the creator. it brings joy to those who receive your quilts.
Quilt with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul.
Quilt for joy, quilt for happiness, quilt for warmth.
But do learn how to quilt.
Have other questions? Comment below or contact me
Adele, Blogging the Creative Life
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