So you want to learn how to quilt but have no idea where to begin. Luckily for you, we’ve decided to help you with just that, but putting together a short beginner friendly guide to take you by the hand and initiate you in the art of quilting. Here are some great tips to get you started right away!
TIP1: Develop Your Imagination
Before we get to the technical parts of quilting, let’s talk a little about what it means to become skilled in this craft. And a big part of that is developing your imagination, to really enable you to create beautiful and unique things. You should try to picture in your mind designs you would like to make and feel you could make. You should start with simple patterns, nothing too complicated and work your way from there. Of course, you can always use Google to search for ideas and inspiration, but try to learn to come up with simple original designs as well, it will help you a lot as we go along. It’s kind of like learning to walk, once you get it, you’ll always be able to do it.
TIP2: Start Simple
Don’t attempt to created complex and complicated patterns right off the bat. Chances are, you’ll find it too difficult and become frustrated, which will lead to you not completing your work an even giving up on quilting entirely. You’re just starting out, so start with very simple patterns. Once you are comfortable making those, you can gradually move up to medium difficulty and beyond.
TIP3: Learn The Terminology
As with every craft, there is certain jargon and terminology that is very specific to it, and learning them will enable you to fully understand the craft and achieve the best possible results. You might not think this is very important, but have a full understanding of the craft is needed to maximize your efforts and results. Applique, backing, binding, redwork, serging are just a few terms you should be familiar with.
TIP4: Hand or Machine Quilting
This is a choice you have to make as a quilter, but ideally you should learn both techniques to be able to choose which ever best suits whatever it is you want to make at a certain point in time. Both ways have their own pros and cons as is to be expected. Quilting by hand is naturally the oldest way of quilting and the original way of quilting. It is still preferred to this day by many quilters around the world, as the authentic and only way to quilt. But using a machine will get you faster results, and easier to learn as well. Ultimately, like I said, you should be learning both. Hand quilting for when you want to spend time with your family and quilt together, and have that satisfaction at the end where you created something entirely by hand. Or machine quilting for optimal and quick results.
Tip5. Master The Different Techniques
Lastly, there are several different stitches, styles and techniques that one should be aware of to truly master the art of quilting. You have the regular stitch, the buttonhole stitch, the satin one, etc Make sure to learn the differences between all of these (and others as well). This will take you time, but quilting is no easy craft, so time and dedication should be expected to succeed.
These are great beginner tips that you should follow if your are serious about learning to quilt. Patience and persistence are key here, so develop them as well and you’ll do great!