Is there anything more gratifying than watching someone discover the joys of quilting? My son’s girlfriend is learning how to make a simple quilt, and I am having so much fun watching her work on this project with her friends.
Imagine, young people getting together to learn to quilt! With hands busy cutting, piecing, and stitching, conversation flows, just like in the sewing circles of old.
My role is to offer advice and expertise when asked, but not to hover so closely that I stifle the creativity.
If you’re learning how to quilt or know someone who is, here are my recommendations for getting started.
Advice on Quilting for Beginners
1. Join a guild. Guild members are a great source of information, encouragement, and friendship.
2. Take as many classes you can. Every teacher offers something different, and you can learn so much from their expertise.
3. Use the right tools and materials. Buy good quality thread, sturdy cutting tools, and a reliable sewing machine. You will be thankful you did!
4. Start with easy quilt patterns. Whether it’s a basic quilting blocks like a nine-patch or stacked strips, learning how to make a simple quilt will teach you the essential skills you’ll need for bigger projects.
5. Relax, enjoy, experiment, but most of all, have fun!
In addition to the pattern, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson have also designed the pre-cut Moda fabric for the project. The name of the fabric line, “Giggles,” makes me think of young women getting together to quilt, chat, and make something beautiful.
The Back to Basics Quilt pattern featured in International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene 2013/14 is terrific for beginners and experts looking for a fun and fast project.
P.S. What’s your favorite beginning quilting project? Leave your answer below.