Quilting for Beginners

Shoofly beginner quilt

Shoofly beginner quilt

Quilting for beginners is an enormous subject.  When I began quilting I read books, attended workshops, read magazine articles and googled anything connected with beginner quilting.  What I hope to do with this series of articles on quilting for beginners is to draw together in one place the things that I learned from all these different sources.  In addition, I have tried to present the articles in a series of bit size chunks in a logical order for someone who is a beginner quilt.

The quilting for beginners articles

The quilting for beginners series begins with a look at design, colour and size for your beginner quilt and then progresses to the practical how to quilt, with what I hope are clear and easy to understand instructions for each step of the process.

You’ll find that beginner quilting is just that – a series of steps, each one taking you further along the road to making a completed patchwork quilt.  You might just find that then you become as hooked as I am and start on your next quilting project immediately.  Good luck!

Click on any of the links below to take you to the relevant article in this quilting for beginner series.

Beginner quilting tips

Quilt sizes

Quilt design

Quilt colours

Quilt colour value

Quilt colour temperature

Quilt squares and quilt blocks

Quilt block sizes

Shoofly quilt block used in the beginner quilt

Calculating fabric required

Rotary cutter safety

How to cut fabric straight

Cutting patchwork blocks

Quilt block seam

Sewing quilt blocks

How to trim quilt blocks

Quilt sashing

Squaring quilts

Quilt borders

Quilt border for the beginner quilt

Quilt wadding or batting

Quilt backing

Layering quilts

Pin basting quilts

Thread basting quilts

Spray basting quilts

Hand tying quilts

Machine quilting

Quilt binding

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Comments

  1. Kathy Fair says:

    I really enjoy and have learned much reading your blog. I am new to quilting, but not sewing. I am doing a block of the month and am trying some of your techniques on this month’s block. Thank you so much.

    • Thanks for your comments, Kathy. Good luck with the block of the month. I enrolled for a couple at the beginning of the year, but I’m struggling to keep up with them. rose

  2. Hi, where can I find a supply list and of what the beginner quilter needs? Also the helper tools that would make quilting easier?
    Thanks
    Debbie

    • I feel that the basics are a cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter. I sell them as a starter kit here: http://shop.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/quilters-starter-pack-10-p.asp. When you are sure that you want to continue quilting and have more idea of what sort of quilts you will be making, then you can start browsing for different templates and tools. It’s very easy to spend a lot of money and then find that you don’t use many of the things that you have bought. Hope that helps. Rose

  3. Breda Flood says:

    Fantastic website. Can I be included in your class on the 17th as I must make arangements to fly over.Perhaps you would be good enough to confirm if I can attend.
    Thank you and keep up the lovely work.

  4. I am new to quilting and I have a question. I have a ton of beautiful quilt patterns that I have either purchased and downloaded or purchased books and patterns in the store and none of them have answered this question for me. How do I know if I need to add a quarter inch seam allowance to a pattern? I tried my first block and it was a disaster! I don’t sew and all of this is greek to me but I want to quilt so please help!

    • Hi Tina. Oh dear, there’s a lot to think about when you begin quilting, isn’t there. I can’t speak for others, but my patterns always give you the size to cut your squares, so the 1/4″ seam allowance is already included. I suspect most patterns will be the same. When I have a 3.1/2″ square in the cutting requirements it is because I want a 3″ finished size square in the quilt. I hope that helps, but do come back to me if there’s anything else that’s not clear.

  5. Hello Rose I have just started in a quilting class and trying so hard!!! I have started a Shoo Fly cushion cover still at patchwork stage and now sewing my masterpiece all together. I find your tips so so valuable and a great boost when I try to finish my homework. Thanks for being here I find myself turning to you weekly xxx

  6. Rose, I am so grateful for your quilt as you go video. It’s the only one that makes any sense to me! I’m about to try it on a Christmas gift for my son however I can’t figure out how to quilt as you go when you want the quilt to have borders. What I’m planning on making has a 2 1/2 ” inner border, than an 8″ outer border. I can’t figure out if I should all the borders to the rows before they’re joined (which I think might look back to have seams in the border) or if there is a way I can’t figure out to add borders after it’s all joined? Can you help?

    • Hi Cindy. My apologies for the delay in replying. The border that you are planning is wider than I have made with quilt as you go, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to achieve it. I agree with you that adding the border to each row might break up the border a little and I think that if I was making this quilt I would treat the border as an additional quilt as you go section: sew the rows together and then make up an additional quilt as you go row of the two border fabrics. Make two of these for the top and bottom of the quilt. Make two more for the sides but with a cornerstone at each end. I hope this helps.

  7. Janice Pickford says:

    Hi Rose

    Your site has been an inspiration to me, muchly muchly thanks, now regrettably we must part. Am leaving this company shortly, but will no doubt be in contact again when settled with new email address.
    take care
    Janice

    • Hi Janice. Glad you’ve enjoyed the site. I’ve unsubscribed you under that email address. Good luck with whatever comes next.

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