Hello and happy Monday! Today I’m sharing a roundup of posts I’ve published that are perfect for beginning quilters or for more advanced quilters who want to refresh their skills in one or more areas. I’ve had this on my list for awhile so that I can refer readers to one place for tips and instruction! I hope you’ll enjoy this if you’re new to quilting. And if there is something you feel is missing from this beginning quilting posts roundup, please let me know! I will definitely add to it as needed. I’ve divided the posts into the three main categories of Supplies, Techniques, and Finishing, and have subdivided those categories as well. And, I have a Pinterest ready image at the bottom of the post so you can easily find this page again.
It’s fun to accumulate supplies for quilting: the fabrics, the notions, and even the basics are fun to collect! Here are a couple of posts on favorite tools and notions for beginners and for all quilters!
Tools and Notions
Collecting fabric for quilting is always a lot of fun! I love visiting brick and mortar quilt shops and supporting the wide variety of on-line shops available to us today (I always recommend Fat Quarter Shop and the sponsors found on my sidebar–they all have terrific service). And I have some helpful posts about things to think about whether you are just starting to build a fabric stash or whether you are a seasoned fabric collector! I worked on a really scrappy quilt last week (won’t be able to share it for awhile), and it was fun to raid my stash for the fabrics!
I still remember my grandmother telling me that the first rule of quilting was to “measure twice and cut once.” And I have to say that she was definitely right! Many of my mistakes even after quilting for 25 years have come from inaccurate measuring and cutting. I’m so grateful we have the tools we have today that make things so much easier for us than for those who came before! I sewed for several years before I realized that I wasn’t sewing with an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance. It seems like once I figured that out my quilting accuracy improved by leaps and bounds. The posts in this category will give you ideas for improving accuracy in measuring, cutting, and sewing.
As a new quilter I loved playing with fabrics, piecing blocks, and learning new techniques. But I didn’t always love finishing my projects. While adding borders is still not high on my list of favorite parts of quilting, I have come to be happy with it because I know my quilt is almost finished. And I absolutely love binding these days. It gives me one more chance to savor my quilt and all of the fabrics while hand-stitching the binding down. If my quilt was custom-quilted (or even if it was quilted with an all-over pattern), binding gives me a chance to see the beautiful work of the quilter.
I hope this roundup of posts on beginning quilting will be of help to you or someone you know! Pin the image above to come back to this page! Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful Monday!