Recently, I have given lessons to many beginner quilters. They begin by learning correct pressing techniques, the importance of precise and safe cutting with the rotary blade, the use of all the different tools, and why 1/4 inch seam? I always have to share when ever that last question comes up. When I made my very first quilt, I was self-taught, and I made the quilt with 5/8 inch seams. Not only did it drastically reduce the size of my quilt, but it added much more bulk to the quilt than needed. LOL…(laugh out loud, not lots of love…thats another story.) I always teach how to read a pattern, the secret is one step at a time. So often, we read the entire quilt pattern and then become completely frazzled and overwhelmed. I don’t want you to think this is a bad idea, on the contrary, reading the entire pattern is a good idea. It gives you a sense of the direction you are going in making the quilt. The next step however is take one step at a time. When the last step is done, move on to the next. I also never cut my borders or sashing until my blocks are made. The reason behind this is, you don’t really know how big your blocks or your quilt will be until after it is together. I will be giving border and sashing instruction tomorrow, so check back for that info.
Once we have completed all the above info, we have a new problem, where so we go for our patterns? I always suggest trying some free patterns before going out and buying books. This way you will know the type of quilting you like before you invest. There are strip quilts, star quilts, applique quilts, quilt as you go quilts just to name a few. This way you may also be able to find out which designers you like as well.
I find that Miss Eleanor Burns is one of the best designers for the beginner. Her patterns are simple and concise. There are illustrations that are in color, and she has different color ways for every pattern. This is helpful for those who have a difficult time imagining what a pattern would look like in color ways that aren’t displayed. If you are on facebook, you must like Eleanor Burns quilt in a day page. When you do, you will have access to a free Block of the month club (BOM) You can get backdated blocks and then you can take a photo of it and enter it in her monthly block drawing and win a prize. nifty isn’t it?
If you are looking for more freebies… check out on facebook the following pages:
Quilting on the Square, Quilt-Pro Block of the day ( they will email you a new block every day) there is a place called freequiltpatterns.com , and did you know that you can google various fabric companies and go to their sites and find free patterns?
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I heard a cute joke the other day…
An elderly man was talking to his children about his last wishes. They asked his what type of service he would like. His reply was ” kids, I want you to cremate me and sprinkle me over moms favorite quilt store.” the kids were stunned, and then he finished. ” that way I will be sure she will visit me often.” 🙂 Have a great evening and remember, there are worse things than being called and old sew and sew.