A Beginner’s Guide to Quilting: How to Get Hooked
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 6 in 10 Americans started a new hobby. For many, this hobby was quilting. While the idea of heirloom quilts and hand stitches is appealing, it can also be intimidating.
Do you know how to make a patchwork quilt or what you need to get started?
In this article, we discuss everything from sewing machines to why a patchwork quilt is the best option for beginners. Read on to start your new hobby with confidence.
Learn the Language
While learning quilting language isn’t necessary to start enjoying the hobby, it can make getting started easier. Using the right terminology makes it easier to find the tools you need quickly, but that’s not all.
It also helps you find help if you need it. For example, while a seasoned patchwork quilt expert will understand you when you say the ‘front’ side of the fabric, it’s easier for them if you use the proper term, ‘right side.’
Get the Right Quilting Supplies
When you have a basic understanding of quilting terminology, the next step is to gather the necessary quilting supplies. Whether you want to quilt by hand or with a machine, we recommend starting with the basics below.
- Sewing machine
- Tape measure
- Pins, clips, and/or fabric adhesive
- Quilting ruler
- Scissors and rotary cutter
- Chalk or fabric marker
There are plenty of other quilting tools that can make the hobby easier and more enjoyable. However, these are the basic tools you need to get started.
Choose the Right Quilting Fabric
The right quilting fabric is subjective and depends on your personal preferences and goals for your quilt. If you want to create heirloom quilts, consider choosing fabrics that are more timeless than trendy.
These types of quilting fabrics tend to age the best as they’re passed down to younger generations. You should also consider your workspace. If you have a quilting sewing machine, you’ll have more room for larger quilts.
Types of Quilting
There are many different types of quilting to choose from such as quilt by hand, patchwork quilt, applique quilt, and more. We recommend starting with a patchwork quilt as these are the easiest patterns for beginners.
Consider Patterns vs. Colors
Once you’ve decided on your quilting goals, type of fabric, and quilt design, you need to consider the colors and patterns you’ll use for your quilt. This isn’t as easy as it seems since you have to consider the quilt as a whole.
While you might like two colors or patterns together in the store, they can look different on the quilt. A helpful quilting tip is to stick with one fabric designer. This can help maintain consistency in terms of color and design.
Start Building Your Quilting Skills
Whether you understand the concept of hand stitches thoroughly or have never touched a sewing machine before, these steps can help you start your quilting journey. Get the sewing machine you need to get started ASAP.