Beginner Quilt
Getting Started
  • Christa discusses the information that's included in quilting patterns. Find out how to work with them as you piece your tops. Plus, get Christa's tips for choosing projects successfully.
  • When it comes to quilting, prints are prints, right? Yes and no. You certainly don't need any fancy knowledge to know what strikes your fancy — and that's a great way to choose fabric. But it can be helpful (especially for quilting newbies) to know a little about the different types of prints out there, what they're called, and the best ways to put them to work in your designs.
    Lindsay Conner
  • If you're a quilting newbie, it can be easy to feel intimidated by all the fabric you have to measure and cut. But guess what? That's where precut fabrics come in. They come in a variety of convenient packs, typically 5" squares (called charm packs), 10" squares (called layer cakes) and 2½" strips (called jelly rolls). Using them guarantees all your colors will match and those pieces will be perfectly sized, plus — bonus! — it means you get to skip cutting and go right to the sewing. Once you decide which fabrics feel prettiest to you, choose any of these quilt designs that are 100% precut-friendly.
    Alyce Blyth
  • Sometimes the thought of measuring and cutting fabric is totally unappealing, and other times you just want to play around with all of the variations in a given fabric collection — without dropping a ton of cash on yardage. Precuts give you the chance to do just that!
    Sherri McConnell
Skills to Learn
  • Make It: Chain Blocks
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    Get right into action by sewing up the quilt's first block, the Chain Block! See how to keep track of all nine pieces as you sew and press the first block, and sew several blocks together at once.
  • Make It: Borders
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    Your quilt top is almost done! All you need to do is add the solid and scrappy borders to set off the design. In this lesson, learn how to piece and add each border, and fix them if they're slightly too long for your quilt.
  • Make It: Assembling the Quilt Top
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    Now, it's time to have some fun with assembly! Arrange and organize your quilt blocks before you sew them together. Then, sew blocks into rows and rows into the inner top. We think you'll love Christa's method for keeping your blocks in order as you sew!
  • Exercise: Free-Motion Quilting
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    Ready to dip your toes into free-motion quilting? This method allows you to move your needle in any direction. If you'd like, layer a stipple and continuous curve design to your quilt top, or just practice for your next quilt.
Best Beginner Projects
  • Curves aren't scary when you're working on a mini! Here, Suzy shows you how to make a pleasing design that comes together quickly with a glue stick and scraps from the first quilt. Then meet some makers who dance to the beat of their own Rhythm Mini dance.
  • Meet Christa and go over everything you’ll need for your project, the Starry Path quilt. Then she shares tips for cutting both yardage and fat quarters. Plus, see how to check and correct your seam allowance early on. This way, your blocks will be the correct size.
  • Sara Snuggerud begins class by helping you figure out the number of T-shirts you need for your memory quilt and how to select ones that complement each other. Then, learn to use a rotary cutter for efficient shirt preparation.
Get all the fabric and supplies you need to complete your very first full-sized quilt. Plus, you can follow along with detailed video lessons in our Startup Library Quilting class!
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