Beginner Quilt
Best Beginner Projects
  • While at first glance the humble snowball quilt block may not knock your socks off, it's actually capable of building some pretty amazing quilts, if you give it a chance. Check out these 6 beauties, all made with simple snowball blocks (okay, we maybe cheated on the last one...).
    Emily Dennis
  • This one's a classic, but that doesn't make it boring! This beauty has plenty to offer all on its own, or combined with other blocks for a statement-making accent. Best of all, it's totally beginner-friendly: nothing more than squares and half-square triangles here!
    Emily Dennis
  • Turn your favorite T-shirts into a family treasure.
    Sara Snuggerud
    Sara Snuggerud
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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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
  • Quilting newbie? Take it easy on yourself and start with precut fabric. These convenient packs are pretty standard everywhere you look, and come in 5-inch squares (called charm packs), 10-inch squares (called layer cakes) and 2.5-inch strips (usually called jelly rolls).
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
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