Anyone with a needle, thread, fabric, and batting can learn how to quilt. If you've been lured by pretty pieced pillows on Pinterest, or have some vintage family fabrics you'd like to make into a decorative display, or you've just always wanted to learn how to make quilts, there are many avenues for instruction.
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Everyone who gives quilting lessons–from your grandmother, to your local quilt shop instructor, to the big-name quilter on TV–has their own way of teaching and special tips and tricks. But when making a pieced quilt, there are a few basic quilting skills that everyone must learn:
1. How to prepare and cut your fabric. Careful measuring, cutting on the grain, and pre-washing (or not) are the first steps to successful quilt making.
2. How to stitch a 1/4" seam. Sounds easy enough, doesn't it? But trying to eyeball a straight, accurate 1/4" seam can be a challenge–unless you know the tricks of the trade.
3. How to press without distortion. Pressing and ironing are not the same. Learning the difference is crucial to achieving flat, square blocks.
4. How to strip-piece and join blocks together. The first will save you time. The second will get you the pattern you are trying to create.
5. How to baste your quilt. Basting the quilt sandwich before quilting will help keep the layers from shifting or bunching. It's not the most fun step, but you'll be glad you know how to do it, and do it right.
Even the most glorious, award-winning pieced quilts all start with these quilting fundamentals. To help you learn them (or refresh your skills), we are offering a FREE Beginning Quilting web seminar with expert quilter and teacher Jenny Kae Parks: This web seminar covers the basics of quilting listed above, and makes it easy for you to enjoy this rewarding hobby.
The LIVE web seminar will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET. Register now to attend. Sponsored by F&W, P&B Textiles, Havel's Scissors, and BabyLock.
Can't make the live webinar? No problem! Register anyway and we'll send you an email with a link to the seminar recording (audio and visual) a few days after the live event.
Seats are limited, and Jenny's webinars are always well-attended. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to quilt from one of the best!
P.S. The winner of the fabric is: jubari!