Quilting for Beginners: What You Need to Know (Free web seminar!)

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.

True luck fabric Moda beginning quilting
'True Luck' Fabric by Moda. A perfect spring palette!

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!

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25 thoughts on “Quilting for Beginners: What You Need to Know (Free web seminar!)

  1. Once you have read about the basics you need to jump in and do it. Don’t worry that it is not perfect from the get go. As you actually do the cutting and the piecing it will get easier.

  2. Once you have read about the basics you need to jump in and do it. Don’t worry that it is not perfect from the get go. As you actually do the cutting and the piecing it will get easier.

  3. Find a quality quilt shop offering classes and if possible get a friend or two who share your interest to join you. You will all benefit and between classes you can review what you learned. Each of you will remember something the other missed.

  4. Start simple! Those stunning award-winning quilt patterns will eventually be do-able, but start with simple squares and strips. Then you can work your way up. Simple lap size quilts are great to donate to those in need of comfort.

  5. One of the first things I learned when I started to quilt was to starch my fabric before cutting it , it keeps the fabric from getting distorted while handling it.

  6. These classes are a great idea even for someone who has been quilting for a while. I’m not sure if I do know how to press without distorting.

  7. My advice is to start with a two quilter project like Boston Common 2. So helpful to have someone to talk it over with. Also, look at lots of quilts, figure out why they draw you. Check out Kaffe Fassett, quilt contest winners, all the quilters you can. Ask yourself, “What is it about this quilt that I love?”

  8. The first thing my teacher told me was to BREATHE!!! I was so anxious about getting everything right, that I was holding my breath! LOL
    So I would suggest, that while you’re learning all these wonderful things about patchwork, remember to breathe … this will help your creativity thoughts flow and gently merge together with whatever you are learning! Lastly, don’t be too serious and HAVE FUN!!! 🙂

  9. Always press seams gently and toward the darker fabric.
    Read the directions twice- and measure twice! Also, practice,practice,practice! Each time I make a new quilt, I challenge myself.

  10. Great advice, everyone!

    slinkey2us: Everyone who pre-registered for the webinar will receive an email next week with a link to the recording, so you didn’t miss anything.