Quilting for Beginners

We love beginners! Quilting is for everyone, regardless of age or experience. Look here for basic quilting information, beginner quilting advice and tutorials, and other tips and techniques for learning how to quilt.

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English Paper Piecing: The Basics

Do you English paper piece? This is one quilting technique that I’ve wanted to try, so I’ve decided to take the plunge. “What is English paper piecing?” you ask. It’s a patchwork technique that uses fabric covered templates to create geometric patterns. Fabric is stitched around the templates, oftentimes made of paper or thin plastic,…

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Quilting Essentials: Squaring up Quilt Blocks

I have a confession; I’ve become a bit obsessed with Half-Square Triangle blocks. They are such a versatile block, once you learn how to make them there are endless design possibilities. Plus, they make up so many easy quilt patterns for beginners and experts alike. Luckily, I’m not the only quilter falling head over heels…

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Quilting Lessons: The Basics of Nesting Seams

Quilting squares, particularly pre-cut charm squares, are one of my favorite ways to construct a quilt top. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a quilt that marries the ease of charm squares with the efficiency of chain piecing. Using Allie Heath’s Graphic Cross Quilt from Modern Patchwork Winter 2014 as inspiration, I…

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Free-Motion Quilting Technique Tips

There’s no doubt about it, machine quilting takes time and a whole lot of practice to master. I’ll be honest; lately I’ve been working hard to upgrade my skills from puckered to polished. Something that always helps my learning process is to find information on a technique from as many quilters and fiber artists as…

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Five Efficient Tips for More Creative Quilting Time

Few quilting artists have all the time they want for creating fiber art & quilts. But accomplishing more–while still enjoying it and doing a good job–is often a matter of efficiency rather than speed. Here are some ways to work smarter and more efficiently without rushing or taking shortcuts that could compromise your quilt art.…

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Quilting Arts Magazine, June/July 2015

    A ‘sweet little something’ by Leslie Tucker Jenison ONLINE EXTRAS View more artwork by Susan Brubaker Knapp and Reader Challenge finalist Susan Price. Check out the latest Call for Entries listing from around the world. Check out the latest digital media products from Quilting Arts. Learn about the newest Quilting Arts Reader Challenge.…

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How to Make a Simple Quilt with a Wow Factor

Novice quilters looking for their first big projects can be intimidated by elaborate patterns with complicated piecing. On the other hand, many beginner quilt patterns lack the wow factor that today’s quilters crave. Here are some tips for how to make a simple quilt pattern into a sophisticated and stylish quilt: 1. Choose cutting-edge fabrics.…

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Quilting Lessons for the Beginner: Assume Nothing!

Recently, a young colleague who is an expert in other crafts but had never quilted expressed an interest in learning how to quilt. Basic quilting tools for beginning quilting lessons. We–her quilting coworkers– suggested a beginner’s quilting project that included fabric and a home décor pattern. Then, with good wishes, we sent her off to…

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Tips for Choosing Fabrics for Patchwork Quilts

Most quilt artists have a good eye for color, pattern, and what goes together. If they didn’t, they probably wouldn’t be quilting. But when deciding how to make a patchwork quilt design, your fabric choices can make a big difference in how the overall design looks. Whether you’re working from your stash or purchasing commercial…

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Which Die-Cutting Machine is Right for You?

Many quilters who use appliqué, patchwork patterns, or repeated motifs in their art swear by die-cut machines. The machines can save time, make cutting easier on the hands and back (no endless hours with the rotary cutter and mat), and improve accuracy. Depending on the machine, you can cut through several layers of fabric at…