4 Tips for Beginner Quilters & 3 Beginner Quilting Patterns

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Quilting | Comments


Are you a beginner quilter who’s looking for a perfect project to work on? Some quilts are definitely easier than others to put together, and for those who are just learning quilting fundamentals, the choices can be overwhelming. Below are four very helpful tips for beginner quilters, along with three of our favorite beginner quilting patterns.

Quilt with Symmetrical Offset Design

Photo via Craftsy instructor Camille Roskelley

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A few things to keep in mind when choosing beginner quilt projects:

1. Choose quilt patterns made with large pieces.

Quilt patterns made with larger pieces will go together more quickly than those with a lot of small pieces. They are also fewer seams to sew with quilts made from large pieces, which makes it easier to have an accurately pieced block and leaves less room for error.

Quilt Featuring Fabric Spools Design

Photo via Craftsy instructor Camille Roskelley

Camille Roskelley offers this great Spools quilt pattern. The pattern is terrific for beginners because it’s easy to assemble and offers quilters a small version as well as a larger quilt option. Begin with the smaller version if you a new quilter to practice sewing accurate 1/4” straight seams.

Quilt Hanging from a Hook, White Background Photo via Craftsy member Jodi Nelson

2. Choose quilt patterns that use squares and rectangles.

Quilt patterns put together with square and rectangle pieces are easier to sew. Venture into the world of triangles, and you’ll suddenly have stretchy bias edges to contend with. So choose the easiest shapes to sew with — squares and rectangles — for your first pattern.

The This Way and That Way Baby Quilt by Craftsy member Jodi Nelson is a great pattern for beginners because it relies on simple shapes. This quilt uses a Jelly Roll cut into simple squares and rectangles for a fast and simple small quilt.

Quilt Featuring Hatch Design Photo via Craftsy the Craftsy class Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple

3. Choose quilt patterns made with pre-cuts:

Pre-cuts are ready cut and packaged fabrics cut into a variety of measurements and sizes. By choosing a quilt pattern based on one of these pre-cut fabric packs, you’ll save many hours cutting and preparing to sew your quilt. With pre-cut fabrics, a lot of the work is done for you and you start out with an extra measure of accuracy.

The Hashtag quilt, seen above, is a jelly-roll quilt that incorporates the ease of strip piecing along with the use of a pre-cut jelly roll fabric pack. This great quilt pattern for beginners goes together quickly. The Hashtag pattern is an exclusive Craftsy pattern included in the class Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple with Camille Roskelley.

4. Take a beginner class:

By taking even one beginner class, you can learn the absolute basics of quilting and be well on your way to enjoying an amazing hobby. Craftsy offers several online quilting classes that are perfect for beginners. Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple combines beginner skills with quilts designed with pre-cut fabrics. Simple Fresh Quilts offers simplified techniques for traditional quilt block designs.

In addition, when searching for patterns to purchase, be sure to first look at those patterns labeled “novice” or “beginner.” Craftsy quilting patterns are all searchable by skill level, which helps beginner quilters find patterns at the appropriate level of difficulty.

What are your favorite quilt patterns for beginners?

Comments

  1. Rosemary says:

    Quilt as you go! Can’t beat that for a beginner project because when you finish the quilt it’s already quilted.

  2. Linda Benton says:

    I was taught to hand quilt from start to finish by my Aunt Juanita, and during the last year watched classes on You Tube and on Craftsy and now do it by machine. I am so glad I did it by hand first, doing both ways is easy and enjoyable. So enjoy whichever way you begin! Machine is just so much faster.