We asked, you answered! What advice would you give a new quilter?
We were happily surprised at how many of you were kind enough to offer advice for a beginning quilter. There were so many great responses, we wanted to share some with you.
A lot of our friends advised, “Have fun!” It seems obvious, but sometimes the stress of learning something new can take the fun out of it. As many experienced quilters noted, it’s okay to make mistakes. One said, “If you can’t see a mistake from the back of a horse trotting by, don’t worry about it.” That non-matching point or crooked seam makes your quilt uniquely yours. I’m not saying I haven’t worn out a seam-ripper or two, but don’t sweat the small stuff.
More advice to share:
- Only buy enough fabric for your project. Or, buy tons of fabric because it’s beautiful. We heard this both ways.
- Start with a small project like a table runner to build your confidence.
- If you’re following a pattern, read it over carefully a few times before picking up your cutter.
- Measure twice, cut once – it’s as true for quilters as for carpenters.
- Close your rotary cutter every time you put it down (this one is really important.)
- Make a practice block or two with scraps before starting on your “real” project., especially if it’s a technique you haven’t tried before. Save your practice blocks for a crazy quilt!
- Learn to sew an accurate 1/4” seam. Or, buy a 1/4” piecing foot for your sewing machine. I vote for the piecing foot. You do you.
- Your iron is your friend! Press as you go, it makes a big difference. Try a wool mat for ironing, the wool heats up and you’re actually ironing both side of the fabric at once.
- Your seam ripper is your friend, too! Though you may not like him every day.
- Keep a journal of your projects with pictures, so you can document your progress and “visit” the quilts you give away.
- Add an extension onto your house for all the fabric you’ll collect.
The number one response was, “Be part of a community.” Take a class. Look for a guild. Talk to other quilters at all levels, because you can learn something from everyone. Even in this time of covid, you can reach out virtually – we’d love for you to join our private Facebook group, Keepsake Quilting Friends. As one poster truly said, “You are about to embark on a journey of wondrous delights!!! “
To all our quilting friends, thanks so much for letting us be part of your journey!