Today we’re jumping in with the very first block of The Ultimate Beginner Quilt. It’s called Stripes, and we think it’s the perfect place to start.
The Ultimate Beginner Quilt is a free quilt pattern series with video tutorials designed just for beginners. Even if you have zero sewing experience, this is the free quilt class for you! If you’re ready to get sewing, gather your fabrics and sewing tools and watch the video below!
In the Block 1 tutorial, Kimberly covers the basics of how to prepare your fabric, whether starching, prewashing, or using it as-is. She will show you how to safely cut fabric with a rotary cutter, how to change your rotary cutter blades, and finally how to sew your first quilt block. Learn best practices for ironing and pressing your quilt, and get some tips and tricks that will make sewing fun. Download your FREE pattern for Block 1. For the full video and pattern release schedule, please visit the introduction post.
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Kimberly made her version with Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics, and we even have The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Kit with all the fabrics and backing included to make it easy for you. The quilt can be made in other colors and fabrics. You can refer to this downloadable PDF for Fabric Requirements & Coloring Sheets to plan yours.
For those just starting out, we’ve collected some of our favorite top-quality notions in The Ultimate Sewing Notions Kit to give you a good start on your quilting journey. The kit contains some must-haves that are always at our sewing table.
A Note on Preparing Fabrics
The truth is, when it comes to preparing your fabrics for quilting, it’s a matter of personal choice. Some people use the fabrics straight off the bolt, no washing or starching at all. Some quilters prefer to wash and pre-shrink the cottons before working with them. Others enjoy the stiffness that starch gives to fabric because it reduces fabric stretch and makes seams crisper. If you’re a beginner, feel free to use the fabrics just as they are. With quilt-shop quality quilting cottons, there’s a minimal amount of shrinkage. Plus, any shrinkage after washing gives quilts a lovely, crinkly texture that many of us appreciate.
Use this handy Cutting Guide to plan the layout of your cuts for each fat quarter.
Here are the Stripes blocks made in different colorways by our wonderful FQS staffers.
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We have some awesome quilty friends quilting with us!
Check out their blogs and follow them on social media for inspiration and tips.
|Gina of Thread Graffiti
|Tracie of Riceford Streams
|The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch
Priscilla & Chelsea
|Karin of Blue Pip Designs
|Linden of vinelines
|Rebecca of OneWeeBird
|Ange of A Little Patchwork
Keep up with The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Sew Along!
If this is your first time participating in a sew along, it’s easy. You can follow along at home with us as we sew the quilt. With each new video and pattern release you can sew those elements, too. Be sure to follow along with The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Sew Along on Facebook, and Instagram, and share your progress on Instagram or Facebook with #ultimatebeginnerquilt and #myfirstquilt, or comment on our blog or video with your quilting questions.
Take the Challenge!
We’re offering a special prize ($50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop) to one person who posts the graphic below to their social media account (either Instagram or Facebook).
Prize entries and details:
- Share it to Facebook or Instagram (Sorry, but sharing within a Facebook group does not count!)
- Your account(s) need to be public so I can see it
- Use the #ultimatebeginnerquilt hashtag with it
- Tag @fatquartershop so we can easily find it
- Prize entries open between August 1 and August 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST.
- Winner announced September 5, 2019.
- Prize open internationally
Stay tuned for next week’s blog and video! On Thursday, August 15, we’ll cover Block 2, a simple Nine Patch.