My First Quilt: A Newbie's Journey Part 2 - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Learning to Make My First Quilt Part 2: A Newbie’s Journey Continues

Hello again! I’m Marissa, a quilting newbie, and I’m sharing the journey of making my first ever quilt here with you on the Jolly Jabber. Today, I’m sharing my experience cutting and piecing the blocks for my Mosaic Quilt, and you can read on to find out more!

Close Up look at a stack of finished beginner quilter blocks on top of a design board.
A sneak peek at my blocks on my Lori Holt Design Board. I love sewing with Emma by Citrus & Mint for Riley Blake Designs!

Also, if you missed the first part of this series, where I introduced myself and shared my plans, you’ll want to read that before continuing.

Cutting my Fabric

Something you don’t know about me is that I am big on planning. Why does this matter? I’m telling you this because it’s the best explanation for the amount of research I did before I even started cutting my fabrics.

I did everything from watching the Ultimate Beginner Quilt Series several times to searching Fat Quarter Shop’s YouTube Channel or here on the Jolly Jabber for information on how to cut fabric.

Stacks of fabric from the collection Emma by Citrus & Mint for Riley Blake Designs organized with Alphabitties.
Here are all of my fabrics cut and organized with Alphabitties!

Thankfully all my cutting was just rectangles and squares, making it pretty easy overall. I did manage to cut my “F” squares too small at one point, but thankfully there is plenty of fabric in Fat Quarter Bundles for a mistake or two, and I was able to re-cut those pieces.

Piecing My Blocks

Piecing my blocks is where things got tricky for me. Remembering which way to press between stitching steps and making sure that all my pieces lined up just right was a fun challenge.

Thankfully the directions in Fat Quarter Style are simple and clear to understand, or I wouldn’t have managed a single block without mistakes.

Completed Mosaic block from Fat Quarter Style in Emma by Citrus & Mint

I know that even the most experienced quilters make mistakes now and again, so I didn’t let mine discourage me. Ultimately, I found it relaxing to unpick a seam when I sewed parts together the wrong way. I took the time to make it right, and I’m so glad I did!

The most helpful lessons I learned were making sure to move my hand on my ruler as I cut the fabrics (like this) and to pay attention to which direction the pattern says to press the seams.

Top view of the finished beginner quilter blocks from the Mosaic pattern in Fat Quarter Style
I can’t wait for you to see all my blocks, next time, on my finished Mosaic Quilt!

Next Steps for Beginner Quilt

Overall, I’m delighted with how my blocks turned out, and I found it relaxing to work on them. You just might make a quilter out of me yet!

Please check back in next month to see how things turn out as I finish up. Next time I’ll add the borders and sashing, and assemble the quilt top. I’ll also make binding, and then add it to my quilt when it comes back from the longarmer!

If you have any advice on binding quilts for beginners, please feel free to drop it in the comments below.

See you next time and happy quilting!

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  1. Your seam looked great on the block photo! Read Walk by Jacquie Gering before you send out your quilt to the longarmer. There are some very simple ways you could quilt your quilt without free-motion quilting. You got this! For the binding, look up big stitch binding, it is whimsical and simple.