Quilting can sometimes look so easy, especially when watching and reading about everything at Fat Quarter Shop. It can’t be as easy as it seams, or is it? I’m Marissa, and I write many blog posts for Fat Quarter Shop. I’m new to quilting (but not sewing!), and I wanted to invite you on my journey as I sew my first quilt.
I hope that other new quilters can learn from and relate to my experiences. For everyone who’s been quilting longer than me, I hope you can find my adventure entertaining (but not too much!).
Beginner Quilter Introduction
Preparing for My First Quilt
Thankfully, I’m not a complete stranger to the quilt world because I grew up with two aunts and a mom who quilted. Also, I have some experience with sewing machines from making and mending clothes. I love to read crafting books and DIY blogs. I’ve always wanted to make a quilt, and I’m excited to finally make one.
The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Series here on the Jolly Jabber and the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube Channel have been very helpful in learning about quilting for beginners. I’ve watched and re-watched the videos and bookmarked all the blogs. Now, I’m ready to start my quilt!
Choosing a Pattern
When selecting a pattern, I knew I wanted to work with precuts because they have a unified color palette, saving me from any guesswork in trying to make various pieces of fabric look good together.
I figured if I’m making a precut-friendly beginner quilt, why not use Fat Quarters? This is Fat Quarter Shop after all, and we have lots of precut-specific patterns. This led me to the Fat Quarter Style Quilt Book. It’s nice for a beginner quilter like me, as it has a section with a supply list, descriptions of sewing techniques used in the book, detailed information on how to prepare the backing, and instructions for how to bind a quilt. With twelve full quilt patterns in a range of styles, it could carry me through a full year of quilts!
Eventually, I chose what looked to be an easy quilt of rectangles and squares. I feel confident that I can sew straight lines, and the big quilt blocks of the Mosaic Quilt looked like an excellent pattern for my first quilt.
I can be indecisive, but I could narrow it down to a few collections once I knew I was working with Fat Quarters. I spent some time scrolling through new collections and fell in love with Emma by Citrus & Mint for Riley Blake Designs.
It’s a beautiful fabric collection inspired by the Jane Austen novel and film adaptation. As an avid reader and Jane Austen fan, this Fat Quarter bundle was a perfect choice.
Beginner Quilt Supplies
With fabric in hand and an easy quilt pattern selected, the final step of my prep work was collecting the notions I needed to make my first quilt.
Besides the basics, I came up with this short list of must-have notions:
- Wonder Clips
- Cutting Mat
- Rotary Cutter
- Some Quilting Rulers (I used the Creative Grids 12.5″ Square and 6.5″ x 24.5″ Rulers)
Note: I ended up putting Wonder Clips on the list above and not pins, which is what many quilters prefer, because I found that I am terrible at pinning and the Wonder Clips were a lot easier for me to use to keep edges aligned.
Next Steps for Beginner Quilt
Preparing for my first quilt has only made me more excited to make it! I hope you’ll join me on my journey as a beginner quilter by subscribing to this blog. On desktop, you’ll find the Subscribe form near the top of the right-hand menu area, and on phone, it’s near the bottom of the page.
From piecing to binding, I’m going to tackle it all. The only part I plan to outsource is longarming the quilt. Since I’m making a Twin-sized quilt, it’s just too big to quilt on a home sewing machine.
Please check back in the next few months to see how things go. Next time I’ll be cutting and piecing my blocks. Woo hoo!
If you have any advice for beginner quilters like me, please feel free to drop it in the comments below, and also let me know if you’re a new quilter and what patterns and fabrics you want to start your journey with.
See you next time and happy quilting!