Beginner's Guide to Quilting
For those who want to learn to quilt, the WWQP presents a series of quilt projects each designed to teach basic techniques. Each block pattern contains complete directions not only for the block, but also for various projects using these blocks so the beginning quilter can create useful items and gifts while they are learning. Look for a new block pattern approximately every month with new projects increasing in difficulty and building on the techniques learned in the previous projects
The beginner blocks use techniques such as rotary cutting and machine piecing to give the best results in the shortest period of time. The new quilter will need to have some basic tools to complete the projects presented here. The tools listed below are what we have found to be most useful.
- Sewing machine
- Universal sewing needles - size 12
- Rotary cutter &spare blades - 45mm
- Self-healing cutting mat - 16" x 24"
- Acrylic ruler for rotary cutting - 3" x 24" or 6" x 24", marked in 1/8" increments
- Sewing pins - glass heads
- Safety pins - 1" non rusting
While a complete list of supplies is given for each project, the items below will be used in all the projects.
- 100% cotton fabric, washed and pressed, color suggestions and yardage given for each project.
- Quilt batting - polyester or cotton, recommended batting given in each project.
- Good quality 100% cotton or poly-wrapped cotton thread - size 50 - white or light grey for most colored fabrics, black for dark fabrics
- Heavy duty spray starch - keeps fabrics from stretching and makes it easier to work with.
Beginner's Block Patterns
As with most of the pages found on the WWQP, the Beginner's Guide to quilting is a Work in Process. Our goal is to create a comprehensive guide to introduce the non-quilter to the world of quilting. Your feed back is important to us. Please tell us what you'd like to see and what suggestions you have. E-mail us at Beginners@quilt.com. Thank you!
© 1999 Susan E Traudt - Feel free to use the patterns and instructions given here for personal or instructional use, but please, if use the information for instruction, you must give credit to the WWQP and provide the URL http://quilt.com/Quilt.html
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