When I began running beginner quilt making classes I asked my Twitter friends what advice they would give beginners. I got great responses and I thought I'd publish them on my blog. I'm pretty sure I never got around to it. And even if I did, I think they bear repeating from time to time.
And seeing as I'm running another set of classes at the moment, now is as good a time as any! Thanks guys, and even if you're not a beginner, take the time to read the list. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the basics. And that it's okay to use pretty fabric!
The importance of the 1/4" seam. Being as accurate as possible in every step makes a better end product. But have fun!
Always square up your blocks when you're done piecing them.
Wash and dry fabrics first!
Measure twice and cut once - saves on fabric AND frustration!!
Regarding mistakes -If you can't see it from a galloping horse, don't worry about it. Advice that set me free.
And practice makes perfect. We all start out crawling before we can walk.
“Don’t worry, it’s just fabric!” Spent too long hanging onto pretty fabric I was afraid to cut into.
And the corollary, “There will always be another pretty fabric!”
Make friends with your seam ripper.
Learn as many techniques as you can and try them out on small projects build arsenal of skills
Play and have fun. enjoy the process.
Measure with lines on ruler, not cutting mat.
When a seam doesn't come out right, set it aside, try again on the next one. Rip out later.
Sew slowly, even FMQ. Better to be comfortable & in control
Done is better than perfect.
you will learn and enjoy more if you join and engage with the quilting community.
Life is short. Use pretty fabric. JMO.
Start with a small project, wall hanging, pillow cover, bag.
I'd love to hear your best piece of advice for the beginner quilt maker, leave me a comment and I'll be sure to pass them on to my class.