If you follow my articles, you know that I’ve just started sewing. It is slow work, but I do love it. I’ve been working primarily on bags and quilting. Quilting is a real treat because there is so much room for creativity. There are so many different styles of quilting. And there is so much to learn!
This is what this beginning quilter has learned thus far about getting started quilting:
First, there are tons of products out there to buy to help you quilt. As my husband put it, this is no longer just a craft to help you do something with your scrap fabric. No, this can be a very expensive craft if you let it. This weekend alone I bought a fabric cutter for $27.00. It was at half price, so I thought I was getting off cheap. As it turns out, I am not happy with the cutter, so I am returning it to the store, but you see what I mean. The number of items available for helping you quilt is ever growing in number, so be ready to invest in your craft if you get in this very deeply.
On the other hand, there is no reason you have to buy all of these expensive tools if you have good sewing skills. While a rotary cutter and mat are now pretty much standard equipment, you can do a lot with just a few basic rulers. Perhaps the problem people have is that these other tools are just so darn much fun!
Second, there are some really great websites out there to give you advice, so don’t jump in and buy a bunch of books right off the bat. About.com has some great free information on quilting, while Allpeoplequilt.com and Fonsandporter.com have both free information and information that is available for a fee; the All People Quilt sells their tutorials individually while Fons and Porter sells a yearly pass for flat fee and that allows the purchaser access to all of their for pay info. However, probably my favorite site is a small fabric seller – Fabricnquilts.com. This seller has spent a lot of time compiling a huge list of sites where folks can find free patterns, tutorials, and more. Thanks!
Third, sometimes you’ve got to just jump on in there and try. That’s what I did. But I made one major error – I didn’t plan the size of my quilt before I started. That is a major mistake. You need to know how big your quilt is going to be when you finish so that it will fit the batting. Well, I got quilt happy, made mine bigger than the crib sized batting but smaller than the twin sized batting…you get the idea. I’ll be cutting up a twin sized batting to finish my baby quilt, but hey, it’s my first one! Live and learn, right?
That’s okay – I’ll use the batting scraps for the bags I’m making. Nothing will go to waste here! Hmmm…. sounds like the quilting philosophy of using scraps is going full circle after all. Happy quilting, sewing, and bag making!
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