Best book for beginning quilters? Pat’s where it’s at (+ big giveaway!)

Think back to when you were a beginning quilter (or maybe that’s right now). Wh0 do you wish you’d had to help you as you started on this whimsical, wonderful journey? After reading the new book we’re sharing with you today, we know wh0 we wish we’d had:


Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Make My First Quilt

If you want to learn how to quilt—or help someone who wants to learn—Pat Sloan is the perfect teacher. She’s made quilting a lifelong passion for thousands of her students by showing them the ropes, and she’ll do the same for you (or your wanna-be quilter friends). In the latest book from Pat’s “Teach Me” series, you’ll first learn to sew nine classic quilt blocks:

Just knowing how to sew nine quilt blocks right out of the gate is a great start for any beginner! But Pat goes one step further: she shows how to use those blocks in nine beautiful projects that any quilter will be proud to show off.

We’re thrilled to have Pat as a guest writer at our blog today to tell us more about her special book for beginners—welcome back, Pat!

Writing the fourth book in my “Teach Me” series was exciting to plan, write, make, and now share with you!

I learned to quilt by taking a 12-week, all-by-hand, cardboard-template class in a quilt shop. At the time that was the only way you could learn in a classroom. When I started to teach beginners, I looked back to how I learned then, and how people learn today.

Today we have a lot of self-taught quilters because of amazing tutorials, easy-to-do projects, and the internet! One of the things I’ve noticed is that often when we are self-taught, we might miss things that would truly help us enjoy quiltmaking more. (I talked about this topic recently on the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast, which I host weekly. You can listen to the episode here.)

Let me tell you about the important features I share in the book, which many self-taught quilters can use to fill in those “information gaps” about how quilting works.

  • In the first six sections of the book, I introduce the basics—prepping fabrics, pressing blocks, and assembling quilts.
  • I include nine block patterns, and I walk you through making each one with step-by-step photos that you can follow.
  • My approach is to make a block, and then repeat that block in a project. That way, you practice a skill and still have a project when you’re done.
  • As you work through each block, I add new techniques. By the end of the book, you have a whole new toolbox of skills.

My favorite part about writing this book was to include all the tips I know for how to spot and correct problems. Troubleshooting isn’t hard once you know how to check for issues as you go along. My biggest tip is to check for accuracy as you sew and not wait until the end. I wrote an article about this very topic that you might find helpful.

I’ve fine-tuned what you need to know, so you’ll be successful and also have fun!

Collect the other three books in my “Teach Me” series to have a full reference guide to use over and over again.

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique

Now Let’s Go Sew!

From essential tools, sewing-machine advice, and common quilting terms to rotary cutting, machine sewing, and quilt-top assembly, Pat’s included all the tips and tricks that her newbie students love. More than 140 photos in the book make learning easy—and Pat’s you-can-do-it style of teaching makes it fun.

And speaking of fun . . .


Pat’s rounded up some of her industry friends who’ve generously donated wonderful prizes for FIVE beginners and beyond to win!

FROM MODA: A fat-quarter bundle of Quill by 3 Sisters plus a Layer Cake of Grunge by Basic Grey (because well, you just gotta have great fabric!).

FROM OLFA: a 12″ x 17″ Olfa Folding Cutting Mat, a 45 mm Splash Handle Rotary Cutter in Emperor Purple, an Endurance 45 mm Tungsten Tool Steel Rotary Blade, AND a 6″ x 12″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler. WOW!

: Fat Quarter Shop’s exclusive line of batting is Happy Cloud, and that’s exactly what it feels like. Win two 60″ x 60″ throw packs: one in 100% cotton and one in a 50/50 cotton blend. Nice!

FROM SCHMETZ NEEDLES: A Sew Essentials Combo Value Pack featuring Schmetz Needles and a Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion. Also includes a useful informational card with needle tips and the Schmetz Color Code Chart. Awesome!

And last but not least, FROM OLISO: A limited-edition Oliso TG1600 Pro Smart Iron . . . in PINK! With Oliso’s patented iTouch® technology, you simply touch the handle and the iron lowers, ready to work. Take your hand off and the patented scorchguards lift the iron off the board preventing scorches, burns, and tipping. Sweet! (Bonus: when you buy the Oliso TG1600 Pro Smart Iron on Pat’s website, you’ll get a 15% discount and free shipping—thanks, Pat!)

And you can bet with each winning prize, you’ll also get your own copy of Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Make My First Quilt from Martingale!

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Make My First QuiltTo be automatically entered in the giveaway, tell us in the comments:

What do you wish you’d known when you started quilting?

  • I wish I’d known more basics about cutting, piecing, and pressing.
  • I wish I’d had a crash course in knowing how a sewing machine works.
  • I wish I knew that I was going to need more room for fabric. A LOT more.
  • I’m a newbie—I want to know more!

We’ll choose five random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’d like to start learning with Pat right now, you can order Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Make My First Quilt at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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