Learn how to quilt for beginners: 5 essential posts to save and share

Learn-how-to-quilt-for-beginnersAre you a beginner? We’re all beginners in some way. Some of us have never paper pieced; others have yet to try needle-turn appliqué. How about hand piecing, embroidery, or machine quilting? There’s always something new to learn that will inspire your creativity!

In today’s post we’ve collected resources for new quilters of all kinds. Discover something you’d like to learn in our beginner roundup below—there’s tons of new sewing fun to explore.

Be sure to share a link to this post with the newbies you know—they’ll thank you!

how-to-quiltFREE DOWNLOADS

Ready, set, quilt! With 40 years of quilting expertise to draw on, we’ve got lots of tips, tricks, and do-it-the-easy-way advice for beginners. What’s new to you? Get your free downloadable quilting tutorials here, including:

  • Quilting vocabulary
  • Rotary cutting: How to cut fabric with rotary cutters
  • Piecing a quilt: How to sew seams, chain piece, match points, and press for success
  • How to appliqué: needle-turn, freezer-paper, and fusible appliqué
  • Paper-foundation piecing step by step
  • Common hand-embroidery stitches
  • How to sew borders on quilts
  • Making a quilt sandwich
  • How to make a hanging sleeve
  • Binding a quilt

P.S. We have free downloads for how to knit and how to crochet too.

Martingale-on-YouTubeHOW-TO VIDEOS

Here are a few of our how-to videos on YouTube—go here to watch them all.


how-to-sew-a-quarter-inch-seam5. How to sew a quarter-inch seam—perfectly, every time

Can we all agree that this one trick will solve most piecing problems once and for all? A must-have skill for beginners!spacer 10px deep

Making-half-square-triangles4. Triangle quilts: making the perfect HST

Triangles can kick-start a beginner’s journey toward more challenging sewing techniques. Once a quilter masters the HST (half-square triangle), a whole new world of block patterns come into play.
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Nine-Patch-quilt-block3. 11 simple quilt blocks you can make in 10 minutes

Beginners want to learn techniques, of course—but they want to make something to show off, too! Start with easy quilt blocks that, when sewn into rows, transform into wonderful quilts.
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Jelly-Roll-Race-quilt2. Jelly Roll race quilt—with a spin

The pretty quilts in this post are perfect for beginners—start by sewing simple strips. No triangles, no point matching, and likely no seam ripper needed. You can’t go wrong with these patterns that rely on a fun slice, spin, and sash sequence that results in beautiful quilts. Oh sew easy!
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advice-from-a-beginner1. Advice to seasoned quilters…from a beginner (+ videos)

Our most popular post about beginning quilters! Don’t miss the comments section, where you’ll find tons of advice from Stitch This! readers.
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What are you a beginner at: sewing seams, free-motion quilting, paper piecing? Tell us in the comments!


3 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I want to try free motion I’ve done small table mats but not a quilt. I am going to finish the sewing on a 60 x 60 quilt today and I would like to free motion but I am afraid its to big for my machine. Any thoughts?

    Hi Susan, a few weeks ago we posted some tips on machine-quilting setup and ergonomics from the book Machine Quilting with Style by Christa Watson – you can find that post here. There are many more tips inside the book, but the tips in the post should get you started. Good luck and happy quilting! –Jenny

    —Susan Bruhn on April 8, 2016
  • What an absolutely excellent blog post. Thanks Jenny.


    Thank you so much, QuiltShopGal! 🙂 –Jenny

    QuiltShopGal on April 8, 2016
  • Batting for baby quilt? What batting should I use to get a very soft, lightweight quilt for a baby quilt? I want it to be 100% cotton. Thank you in advance for your help.

    Hi Jana, here’s a post that may help with your decision – a little overview of quilt-batting types. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Jana on April 11, 2016

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