Have you always wanted to make a quilt but not known how or where to start? If you are new to quilting there can be lots to learn and we are here to make sure it’s fun at every step! This Guide To Quilting class is the perfect gentle introduction to anyone wanting to learn how to quilt. And we promise your first quilt will not be your last!
Quilting can often be a very precise form of sewing and can be overwhelming, but with our Guide To Quilting we like to take a softer approach and embrace the quirks of each quilt along the way. And, once you’ve learnt the basics of how to quilt, there will no stopping you!
How awesome would it be to turn your fabric recycling into an heirloom quilt to be passed down through the generations?!
Quilts have come a long way from using up worn out clothes and fabrics! Once purely functional, quilts today are a modern and colourful form of textile art and a great way to add your personality to your home decor. Made with improvisational sewing or following a pattern, they can be made with beautifully pre-matched fabrics or using the scraps left over from your other sewing projects.
Follow along with our Guide To Quilting as we talk you through the basics you need to know to get started. Including what fabrics to use, what tools you will need, how to choose colours and prints and how to use a rotary cutter safely. Then, once you are ready, we will take you through 4 simple but very impactful patchwork blocks.
Each block is broken down into simple bite-sized lessons to make it really easy for you, covering the essential steps of cutting, sewing, pressing and trimming. Take your time as we show you each step in depth, gaining confidence with every block. Either use the patchwork blocks to make individual mini quilts, practicing each step along the way, or dive straight into making a full size quilt. Mix and match the blocks into any design you wish, creating your own unique quilt that we know you will love.
Once all your blocks are sewn, we’ll show you how to complete the patchwork top by adding sashing and borders. An easy way to take your small blocks and grow them into a much larger quilt!
Finishing your quilt…
The final stages of making a quilt are often the most daunting and many a quilt has been abandoned at this point. But not with this class! Because, after we’ve walked you through creating your quilt sandwich, we give you 5 different options of how to quilt your quilt – either with the sewing machine or by hand-sewing.
For that essential final step so you can finish all of your hard word off beautifully, we give you multiple options for binding your quilt, including how to make your own bias binding from scratch.
Get ready to fall in love with a new form of sewing that celebrates your uniqueness, quirkiness and creativity with our Guide To Quilting!
- HOW TO CHOOSE QUILTING FABRICS
- THE BASICS OF COLOUR THEORY
- HOW TO MATCH PATTERNS
- ALL ABOUT FABRIC PRE-CUTS
- WHICH TOOLS ARE BEST FOR QUILTING
- HOW TO USE A ROTARY CUTTER
- HOW TO SEW WITH A 1/4″ SEAM
- HOW TO USE A 1/4″ FOOT
- HOW TO USE A WALKING FOOT
- HOW TO CUT FABRIC SQUARES
- HOW TO CUT FABRIC STRIPS
- ALL ABOUT STANDARD QUILT SIZES
- HOW MUCH FABRIC YOU NEED
- HOW TO PLAN YOUR QUILT
- HOW TO SEW A 9 PATCH
- HOW TO MAKE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES
- HOW TO MAKE A LOG CABIN BLOCK
- HOW TO DO IMPROVISED QUILTING
- HOW TO MATCH SEAMS
- HOW TO MEASURE QUILT BLOCKS
- HOW TO TRIM QUILT BLOCKS
- HOW TO USE QUILT SASHING
- HOW TO ADD A QUILT BORDER
- HOW TO PLAN YOUR QUILT LAYOUT
- HOW TO CHOOSE BACKING FABRICS
- HOW TO CHOOSE QUILT WADDING
- HOW TO PIECE QUILT BACKING
- HOW TO CREATE A QUILT SANDWICH
- HOW TO PIN BASTE A QUILT
- HOW TO SPRAY BASTE A QUILT
- HOW TO HANDLE A LARGE QUILT
- HOW TO STITCH IN THE DITCH
- HOW TO DO TRAM LINE QUILTING
- HOW TO QUILT WITH CURVED LINES
- HOW TO HAND TIE A QUILT
- HOW TO USE A SELF BINDING
- HOW TO MAKE BIAS BINDING
- HOW TO ATTACH BIAS BINDING
- HOW TO HAND FINISH EDGES
You do not need any more than your sewing machine, some fabric, thread, scissors and a marking tool to follow along with this class. However, here are some of the extra items we use throughout:
★ A rotary cutter
★ A self-healing board
★ A quilting ruler (we use a 6.5” x 13” ruler)
★ A range quilting cottons or scrap fabrics (1-1.5 metres in total if you wish to make one example of all of the blocks shown - our downloadable worksheet will help you to calculate how much fabric you would need for a larger quilt)
★ Batting or wadding fabric (four 13” squares for the samples alone - our downloadable worksheet will help you to calculate how much fabric you would need for a larger quilt)
★ Backing fabric (four 13” squares for the samples alone - our downloadable worksheet will help you to calculate how much fabric you would need for a larger quilt)
★ An air-erasable or water-soluble marker
★ Quilters pins (we like the flower head variety)
★ Basting pins or spray adhesive
★ Embroidery floss and hand sewing needle for decorative stitches
★ An iron and ironing board
★ Spray starch
★ Store bought bias binding, or extra fabric and a bias tape maker
★ Binding clips