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I realize that sometime we talk about topics on blogs and don't really appeal to the beginner because we assume everyone knows what we are talking about!
I hope to inspire individuals to quilt because it's a creative and very therapeutic past time in a rather fast paced world.
So today I want to talk about how to get started quilting:
1) Check out by searching on the internet, quilt/patchwork shops in your area and sign up for a beginner class.
2) Go to the library and yes there are quilt books at the library!
3) Ask for advice from friends and relatives and blogs like www.quiltingintheloft.com, we are always happy to answer questions and give advice at no charge.
4)"Just do it" as they say, think of where quilting projects would fit into your home and jump in to this lovely pool of quilting knowledge!!
5) Purchase a great book and try it yourself at home.
See a recommended book below:
Beginners Guide to Quilting-16 Projects to Learn to Quilt by Elizabeth Betts
This book was published in 2013 so it is current and you can learn how to make beautiful quilts with this comprehensive guide to patchwork and quilting for beginners. Covers all aspects of quilting from piecing and applique to quilting and binding. Choose from 16 simple projects, each focusing on a different technique, from bags and cushions to table mats, wall hangings and bed quilts. Clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions accompany each project, making them all suitable for even a complete novice. The book also includes a quilting glossary explaining common quilting and sewing terms.
This book has a 5 star rating, it is recommended as a top book for beginners and has excellent reviews and is available at Amazon.ca for $21.74 Cdn
Check it out below:
1/30/2016 02:44:11 pm
A very timely article for me with excellent suggestions. I've taken a beginners class and made a fence rail quilt, read many quilting books (including novels!), done lots of thinking & purchasing patterns, much fabric and supplies as well as basic equipment. Now it's time for me to jump in, but I'm having trouble with that. I live on Vancouver Island, BC and my best quilting friend lives in Texas. Will look into purchasing the Elizabeth Betts book. Perhaps it will give me the confidence I need to make the plunge. Or perhaps if I re-take the beginners course. Edna
Hi Edna, The book is wonderful! I am happy you are considering getting back into this wonderful past time, you will not be disappointed. If you need any assistance at all feel free to email questions to our contact page and we would be happy to help you to make your quilting experience a great one! Also, keep watching our blog and website, we are always trying to share our quilting knowledge and free tips and ideas. Have a wonderful weekend, Robin www.quiltingintheloft.com
1/31/2016 07:27:16 pm
Hey! I'm the daughter of the writer of this blog (Robin) and I currently live in Kitimat BC. I totally get the difficulty with the jumping in part. I also don't have quite the quilting community my mom has in southern Ontario, but I've gained a lot of motivation to just do it by joining a (very small) quilters guild in my area. Do you have one in yours? Weekend quilt ins (friday night and saturday) with a group of close friends also really helps me to commit to a little bit of time each month to work on projects. Hope this helps.
1/30/2016 04:33:07 pm
is there a way I can get that beginner pattern
1/30/2016 11:16:49 pm
Can you point my to the pattern for this quilt? Thanks
Hi Rebecca, The quilt is a multiple 8 pointed star made of 1/2 Square triangles. I made it a few years back. I can draw up the pattern in Electric quilt 7 and send it to you if you send an email to our contact us page requesting the pattern. I am glad you like it!
1/31/2016 09:20:02 am
Love your quilt that you displayed in this blog.
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Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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