Ignite the Fire
Whether you're teaching someone else to quilt or just getting back into it yourself after an absence, here are some tips for getting started and staying motivated!
Start Small: A pillow or table runner takes less time to complete than a full-size quilt. Smaller projects often take advantage of shortcuts, making it easier to understand the directions and see it to completion. A small project also lets you test the waters as far as color, fabrics, or style. You can explore without a huge commitment.
Find a Friend: Ask a knowledgeable employee at a quilt shop. Quilt shop staff are familiar with the skills needed for various projects and will be able to direct your fabric choices. Another alternative is to visit a local quilt show. If a project catches your eye, check the show book so you can find the title of the pattern. Look for a mentor. If you’ve admired a neighbor or coworker’s quilting, ask if she’ll share her skills with you. Or perhaps your mom or grandma would be willing to sit down with you and show you the ropes. Remember one thing--everyone will relish initiating a new quilter!
Take a Class: Most quilt shops offer classes. You’ll be able to get your questions answered as soon as they arise. Another great thing about a class is that you get to see other students’ color choices for the same project. That will help boost your confidence when it’s time to choose your next quilt.
Be Square: Pieced projects made of squares, rectangles, and right triangles are among the easiest to assemble. Look for those shapes when you are picking out a pattern. Projects with simple appliqué shapes or fusible appliqués are a great choice, too! They allow you to add dimension to your project while acquiring a new set of skills.
Buy a Kit: Consider buying a kit if choosing from hundreds of bolts of fabric is too overwhelming. Kits often contain the pattern as well as all the coordinating fabrics you’ll need. A hint for when you’re making a kitted project--if the pieces aren’t labeled, measure them and compare them to the pattern supply list. It will help narrow down what goes where.
Love It: Set yourself up to finish by choosing a project that you’re eager to display or give as a gift. Feeling comfortable with your choice of pattern and fabric will ensure that you have a successful experience.
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