Have you ever wanted to learn how to quilt? Perhaps you’re awe-struck looking at all the beautiful fabrics that are available to suit any taste. Maybe you feel like you need a hobby that you will not only enjoy, but that will have a fabulous end result: a beautiful quilt.
So where do you begin? There are lots of places to begin, but here’s my suggestion for how to proceed.
1) Look through some quilting magazines, books and quilting websites. Take some notes about the kinds of quilts you enjoy looking at. Write down your favorite colors and styles of fabrics. If you purchase books or magazines, put sticky note bookmarks where you see quilts you like and write a few words about what you like about them.
2) Visit a QUILT SHOP. Do you notice that the words QUILT SHOP were written to catch your attention? Don’t go to a discount store or “big box” sewing or craft store. You really do want a quilt shop for several reasons.
a) A QUILT SHOP specializes in quilts and quilters. They know what they are doing, and can answer any questions you might have about quiltmaking.
b) There is a vast difference in the quality of the fabric when you compare fabric from a QUILT SHOP and fabic from a “big box” sewing or craft store. It will hold up better for you and be totally different to work with.
3) Ask the people at the shop about upcoming classes for beginners. They are sure to have a beginning class coming up soon! If they don’t,
4) Find another quilt shop that DOES, or check the local quilt guilds for available instructors.
5) If you are interested in quilting, find a quilt guild in your area and join. Attend meetings, even if you haven’t yet held a needle and thimble in your hand. They will be happy to know you’re a beginner, and you’ll get lots of great help and advice.
Best wishes on making your first quilt!