How To Be A Quilter
How to be a quilter (Even If you have only sewn garments before)
I am a quilter but I wasn't always.
I grew up with a seamstress mother and grandmother and learned to sew from an early age. I think I was just tall enough to reach the peddle when I learned. I made doll clothes and such as a girl and then clothes for myself as a teen, including my wedding dress. And then when the kids came along I made a lot of their clothes, especially my daughter. She got lots of frilly dresses and bonnets and she later told me how much she hated the dresses cause she wanted to dress like her brothers.
My exposure to making quilt tops came as a child also but never got interested in it until the kids grew up.
I am sure many of you also learned to sew clothing before taking up quilting as a hobby.
Let's look at some of the differences
Where to start
If you want to transition from sewing clothing to quilting, you may be confused about how to get started and what you will need.
When I took up quilting as a hobby I found a book for beginner quilters, bought myself a rotary cutter, mat and rulers and started collecting my stash. That is something else that is different, as a seamstress, I seldom collected fabric, only purchasing it with a garment in mind but I found with quilting I would get the fabric on sale and buy a yard or two and shop my stash when I wanted to make something. It was great when I had the room for all of that fabric but I downsized in 2013 and am back to purchase when I need it for a project. I miss having a large selection of fabric but I deal with it.
Some good books to help you get started
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In this fourth book of her popular ‘Teach Me’ series, expert teacher and quilt designer Pat Sloan guides you through each and every step as you make your very first quilt. Pat’s easy to follow instructions and more than 140 clear how to photos make it fun to start, stitch and finish nine classic blocks and nine simple quilt projects even if you’re an absolute beginner. Learn the basics, from selecting notions and cutting fabric to machine sewing to quilting and binding, all from a skilled instructor with a warm, patient teaching style. You’ll be proud to finish your first quilt, the first of many.
The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting book is your sophisticated beginner guide to falling in love with quilting and sewing. Learn from the history of 7 traditional blocks, as you learn to make and use each block in quilts and quilt projects. Popular Simple Simon and Company bloggers give classic patchwork a modern makeover to have a contemporary feel. Choose from 7 gorgeously bold colorful quilts, stunning skirts and accessories and unique home decor like whimsical wall art. From cutting fabric to attaching binding, included are tutorials on everything necessary to complete every project. Whether you are new to quilting or simply looking for inspiration, you are sure to enjoy a new perspective on traditional patchwork.
Supplies to help you get started
You will need a sewing machine, it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive but it calls for a 1/4” foot or something to gauge a scant 1/4” seam. You need a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler made for rotary cutting.
The items below are just a suggestion for what you might need.