Quilting for Beginners | How to Make a Quilt

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a quilt, finding out where to start can be a challenging process. There are so many different designs and so many beautiful fabrics to choose from!

Checkerboard Charms car quilt projectThe trick is to start small. But if your heart is set on making a quilt, a quilted coaster just isn’t going to cut it! For instant results, choose a smaller design like a cot quilt or a lap quilt. If you want to create a full bed-sized quilt, try something that doesn’t require lots of intricate piecing.

Pre-cut fabric bundles are a huge time-saver if you’re new to making quilts and I love this Checkerboard Charms Car Quilt design, which has been made using two charm packs. The alternating plain and printed fabrics give this quilt a really bold look, but you could create the same design using paler shades for a completely different look.

The Beginner’s Guide to Quilting features 16 great projects for novice quilters. It takes you step by step doll's quilt patternthrough all of the essential techniques you’ll need to make a quilt and there are clear illustrations to accompany the instructions for each project. The projects vary from bags and cushions to wall hangings and quilts, so there’s something to suit everyone. If you have young children, there’s an adorable doll’s quilt made using tie quilting so it’s really fast to create!

If you want to learn more before launching into a project, The Quilter’s Bible is a fantastic reference book for quilting, patchwork and applique. It features over 220 techniques and is packed with inspirational ideas, as well as instructions for 13 unique projects to practise your skills.

If you’ve recently started quilting take a look at our beginner quilting collection. It includes a copy of the Beginner’s Guide to Quilting (plus a digital copy so you can choose which projects to create whilst waiting for your fabric to arrive), a copy of The Quilter’s Bible, a rotary cutter, a cutting mat, a quilter’s ruler and 8 fat quarters of gorgeous fabric!

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What will you create today?

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