Start with Basic Quilting Techniques

I love this tutorial because it covers some of the essential basic quilting techniques for beginners AND the ideas and designs look amazing! It’s so encouraging when you are beginning to be able to make something that looks really good and looks so much more complicated than it actually is.

One of the  important basic quilting techniques you want to understand is how how to cut squares. I know that sounds simple but getting squares actually square is a skill. Once you have the principles of cutting squares and the quarter inch seam (and half square triangles and …)  the quilting world is your oyster!

This tutorial is a great place to start if you have never quilted before, or you haven’t done much quilting recently using modern techniques.  In the tutorial, you will be introduced to some of  the tools and the steps to start quilting. They have some great ideas involving scraps or clothes that your children have outgrown, to make a special memory filled patchwork quilt. Quilting started with a make do tradition, women in the past used old clothes and scraps left over from making other things to create something new and beautiful. Nowadays  people mostly buy new fabric to make quilts which is what I do, but I really like the idea of incorporating fabric from my daughter’s out grown dresses for example into something special.

Jennie Rayment shows us how to cut strips, squares, half square triangles and quarter square triangles. We get to see a really quick design perfect for starting a quilt with little experience, incredibly simple if you are looking for a quick and easy start to quilting in the New Year.

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Tarnya is Quilting Focus' webmaster and a beginner quilter who hasn’t ventured much outside pre-cuts and quilting in the ditch. She is excited by modern short cut quilting techniques which makes quilting so much more achievable for those who are quite short on time. She enjoys making quilts for her children who she says do not notice mistakes and feel loved by what she makes. "I appreciate how learning and improving my quilting, cross pollinates into other creative areas of my life: for example colour, balance, proportion are important to quilting, but they are also important to web design."

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