Beginner Quilt Projects

Any time you’re learning something new, it’s always best to take baby steps as opposed to trying to do a marathon on your first day. This same principle applies to quilting and veterans recommend starting out with a simple project such as a placement, pillow, or oven pad.

As you get started in quilting, a placemat is a great project to help you learn the basics.

Investing in the right tools also can increase a newcomer’s chance of success. Some necessities include wide quilting rulers, a cutting mat, a rotary cutter, and tons of straight pins. Basting also can really help with accurate piecing, even though it takes more time.

What you want to avoid is thinking everything is cut out and ready to go and then when you start stitching a row, the pieces don’t fit together. Then you have to rip it out and re-do it.


Humidity Problems with Water Soluble Stabilizer

Q. I have trouble with my soluble stabilizer in the humid weather. It feels like a wet noodle, and the foot sticks to it. Is there any resolution for this?

A. If you are using a water soluble film, if will definitely will be affected by humidity. Keep it away from excessive heat or humidity by storing it in a plastic bag in a cool place except when using it.

An even better option is to use a woven water soluble stabilizer. This type is not affected by humidity, and it offers several other advantages as well. Fibers hold threads far better than films. Your threads become more easily entangled with the fibers and your fabric offering a firmer support and better definition. Film stabilizers are severely affected by outside conditions. They also can needle perforate. As there are no fibers to bind together, parts of your stabilizer can fall away before you want them to.


Lessons Shorten Learning Curve, Decrease Frustration

If you’re just getting started in quilting, take some lessons, recommend veteran quilters. While newcomers usually have an ample supply of excitement and enthusiasm, there are proven techniques that can really make a first-time project go more smoothly. Quilting instructors observe that self-taught students often make the same mistakes over and over, and this can be avoided. Classes are readily available at area sewing and quilt shops or even online. Make your first project an enjoyable one and sign yourself up.

Cutting Mat Tip

Cutting mats and rotary cutters are invaluable for cutting out pieces for quilts and all kinds of materials for crafts. Make sure your mat lasts a long time by always keeping it in a cool place and store it flat. One crafter threw her mat in her trunk where it laid on top of other things (not flat). By the time she remembered to get her mat out of the car, it had turned brittle and misshapen from the heat. Don’t let this happen to you!

Take care of your cutting board if you want it to last.

Quilt Educator Offers Lectures & Workshops

Want to creatively explore new quilting techniques and build new skills? Rose  Hughes, RaveSpeak Quilts offers specially designed lectures and workshops that will help you express your inner voice. Check it out by visiting

Rose Hughes offers classes to help you bloom creatively as a quilter.

Learn New Techniques At Four-Day November Quilting Conference

Imagine spending a full four days doing nothing but talking and learning about quilting. The East Coast Quilter’s Alliance III is hosting its 23rd “A Quilters’ Gathering” on Nov. 3-6, 2011 in Nashua, N.H. This four-day conference is filled with classes, meals, exhibits, and merchant malls. It offers 15 nationally renown instructors, more than 40 vendors, and a juried and judged quilt contest. For more information, visit http://w

Come see amazing quilts like this one by Pat Holly at A Quilters' Gathering in November in Nashua, NH.