Quilt Patterns

Beginner Quilt Patterns

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Learn the Basics of Quilting

Beginner Quilting Lessons

  • Make a Christmas Quilt - In part one of this beginning quilting lesson learn how to cut the fabric and piece the top together. Coming soon, the Santa Claus applique.

Beginner quilt patterns are a great way to wet your needle in the exciting world of quilting. Sometimes the hardest part about quilting isn't making stitches and piecing together blocks, but choosing what designs to work with for your blanket. A quiltmaker could use the same pattern repeatedly and continue to come up with different styles for the design. Beginner quilt patterns will help you get started by allowing you to begin slow and simple.

Quilting has been around for centuries and is a pastime enjoyed by both men and women alike. A person can make a quilt at any age no matter where they are in the world. All a beginner has to bring to the quilt table is an interest.

It is especially popular in the United States. Quiltmakers have carried on this tradition from generation to generation not out of a burden, but out of a joy. Making a quilt by hand or by a machine is like creating a piece of work.

Beginner quilt patterns are like other designs in that they help you tell a story through your sewing. A blanket, comforter or even a pillow can symbolize something. It can be a relationship you share with your child, a grandmother's gift or the inspiration you found at the last arts and craft fair you attended.

Quilts make great gifts, but they also tell stories of the past. They tell more than just the past that American families have lived, but the quilting traditions across the Atlantic and the Pacific as well.

It is important to know going in though that quilting can become addicting and time consuming. That is one of the benefits of using the beginner quilt patterns because they tend to be simpler and less time sensitive. Beginner quilt patterns allow you to walk into the shallow end before jumping in the deep end.

Basic Terminology for New Quilters

Before you start to make a quilt, you need to know exactly what it is made up. Quilts consist of three layers. First, you have the top, and then you will have batting (cotton, flannel) and then a piece of fabric to use for the backing. By piecing all three layers together, you are quilting.

You can use needle and thread or a sewing machine to design your patterns. If you want to skip the need and the machine all together, you could tie the layers of the quilts. You can make quilts with friends, family or have it as your special project just to yourself.

Things you might want to have before beginning your first beginner quilt patterns are:

  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutting board
  • Pins
  • Needles
  • Quilting hoop
  • Pencils or markers (these are used for marking the quilts)

One tip that you will always want to follow is washing the fabrics before you start to make your beginner quilt patterns. This will help make the fabric easier to work with and also give it a test run in the washer and dryer, so you don't waste your time on a material that won't hold up to a few washes. It will also help your beginner quilt patterns be softer and more comfortable to use.

There are also some helpful terms that can help you through the quilting process and patterns. A block refers to several pieces of material that have been sewn together. The finished size refers to the completed size of the quilts after the binding has been added. Strip piercing is the use of long trips of fabric that can be used to cut smaller shapes from to add to your quilt's design. In addition, for those quilters who want to use a machine, they may want to look into a walking foot. This will help you feed all three layers through the sewing machine at the same time.

Types of Patterns

If someone tried to name all the types of quilting designs available, they would have to put aside a large amount of time, especially if they wanted to explain each one. There are several types of designs that you can use when you want to make a quilt. For beginner quilt patterns some of the most common designs are:

  • Big block
  • Picture frame
  • Star
  • Rag
  • Log cabin
  • Basket weaving
  • Roman stripe

Beginner quilt patterns tend to be more simplistic in nature to allow you time to master the basics before moving on to other patterns. They don't have to be used just on quilts though. You can use beginner quilt patterns on clothing, wall hangings, blankets and even bags.

You can also make your quilts to any size and dimension by expanding or decreasing your beginner quilt patterns, whichever the case may be. For example, you may have to make adjustments if you want to make a baby quilt or make a comforter for a relative to take with them when they go to college.

Quilters can find thousands of beginner quilt patterns online free of charge to get them started. There are also beginner quilt books available or you could take a course from a local quilter. Most community colleges and recreation departments will also offer a course in quilting and will start with the basics. This will help you gain confidence so quilting won't become a "has been" but instead a "have to."

As a beginner don't be afraid to try any patterns that catch your interest. You never know just what you are capable of and patterns that you have a connection with will show in your attention to the quilt detail.