Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I am fairly new to quilting. I have done several basic quilts, most 9 block crib quilts. I want to branch out and make larger sizes. I machine quilt only, and I have a very hard time keeping everything lined up. I do not know any quilting techniques, I have just been making quilts using my basic sewing techniques. I am sure they are similar, but what I am wondering is if they are any really excellent books out there that can walk me through step by step from start to finish? I really like instructions with pictures.
Lacey,If there's a library near you they usually have all kind of books,rather than going out and buying books which I don't think is necessary because they can be expensive. If you go to u-tube and type in beginner quilting you will find all kinds of videos which will help you.JUst ask any question you want to know and you will be able to see a video on how to do it.Good Luck!
Lacey, I agree with the youtube suggestion. There are loads of videos and helpful instructions on there and it is easy to follow because you can see the whole process from cutting to binding. EASY!!!
Simplicity has good beginners books, but you'll find it even easier to learn if you can find someone to actually show you in person. U tube is good to for those of us who learn best "visually". Nothing beats trying new things & practicing. I suggest you check out the group "Machine quilting on a domestic machine" here on My Quilt Place with Sewcal Gal. The tutorials start with January step 1 and proceed with Fe.2, Mar3 etc. By keeping things "lined up", do you mean keeping the "sandwich" layers together? answer basting/ pinning techniques...explore these. If you mean keeping pieced parts together while sewing rows etc., learn to press seams in opposite directions and " nest" the seams, pin (new forked pins now available help even more)then stitch carefully right over pins. Of course careful cutting & the seam allowances you used have to be accurate 1/4" or they'll never line up in the first place.If you mean while quilting, stabilize the project by stitching in the ditch (along straight seam lines) with the walking foot attachment if you have one (feed dogs in use here). Then go back and free motion later with feed dogs down & quilting/darning ft. Ask specific questions around here, and you'll get all the info you need. Remember that there are lots of methods to do anything, choose what works best for YOU:)
Hi Lacy, I too am a fairly new quilter. I have made bedside quilts but have not done any of the quilting part. I love to piece them together and some day would love to learn how to machine quilt. I think whatever method of learning is best for you is the route you should go. I personally like too go to quilt shops and ask questions. I would love to join a group and learn more from other people, but I still work full time and time is an issue.
Lacey - I'd recommend "The Quilter's Companion" by That Patchwork Place -- and would check your local library to see if they have it. It is subtitled "Everything You Need to Know to Make Beautiful Quilts" and does just what you ask - it walks you through every step, with lots of diagrams and photos.
I am a self-taught quilter. When I started quilting in the early 1990's I purchased the book, "Quiltmaking Tips and Techniques" and read it cover to cover. I don't know if it's still in print, but you could check your local library. I would also recommend taking a beginning quilting class at your LQS. Also, there is a ton of information available on the internet, You Tube videos and blog tutorials. I have a tutorial I wrote recently on my blog for fusible applique, curlicuecreations.blogspot.com, if you are interested in that. Enjoy your quilting journey. Have a super day!
I am fairly new also and found joining a quilt group near me helped me most along with youtube . At our quilt group the members are always eager and willing to share their techniques
basic sewing skills are excellent tools to have when starting quilting. know some quilters that got started and had not been sewers previously. they do fine...but little tricks of basic sewing are needed in any sewing endeavor...doll making quilting whatever.
you don't need a bunch of books. one maybe two really good ones should get you started. fons and porter put out a book years ago that is spiral bound and lays flat. online, libraries...great resources. but library has to be returned...and it is really hard to look at pc video or whatever and work on your machine. this book i got of fons & porters is excellent reference for beginning quilters. great photos. and their directions are always excellent. go to their website and it should still be available. if not ck out used books sites on line. if need be i can go dig my copy out and give you exact info for looking for it online or ordering in book store. i got mine for my dil a few years back when she decided that she wanted to get into quilting. then she took up knitting. great book so i kept it in my own library of books.