This course will teach you the very basics of quilting. Topics covered will include: cutting technique, sewing basics, color choices, terminology, and more. At the end of the techniques section we will be putting you skills to the test by creating a very basic quilt.
You will need basic quilting materials in order to take this course including: a rotary cutter, mat, clear cutting ruler, sewing machine, seam ripper, iron, ironing board, quilting safety pins, and scissors. You will also need fabric to be used for training as well as your quilt project, thread to match, and batting.
This course covers the absolute basics. I never had anyone to explain any of the quilting process to me and this is designed to cover the remedial steps as a first quilting class. From here you can go onto more in-depth courses or patterns. Good foundations make for a good quilter.
This will introduce the overall flow of the course so you know what to expect. Remember, quilting takes practice, so never expect perfection. The quality will improve over time, just need some foundation (which you will get from this course) and practice, practice, practice!
Now is a good time to make sure you have your materials together. See the Course Summary for the complete list, the video will go over some of the essentials.
This is where we will cover basic quilting terminology. By the end of this lecture you should be able to read a pattern and understand most of what is needed.
In this lecture you will learn how to select fabrics for your chosen pattern. We cover fabric size, color, and lightness.
For this portion of the course you will need to download the quilting pattern and use the knowledge you learned in the last lecture to select the size and colors of your fabric for use in the final project. You can absolutely use fabric you already have if the size works. You also have additional website resources to help you with color selection. This is the hardest part for a lot of quilters because color selection takes practice.
Keep in mind:
1- Read the WHOLE pattern first
2 - You do not have to buy all the fabric at once. It might be a good idea to start with the two fat quarters (light and dark) and then go back later for the rest as needed. I always recommend getting enough for the blocks in your first visit but the rest is optional.
3 - 100% cotton should be used
4 - You do not need to wash fabric first. General rule is either was all of it or none of it.
This is the crucial step once you have all of your blocks assembled of ensuring all of the blocks are the exact same size.
Now you have all of the components ready, how do you assemble?
The actual act of quilting can be done in many ways. For this course I focus on machine free-hand quilting for smaller projects or using a professional longarmer for larger projects. The external links also provide resources for hand stitching and using the hand tie method for quilting.
Here we try free motion machine quilting.
This is where we complete the binding. This is the final step in completing your first quilt!
Once you are finished with this lesson, you have successfully completed this course. Congratulations to you for creating your art!
I hold a bachelors degree in Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. After graduation, I worked for 5 years in the Aerospace Industry. I helped design and launch multiple Satellite programs for the US Air Force and NASA. When I had my daughter I decided to take some time off, but being the antsy person that I am...I could never quite sit still. I am now a small-business owner and hobby quilter/crocheter.
I learned to quilt and crochet when I was a small child. My grandma taught me and I have been doing it ever since. I sell some of my products online, however, I mostly do it because it is relaxing and I enjoy it. I would like to pass on that love to others who are just staring out.