Believe it or not, you can quilt too

Believe it or not, you can quilt too! Quilting might seem like an activity reserved for those with a long family history of stitching together patches, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In reality, quilting is a versatile and rewarding craft that anyone can pick up, regardless of their background. With a multitude of patterns, fabrics, and techniques available, there’s always something new to learn and create. Additionally, modern tools and resources make it easier than ever to start your first project, even if you’re a complete beginner.

This hobby, often associated with generations of tradition, is actually accessible to anyone interested. You don’t need a background in the craft to get started. Today, there are numerous online tutorials, classes, and communities dedicated to quilting that can help guide you through the process. Whether you’re looking to create something small like a table runner or embark on a larger project like a bedspread, there’s a wealth of inspiration and support available. Plus, quilting is not only a creative outlet but also a great way to make personalized gifts and home decor.

Corey Pearson, Master Quilter and VP of Customer Success at Linda’s Electric Quilters, believes that quilting doesn’t have to be intimidating, and he wants to help you get started!

Here are Corey’s Three Steps for Beginner Quilters

STEP 1: Know what you’re getting into

The quilting community is extremely welcoming, but it’s easy to be overwhelmed with information. I would definitely start my first quilt by making a Jelly Roll quilt. They are super easy quilt tops to make and each are unique. This tutorial will help you get started with confidence. 

STEP 2: Invest in the right tools

Having the right tools can set you up for success, and when it comes to sewing machines it’s better to buy it nice than to buy it twice. The Juki TL 18-QVP, Janome HD3000, and Juki HZL-G220 are a few sewing machines I recommend that will last and do the job right.

STEP 3: Avoid overspending on unnecessary items

Since quilting involves the artful mixing of different fabrics, colors and patterns, it is easy to overspend on fabric before you are committed to the hobby. That’s why we recommend using a jelly roll. Jelly rolls are rolls of pre-cut fabric designed to go together, and there are plenty of beginner-friendly patterns available online made just for jelly rolls.

Corey Pearson, a master quilter and VP of Customer Success at Linda’s Electric Quilters, wants to demystify the process of quilting for newcomers. He emphasizes that quilting doesn’t have to be intimidating, particularly if beginners follow a structured approach. With his extensive experience, Corey aims to provide a straightforward pathway for those new to the craft, ensuring they enjoy both the learning process and the satisfaction of completing a quilt. His friendly advice is a beacon for many who may feel daunted by the intricate quilts they see online or in exhibitions.

Corey’s Three Steps for Beginner Quilters offer a practical guide to entering the world of quilting with confidence. Step 1 encourages newcomers to familiarize themselves with the basics by starting with a Jelly Roll quilt, which is a straightforward project perfect for beginners. He suggests using simple tutorials that build confidence without overwhelming the learner. Step 2 stresses the importance of investing in the right tools, recommending durable sewing machines that ensure a smooth quilting experience. Lastly, Step 3 advises on how to avoid overspending, particularly when it comes to fabrics, suggesting the use of jelly rolls—pre-cut fabric strips that are easy to assemble and designed to complement each other, reducing waste and expense.