Hello! Please watch through each of the lessons before you get started. These are going to give you a really good foundation in all the basic techniques used in making a quilt and make everything feel less scary.
You can sew a project like the patchwork quilts featured here, or you can transfer these skills to a quilt design of your choice. Be kind to yourself and keep it simple to begin with – there will be more quilts in your future I am sure and plenty of time to experiment.
You are free to combine hand and machine sewing if you wish to gain experience with different techniques. I would recommend that you think of your first quilt as a “sampler” – the perfect opportunity to explore what quilting involves and to figure out which parts of it you really love, and what you find harder. This will help you decide how to move forwards with your next project and don’t forget every process becomes easier with practice.
Hello from Jenni
Meet your teacher Jenni Smith @jennismithsews02
What is the purpose of a quilt?
How do quilts feature in people's lives and what uses do they have?03
The layers of a quilt
A miniature quilt sandwich will help to explain04
Basic Tools for Quilting on a Budget
You don't have to spend a fortune to make a quilt. You don't even need a sewing machine. Watch to learn the basic tools I would recommend.05
Specialist Quilting Tools to make life easier
An overview of the most commonly used tools in quilting06
What Type of Cotton for Quilting?
A few tips of the best fabric for beginners to quilting07
Understanding Measurements and Pre-cut Fabrics
What is a Fat Quarter? A Jelly-Roll? Let's demystify quilting language08
The patchwork quilt in this course
Why start with a patchwork quilt?09
How much fabric do I need?10
How to make a template and cut out patchwork squares
An easy guide to cutting squares without a rotary cutter and mat11
How to rotary cut fabric12
DIY Design Wall
A simple way to review your quilt layout13
Deciding on the quilt layout
How to decide on a layout and organise your rows before sewing them14
Hand sewing the rows together
A useful guide to neat hand sewing15
Machine sewing the rows together
Machine set-up, which foot, stitch-length and lots more16
Organising the rows of your quilt
A quick check that your layout is correct before the next step17
How to press and nest seams
Sorry but you can't skip this step - it's time to get the iron out!18
Joining the rows to make the quilt top
Get your small scissors ready for snipping stray threads19
How to cut and sew a border
Tips for adding borders and how to sew them on to keep your quilt top laying nice and flat20
Making the quilt back
Choosing fabric and cutting out21