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Quilting

as a hobby

Quilting is a meditative craft that combines creativity with practicality. It offers stress relief, a sense of accomplishment, and the joy of creating beautiful and functional heirlooms. Beginners can start with simple projects and readily available resources to learn basic techniques and embark on a rewarding quilting journey.

Helpful content to start quilting as a hobby

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📼 Videos

Short visual inspiration.

YouTube | What Is a Quilt? | Quilting
What Is a Quilt? | Quilting
YouTube | The History of Quilting in Four Minutes
The History of Quilting in Four Minutes
YouTube | Fabric of a Nation: Quilts Ask What it Means to Be American | KCET
Fabric of a Nation: Quilts Ask What it Means to Be American | KCET
YouTube | Stitching Stories | Celebrating Black History Month through the art of quilting
Stitching Stories | Celebrating Black History Month through the art of quilting

🎙️ Podcasts

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Spotify | 461. Cozy Up Your Home: Creative Quilt Displays
Spotify Embed: 461. Cozy Up Your Home: Creative Quilt Displays
Spotify | Episode 195: Quilting 101 with Bhiravi Rathinasabapathi
Spotify Embed: Episode 195: Quilting 101 with Bhiravi Rathinasabapathi
Spotify | Quilting Tools for Getting Started – Ep 22
Spotify Embed: Quilting Tools for Getting Started - Ep 22
Spotify | Tips for New Quilters, Organization, and Planning
Spotify Embed: Tips for New Quilters, Organization, and Planning
Spotify | We Love Quilting
Spotify Embed: We Love Quilting

📜 Terms

Basic lingo for orientation.

  • Quilt: A layered textile made with a top, batting (middle layer), and backing, stitched together.
  • Quilt Top: The decorative top layer of the quilt, often made from pieced or appliquéd fabric.
  • Piecing: Sewing small pieces of fabric together to create a design.
  • Appliqué: Sewing fabric shapes onto another piece of fabric.
  • Block: A single pieced or appliquéd unit that forms a building block of the quilt top.
  • Batting/Wadding: The middle layer of the quilt, providing warmth and loft.
  • Backing: The bottom layer of the quilt.
  • Binding: The fabric strip that finishes the raw edges of the quilt.
  • Seam Allowance: The extra fabric added to seams for stability during sewing and washing.
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat: Specialized tools for quickly and accurately cutting fabric.
  • Pressing: Using an iron to flatten seams and set stitches.
  • Walking Foot: A sewing machine attachment that helps evenly feed layers of fabric.
  • Sashing: Strips of fabric separating quilt blocks.
  • Basting: Temporarily securing quilt layers together with pins or spray adhesive.
  • Free-motion quilting: Decorative stitching created by moving the fabric freely under the sewing machine with the feed dogs lowered.

How to start quilting as a hobby

First moves for getting acquainted and breaking the ice.

📚 Books

Get read-y.

🪜 How-tos

Step-by-step tutorials.

YouTube Playlist | Quilt Tutorials
Quilt Tutorials
YouTube | Your First Quilt – Beginner Tutorial, Part 1
Your First Quilt - Beginner Tutorial, Part 1

📄 Articles

Further reading.

YouTube | How a Group of Women in This Small Alabama Town Perfected the Art of Quilting | Op-Docs
How a Group of Women in This Small Alabama Town Perfected the Art of Quilting | Op-Docs

🌐 Websites

Go-tos for information.

🍿 Movies

Nothing like a film for inspiration.

YouTube | Craft in America: QUILTS episode
Craft in America: QUILTS episode
Vimeo | Quilt Fever

FAQS

Get a clue.

Is Quilting Expensive to Get Started?

It can be as expensive or affordable as you like. You can start with basic supplies and simple projects.

Do I Need a Sewing Machine to Quilt?

Yes, a sewing machine is essential for piecing and quilting the layers together. However, you can hand-sew small projects if you’re a beginner wanting to try it out before investing in a machine.

What Skills Do I Need to Start Quilting?

No prior experience is necessary! Basic sewing skills are helpful, but many beginner projects require just straight-line stitching.

What’s the Difference Between Piecing and Applique?

Piecing involves sewing small pieces of fabric together to create a design. Applique involves sewing fabric shapes onto another piece of fabric.

How Much Time Does Quilting Take?

This depends on the project size and complexity. Simpler quilts can be made in a weekend, while larger projects may take weeks or even months.

Where Can I Learn More About Quilting?

There are many online resources, books, apps, and classes available for beginner quilters. You can also find local quilting guilds to connect with other quilters and learn from their experience.

Is Quilting a Social Hobby?

Absolutely! Quilting guilds and online communities offer opportunities to connect with other quilters, share projects, and get support.

What’s the Easiest Quilt Project for a Beginner?

Look for projects with large, simple shapes and minimal piecing. Consider quilted wall hangings or placemats as great starting points. Follow beginners’ YouTube tutorials.

What if I Make Mistakes While Quilting?

Don’t worry! Mistakes happen. Quilting is a forgiving craft, and there are techniques to fix most errors.

Where can I find fabric for quilting?
  • Repurpose old fabrics: Use clean, pre-washed cotton clothes or sheets for a budget-friendly option.
  • Buy pre-cut squares: Online or in stores, find pre-cut charm packs or layer cakes for easy piecing.

📱 Apps

Smart assistance.

📦 Products

Essentials to have.

YouTube | How to use the Half-Square Triangle Quilt Block Deck
How to use the Half-Square Triangle Quilt Block Deck

Courses

Get smart.

YouTube | Quilting for Beginners: Essential Techniques | Quilting Tutorial
Quilting for Beginners: Essential Techniques | Quilting Tutorial
YouTube Playlist | The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Series
The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Series

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💡 Tips

Additional advice for beginners.