Every time I’m at the cutting table in a fabric store, I’m always looking over to admire the fabrics others have chosen for their quilts. I love seeing all the colour combinations and patterns – they’re just too cute sometimes! So, I thought I’d give it a try!
There are a few things I did to get started. Firstly, I bought a pack of coordinating “fat quarters” (the woodland themed fabric shown wasn’t my #1 choice but I wanted to start at the inexpensive level.) I also watched this FREE “Piece, patch, quilt: basic quilting techniques” tutorial on Craftsy.com. This tutorial was super informative and provided a lot of helpful tips.
After watching the tutorial, I got started on my first quilt but knew that I would learn so much more if I learned from someone in person. I popped by the “Sew Wilde” quilting shop in New Hartford, NY, and I AM SO GLAD I DID because Shelly, the owner, was fantastic! She taught me a “quilt as you go” method using strips and I learned some great techniques that I didn’t learn in the video tutorial.
One amazing tip that blew my mind was how she used a small amount Elmer’s School Glue to hold the binding in place. The iron really helps the glue stabilize the fabric and you don’t need to use pins! The glue washes away very easily and if kindergartener’s can eat it, I think its safe!
Click here to see a great video that demonstrates this method of binding the quilt.
Am I hooked on quilting?…not quite sure yet but I’m going to pop back into Sew Wilde next week to learn some more techniques. I’d like to work my way up to trying a full size quilt.
Hope you can give quilting a try too!