Quilting Becoming Popular Again - Yes, You Can Learn

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Published: Jun 8th, 2021
Quilting Becoming Popular Again - Yes, You Can Learn

What is old is new again. This is true of quilting. Many people are looking for new hobbies, and many people have started to learn quilting. Keeping your mind and body active is always important, and quilting can fit the bill and be fun as well.

Quilting was popular back in the colonial days, but today it is growing in popularity again. Many baby boomers, late-boomers, and Generation Xers are looking for activities they can do unrelated to technology. As people start to retire, they also have more time, and quilting can be fun to learn and master.

Where do you start when you want to learn a new hobby? Quilting is one of those hobbies people always say is great to learn, but no one ever tells you where to begin. To make things easier for you, I've put together a few of the best ways to learn how to quilt. It's never too late to learn—you'll give yourself something to do and end up making some beautiful gifts for friends and family. Take a look!

Start With Large Patterns

With most hobbies, it is wise to start small. However, the opposite is true with quilting! For your first-ever quilting project, pick one with giant pieces. You will be able to put the larger patterns together pretty quickly since you'll have fewer seams to sew, making large designs ideal for beginners.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Pick large patterns in block shapes.
  • Sew the seams together carefully.
  • Select patterns that resonate with your style.
  • Practice makes perfect, so don't get discouraged if your first attempt doesn't work out.  

Once you get the hang of stitching together quilts with large blocks, you can move on to more complex ones. It's always a great idea to start with a helpful quilting kit so that everything is right there for you!

Use Quilt Patterns Featuring Squares and Rectangles

For your first few projects, stick to squares and rectangles. They're the most accessible patterns to sew, and they're visually appealing. Try to experiment with different designs using squares and triangles. You can make crosses, parallel lines, and other patterns.

Sewing triangles and circles are advanced techniques. That's because they feature stretchy edges that can ruin the shape. You need to develop a feel by quilting squares for a while before attempting triangles.

Try Out Pre-Cut Patterns

Another tremendous tool for beginners is a pre-cut pattern. It's a cut and packaged fabric that comes in a specific measurement and size. All you need to do is sew it together. Pre-cut patterns save you a ton of time and provide accuracy. You can think of them as training wheels for beginner quilters.

Take Beginner Classes

To become a true pro, you need to sign up for a class. That way, you can enjoy the instruction of a professional that knows the ins and outs of quilting. Make sure that you select a beginner course to learn the absolute basics. A solid quilting class will arm you with the knowledge and skills you need to quilt any pattern.

So, there you have some of our favorite ways to learn how to quilt. We hope that you find success in pursuing quilting as a rewarding new hobby.

Ways to Save Money

Quilting can be expensive if you really get into it. Start by being budget-minded until you know you enjoy the new hobby and wish to continue. 

Top experts suggest going to thrift stores like Good Will and Salvation Army. You can purchase extra-large clothing and cut them up into quilt squares. Be sure to let friends and family as they may have supplies that they can give you.

Finally, as you might want to take up quilting to do something unrelated to technology, you can you tech to help you learn. YouTube has many videos you can watch that will be very helpful as you learn your new hobby.

Do not forget older family members, like your mom, who may have done some quilting years ago. Not only can they provide you with some tips, but this could also be something you do together or at least share ideas.

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Mallory Knee is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things beauty and fashion. She particularly enjoys writing for communities of passionate women who come together for a shared interest and empower one another in the process. In her free time, you can find Mallory trying a fun new dinner recipe, practicing calligraphy, or hanging out with her family.

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Many people have said over the decades that once they retire, they will have time to do many things. Then they retire, and they don't do anything. One of the reasons might be they don't know what or how to take up activities. 

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