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Beginner's Guide to Patchwork Quilting: a list of hub pages to help you start

Updated on April 7, 2016
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Quilter, author, tutor, columnist, Jan T Urquhart Baillie has been enthusing others with her passion for quilting for more than 30 years.

A list of all my beginning quilter hubs, sprinkled liberally with student quilt photos.

Start making patchwork quilts using some of my easy techniques by visiting the hubs below.

I love teaching people how to quilt!

Begin your first patchwork adventure by visiting some of my patchwork and quilting How-to hubs.

Tell your friends.

Have a 'block' party!

A selection of my quilts
A selection of my quilts

Patchwork and quilting is alive and well

You can be a quilter, too

Let me show you how easy it is to make patchwork quilts.

I have taught many, many people in person throughout Australia. I have taught many people across the world through my books.

My favourite pastime can be yours too.

I love to teach and, best of all...

I love to teach people how to make quilts!

My philosophy as a tutor is:

"You have to have fun or

you have to go home!"

— Jan T Urquhart Baillie
Mary's tulip quilt
Mary's tulip quilt

Mary's version of the blue quilt

At the top of the hub

Mary was a beginner at paper foundation piecing when she made this lovely quilt.

You can do it too.

Margaret made this one - when she was still a beginner

Marg's hospital quilt
Marg's hospital quilt

1. Gather your fabrics

You need lights, mediums, and darks

Catherine O'Neill's quilt detail
Catherine O'Neill's quilt detail

Catherine made a wonderful quilt

Featuring this fabulous floral print

Catherine bought this beautifil floral fabric and was unsure how to use it.

We simply played around with co-ordinating fabrics and produced a beautiful star block.

The floral was used in a large border to show it off.


Detail of centre

Brenda Gael Smith made this as a beginner - Now she's an art quilter of note!

Brenda Smith's quilt
Brenda Smith's quilt


Brenda took a class with me in Listen With Your Eyes about ten years ago

See some of her recent (great) work now!

2. Tools you need

Cutting tools and equipment

Sewing tools and equipment

3. The cutting is next

You need to cut straight strips

You must use the tools correctly

Give yourself a gift - to get you started

Buy a fabric pack from Amazon

Benartex FOSSIL FERN 5" Charm Pack Fabric Quilting Squares
Benartex FOSSIL FERN 5" Charm Pack Fabric Quilting Squares

Fossil Fern fabric are wonderful.

Easy to use, very colourful.

I just love them!

 

No more bendy strips

4. Seams perfect

Sewing the patches together

Pressing the seams for success

5. Ready to make a block

Easy block, Four Patch

Made in no time

A pile of fabric on my studio cutting table
A pile of fabric on my studio cutting table

What's a 'stash'

in quilter's terms

A stash is the fabrics you have in your collection.

Believe it or not, mine is not big.

I come from a long line of Scots, so I'm 'ikey'!

When I want to make a quilt, I buy what I need. I do have lots of left-overs, but no big quantities.

Margaret's table runner

Marg made this for her friend - who loves teacups in fine china. We designed it together
Marg made this for her friend - who loves teacups in fine china. We designed it together

© 2010 Jan T Urquhart Baillie

Got any questions - about patchwork and quilting?

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      SunnyEllis 6 years ago

      I taught myself to quilt. I don't have much patience for pattern patchwork. I prefer crazy quilts or scrappy quilts.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      @poptastic: Thanks for visiting, and the blessing.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Wonderful lensography of patchwork how-to lenses - you are very artistic and talented. *blessed by an angel*

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      @Alfiesgirl LM: From Bobby's Girl to Alfie's girl - my kids say I've got NO patience. It's so much fun, I'm sure you'd just enjoy quilting. A quilt takes a long time if it's made by hand, or hardly any time at all if by machine. The Crazy hearts Valentine's project took less than a day.

      Thanks for visiting!

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      Alfiesgirl LM 7 years ago

      There are certainly some very talented and probably patient people making these quilts, i doubt i have the required amount of patience to make a quilt myself as i like "instant results" which is why i enjoy making greetings cards so much..i can start and finish a project the same day. How long would a beginner need to complete a quilt would you say?

      Nice lens and a great hobby albeit not for me!