Maybe you have never ever sewn patchwork. You know how to work your sewing machine, and that’s it! You’d like to start making a quilt, perhaps? You are in the right place!
I have created a series of videos to get you started down Quilt Making Lane. Most of these topics are steps you might come across while following a quilt pattern. If you have questions after you watch this video or you feel like I’ve left something out, just ask or let me know in the comments.
I failed to mention in this video that fabrics come in collections. You may or may not want to purchase them that way. A collection of fabrics are fabrics that were all created to work together, meaning their color palette, variety, and overall design.
What is “right sides together / RST” and how to sew a 1/4″ seam
Right sides together is the reason your clothing doesn’t have seams on the outside. The seams of your shirt, dress, pants, whatever are on the inside of your clothing, tucked away out of sight, right? This video shows how that is accomplished.
Also detailed, is the 1/4″ seam which you are going to hear a lot about. You are going to hear it so much in fact that a pattern is going to instruct you to use it, and you are going to be like, “I KNOW!” The 1/4″ seam (quarter inch seam) is almost a given when making a quilt.
How to alternate seams + How to press seams + How to nest seams
Patterns might ask you to alternate the seams of a row, and in this video I show you what that means.
It might be too much effort to deal with “better practices” when you are just starting out. You want to learn to create patchwork and if you burden yourself too much with perfection you could become discouraged. Eventually, and with time these finicky actions will come effortlessly with just a little mindfulness and care.
You may note that this is very similar to making a flying geese unit. I like this method as it can make something that looks difficult crazy easy. It may not look so difficult in the video, but place that little unit inside a quilt block with other units and magic can happen. The first time you see it you’ll be like, “whaaaat? That was easy.”
So there you have it, BASIC PATCHWORK LESSONS. I apologize for my low quality video skills, but hey, I’m a quilt maker, not a video maker.
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