15 DIY Beginner Quilting Projects

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DIY Beginner Quilting Projects

Quilting has gotten a bad rap. What is traditionally thought of as a hobby for bored moms and residents of retirement homes can be as cool and fresh as all the whippersnappers. The ever-broadening range of styles and modern designs give plenty of reason to dip your toes in the patchwork pool. If you want to start but don’t know how, there are plenty of online classes that can show you the way and cover any possible topic you can think of. Quilting ain’t just for blankets anymore. Want to make a quilted bag or even a jacket? Check. If you’re just starting out or want to try your hand at some new techniques, Craftsy has got you covered with a plethora of projects to choose from.

Make the Ultimate T-Shirt Quilt


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Don’t let treasured T-shirts collect dust in a drawer. Show them off in a quilt you’ll cherish for a lifetime!

Showcase special memories in a personalized quilt! Award-winning quilter Winnie Fleming gets you started, sharing stabilizing, sizing and cutting tips to help you turn a stack of T-shirts into fabric that’s ready to be stitched. Next, explore fun layouts, from units of different sizes to eye-catching staggered blocks. Add color, texture and cohesion to your design with plain, pieced and slat filler strips. Whether you prefer playful or sophisticated style, fillers are an easy way to achieve the look you want! Then, construct your quilt using Winnie’s secret technique for creating crisp points and perfectly symmetrical rows. Finally, add sweet finishing touches with a range of border and backing options, and get inspired by a variety of quilting ideas.

Diamond Quilt Designs

Diamond Quilt Designs
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Let the quilt be your canvas – create beautiful, mosaic quilts using instructor Jan Krentz’s diamond motif techniques.

Learn 45-degree diamond cutting techniques and fabric selection tips that you’ll use in composing and constructing diamond braids, chevron diamonds and painterly single diamond quilt tops. Create a design wall with a diamond grid to evaluate your fabric selection and perfect the flow and value transition of your quilt, or to admire your work. Enroll now in Diamond Quilt Designs and soon diamonds will be your new best friend.

Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags

Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags
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Add spontaneous piecing to your bag of quilting tricks and make a beautiful patchwork tote.

Learn the theory behind the quilt-as-you-go technique by working your way through a charming potholder before creating the “Tinker” patchwork bag from blocks you create on the fly. Tara shows you how to use scraps from your stash to build out from a single square using a freehanded approach that celebrates the uniqueness of each quilted bag. Whether you prefer straight-line or free-motion quilting, your extemporaneous blocks will blossom as your bag comes to life. Add a simple pocket or follow Tara’s instruction for a painless hidden zipper pocket. Learn how to add material to the bottom of your bag for extra durability and box corners for extra stability. Finish off your quilted bag with a magnetic closure and eye-catching bias binding. Or hand-sew an invisible binding for extra sophistication.

Linear Landscape Quilts

Linear Landscape Quilts
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Create stunning landscape art quilts with Gloria Loughman that will evoke the natural beauty of the outdoors. Learn techniques on how to create a template and assemble your own breathtaking scene.

Let Gloria teach you landscape quilting to create breathtaking quilts that reflect your favorite outdoor scenes. From stunning hand-painted sunsets to trees formed from batik fabrics, these quilts are fun and easy to assemble with Gloria’s step-by-step techniques. You’ll learn how to create perspective using color and contour lines, create and cut templates for your various sections, and sew it all together for art quilts that evoke natural beauty.

Elegant Embroidered Quilts

Elegant Embroidered Quilts
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Combine stunning piecing with marvelous embroidery motifs to create three fine quilts and three fun, smaller projects.

When beautiful embroidery motifs are stitched into the fabric of your piecing, so too are your style and skill! Let quilt and fabric designer Amanda Murphy help you choose colors, fabrics and the right stabilizer for fabulous results. Plus, learn to make three quick projects—two pillows and a table runner—that each lead into their own quilt. You’ll create the North Star quilt, where gorgeous embroidered stars extend into pieced points at the middle of each block. Then take a stroll with the Garden Walk quilt, where vibrant embroidered flowers grow between columns of kaleidoscope blocks. And be sure to bask in the Radiance quilt, with its centered embroidery motifs, partial Dresdens and set-in triangles.

Fast & Flexible Log Cabin Quilts

Fast & Flexible Log Cabin Quilts
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You may think you know everything about the log cabin quilt, but you’ll be amazed at what you can do! Take a brand-new look at this classic block and make creative quilts in traditional to modern styles.

Create the log cabin quilt of your dreams! Plan and construct log cabin designs under Nancy Smith’s expert guidance. Learn to make dozens of patterns from the same basic blocks, audition your fabrics to get the look you want, and use color in surprising ways. Complete yardage and cutting charts are included for five quilt sizes from crib to king. Also included: more than 10 quilting layouts, including Barn Raising, Fields & Furrows and Chain Link, and ideas for smaller projects such as pillows and placemats. You’ll also learn variations such as Echo and Greek Key. Nancy shares engaging, easy techniques that will help you create countless projects. Turn this classic block into a canvas for your quilting imagination!

Stunning Circle Quilt

Stunning Circle Quilt: Step by Step
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Discover the simple steps to sewing an illusion quilt that catches the eye and ignites the imagination!

Join award-winning quilter Andi Perejda to create a quilt with incredible movement and depth! Learn how to build precise strip sets, and find out how to use a 9-degree wedge ruler to efficiently measure and cut symmetrical wedges. Andi will share foolproof tips for even alignment as you combine your wedges to assemble the complete circle, as well as must-have methods for securing your circle to background fabric. Then, build on your skills to sew an even larger illusion quilt as you make a 60″ design! Find out how to use hand- or machine-quilting to enhance these captivating circles, and even add a gorgeous, large-scale appliqué as a magical finishing touch.

How to Bind a Quilt

The Perfect Finish: How to Bind a Quilt
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Give your quilts the flawless finish they deserve! Confidently complete any project with beautiful binding and perfect piping — it’s easier than you think.

Add professional-quality binding to any project, and turn simple pieces into sensational quilts! Award-winning quilter Susan Cleveland reveals the keys to binding quilts successfully, starting with essential preparation tips. Discover Susan’s timesaving tricks for cutting and stitching binding strips, and find out how to neatly apply plain binding and join the tails for a crisp finish. Then, learn how to make the back of your quilt look as good as the front, with must-have techniques for mitered corners, and hand and machine stitching. Next, find out how to create and apply piping that adds a pop of color to your binding and instant visual appeal to your quilt. Dive into angled and curved binding, and learn how to apply each for fantastic results. Finally, discover a range of inspiring accents, from decorative trims to perfect prairie points.

Contemporary Curves: Double Wedding Ring Quilts

Contemporary Curves: Double Wedding Ring Quilts
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Take the intimidation out of iconic Double Wedding Ring quilts. Create your own using streamlined cutting, paper-piecing and finishing techniques.

See how straightforward curved piecing can be in this Double Wedding Ring quilt tutorial. With quilt shop owner and instructor Jackie Kunkel as your guide, you’ll jump right in by cutting out the shapes you’ll need for a classic Double Wedding Ring design or a Pickle Dish quilt variation. Next, you’ll paper piece the arcs and add the cornerstones. Move on to constructing your blocks with Jackie’s tips for avoiding curved piecing mishaps. With your blocks complete, you’ll see how to join them into a gorgeous table runner finished with a beautiful border. Want to tackle a more advanced layout? Jackie will also teach you how to create a Double Wedding Ring quilt with traditional scalloped edges. Plus, she’ll show you options for making Double Wedding Ring pillows, wall hangings and more.

The Fashionably Quilted Jacket

The Fashionably Quilted Jacket
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Award-winning designer and Threads contributing editor Mary Ray will guide you as you create a gorgeous quilted garment. The pattern is included!

Sew along with expert quilter Mary Ray and learn how to make a quilted jacket using the provided pattern. You’ll discover which fabrics, threads and battings are ideal for use in quilted garments. Then, receive Mary’s invaluable tips for constructing, quilting, seaming and creatively finishing your jacket. Quilters and garment makers, you will find this project the perfect fit as you combine your passions to create an elegant, figure-flattering jacket.

Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers

Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers
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Fun, easy and versatile quilted feathers! Join Angela Walters in her comprehensive class to add a host of options to your machine-quilting toolbox.

Angela guides you step by step through quilting feathers, from basic designs to creative variations on this traditional motif. Whether you’re quilting on a traditional home sewing machine or a longarm, Angela insists that you enjoy yourself and throw away notions of perfection while showing you how to finish your quilts in ways that will create heirloom pieces. You’ll build the confidence to grace your quilts with feathers and be eager to use all of Angela’s design variations to fill squares, circles, triangles and even odd shapes!

Dot-to-Dot Quilting

Dot-to-Dot Quilting
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Create dozens of designs — without marking! — as you discover the joy of easily quilting from dot to dot with Angela Walters.

Forego tedious techniques as you discover how to achieve beautiful quilting without marking! Instructor Angela Walters shows you how to quilt three primary designs and their variations, to create everything from visually striking blocks to delicately designed borders. Learn new ways to rotate, invert, resize and replicate each design to create unlimited quilting possibilities, and gain more control over the speed and direction of your stitches.

Finishing School: Better Borders

Finishing School: Better Borders
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Finish UFOs and future projects with borders that bring out the best in your piecing. Learn essential techniques to succeed with basic, mitered and pieced borders!

Choose and create the perfect borders for any project with renowned quilting instructor Winnie Fleming. Start with how to measure, press, pin and sew simple yet beautiful blunt borders and corner block borders. Then, let Winnie guide you through creating eye-catching mitered borders with striped fabrics, directional fabrics or prints. Bring additional interest to your projects with one or more eye-catching pieced borders. Make floater borders that create a place for viewers’ eyes to relax. Plus, learn Winnie’s fill-in-the-blank formulas for making sure your borders fit your quilts flawlessly — every time. Finish all of your projects with complete confidence. Learn how to make quilt borders you love for projects you’re proud to show off!

Introduction to Bargello

Introduction to Bargello
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Bring Bargello quilts off your to-do list and into your home! Create three approachable Bargello projects, each with cascading color and mesmerizing movement.

Discover how accessible and beautiful Bargello can be with fabric and pattern designer Karen Gibbs. Start by creating a Bargello version of the Chinese Coins pattern. Learn to set up your machine, choose fabrics, create Bargello segments from strip sets and piece your quilt. Then, create the Something About Paris quilt, where you’ll pair Bargello sequences with large half-square triangles and reverse appliqué hearts for a harmony of pattern, imagery and color. Finally, create a Bargello Madison’s Star pattern using seven strip sets and straightforward instructions. Learn the Bargello technique to piece quilts with the kinetic color and flowing movement you’re eager to achieve.

Playing with Curves

Playing with Curves
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Round out your quilting repertoire! Let Ann Petersen take the fear out of sewing curved seams and open up a new world of piecing.

Don’t let curves be your archenemy. Ann demystifies sewing curved pieces to create stunning blocks full of movement and grace. Ann will show you how to cut and pin your pieces before easing them through the sewing machine to create curved seams free of puckering or pleats. Once you master sewing a gentle curve, add paper piecing or even free-form piecing into the mix to create a whole new variety of quilts. You’ll learn how to cut arcs using a variety of custom, reusable templates, in addition to step-by-step instructions for constructing each of Ann’s intricate blocks. You’ll leave the class with five patterns and templates that can be made into place mats or any quilt top of your choice, as well as a burst of confidence every time you sew on a curve.

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