There are lots of things I have learned since I first started quilting 5 years ago. Here is my personal list of the five things I wish I had known at the beginning. I’m sure everyone will have their own ideas about advice for new quilters (and probably completely disagree with mine!) so please feel free to add your suggestions via the comments at the bottom of the post!
The most common cry for help I have from friends who have recently taken up quilting is that they are having trouble joining the ends of their binding. It seems to me that 9 times out of 10 the root of the problem is that they have begun attaching it at a corner. Marci Baker of Alicia’s Attic explains in this video how to seamlessly and easily join the ends of your binding if you start in the middle of a side, and there’s an even easier way to do it if you buy a binding tool, as the Missouri Star Quilt Company demonstrate in this video.
This is actually worth repeating a few times till it sinks in, because when I first learned to quilt I actually ended up a little terrified about making mistakes. Quilts are handmade (whether with the aid of a machine or not) they are not mass-produced items. Do your best, and of course unpick if you make mistakes, but don’t get hung up if things end up a little wonky, it’s part of the charm.
So now it’s over to you! I’m sure you probably disagree with at LEAST one of those points, so what advice would you give to first time quilters?