7 Things That Should Not Keep You From Quilting

Maybe you’ve been toying with the idea of quilting, but you’re scared to take the next step. Learning to do something new can be i

ntimidating, and with some of the intricate works of art out there in quilt land, you may feel overwhelmed. But keep your chin up. We all have to start somewhere! Here are 7 reasons that definitely shouldn’t stop you from star

ting your quilting journey.

1. Fear of failure – Even if you can’t sew a straight line, you shouldn’t let fear of failure stand in your way (and this is sound advice for just about any new pursuit you’d like to try). We all get nervous trying out something new, but you’ll never know how enjoyable quilting is until you start. And don’t worry about making mistakes — that’s what seam rippers are for!

2. Lack of supplies – If you’re just beginning to quilt, you might see the price of fabric and run for the hills. Don’t fret. The beauty of quilting is that not all the fabric has to match precisely! You can get scrap pieces of fabric at a fraction of the cost of larger pieces, and they make beautiful quilts. Or you can recycle material from clothing and even other quilts. Get creative with your approach to supplies to make the process more fun!

3. Lack of sewing machine knowledge – Sewing machines were made to make sewing easier and more efficient. Once you know your way around a sewing machine, you can learn how to quilt by reading articles and watching online tutorials. There are online tutorials for just about everything, including machine quilting. 

4. Not knowing which colors to choose – It’s like deciding what’s for dinner every night. “Honey, you pick.” “No, choose anything you like dear.” Sometimes the simplest choices seem like the most difficult ones to make. Don’t overthink things. There are plenty of options out there for color schemes, and there is no wrong answer. Craftsy has a great article on choosing the right fabric for your quilt, and we can suggest some color schemes for holiday quilts or spring quilts.

5. Not knowing how to cut shapes evenly – Afraid to commit to precisely cut shapes in your quilt? The beauty of a quilt is that, much like art, it really can be anything you want it to be. You’re not being graded. Get creative and make a quilt out of crazy shapes. You can stitch together random patchwork into beautiful designs. Craftsy has some good suggestions.

6. Not having enough time – In our hectic lives, who really has time to pick up a hobby? You have to create time to do the things that are important to you. Studies have shown that sewing is therapeutic, so carve out a little “me time” to learn your new fun and rewarding hobby.

7. Not having enough patience – You don’t have to sit down and sew an entire quilt in a day. Quilts are made by piecing together small portions of fabric, so you can create a quilt in a week or work on it when you have a few spare minutes and take your sweet time.

Have I convinced you to start quilting? Maybe? Maybe not? Either way, talk to me about the project of your dreams. I can help you through the process, or I can get a sense of what you are looking for and bring your vision to life. Contact me today!

-Teresa Giltner, Owner, MT Needleworks

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