How to easily learn to quilt, so you can then quilt your own quilts.
Quilting.....do you feel unsure if you can do it, does quilting make you feel nervous?
Do you possibly feel that your quilting and quilting stitches are not good enough?
Do you hide behind your own fear of ever being able to quilt?
This little 5 min quilting tip, will definitely help to get you up and started your personal quilting journey, without any fear or ridicule.
Don’t ever under estimate your skills.
So many people tell me that they can’t quilt.
What is quilting?
In its most simplistic form, it’s just a line regardless of whether it’s straight, squiggly, curved, or any other shape that your needle and thread in your machine create as you push your foot on the pedal and steer the fabric.
Almost sounds like driving a car to me.....
Anyway what I advise many of my students is this little tip that you don’t
have to show anyone or even tell anyone what you’re doing, and it’s soooo basically simple.
Do you know that if you practice anything that you want to improve on
for even just 15 minutes a day, over the course of a year it’s amazing at just how much you’ve improved......this includes quilting.
Fifteen minutes a day equates to 105 mins per week, which equates to 5,460 mins per year which equates to 91 hours of practicing quilting per year.
Here’s an easy way to do that.
Sandwich yourself several 7 -9” squares approx and keep beside your
machine, then once a day just spend ten to 15 minutes doodling with your quilting, you’ll be surprised at the improvement over time. Now this doesn’t have to be a design at all, just think of it as a bit of a stipple or squiggle, or like a 3 year old trying to colour in a picture...there’s often no form to their piece of art that they are so very proud of. Maybe your driving that car mentioned above and you’re on a very, very winding road with many curves and twists.
The main thing here is to totally let go of any fears, or thoughts of how
this squiggly mess of thread is supposed to be looking.
Another trick here also, as you’ll be just throwing this away, do the first
lot of quilting in a thread that is close to the material, but dark enough that you can easily see where your sewing, then when your square is totally quilted, just go over it again, with a different coloured thread and depending on your colours you can possibly get a third round out. This just saves so much wastage of material. This doesn’t mean that you’re trying to “trace over” the previous stitching; you see it as a blank canvas once again.
Then you can even get a third or fourth go out of that piece of fabric, before you then throw it in the bin. You’ll then start on a new sandwich (your sewing canvas) and repeat the above steps again.
I normally suggest that if you’re using something like a cream fabric,
then start off with a medium lemon or yellow thread, next time use possibly a pink thread, then the third time maybe a blue or black etc.
One little thing here is that DO use threads that you like.
If you use threads that you don’t like then our subconscious knows that and you will Not achieve the same results as you do when you use threads you like. Think of the cake you choose from the cake store, if you purchase the cake that appeals to you, you’ll normally thoroughly enjoy it, but if you chose a cake that didn’t appeal to you, would you enjoy it...possibly not.
It’s not a waste of fabric or thread, think of how many paints and
canvases a beginner artist uses before they even paint something that resembles a picture....We must use to improve.
You’ll also notice that as time goes by and maybe after a couple of weeks
of doing this you’ll start trying a few light pattern designs into these squiggles.
You’ll notice after a time that your stitches are becoming more even, curves that have less “points” on them, and it seems to be quicker to sew that fabric sandwich than it used to.
I hear many people say to me...
“Yes that sounds a great idea but I don’t have the time to do that”.
Yes, we All live incredibly busy lives these days & I’m no different to
anyone else. The thing is just “How much do you really want to learn to quilt?”
Now it’s not my place or desire to tell you how to live your life, and I don’t personally know anything about your life, so take the next piece of information
as rather generic and definitely not personal to you, yourself, but you’ll get the idea of what I’m saying here.
If you were to give up watching television for 45 mins a night, or
spending time on social media, or many other things that I could mention but feel no need to as this’ll give you the idea of what I’m saying, then you can use that time to “learn & improve” your life, sewing skills, etc.
Go back to the above figures and see what you could let go of that’ll give you another approx 91 hours a year.
You may even find that every time you sit at your machine even just
doing 5 – 8 mins of this before you start your sewing, cutting, piecing etc of how much easier that is to find this time. Before very long, it'll just become a habit.
Many people tell me they don’t have enough time in their days, and I
definitely appreciate that, but for me I rise at 4.50 am 5 days a week, and most days I don’t go to bed before 11.00 pm.
My weekends are not much different. I don’t watch television except occasionally for approx 1 hr of a Sat evening for something particular, and yes I admit most people don’t do the hours that I do, but how much do you want to quilt?
I’m married, have 6 adult children, their partners and 7 grandchildren,
and a huge garden that I totally love being in, and of course like many of us, I also work every day bringing many things your way to help you grow within your personal creative journey.
If you don’t ever try, you’ll never know just what you’re capable of!
One thing here, put that very first quilted square away somewhere and
pull it out again after the 12 months to see your improvement. You’ll be so totally amazed. Write the date on it, and mark the calendar for one year’s time to see “How much your quilting has changed and improved”, and I’ll bet you’re totally amazed.
I'm also often asked "How Long Does It Take to Quilt a Quilt"
you can find that out as well by clicking on this link HERE.
Anyway, I’ll be back again before you know it with another “something”
to help you grow within your personal creative journey.
Have the most beautiful day