One of the best ways you can learn to quilt is by quilting. Shocking I know, but it's the truth: practice makes perfect! When I first started quilting I found myself a bit intimidated by the variety of quilt designs and techniques. The thought of creating a full sized quilt was overwhelming, and I didn't know where to start. If you're a new quilter and you feel this way, you're not the first and you're not alone!
To help you get started I've put together a series of quilt blocks that combine into the Simple Sampler Quilt. Samplers are quilts made up of a collection of different quilt blocks, and these particular blocks are designed with the beginning quilter in mind. Here's a sneak peak at some of the blocks I'll be introducing.
Panicking a bit? Don't! These blocks are some of the foundations of traditional quilting and are much more manageable than you might think. Over the next several weeks I'll be sharing the blocks designed for the Simple Sampler in order of difficulty, starting with the easiest. Starting simple will help introduce you to the basics of quilting, skills that you will need and use in all of your quilting projects. Skills like cutting, measuring, and material choice will come hand in hand with practicing each block in the Simple Sampler.
Next week I'm going to release the first four blocks, so be ready! After that I will release two blocks a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays until you have all 51 block tutorials. Each block will have its own step-by-step instructions, material requirements, and difficulty rating listed. I'll also add on some tips and ideas for color and layout variations to help demonstrate the versatility of some of the most simple quilt block designs. If you want to get started a little early, go ahead and get your fabric supply ready. You'll need 1 half-yard bundle, 2 half yards of additional material (I chose a solid color and a solid light neutral) for block construction. I'll talk later about batting and backing fabrics.
I wanted to develop an easy way to introduce new quilters to techniques and patterns and show that quilting doesn't have to be difficult. Quilt along each week or have a day-long quilting frenzy to finish them up, and at the end of it you will have twin sized quilt!
Not only will you feel accomplished for starting and finishing a full sized quilt, you'll have a variety of patterns and techniques under your belt, and your friends and family members will be amazed at your skill. You don't even have to tell them how easy it was!