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Everything you Need to Know to Start Quilting; Beginner Quilt Resources

Quilting is a wonderful creative hobby. If you have ever wanted to learn how to make a quilt but didn’t know where to start, we are here to help! We’ve gathered our best tips, tutorials, and instructions to help you learn how to begin quilting.

woman holding quilt top in front of door

Today I thought I would round up some of my favorite beginner quilt resources for you. Some are projects on my site, but many are tutorials and articles from other quilt bloggers. I am a self-taught quilter, so if it’s something you want to learn, I’m here to tell you that you CAN do it.

Why Quilting?

You may have stumbled on this article and wondered why someone would want to take up quilting. Is it just a “grandma” hobby? My response is first, “Yes, there are a lot of Grandmas that quilt, and isn’t that wonderful!”

Seriously, they probably know something that we don’t, and we should take a minute and ask ourselves why they like it. Maybe let them lead by example?

Also, there are a lot of quilters from all age groups. That does not mean that the quilt you want to make needs to look like a quilt that someone from another age group would make. The quilting industry if full of all types of quilting styles and aesthetics. To me, that’s one of the best things about it.

It’s relaxing. Think of it like putting a puzzle together, but when you’re done, you get to keep what you made.

It keeps your hands busy. For many people, busy hands mean a quiet (or quieter) mind. When I’m stressed, sad, or frustrated, I love to lose myself in a project.

It provides a creative outlet. Take inspiration from others and create something that is uniquely yours. If you’re worried, it might not look great when you’re done, who cares. You’re just making it for yourself.

It provides a sense of community. There is a very strong network of quilters online and worldwide. People have forged friendships and gained comfort and understanding from fellow quilters worldwide.

It’s fun. Planning out and looking forward to my next quilt project is one of my favorite hobbies. I love the whole process, pattern selection, color story, quilting, and finishing. There are also a lot of quilt-alongs that you can join in person and online.

It teaches you how to take a big project and break it down into smaller pieces. I think this skill is especially great for kids and teens to learn. We often see a big project or problem and can’t figure out what to do because we see the whole thing simultaneously. Quilting has taught me (and many others) how to take that big project and break it down into manageable steps. Tackle one step at a time until you’re done.

How do I Start Quilting?

I have broken down what I suggest as a process if you want to make a quilt. You can find it on the blog under “how to make a quilt from start to finish”.

In that article, I walk you through how to pick what to make, how to make it, and how to finish it.

Beginner Quilt Project Suggestions

If you know the basics of making a quilt and are just looking for quilt patterns and tutorials that are good for beginning quilters, then you might like this post with 45+ Beginner Quilt Patterns. Most of the patterns on the list are free.

beginner quilt patterns - triangle quilt

Even though I’ve been quilting for a while, I still sometimes want to make a “quick” quilt, and there are a lot of fun projects on that list that would fit the bill.

Recommended Beginner Quilt Supplies

7 of my favorite sewing tips and tricks

If you’re unsure what you need to make a quilt, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quilting supplies. I’ve broken down the list by must-have & nice-to-have to help you prioritize your purchases.

What Is the Easiest Quilt to Make For a Beginner?

Suppose you have never made a quilt EVER. I suggest starting with a simple patchwork quilt. That is one made up of only squares. Learn how to make a simple patchwork quilt.

If you’re ready to move on from a simple patchwork quilt, I have a few suggestions for you.

Free Hexagon Quilt Pattern


If you’re stopping in here from Google, welcome! Many of you may have seen this cute Giant Hexagon quilt floating around the web! It’s great for a beginner; you can cut out the pieces with a ruler, a printable template, or a Cricut Maker machine.

You can find all the details and the full how-to on our site –> How To Make a Giant Hexagon Quilt.

Scrappy Strips Beginner Quilt Pattern

I know we are all looking for things to do right now. I’m a bundle of crazy emotions right now, and I guess you might be too.

Simple Strip Quilt

I’ve listed one of my favorite SIMPLE quilt patterns at half-price in the shop!

I chose this pattern because:

-It’s not just a patchwork quilt, so more interesting if you want to try something new.

-It’s great to use with novelty fabrics. Teens and older kids LOVE to sew with novelty fabrics, and this is a fun way for them to use some of them while keeping the design simple.

-You can easily change the size. Add or subtract blocks to make it shorter or longer.

-It teaches proper pressing techniques. If you can sew the long strips and press them straight, you’ll be prepared to tackle more complicated quilt projects.

This pattern is a good fit for most people who have made at least one quilt or feel very confident as a beginner. To get it, use the link for the shop below.

Video Tutorial Suggestions

You may be more of a “video” person looking for online instruction. There are several YouTube channels dedicated to quilting. I have several quilt block tutorials on the Polka Dot Chair YouTube channel.

In addition, you can find a highlight on my Instagram walking you through the steps to make the Simple Strip quilt in this post. Just look for the “Quilt Along” highlight bubble.

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Additional Quilting Tips and Resources

How to Pick Fabric for a Quilt

3 Tips for Beginning Quilters

How to Finish a Quilt

Quilt Binding Tutorial

Quilt Block Patterns (most are free, some are part of a quilt along, which requires a purchase)

Recommended Tools for Beginning Quilters

5 of My Favorite Quilt Rulers

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