So, you want to make a quilt? I know this can seem very overwhelming for a beginner just starting out sewing. For me, the fact is, I love quilts. I admire all things about them. But I really do not have the ideal set up, or knowledge to take on a large quilting project. However, a few years ago, I found a way that I could easily manage making a quilt on my “regular” sewing machine, using two methods that were easy. After watching numerous YouTube videos, I took a few of the techniques for quilting as you go and blended them together in my own way to show quilting as you go simplified! The video I put together shows how I connected my blocks after I had them quilted.

DISCLAIMER: I’ll admit, video tutorials are not my forte’, however, this was made upon request for the members of the Beginner Sewing group on Facebook when I first started sharing how easy this was for making your own quilt with a “regular” sewing machine with the group. It is a much friendlier way of working with smaller sections to accommodate for a smaller work area as well.

Before you get started…
  • Decide what design you would like for your individual quilt blocks.
  • Assemble your block layers – top, middle batting (if desired), back.
  • Quilt the layers together (see the second video below to learn more about free motions quilting – an easy quilting method for beginners!).
  • Cut your connecting strips (measurements are in the simplified video).
Quilting as You Go Simplified
Free Motion Quilting

After I made quilting as you go simplified video, group members asked me how I quilted the blocks, so I did a terrible, but quick video to show how easy that was as well. There are of course FAR better videos on YouTube that show how to do free motion quilting! I had JUST learned this method when I shared it so I wanted to give a true beginners perspective. So, if this is something you think you would like to try, I would definitely browse around YouTube to watch how some of the beautiful work and get some advice from the experts.

Not ready to try this method yet? Save it on Pinterest here for later…

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created www.beginner-sewing.com. An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!

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