15 Things I Didn’t Know When I Started Quilting

When I started quilting in 2007, YouTube existed, but not in the capacity it does today. So I taught myself to quilt with a beginner quilting book, grocery store magazines and Love of Quilting on PBS.

All those are great, but not a great substitute for in-person learning or in-depth beginner quilting video courses like the one we created to cover all the basics that you just don’t know when you get started.

So I made A LOT of mistakes … like sewing a perfect 3/8 inch seam for a year-and-a-half because I didn’t know the standard presser foot that came with my machine wasn’t a quarter-inch foot.

I’ve compiled 15 of my top things I didn’t know when I started quilting to amuse and possibly educate you depending on where you’re at in your quilting journey. Plus you can see some of the first quilts I created.

I hope you enjoy it, and we’ll be back with a quilting tutorial later this week!

Courses we mentioned:
Beginner Quilting: https://www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/learntoquilt/
Intro to Free Motion Quilting: https://www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/intro-to-free-motion-quilting/
Triangle Masterclass: https://www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/trianglemasterclass/
T-Shirt Quilt: https://www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/tshirtquilt/

Videos we mentioned:
3 Ways to Sew a 1/4-inch Seam: https://www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/2020/01/3-ways-to-sew-a-perfect-quarter-inch-seam-free-beginner-quilting-videos-and-pattern-no-music/
Continuous Binding Tutorial (also includes quilters knot): https://www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/2020/02/continuous-binding-tutorial-mitered-corners-free-beginner-quilting-videos-and-pattern-3/
Watch this Before You Go Buy a Sewing Machine: https://www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/2018/02/watch-this-before-you-buy-a-sewing-machine-best-sewing-machine-brands-cost-features-for-quilters/
10 Things I Do That the Quilt Police Hate: https://www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/2022/06/10-things-i-do-that-the-quilt-police-hate/

Products we mentioned:
Spay Mister: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/nifty-notions-mist-spray-bottle/
Aurifil Thread: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product-category/notions/thread/
Olfa Replacement Blades: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/olfa-45mm-rotary-blade/
Curved Basting Pins: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/safety-pin-curved-size-1-12-inch-65-count/
Quilt Addicts Anonymous patterns and books: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product-category/patterns/designer/quilt-addicts-anonymous/?orderby=date

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