Tip 1 - The dreaded 1/4'' seam
If you haven't already heard, the 1/4'' seam is one rule you must follow in quilting. OK, maybe not 'must'. Your machine won't spew molten lava if you don't use it, but, life will be much, MUCH easier if you do. It doesn't have to be perfect, but aiming for 1/4'' will point you closer in the intended direction of the pattern. Start using it now and thank me later.
Tip 2 - Does this fabric work?
I'm here to tell you straight out that there is absolutely...100%...definitely a right and wrong when choosing fabric. Now this is a really important rule so make sure you completely understand before moving on. Are you ready? Here goes...
If you like the fabric you have chosen, then it's right. If you don't like it, then it's wrong.
Pretty simply right? Sure, there are all sorts or design rules and colour do's and don'ts, but who has time for that? You're the one doing all the work, you might as well enjoy it.
Tip 3 - What if I make a mistake?
You will make mistakes. Yes, you really will. It doesn't matter if it's your first quilt or you thirty first. You are going to sew the wrong pieces together, mismatch a seam or cut the wrong size. It happens to all of us. If it's a full blown, cosmic error, then simply reach for Mr Unpick and try again. No biggy.
If it's nothing more than a mismatched seam or a less than pointy point, remember this...
Nobody will notice teeny tiny mishaps. They're too busy admiring the overall beauty. Anybody that does notice and chooses to mention it...simply tell them that they obviously have no eye for art and they clearly don't 'get it'. Never mess with a quilter...we're a sarcastic bunch.
Tip 4 - There are so many ways to do the same thing. Which do I choose?
Yes, there are a trazillion different ways of cutting, pressing, piecing and quilting. Find the one that works for you and stick with it. Ignore the latest fad or what everyone says 'you simply must do'. If you work best with a pair of scissors...well, honey, you pick up those bad boys and you snip away. One tool/technique, no matter how technically advanced and efficient, may simply not be as useful as another for you. We're all different. It makes life interesting. Let's keep it that way please.
Tip 5 - What if the cool kids don't like my quilt?
Did that help? What fun tip would you add to help someone go from wanting to make a quilt to actually making one?