Are you looking for the best resources to learn quilting?
Quilting is a craft that has been around for what must be forever (though it hasn’t but close). Women during war times used the technique to make safe and warm blankets for their families and now people are using the technique to give as a gift.
I love quilts and think they are every bit of heart and soul a person can give you. Due to the time, effort and design that goes into each and every one it is easy to see why they are so popular.
The skill is more common in the USA but there just as many people across the world building up their skills and mastering this beautiful craft.
Quilting and patchwork go together if you are at any point confused about which is which I have a post to guide you through that. But they do go hand in hand and make a great team.
I am still a learner big time! And I found it hard to find dedicated knowledge that was easy to follow and learn from step by step. I took to Youtube, blogs and books.
I wanted to share with you my best resources to learn quilting both online, in books and in person.
Do I Need To Take A Course To Learn How To Quilt?
Not at all, many people are self taught and that worked just fine for them.
Some people like to have a little more hands on help which is fine too.
In certain scenarios, I like to have help and see it done for myself, that way I can mimic the actions during my turn.
Not all of these resources are courses, some are helpful tips and tricks and some will be step by step guides to help you understand the process.
7 Best Resources To Learn Quilting
Here are my top resources to learn quilting. Many of these are online, some are in person and they vary in price from free to £50 or more.
I don’t feel you should pay more than £20 for an online course and no more than £50 for a course in person. Depending on what is provided etc.
Udemy is an online platform where you can find courses made by individuals in different fields of expertise. The courses are shown with ratings and reviews along with a price point and how many have taken that course.
You can find a number of things from how to use your sewing machine to how to do pattern drafting. I myself have sold a course on Udemy and also been a customer on there.
It is a great way to find people who are skilled in their passion and craft to help others achieve the same results.
I don’t suggest taking a course that is more than the £20 – $20 – ish mark as you can find other resources that are just as good for free or less. You pay for the course itself and nothing else.
SkillShare is another online platform like Udemy where you can find paid courses on the crafts you are looking to learn.
Skillshare is a litle different as you can be part of a free trial to access the free courses but if you wish to take a course that is paid you would be required to upgrade your subscription.
I love the idea and clarity of the videos and courses on here as they are very clear and easy to watch but unless you plan to get your money’s worth in the subscription I would only sign up with the free version.
There are still a multitude of sewing, craft and needlework videos and courses you can use to further your passion.
Youtube is probably one of the best resources on this list. There are endless videos which you can watch that actually have substance. – yes I do get lost in those funny cat videos! Don’t we all!
Anyway, Youtube is a brilliant resource to use for furthering your passion, your craft and to learn a new one.
I use Youtube for learning new skills, how to make things, how to fix things and just for fun.
Here are a couple of my favourite Youtubers who not only make beauiful patchwork quilts but are great for doing helpful tutorials and projects for you to follow along with.
Fat Quarter Shop – founded by Kimberly Jolly in 2003 and is the main host of the videos. She works on the Youtube channel along with her main job and creates great clear and helpful videos.
Shabby Fabrics – Owner and founder of Shabby Fabrics, Jennifer Bosworth is sweet, clear and helpful to watch. I love watching her videos as you often see different angles of the project and clear step by step tutorials.
Missouri Star Quilt Company – Another really useful and helpful Youtube channel to follow. They are precise, clear, and really helpful with an easy breakdown of steps and helpful tips.
Melanie Ham – Melanie Ham is a solo crafter who has created helpful videos for people to follow. She has covered a number of beginners’ projects from quilting to crochet. She has a step by step tutorial on quilting which is easy to follow and fun.
Some areas of the country and world may have more local crafts stores than others. For example I might have 3 – 5 in a 5 mile radius and some may have more.
It can often depend on the area itself as to whether local businesses can thrive or would unfortunately die. Some of my local stores have had to close due to the lack of business which is a shame.
But this is still a great resource to use, especially if your local craft store sells patchwork and quiltings accessories and fabrics as they may even hold classes you can sign up for.
Make sure you know what is included in the class before paying and make sure you have everything you need for it.
Places like Hobbycraft in the UK often hold events and classes that you can sign up to to learn a new craft. You can be kept up to date with emails and look out for courses on quilting and patchwork.
If you are in the USA you might want to look at places like Hobby Lobby, Joanns and other large stores for classes they may put on or may be advertising on behalf of another company or person.
One of my favourite ways to learn is from a book, I often use a book mark and mark the page that I am working from so I can quickly go back to it when I need it.
There are a tonne of books out there designed to help beginners like yourself and even people turn their crafts into better projects and even businesses.
I have a number of books myself that I refer back to quite often during different projects. Here are some of my top picks;
Beginner’s Guide to Quilting: 16 Projects to Learn to Quilt By Elizabeth Betts
Buy Here On Amazon: Beginner’s Guide to Quilting
Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern: Fresh Techniques for Busy Quilters By Jera Brandvig
Buy Here On Amazon: Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt: Learn the Basics of Walking Foot and Free-Motion Quilting
Buy Here On Amazon: Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt
The Quilter’s Bible: The Indispensable Guide to Patchwork, Quilting and Appliqué By Linda Clements
Buy Here On Amazon: The Indispensable Guide to Patchwork, Quilting and Appliqué
Ask a Friend
Many people have friends with similar interests. I also have my Auntie who is a genuis at drawing, knitting, crochet and embroidery so I can often turn to her for help and advise.
If like me you have friends and family that share your passion for crafts and sewing, see if they know how to quilt or if they know anyone that does.
You may be able to find a in person tutor to teach you and show you the ways of quilting and you might even make a new friend while you are at it!
I realise this is not a option for everyone but this is great resource to finding more hands on help which many may not have thought to pursue.
I hope you have found this guide of the best resources to learn quilting helpful and propelled you in the right direction to learning more and achieving your goal.