Learning to Quilt When You Can't Even Sew

March 6, 2024

For my birthday this year I asked for a sewing machine and a few items I needed to attempt to start quilting. Does this signal a millennial mid life crisis? More than likely. 

Do I have experience quilting? Absolutely not. 

Do I know how to sew, again no. But I did watch hours of Youtube tutorials for how to set up my machine, called my seamstress mother, and then watched some more tutorials. 

I will say that this rotary cutter is life changing. I've only cut items with regular sewing scissors before, I cut all of my fabric in absolutely no time with this. I also got my hands on a self healing board, I'll likely upgrade to a larger one if I really figure out sewing. 

I found this pattern Pinterest. I don't know who it belongs to, it was one just floating in the web. But I am using it as a size guide. Honestly I have no clue how big this sucker is going to be lol! 

With that I used Google Docs to make a template for how the quilt will look. I went back and forth with colors and moved things all around. Me, with my zero experience, would like to also recommend doing this if you too have no clue what you are doing. It helped me figure out what I wanted, and it was very different from how I initially saw it in my mind. 

I have a Notes app note on how much fabric I bought if your interested. 


My stack of fabric squares I sent a photo of to my mother! 

The big sewing ruler was great for holding the fabric in place and getting a precise cut. 

I have actually started sewing my strips together and will take some photos and show y'all my progress next week. 

Here is the blue polka dot fabric I would like to back the quilt with. I haven't 100% landed on a backing, but I think I'll lean to this one.

My method of figuring out how to quilt is literally going step by step. I've watched videos to get me this far. When I hit the batting I'll search that up, then the back, quilting, and binding. It will be a process, but I already have two children lined up begging for their own blanket if I can figure out how to do this.