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Beginner Quilting

Learn the entire process of making a quilt in this five-day workshop. We will go through a few basic piecing techniques to make blocks with both squares and triangles. After you have made your blocks, we will go over adding sashing and borders, quilting your quilt, and finally binding the edges to finish this simple sampler quilt.  

Finished size 40.5”x59” 

Skill Level: Beginner  

Skill requirements: 

Must have basic understanding of operation of your sewing machine. This class is not intended to go through threading, stitch selection, etc..   

Must be aged 16+. 


Day 1: 

  • Measuring and cutting using rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • The importance of an accurate ¼” seam 
  • Piecing the top: 
    • Squares and rectangles 
    • Half Square Triangles 
  • Squaring up blocks 
  • Homework: Finish your blocks and join them together. 

Day 2: 

  • Adding sashing and borders 
  • Basting 
  • Homework: Add borders and baste layers

Day 3: 

  • Doing the actual “quilting” – this means topstitching your layers together 
  • Homework: Finish quilting layers together

Day 4: 

  • 4 techniques for binding 
    • Hand-stitched binding 
    • Front to back machine binding 
    • Back to front machine binding 
    • Flange binding 
  • How to join your binding so that it lays flawlessly flat 
  • Homework: Finish binding


Materials Needed:  

  • Fabric and batting: 
    • 8 Fat Eighths or equivalent of approximately 1m total of yardage/scraps in a variety of coordinating fabrics (Needed for day 1) 
    • 1m background fabric (Lightest colour, day 1) 
    • 0.5m border fabric (Day 2) 
    • 1.55m backing fabric (Day 2) 
    • Batting at least 42x 58” (Day 2) 
    • 0.4m binding fabric (Day 4) 
  • Thread: 
    • Neutral colour thread for piecing (usually grey for cool colours, beige for warm colours, day 1) 
    • Coordinating thread for quilting (Day 3) 
    • Coordinating thread for binding (Day 4) 
  • Equipment: 
    • Sewing machine** in good working order with a fresh needle (Day 1) 
    • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler (Day 1)
    • ¼” piecing foot (Day 1) 
    • Walking foot (Day 3) 
  • Notions: 
    • Basting pins (Curved safety pins, Day 2) 
    • Hand sewing needle (Day 4) 
    • Binding clips (I like Wonder Clips, but we can discuss options prior to needing them on day 4) 
    • Other basic sewing notions  

Instructor Name:
Bizz McKilligan

Beginner Quilting

$ 295.00

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We are a sewing store dedicated to making sewing as sustainable as possible. We offer sewing machines, supplies, and accessories for sewing enthusiasts, both new and recirculated. With a passion for creativity and craftsmanship, we strive to inspire and support sewists of all levels, offering a diverse range of products and expert guidance.