Wow this post is SO overdue... it's been on my to-do list for way too long... Apologies to everyone who has asked me for this information for taking so long!!
... I have had a number of people ask me recently if I can do some tutorials on beginner quilting and how to get started. I'd love to say yes, but at the same time there is so much great information out there already, I don't think I would have any extra value to add... (especially since I am pretty much an 100% internet tutorial & self taught quilter/sewer!) So since there is no point in "reinventing the wheel" so to speak, instead it would be my pleasure to recommend some really great resources for quilting, to help anybody who is interested get started...
Another Australian Blogger Bec is running a quilting 101 course at the moment over at her blog Chasing Cottons. She is up to week 4, of the 12 week course. It is an amazing course, and is perfect for the beginner to learn all about quilting. I'm sure everybody will get something from it though, so I highly recommend having a look-see!!
Another good series going on at the moment is by Sandi from Piecemeal Quilts. She is running a Skill Builder Series at the moment in partnership with another blogger Jeanne over at Grey Cat Quilts.
This is also a great course. It adds a different flavour & some different info, so is worth checking out as well!
If you don't already know of Sew Mama Sew, then that is also a great blog with a wealth of tutorials. They are also putting a bit more emphasis on skill building at the moment.
You will also notice a couple of new buttons down the right hand side of my blog... quilting bloggers & the rpq patchwork & quilting blogger list. If you are interested in being blown away with inspiration and what other online quilt bloggers are making - then those are 2 lists that you will be wanting to check out! Many many of the bloggers on these lists have produced excellent tutorials. It's all a matter of what you are wanting to learn really...
If anyone has any other questions please feel free to ask
What you will find about quilting is that there are so many different ways to do it, different "schools" (so to speak) and different styles. In my opinion there is no one "right" way to quilt. Therefore I would recommend to anyone interested in quilting, that at first you do focus on learning to be good at the basics - like cutting, fabric choice, 1/4 inch seams, piecing and accuracy. As you do this you will soon find the style and and method that best suits you and what you love to make.
The most important ingredient in learning to quilt is that you have fun while you're doing it!! :)
Hope all this helps... and if you know of any other great free online classes happening at the moment I would love to know!