For Beginning Quilters

For the first six months of 2020, I posted a new tutorial for a group of beginner quilters. Since we met on the first Monday of every month, that’s what we called them. I will be updating and refreshing these over time, but will link to the newest handout.

Here’s a round-up of First Monday Sew-day handouts:

(1) December 2020 is our inaugural get-together.  This handout is about the basics: rotary cutting, accurate seams and pressing.  Simone also talked about how to choose colors for a quilt.  That day we sewed four patches together Click to download a PDF file:

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(2) A new year, a new block for January 2020.  We tackled half-square triangles and snowball corners on this day.

FirstMonday Jan2020 Sample

(3) February 2020, Flying Geese were up next with Laurel teaching the lesson.  All the secrets for Flying Geese are in this new refreshed handout.

(4) March 2020: Simone taught us about modern blocks and we made her original pattern.   

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April 2020 First Monday ILLUS

(5) April 2020 was the first time we had our social distancing going on and couldn’t meet  — so we did it digitally. Click to download a PDF file for the Economy Block:  

(6) May 2020 and we are still not meeting.  Because we are all at home, Log Cabin blocks are the topic.   

May 2020 Illus

(7) June 2020 and we’re planning on a Zoom Meeting at night — a change, but then all the little children will be in bed, and the Moms can just visit.  Our patches today are Nine-Patch and Churn Dash.  

June 2020 FirstMonday Sew-Day Illus

(8) July 2020 and I got a little carried away today with our handout–multiple pages!  Our last technique is our first Foundation Paper-Pieced (FPP) block: the classic Spider Web. Template is included.