Step 1. Piecing Your Top
Some people consider quilters quite mad for cutting up perfectly good fabric into small pieces only to sew them back together again but then they miss the satisfaction that comes with creating something with your own hands and heart; something uniquely you.
There are a myriad of patterns and blocks out there but I'd suggest you start with something small-ish for your first one. Straight lines and large square blocks are best for a beginner quilt project. It's also amazing how using different fabrics can totally change the feel and look of a quilt so look past horrid fabric choices when looking for a pattern.
Quilting cottons are easily available and can be purchased by the yard/metre or in pre-cut measures such as fat quarters (18" x 20"), layer cakes (10" squares) and jelly rolls (2.5" x 40" stripes). More advanced quilters may like to try making a memory quilt using unconventional fabrics like baby clothes or t-shirts.
The main thing to remember when piecing your top is to maintain an accurate seam allowance, usually a scant ¼
of an inch (6mm). If you keep things even the whole way through, it makes matching your seams that much easier. You might also like to try chain piecing
and nesting your seams
(as shown above). It's also important to press your seams as you go.