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Beginner Patterns For Quilting

“Fun Ways to Start”

Have you been looking for beginner patterns for quilting?

Well look no further.  We have everything you need to start your first few quilting projects.  Don’t worry, they’re easier than you would assume them to be.

You can find several free quilting patterns on our site, just by searching around.  You might also find it helpful to visit our Craftsy store.  This is where we have all of our patterns, both free and those available for purchase. 

To get to our store, just click on the badge image for Craftsy to the right.

This page however will go over one of the easiest beginner patterns for quilting there is and it’s just simple applique.


This is what our owl applique will look like.  You can download the free PDF version of this design by going clicking here:  

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You can adjust the size if you need too.  Using the design in this way, you can also make several owls in different sizes on a page when it’s printed out.

Once you have the pattern, then move onto the steps to create this simple applique.


After you have the pattern printed out, choose your fabrics.  Decide what will be the pattern and what will be the background fabric, the material the applique will be placed on to.

Then trace the entire pattern on to the paper side of some fusible adhesive.  We prefer Heat n Bond because it’s quick, easy, and extremely affordable.  

If this is the brand you choose, use ultra-hold for non-washable wall hangings and lite-hold for anything that will see the inside of the washer and/or need to be stitched down. 

The lite-hold is the only one that can be sewed.  We don’t want to gum up your needles or cause a fun project to be the one to give you stress.

Next, cut out your design in-between the lines.

Place the fusible pieces on the back of the desired fabrics.  

Make sure the adhesive side is against the wrong side of the material.  It could get messy if the adhesive side touches the iron and you have to clean the iron with alcohol after it cools down.  

The other option is to iron regular paper with the sticky part of the iron.  In most cases will remove the adhesive from the iron and place it onto the paper.

Then, with a medium hot iron, press the fusible and count to 3.  Sounds like 1 who, 2 who, 3 who. 

Now that the fusible is on the fabric, cut the fabric along the inner lines.  This particular step is what helps the designs look so good and have less fraying or whiskers on the edges.

After that is accomplished, arrange the applique face up in the ideal position on the background fabric. 

Once you know where each piece will be, remove the paper from the first piece of applique.

Iron press it into place to the count of 5.  Sounds like 1 who, 2… You get the idea.  Right?

Do this for each applique piece.

Once all of them are iron pressed it is finished and they can be stitched down with a satin stitch if you planned to do so and used the lite hold fusible.  This is done with a tight zigzag stitch around all of the edges. 

Wrap Up

See how this pattern doesn’t need to be intimidating? 

That’s why it’s perfect for being one of the beginner patterns for quilting.  We’ll have more for you soon and before you know it, you’ll be quilting with the big girls and boys.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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