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Learning how to make a quilt need not be difficult. The trick is to break the process into small steps. Once you can do this you can begin to take advantage of all the free quilt patterns that are available. Some of them are based on traditional quilt blocks and designs and others are very modern in their design. There can be a substantial overlap between these types of quilts and within each category there are numerous sub categories which make it even easier for you to search the sites giving free quilt patterns to find the one quilt that is perfect for you to make.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

The basic techniques of how to make a quilt very often include learning the meaning of some of the specialist terms used by quilters. Don't be put off by this – every hobby has its own jargon and quilting is no exception. For example a jelly roll might sound as though it has more to do with baking than with quilting, but it is in fact the name given to a roll of two and a half inch wide strips of fabric. The fabric usually comes from one range of fabric so you know that the strips will co-ordinate and using a jelly roll gives you the chance to use a large variety of fabrics in your quilt.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

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I used to think that quilting was the process of making quilts, but in fact it is the stitching that holds together the three layers of a quilt. Here again there is a great variety of techniques. Traditionally quilts were always hand quilted but more and more quilters now use machine quilting. This doesn't have to be done on a specialist long arm sewing machine: with practice machine quilting on a domestic sewing machine is not only possible but can give beautiful results. It is also very much quicker than hand quilting.

The best free quilting patterns will not only show a design that can be followed but will also give you tips on how to sew the design without constantly having to stop and start. With most free quilting patterns it is possible to sew the entire design in one go by back stitching (travel stitching) along some sections in order to begin stitching along a new part of the design. This is how quilting can give the impression of ropes and cable going under and over each other.

Quilting is a great hobby and quilters are a very generous group of people – always happy to help a beginner quilter with any queries that they may have.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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