We all have challenges. But let’s face it: The quilting world is huge and full of choices. I often wonder what it would feel like to be coming to this art brand new, if I had no background and no idea where to start. There is so much to consider.

If you’re new to quilting, what kinds of challenges do you face? Do you wonder why you press seam allowances a certain way? Do you wonder how anyone ever learns to quilt outside the ditch? Do you struggle with picking out fabrics for your quilt? Does each choice feels like a hurdle, one more thing to figure out before you can proceed?

Are you an accomplished quilter who wants to learn more about quilt history? Don’t know where to start? Do you wonder how historians know the stuff they do?

Veteran quiltmakers rarely stop to think about many of the things a new quilter might. We don’t think about how important it is to be able to make accurate seams or what kind of thread is best. We’ve made those choices enough times before that they have become automatic, part of us, so to speak. But do you struggle with trying new things? Have you gotten so comfortable doing things a certain way that you don’t every try anything new? Are you willing to embrace a new genre, just for the sake of learning?

What is one thing you’d like to learn about quilting? How can you set about tackling it?