Difficulty Levels

Amy’s Wagon Wheel Creations patterns feature a difficulty rating to help you choose a pattern that is right for your skill level. Beginner and Confident Beginner will help new quilters learn great techniques and form good sewing habits. Intermediate and Advanced difficulty patterns feature the detail, clarity, and tips that you find in our beginner and advanced beginner level patterns, but feature more complex designs and techniques.

These levels are purely to help you pick a pattern that results in a fun project, rather than frustration, tears, or UFOs. Of course, if you’re feeling up for the challenge, level up! There’s a world of resources to help when you get stuck and you’ll be surprised how much you learn in the process.

So with that in mind, want to know if a pattern is right for your skill level? Use the guide below:

Beginner: Beginner Skill Level

You have just taken your first quilting class or series of classes. You understand the importance of an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance. You are starting to get comfortable with your sewing machine and cutting skills. This may be the first time you have used a pattern, but you are feeling confident!

Confident Beginner: Confident Beginner Skill Level

You have made a few projects, and feel like you have learned a lot in the process. You feel comfortable sewing with beginner patterns and want to move on to something more challenging.

Intermediate: Intermediate Skill Level

You enjoy making quilts from other’s patterns and sometimes make changes to a pattern to put your own spin on the design. You have successfully attempted tricky sewing maneuvers like curved piecing, though you still read the instructions thoroughly.

Advanced: Advanced Skill Level

You are hooked! You see quilt patterns in everyday objects where ever you go. You dream about fabric and quilting patterns. While you still have to focus when you sew (believe me, we all do!) you do so more quickly and consistently than when you started. You’re interested in learning special techniques. You’ve even started making your own patterns or heavily altering and combining elements from other patterns. You like a challenge, but sometimes you also just like a nice pattern that you can elaborate upon.