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Thread: About to begin my first quilt!

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    Kelle23's Avatar
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    Hi everyone. My name is Kelle...I'm from Georgia and I'm getting ready to start my first quilt. I "helped" my grandmother quilt a little when I was a child, and have always been interested in the art. I always thought I needed a sewing machine, so have held off on getting started. I finally decided to take the plunge. If our foremothers could quilt for hundreds of years without sewing machines, so can I!

    I've bought some Christmas fabric to make a lap quilt for my mom. It's just going to be a simple 6" block quilt. I'm a bit nervous, but the fabric has been washed and dried and I'm eager to get started. Now to iron it and start tracing the template. Wish me luck! I'm looking forward to getting to know the folks on this board.

    Kelle

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    *Waves from Iowa* :)
    Good luck :)

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    Welcome Kelle, from Southern California. We love to see where everyone is from. If you go into My Profile and fill in the FROM category, it will show up when you make posts.

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    Kelle, Are you fussy cutting out the 6" squares ? If not it might go faster just cutting strips with a rotary cutter.

    And Hi and Welcome from Norhten Indiana ! Have any questions just ask and you will get plenty of help :lol:
    Sharon

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    Welcome from Southern California!

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    Hi Kelle, welcome to the board!!! If you have any questions, just shout out, someone here will have the answer :wink: There are a number of member who have and are handpiecers, too :D :D :D

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    Hello there Kelle............
    Welcome from the state of Washington.
    We are so glad to have you join us, on
    this quilting board. I know you are going
    to love it here!!
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    Hi from Massachusetts, and welcome. Pleanty of help and surport here. Enjoy.

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    I have seen the term fussy cut, but to be honest I'm not sure what it means. I haven't been able to purchase a rotary cutter yet. I know I need one and a cutting mat, too. I blew my budget on the fabric, a 6 inch square ruler thingy (which I'll use as a template to cut the fabric, making 5 1/2" blocks), some leather thimbles and quilters thread. I have some decent scissors so I'll be using them until I decide if I can really do this and invest in a rotary cutter.

    Thanks for the good wishes! I'm hoping to get the fabric ironed this evening so I can start tracing the squares and maybe cutting tomorrow night. I saw online where you can use an index card to mark the 1/4" seam allowances. I'll be doing that as well.

    Kelle

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    Welcome, Kelli, from Colorado. You've come to the best place around for help and inspiration.

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