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Thread: Discouraged

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    Don't bog yourself down with details! Don't start with anything that has a name! LOL. I can't tell you how many beautiful quilts I've seen with the quilter just using left over pieces .... buy a pack of charm squares, or cut simple squares from whatever fabric you have...set them in rows using light/dark alternating colors. No matter what you put together, it will look great. Make a doll quilt first, and experiment with adding borders. Three inch squares make a great doll quilt, and the doll doesn't care what colors you use.
    Keep it simple and you will graduate to more intricate stuff later. Good luck. Don't buy a quilt...take a good look at the messy, large stitching, cheap fabrics, non colorfast materials. Save that money to buy a good beginner book that will explain terms, techniques, etc. in basic language and with good pictures. Some "beginner" books assume you know the lingo! The first one I bought 11 years ago is "Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts" published by Leisure Arts. I wore it out and had it spiral bound about 2 years ago. I still refer to it more than any other book.
    Didn't mean to ramble on so...sorry. And again good luck.

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    please do not be discouraged, I have so many ideas from this board I will have to live to be a thousand years old hehe. there are tons of simple blocks out there that are very easy and fun. hang in there

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    If you just want squares, you could start out with just cutting the size squares of different matching fabrics you want to use and sew them together with maybe a border around each square to set each square apart. That is probably the simplest way, or just sew them all together in rows and then together row by row and put a solid border around the finished quilt squares. That would be a start.

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    Please do not be discouraged. Quilting is REALLY FUN AND EASY. Look for an easy pattern and don't think you can't, THINK I CAN.

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    Turning twenty is an easy quilt and turns out very nice. I have made several. Fast and furious is another that I really like for something quick. You can sent me a pm and I can tell you how to make the fast and furious. Uses only 3 fabrics.

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    try a 4 patch or a 9 patch pattern

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    I generally do things because I want the challenge of it. AND I know that if I get stuck I can come here to ask how to fix it.

    Just pick one pattern & go for it. Nine-patch is an easy start.

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    My first quilt was 5in blocks cut from different fabric. I did 8 squares by 10 and I tyed it. Fast and easy

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    Hey Sis, just cut out some squares...any color...all the same size and piece them together. You'll have a quilt in no time. I've never used a pattern when making my quilts. Just whatever comes to my mind. It's all beautiful and an expression of who I am. Find your inner creativity. You can do it!

  10. #110

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    Don't get too discouraged my advice would be quit watching all the videos and get a simple rag quilt pattern they are the easiest and most forgiving if you make a mistake. That is my opinion anyway.
    Good luck let us know how it goes.

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