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  1. #11
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    Here are a couple I have made using only squares. These are small quilts, as they were made for Quilts For Kids, but you could make them any size you wanted. Trip Around the World (the rainbow-colored quilt) was the design I chose for my first quilt some 30 years ago! The other quilt - the one with the puppy fabric - used a 6-1/2" square for the big block and four 3-1/2" squares for the four-patch. Really easy!
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    Oh, please don't be discouraged.
    I don't even do a lot of the patterns because for me they are just too much for me to figure out at this point. I'm still a newbie as far as a lot of patterns go.

    Just pick a size of square you want to use and if nothing else - just sew them together. Make a scrappy quilt in all squares with no real pattern design to it.

    That's all this one was.

    Just squares and strips
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    My first quilt was a Log Cabin. Easy and very forgiving. I would suggest using a Jelly Roll or Honey Bun pre cuts to make the log cabin blocks. You get to jump right to the fun part and not have to cut the strips. If you don't have fun with first quilts you will be discouraged fast.

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    I agree to start with a 4 patch. Look at some of the tutorials. Espscially the elmers glue one. It really helps me line up those corners. And if you have to rip it out, you will not be the first or the last one to do that. Enjoy your time creating! Hugs!

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    Have been Quilting for years, and won't touch some of the patterns here. They are Beautiful but not something I want to do... don't let these intimidate you. Enjoy the process, remember there are no Quilt Police, (ok some, but mostly ignored if not your style) :) Start simple 2 colors and a back and filling. Nothing wrong with big squares, and straight lines, everyone starts some where, start where your most comfortable and build from there if later want to try something more complex go for it.
    Thats what make this fun to me, so much variety, and it's all warming/comforting, useful. Better than twiddling your thumbs.
    Let me attach one did the other day, for an auction, and if you need some instruction pm me.
    Don't give up, yes you can make a Quilt !!!

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    What I think is amazing about quilting is that you can pick a very simple quilt pattern and use amazing colors, with prints, bright colors and fun designs and the quilt pattern looks more complicated than it is. So when you look at some of the quilts here and you think everyone is so good at it, often it is easier than you think. After you make your first quilt you will just take steps into the more complicated patterns. Be gentle with yourself as a new learner and find fabric you love in a simple block and don't worry about perfection.

    Good Luck and Enjoy the Ride...

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    Don't be discouraged. There are lots of patterns out there with just squares. Try Googling 4 patch patterns or 9 patch or brick road. Or just cut your squares to the size you want plus 1/2 inch for seam allowances, sew them together and add your borders if you want them. Its really not complicated

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    Don't be discouraged! This is a lot of fun! Please try looking at this site for ideas: www.quiltville.com. :)

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    Please don't get discouraged. Just try a small quilt. It doesn't take long to get hooked. Warm wishes is a pretty one to make.

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    My first quilt was a 2 1/2" strip log cabin made out of Eleanore Burns Quilt in a Day series. I used the book and now it is so worn it's practically falling apart because I kept it open on my sewing table all the time. What I loved about her is not only is she funny on line, but she is very simple: do this, now you are done with that fabric-get it outta here (on line she throws her scraps over her shoulder, funny, but all I can think about is the poor guy who has to pick the scraps up!). She even tells you how to tie it, and instead of binding she gives you a way to sew the top, backing and binding together and turn it inside out , which is what I did for my first quilt. And I loved it. Please don't give up before you start. Every quilt doesn't have to be big. If a log cabin doesn't interest you do the 4 or 9 patch in a doll quilt size. I bet once you jump in and do one, you'll be hooked. The other thing you might try is taking a beginners quilting course. They are given at a lot of LQS and even Joann's fabric has them sometimes or check adult education, jr colleges, quilt shows near where you live.

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