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    Lil embarrasing but got to ask now.I don't know q of puilt but very much excited to get started with my 1st project.Can anyone help me by telling me how to jump start. I really need to know the basics.
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    Hi there,hi from Ohio!

    I would suggest going here-

    http://quilting.about.com/od/beginni..._Beginners.htm

    http://www.quilt.com/HowToPage.html

    Good luck and have fun.

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    thanks alot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulika
    Lil embarrasing but got to ask now.I don't know q of puilt but very much excited to get started with my 1st project.Can anyone help me by telling me how to jump start. I really need to know the basics.
    Thanks!
    Welcome.
    Easiest way would be to take a class at a LQS (local quilt shop) if you have one near you.
    They all have a beginner's class (hand or machine), which would teach you the basics.

    If you don't want to or can't do that, then get yourself a beginner's book that will explain the steps, terminology, and have some simple projects for you to do.

    Here are some starter books I would recommend, and find some really inexpensive (used) copies on Amazon:

    Joy of Quilting
    http://www.amazon.com/Joy-Quilting-J...9200386&sr=8-1

    Quilts Quilts Quilts
    http://www.amazon.com/Quilts-Complet...9200458&sr=1-1

    Start Quilting/Alex Anderson
    http://www.amazon.com/Start-Quilting...9200525&sr=1-1

    Along with the books, there are thousands of website and youtube videos available - just do a search the technique or term.
    It's always better to try to find the information yourself first - you never know what you'll stumble over. ;-)

    If you find a term (or abbreviation) you're not familiar with, just Google it along with the word "quilt" and you'll probably find the definition on the first page of results.

    As for buying equipment, your LQS will be able to help you but you can get the same tools at a Joann's or Michael's (if you're in the US) using one of their discount coupons, or WalMart (store or online).

    If you're not in the US, there are also several hundred shops that sell tools/notions/fabric that do ship outside the US.

    Have fun!!

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    thanks alot!Ya I brought some books from library but tha basic was lil difficult to understand.But now with ur help I'll try these sites.I'm in US & will try to follow ur suggestion.
    thanks!

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    Welcome from Kansas

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    welcome from TN

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of quilting from Ontario, Canada. You'll find lots of help here on the QB.The first pattern to start with that is easy is a 9 patch block. That is exactly what it sounds like, 9 squares of fabric layed out in a checkerboard pattern and stitched together to form a block. After you do some blocks, you decide how you want to stitch them together to form a quilt top. There is a tutorial on this board on Disappearing 9 patch which shows you how to recut the blocks to form a new pattern if your feeling adventurous.
    I am assuming that you have the regular sewing equipment already? If you don't have a sewing machine you can still hand sew a quilt together but it will take you a loooooong time. For quilting today a real time saver is a rotary cutter, ruler and mat. You can start with somthing small like a placemat or tablerunner first to get started. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjk
    welcome from TN
    Hey!Even I'm also located in Tn(Brentwood).Thanks!

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    hi! Thanks alot!I'm definitely going to start with a small one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    Welcome to the wonderful world of quilting from Ontario, Canada. You'll find lots of help here on the QB.The first pattern to start with that is easy is a 9 patch block. That is exactly what it sounds like, 9 squares of fabric layed out in a checkerboard pattern and stitched together to form a block. After you do some blocks, you decide how you want to stitch them together to form a quilt top. There is a tutorial on this board on Disappearing 9 patch which shows you how to recut the blocks to form a new pattern if your feeling adventurous.
    I am assuming that you have the regular sewing equipment already? If you don't have a sewing machine you can still hand sew a quilt together but it will take you a loooooong time. For quilting today a real time saver is a rotary cutter, ruler and mat. You can start with somthing small like a placemat or tablerunner first to get started. Good luck!

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