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Thread: Looking for a first quilt idea

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    Looking for a first quilt idea

    Hi everyone,

    I would like to start quiliting, but can't decide on a project idea. Anyone have any suggestions for a small easy project that I could make as my very first quilting project. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks!!

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    You might want to start with a wall hanging or table runner.
    That way you can see the whole process thru, and have the excitement of completion!
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    I taught myself to quilt by making pot holders for folks at Christmas one year. I chose various blocks to get a feel for working with different shapes, batted, quilted and bound each one. Each little 9" square gave me lots of lessons from start to finish.

    I remember I had a book of 101 Pot Holders ... but I gave it to a friend.
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    If there is a local quilt shop, take a basic class. You will be so happy with learning the basics of quilting. Good luck.
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    Start with a small quilt, crib/lap size. Choose a pattern with few pieces and a pattern that doesn't have a lot of seams to match. Nine patches are great for a first quilt. The main thing to remember, cut pieces exact, and sew an exact 1/4 inch seam. If cutting and seams aren't exact the pieces won't match up. Be sure to square up all your blocks before sewing your rows together. Happy Quilting!

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    I have a friend that just started making her first quilt. In quilting the 1/4 inch seam is so important in piecing. I started my friend out with a JELLY ROLL QUILT or 1600 QUILT for her first project. First, she learned how to put the strips together using the diagonal seam. Sure we got a couple of diagonals going the wrong way but they were easy to remove and gave us a pretty good laugh. Then, while sewing the seams, she became very comfortable making the 1/4 inch seam. This is an easy and fast quilt project and if you waiver a bit from the seam allowance, it is not that noticable in the overall quilt.

    Jenn had a blast making the quilt and was really proud of herself giving it to her husband as a gift.
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    Start small, maybe a baby or lap quilt. YOu might start with the rail pattern. Quick and easy. Enjoy.
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    Table runners are great or a small lap quilt with a simple pattern like a rail fence, irish chain or log cabin. My first was a small lap quilt using a rail fence. compared to my quilts now it looks awful cause the seams are off and blocks are not lined up, but for my first it wasn't bad because I was still learning how to cut using a ruler. I got the june tailor shape cut and that helped me tremendously with my accuracy on strip cutting. My second quilt was ahuge difference, very accurate seams and matching

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    I bought some basic quilt books, and started making some blocks, but it wasn't until I took a beginner's class at a LQS that I really got going. I also joined a local guild, and that really fueled my interest in quilting. Beware - it can be addictive.

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