Okay everyone need a suggestion here...I have Never followed a pattern, I have always done a fly by the seat of my pants style..Made it up as I went...which I personaly enjoy because it allowes me to be as creative as I want..But I think I would like to try a pattern..I have a great quilt shop where i frequent, and a quilting fabric shop right next to it...so I need a good simple easy to follow pattern to try...any suggestions???
p.s. I've finished 2 more wall hangings and a wolf quilt, I would love to post pictures, but I can't seem to find my camera card, or connector to do it.. :cry: hopefuly I will have them posted soon.
I like the double Irish chain. Or maybe a log cabin.
Thirty years ago as a draftsman it was commented.. How wonderful ! Your geometry will be so easy as you learn to quilt.
Never have I used my geometry.. I do the fly by the seat of my pants. Log cabin, thangles, squares, never - I mean never too - curves.
It is just not what I can do. These women that plan, create and use the geometry, God Bless them.. I can create, be pleased.. but as a crafter, a true quilter.. Nope.. Just a dabbler that always walks away felling ok..
Sample quilt no pattern style: Log Cabin, Nine Patch. Thangles. Use a square template so if nine patch is just a little off. it can be trimmed to perfection.. Good luck !
I personaly find the planning, and measuring..and the exactness of patterns a little daunting personaly, which is why I've never used one...I've tought myself quilting, sewing, hand embrodery, knitting..all of that stuff...I have never had anyone "show" me what I am suppose to be doing...I love creating..but I'm not great at planning or exactness...so I thought I would try working on that..which was why I was looking for just a simple my 6 yr old could do this kinda thing lol.
I never follow patterns either. I see something and adapt it my way. I agree that a log cabin is a great way to start. Have you seen the techniques done by Ricky Tims? I love his techniques. He teaches you to "follow" a pattern while doing your own thing and the results are amazing. I love convergence quilts the most. I took his super seminar last year and never quilted the same way again.
You can see some of his pieces at www.thequiltshow.com
I would say a rail or log cabin because there is so many possible ways to arrange them. An Irish chain is also easy and very pretty.
Jamie...this comes from a person that never knew how to sew or use my sewing machine past a hem or such before quilting;0). Since you find or feel that following exact, etc 'tedious' then I would strongly suggest a 'sampler'pattern. Where each block is different. That way it will keep it interesting and you will learn so much from it too. I know I did! But, do not lose that 'fly by the seat of pants'....that is your personal style and original. Sometimes it is a stress reliever for me to sew what I've been told to do such as a kit or such...and you will too. Keep us posted on your adventure! It's always good to think out our safe lines! Skeat
Just the opposite here....I've never been able to complete a quilt if I don't have an exact pattern to follow. :oops:
I envy those of you who have the talent and imagination to be creative...like Izy.
If I tried to "fly by the seat of my pants"...I'd be jailed for indecent exposure. :lol:
I'm like some of the others here..I barely knew how to turn the sewing machine ON prior to quilting (my DH did all the mending...my method involved staples and duck tape)..anyway..If I do start with a pattern I always get side tracked and it ends up being different. When I 1st started though a woman recommended the Turning Twenty pattern where you use 20 FQ's.
There are a million free patterns out there especially Quilter's Cache she does a great job in explaining her patterns. I personally love stars.