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Thread: Teaching someone to quilt

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    Super Member Prism99's Avatar
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    In my opinion, a rail fence is the best pattern to start with. It does not require matching any seams, plus it can look quite complex in spite of being very easy. A 9-patch would be the next step up in difficulty because of the seam-matching required within blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamagal View Post
    I have a friend who wants to learn to quilt. LQS lessons not an option at this time. I know I can teach her but what's an easy design to start with that will get her "hooked"? I thought about a basic nine patch. What would you do?
    Let her chose 4 or 5 patterns she likes then you chose the one you think would be easiest for her to do the first time out. If it's something she really likes, she's more likely to stay interested.
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    I agree with Prism99 - you find 4 colors which she will love, and there are no corners to match up the big thing is learning to measure twice and cut once. Is she going to machine quilt this or tying it?

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    Rail fence is quick and fun.

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    I think I would go with a string quilt. It is very forgiving.

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    My first pattern was a large-ish log cabin. It was really repetitive and allowed me to get into the swing of chain piecing. In my opinion, I'd give her a few "easy" options and let her choose. It's more motivating and "fun" to stick through it when you like the patterns and colors.

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    one of my early quilts was rail fence - pretty basic. but easy with a little more interest would be warm wishes
    Nancy in western NY

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    This is the one I would choose...when I first did it I was so amazed.
    Quote Originally Posted by linda8450 View Post
    The disappearing 9 patch was my first quilt, and I was so amazed at how it came together I was very excited to finish it! A little more work than a plain 9patch, but some interesting results!

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    I was just rethinking this...the string quilt would be perfect...she could use all scraps besides the middle piece. She will be totally amazed how it comes together. And also hooked on scrappy quilts.

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    Start with basic 9 patch. Don't get any more complicated than that to begin.

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