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Thread: Teaching someone to quilt

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    Senior Member Bamagal's Avatar
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    Teaching someone to quilt

    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?

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    I learned on Yellow Brick Road. Very easy, but includes patches of different sizes so seems more interesting to work on than a 9-patch.

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    My first quilt was a four-patch with alternating plain squares, sashing and cornerstones. Pretty basic, but would give your friend an idea of what's involved - cutting, strip piecing, nesting seams, etc.... Using bright, colorful fabrics would make it fun.
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    Have you asked her what she'd like to learn? Is she attracted to the modern quilts or the traditional patterns or applique? Does she like bright colors or muted ones? If you start her on a project that she's excited about, it will so much easier for her to learn. As for size, I'd start with a 16-block with borders which will produce a size that she can hang on the wall or use as a bed topper or a baby quilt.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    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 took a class that used a 2 color Jacob's Ladder that I made into a baby quilt. It gave excellent practice at four patches and half square triangles, matching seams, etc. However, from watching posts on this board, many people do a beautiful job on first quilts using patterns of their own choosing. Hope it is a fun time for both of you.

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    My first quilt was a flannel rag quilt with 6x6 squares, very forgiving. lol. Enjoy, and have a great time.

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    whatever it is, have fun with it .... the pattern and color doesn't matter if you're having fun doing it.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    That is so kind of you to teach her. I personally prefer the 4 patch or even just 4 inch squares. Whatever you decide I'm sure it will be great. Good luck.

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    You could do a jelly roll race just leave out the race part LOL Fast, pretty, easy to do.

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