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Thread: What to pick for the first project?

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    It's me again, the greenie :P

    If it were your very first project on the machine, what would you pick so you could learn on your own?

    I won't be able to enlist physical help b/c I have a little one and I'm too pooped at night to go for a class right now. I have a couple of must does, but I want to then back track and do it from the start to learn.

    Thank you

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    I would start with either a simple nine-patch, or something that doesn't have points.
    I made my first quilt with 8 inch squares grouped in a color.
    You might try that.
    Do something you would like. And get familiar with your machine first.

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    I would get an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day book or a Terri Atkinson pattern. Both have very good, accurate, clear instructions and illustrations.

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    I would do this one:

    [IMG]http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z.../28b-TradP.jpg[/IMG]

    Just kidding! I have this pattern but haven't even attempted to start it. I love looking at it though.

    My first quilt was a simple log cabin. It's a great pattern for a beginner and looks great even with a few opps.


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    I would do a simple rail fence.. 3 stripes per block, 6" blocks.. very simple, but very pretty and you can add your own touch by how you set the blocks and the colors you use.

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    BellaBoo you are funny. That picture made my heart sink. lol

    I did a basic rail fence as an early project. It limits the number of fabrics, and you can practice all the parts of making a pieced top. The result looks more difficult than it is.

    http://www.equilters.com/library/qui...ail_fence.html

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    I did simple squares with fussy cut princesses for my first one. A log cabin is a good choice too.

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    BellaBoo.....

    I would do this one:

    Just kidding! I have this pattern but haven't even attempted to start it. I love looking at it though.
    My first quilt was a simple log cabin. It's a great pattern for a beginner and looks great even with a few opps.



    Now that was too funny......lol.....just couldn't resist huh.....my kinda ....lol...... I bet her eyes did this number :shock: ....lol......:-) :lol:



    I would do a four patch...like Beverly's.....


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    I don't know ... That warm wishes seems even easier than the log cabin! I too made a log cabin for my first quilt by elenore burns. Back then you tore the strips and sewed your heart out for the day and had it done. It is a good first for beginners because there is so many settings you can go with to make it different than anyone else's. Very fun and she explains it perfectly in her book. She is on line and sells her books and rulers.

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    So far you have had lots of good suggestions.

    I did a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin for my first quilt. It was fun and straight forward. Directions were clear and easy to follow. I backed it with flannel and tied it. Twenty five years later, it still is on my son's bed.

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