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Thread: A brand new quilter (bnquilter) from Australia

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    Hello to you all.

    I have been following this quilting board for some time now as a "guest", and am blown away by all the help and motivation everyone enjoys. As my id suggests, I am an absolutely brand new at quilting, never before picked up a needle with any real serious intent, (even had to read the manual to remind myself how to thread my sewing machine). My sewing machine and I are not on speaking terms - unless you can count a few swear words thrown in as "speaking".

    However... just after Christmas, I helped a friend who was desperate to finish a hexagon hand sewn quilt (she MUST have been really desperate to ask ME for help) and after about 10 mins, I was hooked. Now I am diligently reading everything I can about quilting, and have even tried a few things myself.

    And its all thanks to you on this board. You have all given me the confidence to start, and keep working on a project.

    I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate the tutorials. The step by step instructions and pictures are so well done that even I can follow them. I live out of town, and cannot easily attend any workshops or classes etc. So your detailed pictures and instructions have been just simply wonderful! In my recent retirement, I just know I have found a new lease on life.

    I hope I do not appear too stupid by asking some very basic questions and requesting assistance for the simplest tasks; and I thank you all in advance for the help I know you will offer.

    Cheers for now

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    Welcome from NE CA. So glad you joined us. There's so many friendly, talented people on board, who will help in any way. If you have a problem or don't understand something, I'm sure someone will help, so just ask away, there are no stupid questions, so don't that inhibit you.

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    Welcome from Ohio, USA.....friendly bunch we are and if you need help just ask.....Good luck and keep quilting....be sure to share your Quilts with us.....:-)

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    Welcome from Roscoe, Illinois USA.

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    Hi and Welcome from southern Indiana! You're gonna love it here!

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    Welcome from Southern Ontario Canada!
    There are no such thing as dumb questions! If you are just learning you need to ask those questions! Ask away! Someone here is bound to know the answer! At least that is the way it seems!
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    Welcome to the board, bnquilter, from Colorado, US. This truly is a wonderful place to get inspiration, information and a few laughs. And stupid questions? Impossible to ask one. I can guarantee you that for every question asked, there were 10 people wondering the same thing. :lol: Enjoy.

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    Welcome! You already know this is a great place, Ducky's right about the questions, happens to me ALL THE TIME!

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    Welcome from Missouri right in the middle of the US to the left of the Mississipi River! This is a great place to get long distance information! So many people with so many skills and THEY WANT TO SHARE! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    *Waves* From Iowa :)

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    Hi and Welcome from Northern Indiana ! Just remember everyone has to start somewhere, and we DO NOT allow the quilt police here :wink:
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    Welcome from the UK!

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    Hello and Welcome!!! Do not be afraid to ask questions... we are all learning new things and sharing every day here!!! :D :D :D

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    Welcome from Southern California!!!

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    Hi and welcome bnquilter! We were all newbies and I still ask a lot of questions!
    I also live out in the boonies of North Carolina, and this board is great for people like us!




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    Dude... we're almost neighbours! LOL

    Welcome from across the ditch! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnquilter
    I hope I do not appear too stupid by asking some very basic questions and requesting assistance for the simplest tasks;
    NEVER! and greetings from Sacramento CA.
    My first class, the teacher talked about changing the needle after X hours of sewing. Before I could stop my mouth from opening, I had sort of confessed that I had never changed the needle. That would have explained the clunking sound...I have since made peace with my machine(s).

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    Welcome from Florida. We all get started at one time and we are all learning new things from one another. Don't be shy, ask away, there is always someone here to help you out. I love the tutorials too. It's so much easier when you actually see it.

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    Welcome bnquilter! Where are you in Australia? I visited Perth 2 years ago--in the Spring and the wildflowers were as gorgeous as I'd read about! I'd LOVE to return but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and two trips would be asking too much so I'll just stay home in N.W. Ohio and keep quilting!! We have a great bunch of quilters here--I regret that I don't spend more time here.

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    Welcome from SW Iowa. I still ask basic questions and everyone is willing to help. Welcome to our group.

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    Welcome from Manitoba, Canada. I have a daughter living in Dili, East Timor and her boyfriend in Darwin NT. I fell like you're a neighbour! You will love this site. Everyone is so nice and helpful.

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