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Old 09-04-2018, 11:31 AM
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Hi Everyone! I am new to quilting. I have never made a quilt, but I would like to get started. I have one Hugh problem though. I don't know where to begin. I have been reading a lot about quilting which piqued my interest. I am a seamstress so I'm certain that will be beneficial. I would appreciate any input you give me. Thank you very much.

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Old 09-04-2018, 12:22 PM
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Hi and welcome from North Carolina! You've come to the right place for all kinds of information about quilting. These people here always answer all questions.

Your being a seamstress is a big advantage for you to learn to quilt. It's a lot easier and a lot more fun than you think. Just remember to start with something easy, like a 4-patch or a 9-patch pattern, and with something small like a lap quilt or a baby-size one. And, remember that your 1st one is allowed to have a couple of little mistakes. There are no quilt police!!

We all make mistakes. That's what they manufacture those seam rippers for!! Just enjoy!!
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Old 09-04-2018, 01:01 PM
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Old 09-04-2018, 01:54 PM
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Hello and welcome to the board from New Hampshire! Do you have a certain pattern or some fabric that is inspiring you?
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Old 09-04-2018, 02:08 PM
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Welcome from Ontario, Canada. You could watch some of the videos on YouTube done by Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Co. She has tutorials on everything from pot holder, tablerunners to quilts.
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Old 09-04-2018, 02:15 PM
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Welcome from Texas. You will need a few quilting tools like a rotary cutter, self healing cutting mat & a quilting ruler. Since you already sew you probably have all the other necessary sewing items. Start small like a pot holder or table runner or a small quilt for a baby. I just know you are going to love your new found hobby.
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Old 09-04-2018, 02:21 PM
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Welcome! I'm also new here and everyone has been so encouraging and helpful

Like everyone else, I recommend that you jump in the deep end, and give something small a try. And please, ask as many questions as you need - and post photos all along your journey!
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Old 09-04-2018, 02:51 PM
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Hi Prin! I'm a newish member (just a couple of weeks) but I've been quilting for a long time now (started back as a senior in high school in 1978). You have sewing skills so use them and skip the quilt police rules. When I first started I came from a garment background and it was before rotary cutters and rulers, so a 1/4" seam just seemed impossibly tiny, I used a 1/2" seam for the first couple of years. Now I've been quilting so long that 1/4" seems pretty darn big... but I often get in a scuffle with the quilt police because I do press my seams open and not to one side. I have for decades and my quilts have held up just fine and I have reasons on why I press open -- but most of the quilt police don't have reasons for their rules, they only do it because that was how they were taught.

If you wish to be judged in a show there are some things you probably should do but you don't need to worry about them now. The big things are to be happy and have fun

PS: Greetings and welcome Olea, had to post when I saw your name!
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Welcome from Oklahoma. Waiting to see your first project.
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Old 09-04-2018, 03:47 PM
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Welcome from Tennessee. As others said start small to get comfortable with the projects. Precision in cutting and seams can make all the difference in your finished quilt. All other aspects are more or less personal preference. Ask all the questions you want here. Plenty of help from all levels
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