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    Hello everyone I am brand new to quilting and was hoping for some advice on what are the essentials needed when starting quiltmaking. I can sew a bit, not the greatest and my 6 year wants to learn to sew so I was hoping we could learn how to make quilts together. Any help would be greatly appriciated.

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    Good for you starting to sew and quilt with your youngster! Get them going young, I say!

    Do you have a basic sewing machine yet? Look at used ones, depending on your budget, but stay away from the cheaper ones sold at Walmart etc. You can often get a good used machine from a sewing machine shop that will last longer and has more features.

    Next, rotary cutter and rulers. I'd get a 45 mm rotary cutter and blades, and a 6 x 12 and 12 inch square ruler. I like my 6 x 24 inch ruler too. A cutting board, the largest you can afford and accommodate is good. The cutters are very very sharp. Keep away from kids and clutzy husbands!

    A decent iron and ironing board are needed, or pressing surface of some sort. Once again, depends on budget and sewing space.

    Basic sewing kit for me includes good scissors, thread snips, 6 inch ruler, tape measure, long pins, handsewing needles(get an assorted package for now) and a pincushion(I like magnetic ones, that's a personal choice.)

    As with most things, buy the best you can afford, or budget and save a little for the better quality items. That really is important for fabric and sewing machines IMO.

    Depending on where you're located, sales at places like Joann Fabrics, or in Canada, Fabricland are great for some of the basic tools.

    I started out with an iron, ironing board, sewing machine, scissors, pins and tape measure. We didn't have rotary cutters. We used cereal boxes to make templates for our quilt patterns...primitive huh!:)

    I also found the Eleanor Burns made easy books to follow. I think her Log Cabin was one of the first full-sized quilts I made, after a basic 9 patch. There ya go. One person's opinion. Have fun!!

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    Don't go crazy and spend a ton of money until you find out if you even like the quilting process. Since you want to quilt with your daughter, maybe starting with a doll quilt would be a good idea.

    Buy a medium sized cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter. Pick a few fabrics you like and start with a simple pattern. 4-patch or 9-patch might be good.

    If you are really a beginner sewer, you might even want to start with pillowcases. They are very easy and statisfying to make.

    Look at Missouri Star Quilt Company for videos ideas. They explain things very well.

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    Welcome from Michigan great lakes region. You are doing a great thing by including your daughter in your quilting quest. Take your time, enjoy the process. I promise you that in the end, it will be worth the work.

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    Hello, welcome and happy quilting from Germany!
    I am a handquilter, not a piecer - but I am sure you will get a lot of help and support here on the board.

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    Welcome from NY! My thought is to ask your daughter what she would like to make. There are lots of helpful people on this board willing to help. Check out the tutorial section as well :)

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    Welcome and hi from Ohio!

    Check out quilting books from your local library. Start with small simple projects. Placemats, pillowcases for sewing practice. Small crib or child ans small throw size quilts are a the largest to start with. Check out quick and child quilt patterns for ideas. Take a beginning sewing and quilting class. If you can't afford for both of you to take a class, then take it yourself, then come home and teach your little one. Sometimes there are specific classes for children. You might be able to sit in the class, or offer to be a set of extra hands for the teacher.

    There are several you tubes videos with children sewing and making their quilts.

    Good luck to you and your little one as you begin your quilting journey. Keep us updated with your projects and progress, and we love to see pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaK
    Good for you starting to sew and quilt with your youngster! Get them going young, I say!

    Do you have a basic sewing machine yet? Look at used ones, depending on your budget, but stay away from the cheaper ones sold at Walmart etc. You can often get a good used machine from a sewing machine shop that will last longer and has more features.

    Next, rotary cutter and rulers. I'd get a 45 mm rotary cutter and blades, and a 6 x 12 and 12 inch square ruler. I like my 6 x 24 inch ruler too. A cutting board, the largest you can afford and accommodate is good. The cutters are very very sharp. Keep away from kids and clutzy husbands!

    A decent iron and ironing board are needed, or pressing surface of some sort. Once again, depends on budget and sewing space.

    Basic sewing kit for me includes good scissors, thread snips, 6 inch ruler, tape measure, long pins, handsewing needles(get an assorted package for now) and a pincushion(I like magnetic ones, that's a personal choice.)

    As with most things, buy the best you can afford, or budget and save a little for the better quality items. That really is important for fabric and sewing machines IMO.

    Depending on where you're located, sales at places like Joann Fabrics, or in Canada, Fabricland are great for some of the basic tools.

    I started out with an iron, ironing board, sewing machine, scissors, pins and tape measure. We didn't have rotary cutters. We used cereal boxes to make templates for our quilt patterns...primitive huh!:)

    I also found the Eleanor Burns made easy books to follow. I think her Log Cabin was one of the first full-sized quilts I made, after a basic 9 patch. There ya go. One person's opinion. Have fun!!
    2 kenmores 1 broken 1 not. Idea was to get a working one to finish the project I was working on and find paperwork to get other fixed, then Veronica could have one to use as well.

    I have a rotary cutter, no idea what size and it doesnít cut well. I have no idea what I used it on in the past. Didnít know you could sharpen the blades or buy new ones. I have a June Tailor Perfect half square & quarter square triangles template and a 4 x 18 ruler. I also have a 17 x 23 cutting mat. I have my eye on a bigger mat with shapes printed on it at work that I wanted to get, but I also wanted to get out to joannís to see what they have.

    Have an iron that seems decent and an ironing board, just trying to find a better cover that doesnít rumple.

    letís see I have new scissors for material I just bought after reading about the importantance of separate scissors. Multiple tape measures, thread snips, couple packs of needles. I have a magnetic bowl full of pins, but I need to get the longer quilting pins. I do not have a six inch ruler but do have a 12 will that work?

    Iíve seen the plastic for making templates, now I can finally use them. Told my husband that he gets to make me some templates for quilting cause he does that for his woodworking. ;)

    Thanks for the advice and good wishes.

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    I have done some sewing before just not consistantly and it really looks homemade. So I need to polish up my skills, and V hasn't really ever sewn before. I have some of the basic tools. only a couple I don't have from the list some other posters gave me. I also have material from clothing I was going to make and didn't cause the things I chose were difficult and I got stuck, stuff got stuck in bins and I forgot. Thanks for the advice about the pillowcases. I have seen kits and thought about getting some to do. I think the doll quilt will be perfect for V's first project with me.

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    hello, thank you

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