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    im new and dumb at this

    i want to learn to quilt...i have grandchildren id love to make quilts for.
    Hello my name is Charla Heflin and id love all the help i can find!! thanks and please help!!!

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    just do it!! -- welcome from se TX
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    Welcome from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I agree with Abby's mom, just do it. Here is a link that is helpful

    http://quilting.about.com/od/beginni..._Beginners.htm

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    Welcome and I taught myself with books and such. There are lots of toots on utube and on this board also.
    Have fun.
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    Welcome from S CA!!!!

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. You might like to view some of the Youtube videos done by Jenny Doan for the Missouri Star Quilt Co. Start with a simple table-runner and you will soon be ready to tackle a quilt. If you have a local quilt shop that offers basic lessons, it is a good place to start also.

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    Welcome from the SHO-ME state - Missouri. First, do you sew at all? Have a sewing machine? Do you have any knowledge of fabrics? You might go to your local library and ask to see books about beginning quilting or sewing. Ask questions here too.
    Nikki in MO

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    Welcome from Indiana! You are not "dumb"; you are uninformed! Do you have a Joanna or a local quilt shop or a Hancock Fabrics nearby? Most offer beginning sewing and/or quilting classes. There are lots of learning videos on the internet. And this board is an amazing source for information. Don't hesitate to ask questions; you will get lots of help!
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    Charla, welcome from Oregon. Love to hear about new quilters. There are many very knowledgeable people that hangout here. If you have any questions just ask, someone will know the answer.

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    Hello Charla, welcome from northern California! You will enjoy it here and there are always people willing to answer questions!
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    Welcome from Adrian, MI

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    I am old at this and still dumb. Welcome to the board from the friendly State of Alabama

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    Welcome- you're new to the craft: Not dumb!! A baby quilt or two and you're on your way and Babies are not critical!!!

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    When I started, I bought a few books, watched a few tutorials on youtube and just started. Lots of mistakes, but lots of learning as well.

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    Welcome from Dallas Tx. Just google 'beginner quilter' and you'll find info.

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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
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    Hi from Ohio!
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    Hi Charla!
    Welcome from Minnesota!
    Try to find a quilting buddy as your mentor.
    Classes are great for learning, too!
    Above all, have fun!!

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    Hi Charla, welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Hello Charla, welcome from Oklahoma!!!
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    Welcome from Central Florida! I took one class and have never looked back~
    Enjoy your day,
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    Hi Charla! Let us know if you've started yet? I'd love to see a photo!

    Here's one you might like... this quilt is the first quilt of a friend. I long armed it for her.

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    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    The thing that helped me the most was taking a class at my local quilt shop that was called Kindergarten Quilting. It walked me through the cutting, measuring, piecing, etc. I learned everything basic that I needed to get going. I would recommend you check into a class where you can see, touch, feel things being done. If no classes near you, try Craftsy. It is an online website with classes you can purchase and watch over and over. They have some very good ideas. Good luck!

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    Welcome from Rhode Island. If you have a sewing machine and can sew a 1/4 inch seam, you are on your way. Good Luck
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