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    New guy intro

    I'm a new quilter. I kinda jumped into it with both feet. I'm in the Navy and work on a submarine, and it's cold. So I decided that I needed a quilt. I thought how hard can it be? I know how to sew. So off the the fabric store we go. I had a rough Idea of what I wanted and as we were looking thru the books trying to calculate a very kind lady helped us where we were lost. So we got the fabric, much more expensive than I had figured but oh well. So we get home and now we are trying to figure out how to cut out the fabric. We started with a yard stick and rotary cutter and went to scissors after the rotary cutter became to difficult. Fast forward to the day before I go on deployment and we still haven't really started on anything. So my wife starts cutting squares and I start sewing. With all the novice unknowns and arguments we finally got done at about 2 in the morning. Not bad for a couple of amateurs. Now we are trying to make another quilt. This one will be for our queen size bed. We are trying to use just the scrap that we have from various projects. We are still trying to figure out the design and aren't looking forward to cutting out 450 squares but we will eventually get done.


    Here is the first quilt I did.
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    Welcome from NY!! Very nice quilt! You can learn a lot of info on this board!! Cutting out a lot of squares is easy if you you strip cut. It also helps if you use a acrylic ruler with your rotary cutter. Yard sticks are very hard to cut along.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Congratulations on your first quilt! It looks great and may it be the first of many.

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    THIS IS a pretty quilt. You did excellant work on it. Keep at it. I like the colors too.

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    Welcome Rusty. You and your wife did a pretty good job as quilting newbies. I do suggest that you consider purchasing a 3" X 24" and a 3" X 9.5" plastic ruler to go with your rotary cutter. Those two are the size rulers I use the most. Quilting life is so much easier with appropriate tools.

    I can't tell from you picture but is it just the top that is finished? If so, how are you going to quilt it? Or will you tie it?
    Sweet Caroline

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    Welcome. You might want to look into strip piecing. Try www.quiltinaday.com There are many videos.

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    Welcome, from Texas. Nice quilt!
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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
    and thanks for your service!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post

    I can't tell from you picture but is it just the top that is finished? If so, how are you going to quilt it? Or will you tie it?
    It's finished the back is the red and black on the edges, then I just sewed every horizontal seam.

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    Welcome from Pennsylvania. Good job for a first quilt and I hope it will keep you warm. Thank you for your service to our country.
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    Hello and welcome from northern California! Your quilt is very pretty!
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    Hi Rusty, welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Hi from Ohio! You did a great job on your first quilt!
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    Your first quilt looks great. Welcome from South Louisiana.
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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    Hello and welcome from Minnesota!
    Looks to me like you and your wife are naturals at quilting!
    Glad you've joined us!

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    welcome from se TX
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    Funny story - and I love the skulls!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Welcome from the heart of wine country in Napa Valley California! This is a great place for new friends and great quilting!
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    Great Job! Welcome from New Mexico!

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    Welcome from Southern California! It was the Navy that brought us here and we decided to stay - 39 years and counting!

    Thanks for taking care of all of us!

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    Welcome from North Carolina. We are so glad you're here! Thank you for serving our country. I hope your quilt keeps you warm!

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    Very nice quilt!! I thought you were going to tell us that you sewed that on the submarine... we have heard of quilters who take their sewing machines in the rvs, the semi truck quilters but a submarine!! LOL!!
    You did great... check out eleanor burns and the log cabin quilt or rail fence quilt these are both great patterns for beginners and fast... I started this way and my husband and I tied the log cabin flannel quilts I made for the family.
    big hugs
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    Welcome and nice job on your first quilt
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    Welcome from AZ! My husband is an ex-submariner too, and he is also my 'creative consultant' when it comes to my quilting. When I get stuck, he usually has a good idea to help me get 'unstuck!'

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