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    New to the Quilting Board

    Hi, I am a very long time quilter but one who is learning all over again. I suffered a stroke at the age of 52 2 years ago. with the help of the Lord & rehab, I am much better but I still have a lot of memory loss. Still weak on my left side, but I thank God for where He has brought. My daughters being the good daughters they are, had hidden my sewing machine until this year. I am determined to learn all over again. I had started quilting at the age of 18. Always hand never machine. but I am thinking piecing my blocks on my Pfaff might be better until I am more steady. Any suggestions on a simple block. I am married to my coal miner husband(of 38years) , mother of 3 grown girls , nana of 5, a Christian for over 25 years. We live in the wonderful mountains of Eastern Ky. I used to be a busy crafter, seamtress, quilter but after the stroke not so much. Looking forward to good advice from patient quilters. I am a mess but I am trying. With your help, I hope to be active in quilting again.. Thanks Sister Judy

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    Welcome from southern California - the good Lord is looking out for you! You sound like you have had a good life with a nasty detour and with patience you are getting it back on track. We will try and help you with whatever you may need.

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    What a great testimony, I hope you have a speedy and full recovery.

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    Hi Welcome...how about just doing a scrappy simple 9 patch as a starter? They make good donation quilts or a nice lap size for watching TV.

    Bless you for your determination! Have you read the Elm Creek quilters Books? The lady in the series had a stroke and retaught herself to quilt again...good healthy reading! Someone gave me the first Trilogy when I had my knee replaced about 6 years ago...got hooked on the series and loved them.

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    Check out www.quilterscache.com
    All of their blocks are marked by difficulty and size. There are 100's so you should be able to find one that appeals to your eye and abilities.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Can you view YouTube videos? Missouri Star QuiltCo. has videos on simple quilt blocks as well as easy tablerunners and smaller projects. Jenny does tutorials that are easy to follow and you could start with a small project and see how it goes. I am glad you are able to get back to quilting. "Where there is a will, there is a way" God Bless!

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    Welcome from New Hampshire

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    Get in there and start something. If it messes up, do something else, but don't quit. Stay with the easy ones. everyone loves a quilt in the nursing homes, or a lap quilt. If you start and keep on doing, your body will come around so it will remember stuff . Good luck on rehabbing!

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    Hello, welcome from Oklahoma!!!
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    Hi and welcome to the board. I will pass on the advice my old best friend gave me he is also my former husband. Well he told me to just make whatever I want, the worst case is you messed up so fabric, which is hard to do in quilting because you can always turn it into something different anyway and we can always use a seam ripper to and just have fun at it. I have also asked God to guide my hands and thoughts before a project at times and then my projects came out 10 times better. God be with you
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    Welcome! Glad you found us here. As Lisa posted the Quilter's Cache site, I might suggest simple 9-patch with snowball blocks makes a nice pattern. Take time to enjoy the process.

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    welcome from Miami, keep it simple till you re learn. I am thinking you are doing great just starting, how about doing a simple strip quilt. They are lovely and easy
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    Welcome from NY!!

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    Maybe use a set of charms as a four patch with pretty sashing between.

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    Hi Sister Judy. A big welcome from the state of Texas.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Hi Judy, welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
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    Welcome from FL. The Lord is good.
    A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway.

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    Hi from Ohio!
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    Welcome from Arkansas! I bet quilting will help you feel better, too.
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    Welcome, from Texas! I agree with the Nine Patch. Alternate it with solids and you'll have an Irish Chain. I'd also start with something small, such as a lap quilt.
    Last edited by Neesie; 10-20-2012 at 08:08 AM.
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    welcome from se TX -- just keep at it, keep trying!!
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    Welcome from the heart of wine country in Napa Valley, California! Will be sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.
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    Hi and welcome from Fort Myers, FL. Wishing you a speedy recovery. I always find the log cabin an easy quilt to make. Good luck

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