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    Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and to quilting. I've loved quilts and have wanted to quilt for a long, long time. Unfortunately, I've lacked confidence to get started. Does anyone have any tips for someone about to embark on their very first quilt? I'd like to make something I'll actually use and was thinking about trying my hand at a toddler quilt.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. If you can take a begiiner quilt class at your local quilt shop it helps. If not, watch some of Jenny Doan's videos from the Missouri Star Quilt Co. to find a simple and easy pattern to start with. You may want to start by making a Christmas tablerunner to see how you like it. Do you have a sewing machine or are you going to piece by hand?

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    Hello and welcome! Your suggestion to start with a toddler quilt is a good idea. The fun fabrics and large block pieces will ease you into quilting. You must have a special toddler in your life- is he/she your own child or grandchild?
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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    Hello, welcome from Oklahoma!!!
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    I usually advise folks to pick a few 9" patterns and make pot holders to start. Each pot holder will teach you all the aspects of quilting - piecing, sandwiching, quilting and binding. If you make pot holders to use - be sure to use 100% cotton batting or better yet the thermal batting specifically for heat resistance - DO NOT USE POLYESTER or a Poly Blend!!

    Dozens of Free 9" patterns can be found at www.quilterscache.com

    Enjoy!!
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    Welcome from the heart of wine country in Napa California. Depending on where you are at, the local quilt shop class may be your best bet. Tis board is also amazing in having great advice!
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    welcome from se TX -- my first successful quilt and still my favorite was a sampler quilt made following directions from a pattern book
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    Hello and welcome from Minnesota!
    Begin with a class! That way you won't get frustrated and there will someone there to help you!
    Whatever you do, have fun!

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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
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    Welcome! I started quilting with some direction from a friend. She had me do a table runner to start. My first blanket was a toddler quilt using the rail fence pattern. These are a great size for laps while watching tv, reading, etc., but they aren't so big to be intimidating. Good luck!

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    Hello and welcome from northern California!
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    Hi from Ohio!
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    Greetings Newbie-you won't be for long that's for sure Definitely agree with tartan to check out Missouri quilt company Lots of easy aptterns and you can do them for kids or adults. Welcome to a new addiction Fabric!!!!!

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    Hi and welcome, check out U tube videos and craftsy.com great classes, block of the month is free and you'll learn a lot. Enjoy the process. Your quilt does not have to be perfect
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    I have only been quilting about 5 years. Machine piecing, hand quilting.........I visited a guild in my community and looked on as the members made quilts..Most of their quilts were for charity........Beautiful work...This guild was a church group. Meeting in the church social hall weekly........Everyone was so nice and helpful. Quilters are the most generous and kind folk I know.
    Happy quilting and I hope you find other quilters to teach you some of their tips.

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    Welcome from WI. Have fun creating.

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    Thanks for the warm welcome! I want to make the quilt for my own toddler. Thanks for all the tips and suggestions!

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    Welcome, from Texas!
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    Welcome from NM! Toddler is the way to start! You will find lots of help here!

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    Welcome to the QB from Morganton, NC. You're going to love it here
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