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Thread: South Dakota Newbie here!

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    South Dakota Newbie here!

    Hello all!

    I am a 28 year old single guy from South Dakota. Grandma and her sister have made the whole family a few quilts that I truly cherish. I have dabbled in sewing in-so-much that I have put a button back on or put a patch on (and a pretty ugly patch at that!)... Anyway, I got it in my head that I want to hand sew a quilt so I joined up here to start my journey!

    I know grandma could probably teach me to do this, but she lives an hour drive away and I would kind of like to surprise her! ha!

    Enough of my ramblings! I am still trying to figure out what equipment I need and kinda where to start this journey.... So if'n ya'll have any suggestions, tips or resources for a novice quilter I would sure appreciate them!

    Thanks!
    k

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    Welcome k waving from Ohio, dh and I were in SD for about a year a loooong time ago. My suggestion is if there is a quilt shop anywhere near you, it might be worthwhile to at least take an introduction to quilting class. You know the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" having someone show you the basics might be worth the effort. That being said this board is a wealth of knowledge, help and friendship, and even though women are in the majority there are men on here who quilt too. Good luck with your projects and I hope you will post pictures of them! And when you surprise your grandma, I hope you will introduce her to the board too.

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    welcome grew up in south dakota

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    Hi from Ohio! Check some books also!
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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    Chech in with local churches abd you'll probably find lots of help in their quilting circles. Also ask where you can buy fabric. Welcome and enjoy.

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    Hello and welcome from Kentucky! If you are going to make one my hand try Grandmothers Flower Garden. It is beautiful and fairly easy.
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    Hello k and welcome from NE Ohio. I'm sure grandma will be one proud lady. Good luck and glad you joined us on the board.

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    Well, thanks for the warm welcome!

    The cloest quilting shop is at least 50 miles away... Not sure if they do classes, but if they have a weekend thing I might be able to make that work. I am more of a hands on guy so just getting my hands on it and experimenting is my plan! ha!

    I see there are many books, but not completely sure which ones are considered the best for someone that knows virtually nothing and has no interest in a sewing machine! Any suggestions?

    The town I live in has a population of about 600. I am not even sure any of the church's have a quilting club, but I will have to ask around to see what I can find. Thanks for the idea/advice!

    I have yet to get to the 'big city' to get equipment so everything is kind of on hold for the moment...

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    Hello and welcome from northern California!
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    Welcome from Oregon. I first started out handquilting then progressed to machine and am now looking forward to long arming. No telling where your sewing journey will take you but enjoy the process.
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    Visit your library. They usually have tons of quilting books and you can look through and find the books that help you the most. Also, ask friends if their mom or grandma quilts, that would be a great source to get you in contact with a quilter. Quilters usually love to help other quilters.
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    You can check out youtube for hand quilting instructions, and basic sewing skills. There are a lot of people who only hand sew and quilt making quilts. Post a thread asking what books board members would recommend for a beginner, you'll have a list to check into. You can also find a lot of quilt stores who do online business too. There is a monthly online shop hop called Fab Shop Hop. And doing that you will see what the stores on there have to offer as you look for the bunny.

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    Welcome from southern California! You will do fine. My first quilts were hand pieced together and the trick is to keep a full quarter inch seem, keep the stitches small and regular. With light fabric I would draw a sewing line on with a pencil and on dark fabric I use 1/4 inch masking tape. It was easy to sew next to and can be used several times over. It used to be that you can buy the tape at a hardware store, they would cut it for you. I have not bought any in a long time so not sure if they still do it.

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    Welcome from Alliance, Nebraska. How far are you from me, I'm in the panhandle of Nebraska about 60 miles or so from the SD boarder.

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    Hey KitKarson!
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    Good luck with your quilt!
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