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    Member quilterwanabe7's Avatar
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    Where do I start? I sew. I have made a quilt, and baby quilt. But I just figured it out by myself. I want to do it right.
    I'm creative.
    quilterwanabe7 :)

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    Honey, if you've already made a quilt and a baby quilt, and figured it out by yourself, I'm calling you a quilter, not a "wannabe"!!
    Do a search here for different things that you want to learn about, you'll find tons of information! You might want to pick up a beginner's book...or google the things that you want to learn...I think there's a YouTube vid for nearly every aspect of quilting!
    There are also ladies (and gents?) here that will mentor for you and help you along! (I'd offer, but I'm not nearly confident enough yet to do that!)

    Welcome to the board!! :)

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    Welcome!

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    Thank you! My Mom was a quilter. I never paid attention, except for the result.
    I appreciate your thoughts on continuing to learn a step at a time.
    Ok then Guess I'll pick a pattern for easy and learn as I go. Maybe do some blocks for hotpads and pillows for gifts first, and then a quilt for my bed. My Glory!!! As I usually give away the things I make.
    Like my first quilt to a friend that turned 50. If I can find the picture I'll put it on. It had black westy dogs on it cuz she loves them.

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    I agree- sounds to me like you are already a quilter! Welcome! You will find a lot of answers here and lots of friendly people.

    Some things that I do that save money and/or inspire me:
    check out quilt books at the library- if I really love them I will buy them
    surf the net for ideas (try Flickr)
    draw my quilts on graph paper and then color them with colored pencils
    make sure I don't use really poor fabric- learned that one the hard way- it doesn't have to be expensive, but don't get the poor quality stuff because it will shred

    DON'T WORRY ABOUT RULES! They are made for breaking!

    :0)

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    thanx so much. I'll do that. I love the library as I read constantly.
    bless you
    from MN.

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    Hi, just found this board, and signed up!! I was a lone quilter for 7 years, reading books and magazines to accomplish more than 30 quilts. Last year I discovered guilds and now belong to 3 of them, plus a small Bee. My best advice is ALWAYS choose the design and layout first, THEN purchase fabric!! I learned that one the hard way!!
    Trying to design a new quilt for the past few days.. does anyone have a suggestion for a fabric that has a definite striped effect to the design???? I love the fabric, but realize that cutting and layout will be limited, unless I find something that will look wonderful with a one way fabric. Help, please.

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    Welcome from Illinois. If you made two quilts you are pretty much on your way. Just remember to cut accurately, use 1/4" seams and press. Oh and do try to square up blocks as you go and make sure quilt is squared up or has straight sides. That's all there is to it. Everything you make will be beautiful.

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    Find a quilt group in your town or close to you and that will enhance what you can learn here. This is a great site and I think you'll really like it. My church started a class last year and we have no dues or set regimen, but it is working and we help each other, do things for charity, and for our church--crib sheets, aprons for the kitchen, a wall hanging for our prayer room, etc. In the community, we have supported a community shower for low income families, young mothers needing help, etc. by making baby quilts, bibs, etc. This shower idea was just started about 3 years ago, so our group has participated in the last 2. We have a great fellowship and some of us had never quilted before. We even had a young woman who had never even used a sewing machine. Before she moved out of town, she had made 2 quilts and started on a 3rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterwanabe7
    Where do I start? I sew. I have made a quilt, and baby quilt. But I just figured it out by myself. I want to do it right.
    I'm creative.
    quilterwanabe7 :)
    Welcome to the board!! If you already made 2 quilts you aren't a wanabe :mrgreen:
    Charlee mentioned Youtube- I love that sight! I used to think it was just for music- WRONG!!! You can find practically anything there. I learn a lot better watching something being done (although I have a zillion quilt books :D )
    Along with the other great tips people posted you will learn a ton right here!! I go to Search a lot, type in what I want to know and there is always something good.
    Have fun!!!!!!!!!! :D
    HUGS, Sue

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    Welcome. Be sure to take a picture of everything you make before you give it away. We're here for you if you hve any questions as you go.

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    Hi and welcome from the sunny state of Florida!!

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    I learned on my own but it is so much more fun to share with others who have a similar interest. I lived in MN for 60 years and there are great quilt shops and guilds all over the place. Venture into a real quilt shop, they will get you headed into the right direction! Enjoy.

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    Welcome! sounds like you are already quilting, have fun!

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!

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    Hello and welcome from SW Iowa. Glad to have you here. Honey you are a quilter in my book

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    Welcome!

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    Hello and welcome from Ontario. Making some test blocks and then making them into small projects is a great way to start. Pot holders, placemats, small table runners all allow you to try different blocks and methods.

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    Thankyou I appreciate any little tidbits of advice!

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    Hello & Welcome from Wa. State :-D

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    So any advice you have for me? Please

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    Welcome, waving from Indiana, USA

    Do you belong to a quilting guild in your area?

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    please go to youtube and type in quilting, tons of videos there to watch

    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...=quilting&aq=f

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    also go to missouri quilt company awesome videos to watch

    http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/

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    I just sent you a private message

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