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Thread: Advice for a first quilt

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    I am new to the board and new to quilting. Well not actually "New" I use to participate in quilting gatherings with my Amish Family back in Ohio and PA back in the mid 70's but that was all done by hand and such a long time ago, Now that I am disabled and stuck at home most the time I took some savings and bought a nice little Brother Sewing machine to do some crafting and quilting and I am trying to teach myself. Any suggestions on what type of quilt would be a good challenge for a beginner? Also Anyone in the Corpus Christi Texas vicinity who would like to start a quilting gathering in this area or knowa of one I could join please let me know, I would love to get involved with a group to share ideas and so forthh

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    I love the magic tile and it's beautiful in so many colors. The hole in one is nice also. Here's what both look like.

    Magic Tile - 12 Fat 1/4 & grout fabric
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    Hole in One - 6 1/2 yd pieces and border
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhillslady
    I love the magic tile and it's beautiful in so many colors. The hole in one is nice also. Here's what both look like.
    I love that magic tile quilt!! I am going to find that pattern!!

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    I LOVE the floral wide border fabric in your Hole in One quilt.

    I really can't give any advice since I am so new myself. My first choice was to make one of the biscuit/rag quilts since it looked so easy. I am now working on a wall hanging using 11 1/4" panels and then strips and blocks. Right now I am concentrating more on several wallhangings to get "the feel" of this. And my goal then is to make a queen size quilt using a pattern in a book that I bought over 10 years ago. The problem is I want the exact fabrics shown and that will probably be next to impossible to find. When I'm finally ready I'll worry about it then...lol.

    Actually it was a book series that I have been reading and the author was raised Amish but left. One of the characters in the book married out of the faith and realized after a while that she was unhappy. She went to a LQS and got a job, moved back home with their little girl and is settling back into Amish life. Just reading this book got me back to sewing after about 10 years...and I had started a quilt in 1999 and never finished so it's in a box waiting for me to continue.

    With your previous experience I bet you will be back in the groove in no time.

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    log cabin is also a good start

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    I always recommend Rail Fence for a first quilt. It requires learning the basics, but is very forgiving of mistakes. Plus it ends up looking much more complicated than it actually is.

    Here's a website to get you started:
    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra...nce-links.html

    Also, Google "rail fence quilt" and then click on images to see real-life examples of this pattern.

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    I'm new to quilting too, and I like the Disappearing 9 Patch (DNP). It goes together quickly and looks like you worked a WHOLE lot harder than you actually did. Plus the variety of designs you can achieve are almost endless. Check out the QB gallery of DNP quilts by going into the Pictures section and choosing Gallery. There you will find pictures of multitudes of quilts, sorted by type. There must be 30 or more DNPs, and they all look so different. Good luck on whatever pattern you choose, and may it be the first of many!

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    Yellow Brick Road is a nice, easy quilt for a beginner. So is rail fence, or warm wishes. I hope you enjoy your new hobby.

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    For a first quilt, I would say to avoid triangles or curved edges- use a pattern that only has straight lines and right angles. Also, avoid teeny, tiny pieces. Save the more complicated patterns for when you've gotten familiar with the basics of putting a quilt together.

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    This is so interesting!
    I arrived here at the board because I had a plan, a vision, of quilting a picture of a garden ... using English Paper Piecing because that's all I knew apart from a vague idea of American quilting from 'How to make an American Quilt' LOL!

    Starting my journey led me to a fabric swap, and offering Scandinavian style fabrics to my swap partners ... and of course the fabrics are so pretty that I'm keeping a fat quarter of each for myself!

    I thought about 4x 8" squares of each of these pretty fabrics and then mounting them somehow ... one idea was a log cabin arrangement of 4 strips in a toning plain fabric around each one ... which would have an effect rather like that 'hole in one' pattern, but with larger 'holes' ...

    Are there any simple, squares and rectangles, type quilt patterns that would use four 8" squares each of various pretty fabrics, and fill-in frames or similar in other fabrics?

    Helen

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    Atkinson Designs has some great patterns that look more complicated than they are. The directions are well written too.

    http://store.atkinsondesigns.com/sto...0&parent_ids=0,2

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    Google, there is a quilt and needlework guild in Corpus Christi Texas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I always recommend Rail Fence for a first quilt. It requires learning the basics, but is very forgiving of mistakes. Plus it ends up looking much more complicated than it actually is.

    Here's a website to get you started:
    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra...nce-links.html

    Also, Google "rail fence quilt" and then click on images to see real-life examples of this pattern.
    DITTO!!! it is the BEST for practicing rotary cutting, and 1/4" seams!

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    I'd suggest either a 4-patch or a 9-patch. Fewer seams to match up with the 4-patch. You could alternate with plain blocks. That was my first quilt.

    Glad to have you with us.

    Enjoy!

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    I also recommend Rail Fence or Yellow Brick Road (YBR). Both are simple to piece so are great for beginners. Also you don't have to buy a pattern for Rail Fence. YBR is available from Atkinson Designs (link posted earlier in this thread) and lots of LQS also carry it.

    Darren

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    The Atkinson Texas Two Step or Slideshow look like the sort of thing I am after ...

    I'm intrigued though ... as a Paper Piecer ... why do you actually need the patterns? Surely you can just copy the blick out onto graph paper, photocopy it, cut it up and off you go with the pieces all ready? but I've got a nasty little feeling that that would infringe copyright if I am being 'inspired' by a picture I have seen ...

    Haven't yet seen a picture f squares surrounded by one border of log cabin though ... so can I legintimately draw that on paper and use it?

    Thanks for any advice on patterns, design and copyrights ...
    Helen

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    I like the suggestions for the rail fence. The quilt in my avatar was my first quilt. It had triangles that got stretchy when I ironed (I know I'm supposed to press but I say ironed for whatever I do with an iron). I was born in Aransas Pass 52 years ago, my parents left when i was six months old but I have two aunts that still live there.

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    Hi,

    In Corpus, there is the Costal Bend Quilt and Needlework Guild
    http://www.corpuschristiquilters.com/index.html

    and in Rockport, there is Piecemakers by the Bay Quilt Guild http://www.piecemakersbythebay.org

    Unfortunately, neither group seems to update their webpages very often, but they do have contact info so you could get in touch with them about joining/meetings.

    The two groups alternate having a quilt show in the winter each year; the next one will be in Rockport on January 28 and 29. We were in Rockport and Aransas Pass last winter, and I enjoyed the quilt show in Corpus.

    For your first quilt, you could use the Warm Wishes pattern which is easy but looks somewhat complex.
    Bed-size here http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/d....html?idx=5185 and crib size here
    http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/d....html?idx=5215

    You could also order a quilt kit from Quilts for Kids http://www.quiltsforkids.org/patterns/request and put together an easy four-patch alternating with a plain square-they send you darling fabric for the quilt and you provide the batting. Rewarding way to practice piecing and quilting.

    Happy quilting,
    Margaret

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    I started with the DNP. Looks more complicated than it is.
    Its always fun to see how each one is different. Remember to post pictures of your progress. Can't wait to see your project.

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    Welcome to the board. You can learn sooo much here. My firwt quilt was a basket weave. It looks harder than it is and it will impress the veiwers. Turning twenty is also a good starter.

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    Try a few 5 inch charm packs and just make a quilt of small squares, because they are all coordinated, it is easy to get started and end with so9mething you will love.:)

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    Great advice for a first quilt.

    ScoutingSquirrel-a 4 patch posie would look beautiful with florals, also you could just do 8" squares, then maybe an inch sashing between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patski
    log cabin is also a good start
    This was my first quilt and I found it very easy to do and very rewarding in the end. I wish you many years of happy quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I always recommend Rail Fence for a first quilt. It requires learning the basics, but is very forgiving of mistakes. Plus it ends up looking much more complicated than it actually is.

    Here's a website to get you started:
    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra...nce-links.html

    Also, Google "rail fence quilt" and then click on images to see real-life examples of this pattern.
    I agree with this. It was my first pieced quilt and while it takes a little time, it is a great first quilt.

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    Go to the home page and do a search on beginner's quilts. You will find lots of info and tips there.

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