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    My first quilt was a 9-patch and rail fence set on point. I learned almost everything I need to know on that one quilt, and it was very pretty. Three fabrics total. If you would like the instructions, PM me, and I'll email them to you and offer up help to boot, if you need it.

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    Log cabin needs way more than 2 fabrics. I love the 9-patch or 4-patch with alternating blocks.

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    Go to quilterscache.com and you will find hundreds of patterns. Pick the one you like. I like it because it shows the full quilt when done.

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    Hi, the disappearing nine patch is really simple, yet when it is done it looks like you have done something more complex. Make nine patch blocks with the center piece being the same color in all the blocks. i.e. I made one with black and white squares and red block centers. Then after you sew the nine patch, cut in in half both vertically and horizontally and rotate the upper right quarter and the lower left quarter 180 degrees until the center piece in on the corner and then sew the block back together again. Just google a disappearing nine patch block pattern, there are some really good tutorials out there. It really is a neat looking quilt yet very simple to make. Hope you'll give it a try.

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    I agree that rail fence and warm wishes are great for beginners. D9P can be made as phrojangles suggests, or with different colors in the centers and different layouts, also with more or fewer colors. Yellow brick road is also a good pattern for a beginner. (YBR was my first quilt.)

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    My first was loaded with triangles and small squares, but I learned what not to do and now feel comfortable with most straight lines. Log cabins can be made quilt as you go as well as not. I am intimidated by curves and very pointy designs that require paper piecing.:)

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    Thanks to Girlsfour for the great site.

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    Warm Wishes is another easy pattern and it looks like you worked hard. Changing fabrics creates entirely new looks and it is so much fun to do.

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    I highly advise going to :
    www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore
    All patterns are free. Marcia Hohn illustrates how to make each block and she has hundreds on her site. She also has an illustrative quilt for each block.
    You can sort the blocks by difficulty and size. I never had done any quilting or sewing. I copied each block onto my computer and by the time I was done, I felt like I had had a course in
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    I never found anything I wanted to buy in her tiny store so periodically, I just send a check and a thank you. - Judy

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    Thank you all so much. You have made some great suggestions. I am leaning toward Warm Wishes and starting out with a baby quilt. However, I will look at quilterscache before finally deciding. Maybe I can show you a finished product one day soon. Thanks again!

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    I have found some of the translations for the lingo used here but am still pretty confused. For instance, what on earth does DP9 mean???.....I am not a texter is that my problem?

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    I think you could easily do a log cabin, DP9 or rail fence. Either of the first two are fun to play with, many designs can be made by playing with the blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beksclen
    I have found some of the translations for the lingo used here but am still pretty confused. For instance, what on earth does DP9 mean???.....I am not a texter is that my problem?
    D9P is Disappearing 9 patch. Sometimes the abbreviation gets out of order (DP9).

    It's not texting, just quilter's shorthand.

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    I teach beginning quilters and always rec. a Rail Fence. Although I love Log Cabins and all the others mentioned here, new quilters often have trouble when many different fabrics are required. They don't always have enough experience at selecting a range of fabrics in varying tones for contrast. Keep it to a few fabrics, or just use a charm pack and sew all the blocks together and and a border or two. Keep it simple!

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    If you do a 9-patch then a solid color and alternate them, you have an Irish chain. It is a pretty design. Rail fence is a real nice pattern also

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    I think 9 patch would be fun and easy.

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    Why not try a 10 minute block. Go to You Tube and check out the 10 minute block from design originals. This would be a very easy and quick first quilt. Then move on from there.

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    I agree, rail fence or 9 patch are probably the easiest for beginners.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mpark
    I don't have any stash so I will be buying fabric for my quilt. I don't want to do just a crazy or rag quilt (although they are pretty too). What block patterns would be easy for a beginner, but be something I would be proud to show? Is the Log cabin hard? I would prefer not to have too many different colors, but more than 2. Any other suggestions will be appreciated.
    :-D :-D :-D

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    My first quilt was the Rail Fence and I am glad I started with that, it was not frustrating and I got a chance to start playing with color. I only used 3 colors and now 4 years later when I look at the quilt, I think what was I thinking putting those colors together.

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    I also like rail fence. Especially easy if you strip quilt it. You can do as few as three fabrics or as many as you like. Have a friend doing her first bed quilt in a rail fence with six fabrics. Three is one set of block and three in a second set and then alternating the blocks. Is coming out gorgeous.

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    This was my daughter's first quilt. It's a Rail Fence.

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    I suggest you go to www.quilterscache.com and see what's there. There are so many easy blocks that deal with just squares and rectangles. Triangles aren't so bad if you learn an easy technique for half-square triangles. Once you've tried a pattern, it will be your favorite too. Rail fence and warm wishes are really easy and can be so stunning. Also look into the quilts for kids. They offer simple pattern suggestions that can work up very well even for larger quilts. I'm thinking of the one with alternating 4-patch and solid blocks or the one with alternating snowball blocks and solid blocks. Easy pattern, but great with great fabrics.

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    Disappearing 4 Patch is easy and fun and you can really do each block 4 different colors or use the same 4 colors, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewingyankee
    This was my daughter's first quilt. It's a Rail Fence.
    Thanks for including the picture. The quilt is so pretty. I have decided to make a baby rail fence.

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