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    Quote Originally Posted by mkanderson
    Beginning you can never go wrong with a Nine Patch Quilt

    Here is a good pattern for it
    http://www.equilters.com/BOM/BOM2006-block1.html
    I agree. 9 patch or 4 patch. JUST HAVE FUN :D

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    Welcome to the board but be aware, it is addictive.
    Any book or video by Eleanor Burns will give you a good start.
    She is very detailed even to telling you which way to iron your seams.
    She uses the easiest methods and likes to make oversized then trim.
    That way everything turns out right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiddyUpGo
    Oooh, I didn't know there was going to be a Grass Valley quilt show. When is it? At the fairgrounds? I wonder if I could talk DH into watching the kids or coming with ...
    It is always on the first weekend in May at the Grass Valley Fairgrounds. This year is an anniversary - 25 years - so it should be a real good one.

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    As far as using large squares of printed fabric as a first quilt. I think that is a lovely idea. Just one thing to remember: If you plan to do only stitch-in-the-ditch, make sure and use a batting that can handle wide open spaces between quilting lines.

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    this is the best place for a beginner. be sure to browes around Recent Topics and Random Topics. Everyone shares their techniques and finished products ! It is a great place for any question ! Any, believe me.. grin..

    Have fun quilting. 30 years ago I started a 6 block sampler, Honeycomb, card tricks, applique, .. from a class. But my most successful and repeated easiest was Log Cabin. Google the Quilt design Log cabin. THere will be free patterns.

    have fun !!! If the bug bites you... it will be a life time of pleasure !

    Ell

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    http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html
    You may have seen this site but it is a wonderful place to browse and a lot of the patterns can be made into pillows from these blocks.
    Marcia gives wonderful instructions even I can follow.
    Good luck with your first try
    Darlene

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    The nine patch suggested earlier with instructions at equilter.com is an excellent idea. You may want to alternate a snowball block for variety of interest. I use this simple pattern (of nine patch/snowball) and the method for the nine patches to make community quilts. They are quick and easy. Pat

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    Thank you again everyone who has responded! You have all made me feel so welcome and even more enthusiastic about what will hopefully become my new hobby.

    I just discovered that we do in fact have a quilt shop in our little town, but unfortunately they only do a beginner class once a month and for the next three months it's scheduled on days that don't work for me ... so I am forging ahead on my own and will be probably look here often for guidance.

    I have lots of ideas and choices now, and I will let you know what I decide to do! Busy weekend ahead, but hopefully I'll have settled on a pattern by next week ....

    Thanks again!!!

    Becki

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    Welcome from Wild Wonderful West Virginia the nine patch is a good choice to do

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    The dissapearing 9 patch done with charm sqs is as easy as it gets.

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    Welcome from Texas!
    The very first quilt project I did was a 9 patch table runner. It was 3 colors, a focus fabric (medium print), and then I chose 2 colors out of the print, 1 was alternated with the print (green) and the other the first border (coral). The print was the second border and the alternate color (green) the binding.

    The squares were 3 inches (finished size) and I made three 9 patch blocks. The first border (coral) was 3 inches wide and the second (print) was 2 inches wide.

    It is a simple project and lets you learn the whole of the process in a small manageable piece. You could use this simple pattern to make a child's quilt easily.

    I snapped a pic with the cell phone so they are not great but you get the idea. The second has the dimensions on it. Hope this helps a bit. Mostly just have fun :)



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    Quote Originally Posted by GiddyUpGo
    Martina, what part of the Sacramento Valley are you in? I am in Rough and Ready, near Grass Valley.
    Welcome from Roscoe, Illinois. Is that truly the name of your town????? The tutes on this board are fantastic. They have shown me more than any class.

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    Mplsgirl wrote:

    Welcome from Roscoe, Illinois. Is that truly the name of your town?????
    Yeah, I live on Rough and Ready Rd in Rough and Ready, CA! You should see what I have to go every time I have to give someone my address over the phone. I've had people think I was giving them a fake address.

    This is an old mining town, only about 1,200 people here now. It's famous (well, at least in Gold Country it is) for succeeding from the union and becoming its own country for about eight months in the late 1800s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiddyUpGo
    Mplsgirl wrote:

    Welcome from Roscoe, Illinois. Is that truly the name of your town?????
    Yeah, I live on Rough and Ready Rd in Rough and Ready, CA! You should see what I have to go every time I have to give someone my address over the phone. I've had people think I was giving them a fake address.

    This is an old mining town, only about 1,200 people here now. It's famous (well, at least in Gold Country it is) for succeeding from the union and becoming its own country for about eight months in the late 1800s.
    I love it!!! My ex-hubands family was from Placerville. Originally called "Old Hang Town". Thanks for responding. I kind of mentally collect town names. This is the best!

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    The "Lucky Stars" pattern by Atkinson Designs is very easy too. Every other block is turned and there is very little seam matching to do. I am attempting to attach links (my first attempt), so hopefully you can see how pretty the pattern is. (I haven't figured out how to change the resolution to attach the pics directly.) Don't be intimidated by the pattern, it's not complicated at all!

    Emily's Quilt:

    http://s349.photobucket.com/albums/q...t=DSC03090.jpg

    I substituted photos for the center squares of this one. It is one of my favorite quilts!



    Bobbie's Quilt:
    http://s349.photobucket.com/albums/q...t=DSC03147.jpg

    I made this on short notice for a friend, just a Sunday and a few hours each night after work. Gave it to her 5 days after I started it.



    This one's for me:
    http://s349.photobucket.com/albums/q...t=DSC03162.jpg

    It doesn't match anything else in my house, but I love the colors!

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    My first quilt from a book was a split rail and my boys used their quilts until they fell apart. My daughter did a trip around the world whan she was 11 for 4-H. I looked for strip quilting books because they seemed to be the fasted and easiest to understand. The books today are usually much easier to understand, and I agree with some others about the tutorials on this board, they are usually so much easier to understand.

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    You might take a look at www.quiltville.com. She has some really great patterns. I'm particularly thinking of the one called "Bricks and Stepping Stones". Very scrappy, very easy, can be made any size, very easy instructions.

    Just a tip: Depending on the pattern, and the size of pieces you need, it can be cheaper to buy a 1/4 year of fabric from the bolt, instead of a fat quarter. Check it out before you spend!

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    Welcome Becky,

    For the cost of a magazine subscription or a book (about $24 a year) you can join QNN on the web. I joined and I am thrilled with it. I too am a novice quilter. They have beginning quilting video's, Eleanor BUrns, and many others. You can watch them any time it is convenient...as well as rewatching them. FOR ME, it is well worth the money. If you start with the beginner quilting videos it takes you through step by step, choosing fabric, cutting, sewing etc. There are videos on binding and quilting. IT IS GREAT. Also You tube has great tutorials. But I love QNN. They also have tons of FREE patterns and ideas.


    http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/tpc/ERA_032909_ARS

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    OOOPS gave you the site to support animals, breast cancer, literacy, rain forest, childrens health by clicking each day...good site but wrong one SORRY.

    Here is the correct site for Qnn, if you are interested...you can view sample video too.

    http://www.qnntv.com/aspx/qnn/default.aspx

    Margie

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    Hello!
    I agree, you should check out a library. You may think you want something simple, but if you find an all-around quilting book (what I'd call a comprehensive book), you will be glad you spent the money, because it will contain many shortcuts, pointers, probably even the reasoning behind why certain things were done one way, and are now done another way. A good book would also cover (at least the basics) of both hand and machine techniques.
    If you have any quilting friends, look through some of their books before buying.
    If you have any sort of fabric store nearby, chances are you can browse books before you buy. My local JoAnn's has the books located with the sewing patterns, so there are tables and chairs right there to make it even more convenient.
    Also, check the news stands, even in your local grocery. At least some quilting magazines include the basics in every issue.
    If you are crafty, and don't normally have trouble with printed instructions, I imagine you wouldn't have any trouble with many types of blocks. Box in a Box is fun, Log cabin is pretty easy too. You could have a lot of fun with Flying geese, especially if you think outside the box with your colors. There's an eight pointed star (is that what it's called?) that is very common, I would think you could even handle that, given good instructions!
    Good luck! We'll be waiting to hear if you get the addiction we all seem to have!

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    I have been a quilter for over 25 years and find Fons Porter books good as well as thimbleberry books. Check them out at the library or many book stores carry them. I have over 100 books and still use these as reference and they have some great beginner projects.

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    Just wanted to say "thank you" again. I got so many great and helpful responses, and I think I will probably end up using more than one of them at some point in the near future.

    For my first project, though: I went back and forth on whether I should do a small project or a quilt, and my heart won out over my head (I decided to go with a quilt). I got a lot of votes for nine-patch, so I went looking for an unintimidating looking nine-patch pattern. Here's what I found:

    http://www.quickquilts.com/patterns/...s.html?idx=271

    I would do it without the applique, to keep it simple.

    Unfortunately all the diagram links on that page are broken, so I'm going to need to find a back issue if I decide to do this quilt. Would love to know some opinions, first!

    Thanks!!!

    Becki

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiddyUpGo
    I would do it without the applique, to keep it simple.
    I did one with a heart appliqued in the alternating squares. I loved the way it turned out.

    http://s238.photobucket.com/albums/f...ts_closeup.jpg

    But I made one where I alternated the 9-patch with a coordinating fabric square. That was pretty too.

    BTW: are you planning to use strip piecing? That makes the 9-patch easier than cutting out each square.

    U R Rough and Ready girl, right? If you run into a snag, give a shout. Maybe I could come to the rescue. You are not that far away.


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    9 patch with a snowball sq. make a very interesting pattern.
    I like Billi Lauders way of doing nine patchs.
    She is on http://quilterstv.com

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    GiddyUpGo: What I would suggest is check out quilt sites and look at all the FREE patterns and tutorial instructions that are offered on the Internet before you invest in lots of books. Two great sites are: quilterscache.com and Quiltbus.com . When looking at patterns sometimes they'll have a rating of 1 Thimble (easy) to 4 Thimble which is very advanced. The Rail Fence is a great, easy and quick pattern that really jazzed me up when I first started because the blocks are easy and in not time at all you have a finished quilt! Nothing like a finished quilt to get the creative juices flowing and the desire to do another.

    If you want a great book, Elinor Burns' "Quilt In A Day" is a good one.

    Make sure and post pictures of your quilt and get all the Ohhhs and Ahhhs and Good Jobs on your hard (easy) work.

    Welcome to the board. You'll learn a ton here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltbugs
    If I may make a suggestion, why not start out with an easy wall hanging or pillow cover just to get the hang of cutting, piecing and quilting to make sure you enjoy it, before diving right in and making a bed size quilt. Also, maybe pick up a magazine or two about quilting (there are always quiting magazines sold on ebay, sometimes in a lot of 5 or 10 magazines for a few dollars.)

    I am a real believer in reading all I can about a craft or project I want to tackle. I can suggest "Quilters Complete Guide (Fons and Porter) or, as someone else mentioned, "Your First Quilt Book". You can't go wrong with either of these. And you could probably find a used copy of either of these on ebay, too.

    I hope you enjoy your new endeavor! It's very addicting!
    Quiltbug suggested magazines and books as an excellent way to learn about quilting. This is a GREAT idea...I've gotten a ton of quilt magazines and BOOKs at our local St. Vincent dePaul for almost nothing. You might find exactly what you need there for a quarter! Check it out. I've also found some wonderful fabric at this store for about $1 a yard. Since I learned of this potential resource, I can't go by our SVdP store without stopping in to see what treasures they have.

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