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Thread: Beginner pondering next quilt.

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    Member mizlee123's Avatar
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    I'm a beginner, am just finishing up a lap sized rail fence quilt taught at my LQS. I want to start thinking about my next project (lap sized too) and am wondering what pattern you would suggest (for a beginner) I try next? Thanks!

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    Turning Twenty is easy and you can use 20 fat quarters or less fabrics of yardage you may have. There are several books by that name that have the patterns. So simple, but if you use fabric you love the quilt will be awesome!

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    Warm wishes is a free pattern online that is easy. Yellow Brick Road is an easy one using fat quarters, but you have to buy it. I've only been quilting 2 years, and I know there are more experienced quilters who will have ideas for you too, but these two are easy enough that I have made more than one of each

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    Warm wishes is easy and looks great. If you click on "search" at the top of the page and type in "warm wishes" you will see several examples to give you ideas.
    This site has directions:
    http://www.quiltmaker.com/content_do...DoubleSize.pdf

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    Try making a snowball quilt. It is easy, fun and the final project will look great too.

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    Irish chain or floating stars.

    I am working on a jigsaw puzzle quilt right now. It was very easy and came out looking really cool. Here is a link for a free pattern:

    http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpa...lt-pattern.htm

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    There are so many choices....but I would recommend an Irish Chain (single or double) they are simple and are so beautiful no matter what fabric you choose.

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    I say pick whatever inspires you! Whatever skills you need, you can learn.

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    Look in any of the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a day books. I have seen several recently listed in the classified section.

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    How about a sampler quilt? There are block of the months here on the board. You could pick some of the blocks that you like, and slowly build up your quilting skills :D:D:D

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    I love a single irish chain, it's easy to work with and you can quilt it in a fun way in the larger squares. The french braid quilt looks difficult but it goes together pretty easily. Or you could just do a completely scrappy square quilt.

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    Turning twenty was my first quilt and I still love it to this day. Turned out really nice, if I must say so myself. LOL

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    There are so many free patterns and sites to look at and many here as well will help you find whatever you are looking for or want to do. I have been helped a few times and new to all this too.

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    I guess it all depends on what YOU want. Do you want to try applique, hand or machine? Do you want something relatively simple and easy, or do you want to challenge yourself to something more complicated?

    You could do a log cabin or a 10-minute block.

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    So far, I've found the Single Patch pattern to be the easiest. Yet in the book I've been learning from, had the Four Patch pattern before the single--the single is SO MUCH QUICKER! haha, if you want a quick accomplishment, google search it, I can't imagine it being a pattern you'd have to pay for!

    I have a picture of both on a post "my UN-finished projects" under the pictures area.

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    Yellow Brick road - it was my first quilt, easy and fun.

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    I'd suggest going to a store and check out their quilt magazines. Find one that suits your fancy and read the instructions to see if you can follow them. I only buy a magazine if I can find at least 3 quilts that I would make out of it. The average price is $6.99. The average cost of a pattern is $8-9.00. So try the magazine idea before spending alot of money on patterns that you don't know if you will be able to do. Find a friend (on the Quilting Board there are lots of people who will take the time to explain things in detail) who can help you if you get stuck reading the instructions. Take your time, keep your seam ripper handy. We ALL have used one before and after 25 years, I still use one. It will be your next best friend. Welcome to the Quilting Board and if you need help, I'll help you. Cheryl

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    The Disappearing Nine-Patch is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGinMcKinney
    Turning Twenty is easy and you can use 20 fat quarters or less fabrics of yardage you may have. There are several books by that name that have the patterns. So simple, but if you use fabric you love the quilt will be awesome!
    A small personal sized quilt will take only about 8 fat quarters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis
    The Disappearing Nine-Patch is fun.
    After making 4 or so D9P mug rugs----------the hard part of that is decideing how to set it back together. Although it's fun to play with assorted layouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephaniequeen
    Try making a snowball quilt. It is easy, fun and the final project will look great too.
    the quilt I made for this year's raffle quilt was snowball all the way. But the snowball with a nine patch is quite simple too, and attractive.

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    I agree with the Eleanor Burns suggestion. I've done both her log cabin and double Irish chain. Both are very quick and easy to do.

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    Oh, do you know how to make triangle squares? A blue zillion old fashioned quilt blocks can be made with triangle squares alone or mixed with just regular squares. Then you can chose to set the blocks together as they are, or with sashing or with bigger solid blocks. There's a lot of variety in coloring and arrangements.

    Most 9 patch blocks are fairly simple. This 9 block meaning 3 squares (triangle squares or simple squares) across and 3 rows of 3.

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    Eleanor Burns has incredible instructions - spells everything out in simple to understand english. I like the magazine idea - they usually have difficulty ratings. Anytime you are doing anything that isn't straight on the grain (triangles!) USE MORE STARCH - make em crispy :)
    this summer I had a couple of 6 year olds doing 4 patch posies - very easy pattern, with very impressive results.

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    Or a disappearing 9-patch - quick and easy.

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