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Thread: Do you know of a good beginner sampler quilt?

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    Junior Member Kryssa's Avatar
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    For my third quilt, I would like to do a sampler to teach be a few simple techniques. Does anyone have a recommendation?

    My first 2 quilts were both rail fences so I have only done straight lines. I would like to start working with triangles and other basic piecing skills.

    I am hoping to find either a book or printed pattern with good instructions rather than choosing a bunch of blocks online and then putting them together.

    Thanks so much!!!

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    The Quilt in a Day "Pioneer Sampler" is a good one...very easy to follow instructions and 12 different blocks...you can find it online at Amazon for sure.

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    If you go to Quilterscache.com, there is a page of 12" blocks that are different star patterns, if that would be of interest to you. It is basically the same block, with variations.

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    When I first started quilting I purchaed "Fons and Porter, Complete Guide to Quilting". They start you off with the basic patch and then triangles, etc. It's a wonderful book and has become my bible. Even went and had a spiral binding put on it, have post-it-notes where I need to go back and re-visit to get info. Take a look at it. Start at the beginning and work your way up. Also, very good instructions! :-D :thumbup:

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    I am part of the Newbie challenge and my "mom" and I are doing the pioneer block of the month quilt together online, you are welcome to join us, I am new as well and she is going to be the mentor would love to have you join us. the link is on the block of the month it will teach you different blocks and methods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farnsworth
    I am part of the Newbie challenge and my "mom" and I are doing the pioneer block of the month quilt together online, you are welcome to join us, I am new as well and she is going to be the mentor would love to have you join us. the link is on the block of the month it will teach you different blocks and methods.
    Hi I am farnsworth "Mom", please join us. You can PM me so we will together; (thread here or by email)

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    I recommend the book "Start Quilting" by Alex Anderson. The rail fence in that book was my first quilt. But, she also has a very simple sampler in the book. Some rail fence blocks, some flying geese, some friendship stars. It's all in one easy pattern. Good luck.

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    Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! is another excellent "beginner" book - I like it better than the Fons and Porter one.

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    Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! I have taught a couple classes from this book and highly recommend it.

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    [quote=Kryssa]For my third quilt, I would like to do a sampler to teach be a few simple techniques. Does anyone have a recommendation?

    My first 2 quilts were both rail fences so I have only done straight lines. I would like to start working with triangles and other basic piecing skills.

    I am hoping to find either a book or printed pattern with good instructions rather than choosing a bunch of blocks online and then putting them together.

    Kryssa
    Thanks so much for posting this message as that is exactly the stage I am at also...need to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself.
    Thanks to all that replied and the great suggestions.
    dee

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    I highly recommend "Learning to Quilt - A Beginners Guide"

    http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Quilt.../dp/1574867202

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    I did a sampler quilt first. I just went to Quilter's Cache and looked up 12 inch blocks that were marked as beginner.

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    I would suggest the library or Cultural Center if You have one. They are good sources for quilting books very cheaply. The library lets you keep them for 3 weeks. Most libraries now have a used book store inside them. I've picked up quilting books and quilting magazines there for $1 or less. The Cultural Center here used to sell used quilt magazines for .10 cents a piece......hence the reason I have over 200 magazines and over 70 quilt books now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny
    I recommend the book "Start Quilting" by Alex Anderson. The rail fence in that book was my first quilt. But, she also has a very simple sampler in the book. Some rail fence blocks, some flying geese, some friendship stars. It's all in one easy pattern. Good luck.
    This is the book my LQS uses for their beginning quilting class. Let's see, friendship star, log cabin, rail fence, flying geese - I think there were 6 blocks.

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    Block Central has some nice sampler blocks.
    http://www.blockcentral.com/index.shtml

    pick out the 12 inch ones..

    about in the center of this page, is
    Pieced Quilt Block Patterns,listed by name and size.

    http://www.blockcentral.com/quiltblocks.shtml

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    this is a great site too..
    http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpa...lock-Patterns/

    "About - quilting" i get thier newsletter, alot of info for new and not so new quilters..
    they cover everything related to quilting,from cutting,colors,seam allowances..sewing machines etc..

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    I just checked out "Quilter's Cache" wow! Now I will never get anything done, i just want to try one of each..... :D

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    Borders has clearances on quilting books fairly often. Thats where I got my Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting for 5.98.
    Any of the Quilt In A Day books are great for learning the easiest methods to use.
    http://quilterstv.com
    is great for free videos.

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    Any sampler would be good for beginners as long as there are no Y seams, curved seams or really complicated blocks. The trick is to find that gray area between "so complicated I'm going give up" and "too easy, I'm bored to death"

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    I can refer you to Alex Anderson's 3rd.edition of Start Quilting. I teach a very beginning quilting class in which I teach the rail fence block, then move on to the other blocks in the book in the next series of classes.
    This book is very concise, easy to follow, and very basic and gives the best
    information. I suggest either making a small size throw or table topper using each block, or making at least 6 of each block and make a larger sampler quilt. This way you will get more skill with each new project. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! is another excellent "beginner" book - I like it better than the Fons and Porter one.
    That's what I used to learn different techniques. I love that book.

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    I did my 1 and only sampler quilt when I first started quilting using a magazine called Sampler Quilts, I think by Quilts magazine. nice uncomplicated instructions, too bad I didn't know anything about the color wheel then.... it wouldn't just be the hand quilting I love on that one......

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Any sampler would be good for beginners as long as there are no Y seams, curved seams
    Quilts Quilts Quilts actually builds on the basic straight seams and adds a building block (Y-seam) and a drunkard's path (curved seam) toward the end of the book. I had no problem with them because I was not overwhelmed with challenges straight out of the gate.

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    Hey, I am also into genealogy, and the Farnsworth is part of my family....do you have any Jameson's in your history?????

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    2 books I like are Around the Block and Once More Around the Block.. I have made several quilts from them. Good luck. Marilee

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