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    Good Advice for a Newbie??

    I'm still relatively new to the world of quilting (and am getting quickly addicted! !) and am working on my first project which is surprisingly coming together quite nicely thus far. Being new to it all and not having anyone really to give me pointers I've learned mostly from blogs and YouTube. I feel like I'm doing a lot the hard way sometimes. What advice do you have or lessons have you learned that have really helped the quilting process??

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    Hi and welcome to QB. You can learn a LOT just by reading this board.
    Check all the tutorials. If you have any question, don't hesitate to ask.
    I use google for a lot of things too. Happy quilting!

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    Easier to answer specific questions. What part of the process are you having doubts about?
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    I too have learned a lot from blogs and YouTube. I have also got a lot of books to help me to. I also feel like I'm doing thing the hard way, but what I do when I start a quilt pattern I check on the web to see if there is anything I can do to make it easier. If you have a quilt shop you like going to you can always ask them for help. I have four shops that I go to and they have help me a lot. I have taking some classes that have helped also. Good luck
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    Welcome from Dallas Tx. You will love it on this board. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on here. Just ask.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Lessons learned: 1.cut accurately, sew a good 1/4 inch seam, press blocks with starch, square up units if needed. 2.This is supposed to be fun and finished is better than perfect!

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    The devil is in the details. Here is what I would recommend:
    If it's a new pattern to you, do a trial block to verify your seam allowance, pressing order, and overall size.
    Do not use flimsy fabric.
    Test your fabric for color fastness and prewash if necessary.
    Cut accurately.
    Sew a consistent seam.
    Press so the seams nest (if possible).
    Square up the block.
    Measure the top across the center and cut straight borders to that length. Then ease in any difference. (This will keep you from having wavy borders.)
    Most importantly, have fun and ask lots of questions in the forums. We are always glad to share our quiltiness.

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    Big welcome from Louisiana. This board is fun andeucational.Great way to have those questions answered also Hugs

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    Thank you for the warm welcome everyone! Already a lot of pointers to keep in mind, just what I was hoping to get

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    I learned the same way, best advice i can give is to find a guild. Local or online. The best part of quilting is the community. Also remember progress not perfection. Also, i learned a lot from the online quilting tv show, The Quilt Show. It is a pay website, but worth it to learn from ricky tims and alex anderson. They have a block of the month that is a great way to learn new skills.

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    Take your time and go slow

    measure twice, cut once

    read directions all the way through and make a test block

    It's a lot like painting. Most of the work in the preparation.

    Don't get upset if you think you made a mistake. that is when creativity starts.

    It is only fabric.

    Have fun.
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    I like "measure twice, cut once", I've almost got caught a couple of times and I'm glad I took the time to measure twice!

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    I've learned in the exact same way...the hard way. Lessons learned hard are better remembered. But we all are here to help with just about anything. I'd say pick projects that challenge you but not overwhelm. Work outside the comfort zone a little at a time. Your skill will naturally advance all on it's own.

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    Start early with a plan to organize your fabrics and maintain it.
    If you can afford it, buy it!
    Love your seam ripper!

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    Even experienced quilters make mistakes.

    Allow yourself enough time to finish a project.

    Make and finish one or two projects before offering/ promising to make a quilt for everyone you know.

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    Welcome from Minnesota! All really good advice here. Use this forum a lot. Check out the tutorials at Missouri Star Quilt Company ( I love Jennie Doan). Check out "About Quilting.com", there is lots of good advice there too. Don't be afraid to ask questions, there are many seasoned quilters out there that learn something new everyday. Don't waste your money on a lot of rulers. I got by for years with a 4 x 18. After buying nearly every color of thread on the market I learned that I can make almost any quilt with gray. Most of all, HAVE FUN and keep your first quilts. You will cherish them in years to come.

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    I've seen a ton of MSQ tutorials, they've been helpful. I'm writing third stuff down.Lots of good info. Thanks ladies!

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    A timesaver fo me would have been starting my quilt journal with my very first quilt. You should document your work with pictures and descriptions give credit where it is due. Take the credit for your modifications and your own designs, when you get to that point. I just did my journal after over 15 years of quilting. I couldn't remember the details on several and a couple I didn't even have pictures, only a memory of them. Also it is a great tool for you to follow your own improvement. Welcome to the Board! Learn how to post pictures in your thread when you have specific questions and the support here is overwhelming.

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    Welcome to the board from Northern Indiana. You will find a lot of help and answers here and remember, there are no dumb questions

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    Follow your heart, trust your eye - It's ok to learn them the hardway (sometimes they stick better!) and that gives you the experience! When you get stuck, come here and ask a question - you'll have lots of options to make a decision from to go forward with!!

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    Welcome from Tennessee. There are several ways to accomplish the same result. Watch videos, ask other quilters or read directions from several designers. They will all have a little different spin on the process. The trick is to learn several and pick which works best for yourself. If you belong to a guild, they are usually very helpful ladies.

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    Welcome from Spring, Texas and have fun.

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    If you are new you might like the website for missori star quilt company they have alot of free videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Lessons learned: 1.cut accurately, sew a good 1/4 inch seam, press blocks with starch, square up units if needed. 2.This is supposed to be fun and finished is better than perfect!
    Really great advice!!!

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    Eleanor Burns is the best for newbies. She teaches every detail even which way to press seams.
    Watch her videos on the Quilt In A Day website. She has a TV show but it is on a rural station that I cant remember the name of.
    MSQC is also great and they have so far 3 or 4 magazines called Quilting Quickly available with Jennie Doans patterns.
    As a beginner pick a simple modern pattern to start. Get your basic rulers 6x12 and 6x24 and a 12 in square ruler for squaring up your blocks. I found that you make a lot of half square triangles so Quilt In A Days triangle square up ruler is a must have.
    You will also eventually want a good turning mat. It saves a lot of time and effort.

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