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Thread: Haven't got a clue!

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    I've never made a quilt before! So after 61 years of running around doing all the have to things! I'm gonna give it a try! Wish me luck! Now my question is "Where do I start?" Besides Jo Ann's and the local branch of my bank for the stuff to pay for it all.! So what's the quilt to start for a newbe?
    Thanks everyone! for your answers in advance.

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    I am also a beginner and I just made the disappearing 9 patch quilt top with fat quarters, was so much fun!

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    I did a search and found this video for you

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjZOXxPazg

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    here is a thread that I started on the quilting board site for disappearing 9 patch lots of cool links, enjoy!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-44566-1.htm

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    Do you really want to start with a quilt? You might like to try something smaller - say a cushion or a small lap/baby quilt?

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    Welcome from Southern Illinois! You will have lots of help here, all you need to do is ask, usually MANY will answer.

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    Welcome from Ireland. I like rail fence or pinwheel for beginners.

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    A cutting mat (self-healing and as large as you can afford),
    a rotary cutter with a couple replacement blades,
    a sewing machine, fabric, and at least a 6"x12" ruler, some thread and a pattern should be enough to get you started.
    If you want to make a quilt, make one, just remember that "Quilt In A Day" is a name, not a reality--it will take longer. Pick a simple pattern and go for it.

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    The basic supplies are already listed . As for pattern/fabric do you know who you want this quilt for ? Sometimes I just walk around the store and let the fabric talk to me :wink: if you have a library go there and look for quilt books, especially how to or beginner books.

    You will also get a lot of help and advice here :lol:

    Simple patterns are the basic 4 patch or 9 patch, Rail fence. I would start small and simple. Don't get discouraged we all make mistakes and you just learn form them .

    But the most important thing is relax and HAVE FUN !

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    If you are new, I would recommend something small - so you do not get discouraged. If you are going to JoAnns, they ususaaly have lap quilt size kits - you will still have to cut - but it will give you good directions. If you go that route - thne you will also need a rotary cutter and pad and 18 inch quilter's ruler. If you already know how to sew, you can compete that in several hours. This is how I made my first quilt.

    Not to worry - you will make mistakes and learn very quickly the requirement for accurate seams.

    If you are afraid of cutting, you can pick up one of Joann's Quilt Block of the Month. It is cut for you and gives directions for completing. You can buy the coordinating fabric and then make a small pillow our a small wall hangiing quilt or doll quilt from the BOM.

    Whatever you do is have fun and no mistake is too big to overcome. Both suggestions are the easiest and not overwheling way to get into quilting.

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    Welcome to all the newbies on this board.
    My first quilt was "Antique Spool" which I took a queen size quilt pattern and adjusted it to make only part of it to have a wall hanging. It came out so good I've been hooked since.

    There are so many places to start, but here is a great place for questions, answers, references and photos.

    Ask away - we are here to help.

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    I would recommend a pattern with straight cuts only and one that keeps matching points to a minimum. Rail Fence, Roman Stripe fit those criteria. If you are up for matching points, the 4-patch, 9-patch and alternating snowball block are good beginner patterns.

    There are tons of You-tube tutorials and some real nice tuts on the QB - watch, read, shop and have fun.

    I would keep the supplies to a minimum until you are convinced that this IS your new hobby. It can get expensive.

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    Oh and one of the things to remember is the 1/4" seam ! Once you find it mark it or write it down so you can always find it on your machine :wink:

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of quilting and fabric! Everyone here is nice and very helpful.

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    How about a tube quilt, it;s very simple and there is a tut on you tube, and it turns out spectacular.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!! Sounds like you have gotten some good advice here. Take the time to enjoy the process and remember that there are no quilt police here, it is fine if it is not perfect!!!!

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    ALL of the above is good advice.
    I would say start with something small, like a baby quilt.
    Using something simple like squares.
    My dau not a sewer by heart, made herself a quilt using 9 inch blocks. She loved it and it took, not much time at all.
    And remember every quilt is suppose to have a few mistakes, so don't worry about them.

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    Thank you all,I've got a very good friend with tons of books and a Mom that's been making quilts for many years. I'm in awe of the beautiful patterns. I'm not a quiter so,I'll take your advise and my time.

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    I made a four patch to start with. It was a little quilt for DGD. It gives you a taste of quilting. The next one was a queen size T shirt quilt. That was a little too intense for a beginner.

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    Take a class at your local quilting shop. I did that and I loved it. Gave me more confidence, and take a class when I can.

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    Welcome! I would recommend something small with only squares! And dont spend lots of money yet....oh, that will happen later, LOL! Just get the needs, like good thread, scissors, pins, and the fabric you need.
    Good LUCK! I know you will enjoy it!

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    I also took a class for beginners and it was great. You learn all the basics and meet new people. I still take classes when I can. It's a blast!

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    You have come to the right place! I agree with starting with something small, a wall hanging or pillow or maybe a bed runner. I love the disappearing nine patch. Craftybear, you are so thoughtful and kind to everyone. Thank you for sharing the tutorials with us.

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    I will agree that the Rail Fence is a great pattern for beginners. It uses 3 colors, has only straight cuts, and goes together fairly easily. You want to make something you'll use, so a wall hanging or lap quilt would be great. Everyone else is correct that this habit gets expensive, start with the basics: ruler, rotary cutter, mat, scissors, thread, and fabric. On the rulers several of us recommend picking a brand that you find useful and easy to use, and stick with that brand. This may be somewhat limiting if you shop local, but you can find most anything on the internet. Be sure to post pics when you're done.

    Darren

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