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    Hi everyone! My name is Sheila and I just joined!

    I'm very interested in quilting, although I have no idea where to begin! I know nothing about quilting or where to start!

    It would be great if someone could give me some ideas about how to start making a quilt, I would appreciate it!!

    Thanks so much!
    -Sheila

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    Super Member franie's Avatar
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    Find a pattern and buy some fabric. Welcome from Alaska.

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    Welcome from So Cal!!!

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    Hi and welcome to the board from Iowa. I took a beginners class as my local quilt store (LQS) to just get a feel for it all. We did the rail fence. This is a very easy pattern and one I think you could do on your own (smile). I am sure you can find a free pattern if you good "Rail Fence". Keep us posted on your progress or if we can help.

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    I want to make a throw-size quilt, how much fabric do you think i should get?

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    Thank you everyone! I'm thinking about taking a class, I'm going to a quilting expo in April, so I hope to learn some things there.

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    Welcome from Maine!

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    Hello, and welcome from Idaho!

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    Hello and welcome from Temple, TX. I haven't taken a quilting class, but I did take a beginner sewing class. Actually I took to classes. Good Luck.

    cny_sewer39

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    Welcome from Michigan! You will love it here - so many friendly and helpful people. And never be afraid to ask questions. We were all beginners at one time.

    I highly recommend you go to JoAnn Fabrics (if you have one near you) and buy the book "Quilt with Confidence" by Nancy Zieman. I paid $24.99 for mine. (well worth the price!)
    Or you can get it from her web site - www.sewingwithnancy.com

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    Hello, and welcome from Nevada!

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    welcome!

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    Greetings and welcome to the QB! This is a great place to learn! Keep reading and asking questions! There are lots of skilled people here to help.

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    Hello, welcome from WA.

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    Hi. Welcome from Illinois.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!!

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    Welcome to the QB.

    Look at patterns and find something you like and material you like. Take classes and read books [my public library has a lot and my quilting groups share, too.] Note: the older quilting books probably don't cover rotary cutting, so you would want to 'translate' the patterns.

    Learn the SEARCH function of this site and the PICTURES ... oh yeah, and the PM [private message] functions.

    Have fun,
    ali

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    Welcome from Ohio

    find a pattern you really like ...get the right tools....very important....and don't be to hard on yourself...enjoy

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    There are books out there that have easy patterns and find the fabric to go with it and go for it. Hi from Ohio!

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    Welcome. A few questions. Do you have a sewing machine? Have you done any kind of sewing? Before you can quilt you need to know at least the basics of sewing either by hand or machine. If you have done sewing and have some material on hand you might experiment with it before you go out and invest in a lot of stuff made for quilting. My first quilt made more than 40 years ago was from scraps of the sewing projects I had been making since I was 12 years old. It was made from 4 inch squares of at the time all different kinds of fabrics. While it was laughable by my present standards it was a quilt and was used as such for a good 10 years.
    For quilting we usually use cotton fabrics but many masterpieces are made from other fibers. You need to decide what kind of quilts you want to make. They range from "blankets" to wall art. Visit a quilt show if there is one in driving range of your area. You will be surprised at what are considered "quilts". Before you invest in a lot of "tools" especially made for quilting make sure it is something you really want to do. I have been quilting for more than 40 years and I have lots of gadgets that sounded and looked wonderful that have never been used. It is possible to make lovely and or useful "quilts" with just a needle, thread, scissors, thimble and fabric.
    A basic sewing or quilting class would be a big help.

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    Hi and Welcome

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    Welcome from Michigan.

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    My best tool is the internet-whether it is this wonderful quiltboard :) or online-the tips and information is extremly helpful-and practice, practice, practice
    welcome from wisconsin

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    Welcome from Kansas!

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    Hello from Western Mountain Maryland !!

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