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Help!!! Is there a Step 1?

Old 01-06-2013, 05:42 AM
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Hi everyone. I am a young person who loves to do crafts and I have recently decided that I would like to start quilting. I have read many articles online and watched many YouTube videos but they are overloaded with information and assume that the reader has some background knowledge on quilting and fabric but I do not. Is there a real step one for beginners? Any tips you have for a beginner quilter will be much appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:50 AM
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Read some here, lots of good info to get you started simply.


Also, get in touch with your local quilt shop and see if they offer beginning classes. Also a local quilt guild might be of some personal help.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:50 AM
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there are a few choices in...step one....
locate a local quilt shop, stop in & browse, ask questions-including 'do you offer a beginner class?'
browse the library for quilt books- pick one up- read it. the 'big book of quilting' is a good start.
do a search for beginner quilt patterns
search 'color-theory' articles
jump in, buy some fabric you love and make a simple patchwork quilt (like cut 6"-8" squares & sew them together) then you can move on to step 2 & learn about layering & quilting your piece.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:51 AM
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First, take a deep breath--if you're like all of us on here you're in for a great journey. I'm self-taught, long before internet videos. If I were starting out, I'd go to the library and find a book on Beginning Quilting and read it start to finish before I jumped in sewing. A basic book would tell you about the supplies you need, how to pick a simple pattern and how to chose fabric. Start small!! And please start!! You will find lots of lessons here and you can always ask any question, and remember we all started out without knowledge. There are no stupid or silly questions.

Start slow and enjoy the journey--it's not a race to see how many quilts you can make. It's to see how much you enjoy the process.

Good luck!!
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:01 AM
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There is!! lol

you say you do crafts .. so I assume that you understand the basics of sewing. I would tell you that a great beginning class at you Local Quilt Shop (LQS) would be a great place to start. If there is not one available then the Craftsy Block of the Month (BOM) which is free might be fun. The way I started was just start a project.

This is my favorite easy pattern - a disappearing nine patch (DP9) - There are several tutorials this is just one of many available.


When done it looks really great and with every choice of fabric it looks different - as the blocks once they are cut can be arranged many different ways!!

Take a minute and assemble a good quilting ruler (6x24 was my first), a cutting mat and cutter. Try something easy and ask LOTS of questions. This is a great board with loads of talented folks more than willing to share their experiences. JUST KNOW ... that when you do and you get 15 responses you will probably have 15 different opinions which may add to the "overload". Just start - and we will help

Most of all - have fun!! Look forward to seeing what you do.
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welcome on board QB .... you have joined a very friendly helpful site
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:41 AM
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Welcome from Ontario, Canada. You might like to start with something simple like pot holders/place mats or a table runner. Try watching some of Jenny Doan's tutorials for Missouri Star Quilt Co.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:21 AM
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A good book to get for a quilter starting out is Quilter's Complete Guide by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter

This link will take you to Amazon's site to get the book at a really low cost. If you go to the hard cover version to page 2 there is a like new copy for $5.00 plus shipping. I like the hard copy as it is spiral bound and you can open it flat.


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Old 01-06-2013, 07:28 AM
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I'm not young by any stretch, but did just start quilting. Of course, everyone learns differently, but I bought a book - Hip to Be Square, by Boo Davis. It has very cool patterns, and great step by step instructions. I started by just making potholders out of the book to get a good idea how to put blocks together. There are several good beginner books out there, several mentioned already. The only thing I didn't like in the Hip to be Square book is the machine binding process. I personally think that to do a good job on that, you have to be a more experienced sewist.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:40 AM
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Thanks everyone. When I said I do crafts I meant knitting, crocheting, origami, bracelet making, and things like that. The only time I ever sew is with yarn and a yarn needle on my crochet projects. I am 13 and I don't make a lot of money. Haha. I could maybe get some books if I come upon some extra cash now and again. With my busy schedule, I don't know if group type classes are the best. I was going to ask for a sewing machine for my birthday in April. Is it bad for a beginner to machine quilt? Any sewing machine recommendations?
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