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Thread: I am starting a quilting club and need a crash course on quilting

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    Hello everyone, I an Diana from Meridian, MS. I am starting a quilting club from scratch as part of my job working with seniors. I have 1 sewing machine donated so far and a $25 gift card from WalMart for fabric. I am looking for free patterns, a place to buy fabric in bulk (for start up only), or how to locate possible donation opportunities. I also need a pattern for making quilting frames as funds are a problem and I need to be as self sufficient as possible. HELP!!!!

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    Welcome from Louisiana. You have your work cut out for you. What a fun challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglover5
    Hello everyone, I an Diana from Meridian, MS. I am starting a quilting club from scratch as part of my job working with seniors. I have 1 sewing machine donated so far and a $25 gift card from WalMart for fabric. I am looking for free patterns, a place to buy fabric in bulk (for start up only), or how to locate possible donation opportunities. I also need a pattern for making quilting frames as funds are a problem and I need to be as self sufficient as possible. HELP!!!!
    I would suggest joining a "freecycle" group in your area, join a few neighboring cities, it is allowed. you may get another sewing machine and fabrics this way.

    as for free patterns:
    www.quilterscache.com
    have hundreds of blocks..
    or google "free quilt patterns" and what you see will make your head spin!

    Good luck with your new venture! the seniors will love it!

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    Hi dglover5 from Eastern Washington. What does the 5 stand for. Do you have 5 dogs? Do you have pictures of them?
    Maybe you could run an ad under the classifieds looking for
    books and fabrics to donate. :thumbup:

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    There are tons of free patterns on the 'net. I think Marshall's Dry Goods has some of the best prices and fabrics. There's also Mary Jo's Fabrics. As for donations of things, maybe you could talk to some of the fabric stores or even thrift stores and see if they would be willing to donate items needed.

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    Also try craigslist for fabric. See if anyone has posted anything for sale and also put an ad out explaining what you are doing. Maybe someone in your area would have some fabric they would like to donate or sell for cheap.

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    I have sent you a private message.

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    I would locate a Quilt Guild near you and see if there's a member that is willing to help you get started. They would know about cheap places to get fabric and probably have patterns that you could have.

    The seniors will just love this activity. Start off with simple projects---maybe potholders......There is so much to learn!
    What a challenge---Good Luck!

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    I volunteer at our local Senior Center with a group of ladies who make quilts to raffle off to benefit the center programs. Our biggest source of fabric etc. are members of the center or their families. When someone passes away or downsizes they or their families donate their craft supplies of all kinds to the center either to sell or use for the benefit of the center. We have a 10'x10'closet at the center with floor to ceiling shelves full of fabric, yarn, thread, batting, and other various quilt related stuff. I am currently assembling a quilt top from blocks donated by a member or their family that will be our next raffle quilt. The one we have currently on the frame was made from blocks donated by another member or former member.
    Don't forget to contact church groups.

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    Hi from Oklahoma City, OK. You might also check with churchs in your area. Many in OKC have sewing and quilting groups and are usually very willing to help with scraps and instructions.

    Also, as many already know. I am not a purist when it comes to fabrics. I shop garage sales and thrift stores for cotton items (100% if I can). If you start out with large squares for a scrap quilt the fabric can be very inexpensive this way.

    Also, many times garage sale people will let you come on the last day and pick up what is left for free.

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    Craig's List is another resource You can put ad add under wanted.

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    These are all wonderful suggestions, you may want to ask if the local paper would help with free advertising, or do a write up about your new quilting group and their needs.

    Maybe ask for local quilt teacher(s) to volunteer to teach, or local quilters to pop in to help.

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    I volunteer with a senior group here in Denver and the last thing we worry about is where to get fabric! Over the years the group has become widely known. When "granny" dies or moves to a nursing home we are the first one called to find out if we want fabric. Some of it we use and the rest goes to other organizations that can use it. Have you looked for places that are going out of business? Garage sales is another opportunity to get fabric. The web has several places to get all kinds of free patterns.

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    Welcome! What a great project you are starting. Good luck!

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    Hello and Welcome from Northern Indiana !

    You have received lots of wonderful advice so far :lol:

    What about Goodwill, Salvation Army, thift stores many members find great deals there also :thumbup:

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    I teach a community class once a month, everything is free, and fabric is not a problem. The members bring found fabric from relatives and neighbors that most forgot they had until someone said they needed it. The first few classes should be very simple ones, like sewing the 1/4 seam, cutting squares, and color contrast. I doubt you can buy a rotary cutter and mat for $25. And you need those two basic items. Cut unused cotton clothing up in squares and start with a nine patch and half square triangles to make a star pattern. That will be interesting for beginners. You'll need starch, an iron and ironing board. I started with a simple sampler block quilt. Nine patch for the beginner block through curved piecing to the Drunkard's Path. At the end of the year's class, we have a quilt show so everyone could showcase their quilt tops.

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    Welcome from Ireland. Good luck with your project.

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    Start with the 9 patch block. Everyone could make their own lap quilt in no time!

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    I love a challenge. I have decided to put an add in the local newspaper for donations of fabril etc....and my nephew who also loves a challenge is making me a quilt frame....So we are on our way. I am getting excited about all of the possibilities. We are going to donate our quilts to The Red Cross for victims of house fires. What better way to feel loved than being wrapped up in a "Love Quilt"? We will also be doing book bags for our local library, made with quilt blocks.

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