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Old 01-28-2009, 06:00 AM
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Hi,

I am fairly new to quilting. I joined a group 2 years ago and made a quilt, monthly block by block. It is hanging on my wall. I had it quilted by a professional. I was so into it that I bought a new Bernina. Last year I started a project on my own and purchased $100.00 worth of fabric for the project. Well it was way over my head and it sits half cut in a box in my closet. I am so discouraged. I want to start a new project, but I need something small that is not to costly or hard to do.....PLEASE GIVE ME SOME HELP! :(
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:03 AM
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My recommendation is take some time and look at all the beautiful pictures here!!! You will for sure be motivated to do something. The board has BOM too.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:04 AM
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Hi Singalong and welcome to the board! Just what is this project that you bought that you think is sooo way over your head? One option is to just take the projct you bought and start out slowly...do just 1 block at a time and then you'll end up with the entire quilt done. :lol:

If you really feel you need a confidence builder first...what about a nine patch...or rail fence or something very simple.

You can go to http://www.quilterscache.com and look at the blocks listed as "beginner" and you should be able to find something that you can start with.

Show us what you are up to...we love pics!
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:16 AM
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I think singalong and a4ohio gave great advice. There's tons of people here that will help in any way they can.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:16 AM
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The quilt name is "Burgoyne surrounded ". I started to cut the strips and put a few together as blocks...then I realized the bottom layer of fabric had shifted when I cut it and the blocks are not the correct size....
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:23 AM
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Hi and welcome from Mass. A Rail fence would be nice. You sure will not get dicouraged here We are all ways giving incouragement and surport here.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:25 AM
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]Thanks...I need it......especially today....I live in upstate ny and it is snowing .......again......
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:11 AM
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Welcome Sing a long,

I don't blame you for giving up on that pattern. I have been quilting 40 years and I wouldn't make it. About 15 years ago our guild did a mystery quilt. I knew what magazine they were getting the directions from and peeked ahead. When I saw what the finished product was going to be that very pattern I stopped cutting up my fabric and made up my own pattern. I don't need that kind of stress. My quilt didn't look like anyone else's but it was finished, quilted and bound at the end of the time period alloted. Most of the others managed to complete the top. I don't think any of them enjoyed the process.
Don't get discouraged. Make a simpler pattern or just one block with several borders to make a small hanging or even a pillow. Use the rest of the fabric for something else.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:31 AM
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Singalong, welcome to the board from St. Louis!
I have learned to pin sometimes even when others say you don't have to! And my best freind in quilting is a GOOD seam ripper! I unsew A LOT! There are some patterns that I am not ready for, but I tackle more difficult ones when I take a class! I like to have someone to ask when I get stuck, which is often!
This is the right place to ask questions! :lol:
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:55 AM
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Hi Singalong ~ I am feeling your pain; I did a similar thing. A few years ago; I decided to get back into sewing, after many years of being away from it. I bought a new Pfaff machine to replace my antiquated (sp?) Kenmore, and then signed up at LQS to join the Thimbleberries Club. They were making a HUGE BOM quilt. The piecing was WAY beyond my skill level and I became very frustrated and could not keep up with everyone. I was absolutely sick to think of the money I had invested (over $200 when all was said & done) and ultimately this UFO got wadded up and shoved in the farthest corner of my closet (where it remains to this day). But, guess what? I will finish it some day ...... I know I will. I just needed to get some experience under my belt first. So my advice is to build your confidence first with some easy quilt patterns. My first completed quilt was "Yellow Brick Road"; A pattern put out by Atkinson Designs. Another wonderful easy pattern that many of us on this board have used is called "Warm Wishes". You can find it on the McCall's webste. Most important thing about quilting is not the end product, but rather the journey along the way! in other words, make sure that you enjoy the journey ...... Happy Quilting, Nita
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