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    before i set myself up for failure.... is quilting very hard? just wondering

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    Can you sew a straight line?

    Can you follow directions?

    Only way to know is to try.....

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    Like almost everything worth doing, it takes some practice. and some trial and error. I love it. both the sewing part and quilting part. This is the best place to be for learning.

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    Depends on what you start out with and how ocd you are. I think that some things are. Harder than others. I would start out simple with just squares and then move onto some things that are more difficult. It's kinda like skiing. You have bunny slopes and black diamonds with every sort of terrain in-between.

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    depends on the pattern you try. If you start off with sewing small pieces then yes, it will be hard learning to get your seams right and your pieces cut.
    However if you start with a large pattern, simple squares. Then NO, it is as easy as can be!
    So long as you can sew to pieces together with a mostly straight line (you get better as you go) then it is worth trying! Most of all have fun with it.

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    You can always start out with a very simple pattern consisting of squares that are all the same size, like 4 1/2 inches, with a simple quilting pattern. Then when you see how easy that is, you can try more challenging ones. Even simple ones can be beautiful. Choose the colors you love and go for it!!

    We will all be here to help you all the way :D

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    That isn't really a stupid question. One of my college professors told me "Easy is what you know and hard is what you don't". Knowing how to sew a seam with some sort of needle and thread helps (by hand or machine). I would start with something small like a placemat with a simple pattern.

    By the way, I think cooking is hard and quilting is much easier. :-)

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    Start small-ish. Find a block you like the looks of at

    http://www.quilterscache.com/

    The site is set up to show difficulty level. Make one block. If you hate doing it, turn it into a hot pad and forget the whole thing. If you enjoy it, make a different block. As long as you pick block the same size, it will easy to turn them into a sampler quilt when you are finished.

    Don't worry. There is plenty of experience on the board to get you through if you really want to do it. :)

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    I'm happy to see you have an interest in quilting. Hang out here on the board and get some inspiration. There are lots of tutorials here and on youtube. Welcome from Louisiana:)

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!!

    It is not real difficult. Just start of with an easy pattern with no triangles in it. There are lots of tutorials on here and if you have a friend who can stand by you it helps too!!!

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    The most important thing about quilting is to do what you love while you are learning. This includes colors and types of fabrics. The same with patterns. You should see my first quilt. It was for my son. Well my first finished quilt. The first real one is the ugliest you will ever see.

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    There are no stupid questions.

    The beauty of quilting is that the piecing can be as simple as squares or strips of fabric sewn together to the most elaborate stars, curves and applique you can imagine with embellishments of laces, beads and crystals and everything in between. As one progresses in the craft there is always a challenge down the road. It all depends on how far you want to challenge yourself or not challenge yourself at all and just have fun putting together bits of fabric in a way that pleases you.

    The actual quilting process also runs the gammet of simple tied quilts to big stitch quilting to elaborate hand quilting designs and machine quilting has just as many options including the option of sending your completed quilt top off to a longarm quilter for them to complete for you. The beauty of quilting is there is something for everyone. It all depends on how far you want to go with it.

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    If I can do it anyone can. Start with something easy and work your way up.

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    Start with an easier pattern and do a table runner or baby quilt. This way, you won't be too upset with mistakes. It will be easier to handle under the machine and you will finish quickly. Jump in. It is fun.

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    Quilting can be very complex or very simple. There are different styles and techniques. It is something most anyone can do. The important thing is to try and to try on projects that appeal to you. Start with something simple that you love and go from there.

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    you need a lesson on cutting, measuring and sewing a straight line. Its hard to start without it. They have lessons online but local quilt shops usually have beginners classes. Try it and see if its something you like. Its very rewarding and theraputic for me.

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    No, not really. I only started quilting 5 years ago and I am hooked. Most folks are that begin. I would however; strongly suggest taking a basic quilting class, you really learn alot. I hope you give it a try. Keep us posted. BTW....that is not a stupid question :)

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    See I am not one to take a class. I didn't take one to learn when I started I just jumped in one day. It was kinda fun to figure things out on my own. But this board has all sorts of great help and stuff.

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    there is never a stupid question, just inquiring minds. :)

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    Oh and welcome to the board :)

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    Welcome to the board! Just jump in and try it!

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    Just start with something small. I remember someone here saying their friend had tried quilting and hated it....and the reason was she "started with a quilt the size of Egypt!" Don't start out with a bed sized quilt...save that for your second quilt. :)

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    I'm going to say yes. Now prove me wrong ;-)

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    depends on the pattern, there is easy medium hard, you get better as you go, Its not hard, but some is not easy either, just start off with an easy pattern. It is fun no matter how many mistakes you make. I say go for it, you'll never know until you try. I recommend going to your LQS or Joanns and taking a beginners class

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    Go for it! You will never learn any younger.

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