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    I don't know how you are about colors and patterns, but if you are like me, just get what hits your fancy. However, since you are new. I would only buy fabric for the project that you are working on, well at least until you get the QD that we all have. Right now I am slowly starting to build a stash. I get just what I like. I don't have lots of money to spend on fabric but I buy just a little extra than what I might need for a project. that way any extra can be used for another quilt.
    as for the cutting I just starch and fold my fabric then cut the way that will give me the best shapes for what I am working on. It does matter a little, but that is mostly for certain projects. good luck and I hope that you really enjoy quilting. this board is the best for asking all sorts of questions.

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    pre-washing is a personal preference. I only pre-wash those that I suspect will bleed(the colors run out of the fabric because the dye wasn't set right). These are mostly batiks and many different reds. there are some purple and blue bleeders but not many. if you are worried you can always cut a section to test to be sure.
    Another suggestion that I have is regardless if you pre-wash or not is to get starch and practically soak your fabric in it. I have recently started to do that and it has made my cutting and piecing sooooo much easier.

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    Personally I haven't pre-washed so far. When I work with all cottons I don't have any problems. Working with other fabrics and synthetics is another story. I definitely will from now on pre-wash, starch and press all fabrics that aren't cotton before cutting out any pieces.

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    if i can figure out how to post a pic i will show you firt square. oh coarse i did this before all your good info.

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    I think the best way would be to pick up a magazine and find an easy pattern with beginner instructions. Then buy required fabs and go easy with it. Quilting is such a satisfying hobby. It grows with you and in you. Love to hear from you next year as you do grow. Or even show us your first project.

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    never, never, ,never lol

    do I pre wash

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    Quote Originally Posted by salisaquilter
    It grows with you and in you. Love to hear from you next year as you do grow. Or even show us your first project.
    Please show us your first project, even as you go long, if you wish. Often, we quilters think our own work is much worse than it really is. Maybe you've noticed headings like 'my worst ever' or something like that, when others don't think that at all! Besides, that's how we improve, is by having others help us where we have trouble or telling us it's not nearly as bad as we think!

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    OK. I haven't been quilting for long, a year or so. I must tell you if you can't afford to shop at the local quilt shop, and not many of us can, then try Hobby Lobby rather than Joanns. Only b/c they keep the fabric lines together for the most part. If something catches your eye, the coordinating fabrics are usually surrounding it. It makes it easy for me as I am not confident in my fabric color choices just yet. Joanns just doesn't keep the coordinates together in my shop.

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    Hi Penny and welcome from Arizona. I would suggest a basic sewing class or beginner's quilting class. This will help you feel more comfortable with your machine, the basic sewing skills and guidance in purchasing the correct types of fabric. Once you're ready to get your feet wet the answers to any question you may have about quilting can be found here.

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    I checked out a beginning quilting class,but dosen't start till the end of Jan.

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    Could you work on a basic quilt of squares until then? Cut your various fabrics into same-sized squares and put them together. It can be in a pattern or randomly. That way, you could practice some of the basics, like cutting straight, sewing a straight line, just getting used to working with your fabrics.

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    I have start one already. lol Boy do i need practice or new glasses. I used a cutting block template and still the sizes seem different.

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    Recommend Pat Sloan's: I Can't Believe I'm Quilting,Beginner's Complete Guide...not expensive, may be found in Joann's if you're near one.

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    You've received a load of great advice so far.
    I'd like to add one.
    Check out your local library. Often they will have "basics" of sewing books, and even some "all about quilting" type books. Some may be a bit old, but the only real thing that's changed in the past 10 years is the use of a rotary cutter rather than scissors for cutting.
    The rest is variations of the same thing. Joining pieces together to make a pleasing pattern, adding a layer of batting and a back and sew them together - either by hand or by machine, or even by tying them with wool every 4" or so.
    To save money while you're learning, you can even use "cheater" batting. Just pick up the prequilted fabric (usually in baby section), especially if it's on sale. Use that for your practise quilts and save the expensive stuff for when you're more confident. Even an old flannel blanket will work for batting. If you're going to machine quilt, I'd suggest spray basting your layers together, and to stay away from polyester batting as it shifts a lot more than wool or cotton.
    And shop around. Some places are a LOT cheaper than others.
    It is always worth it to take classes. Even the "experts" still take classes.
    And don't forget to have FUN!

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    Take a beginner class. You will learn the basics.

    There is definitely a right way to cut fabric and it can't be explained that easliy on a forum such as this.

    As far as buying fabric, anything that goes together is okay. But a class would probably help you determine what is quality and what is not.

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    Prewashing is really up to the individual quilter. Some feel strongly one way, some the other. You will have to determine that yourself.

    I am enjoying reading everyone's comments here and encourage you to continue asking questions as there is a wealth of knowledge here on the board. :thumbup:

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    If you are in a hurry to get started pick out a simple pattern and go for it. As others have said there is a wealth of information on the web. I'd still take a beginner class when I had a chance though.

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    You could also check to see if there is a quilt guild in your area. If you find a good guild you might be able to pick up pointers there.

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    The 4 best pieces of advice I ever heard: 1.Practice, 2.practice, 3.practice, and 4.there are no quilt police:
    If you like it and it works, it works.

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