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Thread: Next Project For A Beginner

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    Hi everyone,

    I just finished by first quilt a week or so ago (it was a rag quilt). I know very little about quilting. I figured a rag quilt was a good quilt to start with as it seemed pretty simple.

    I am wondering what my next project should be..... The only quilting experience I have is the rag quilt. I am trying to learn as much as I can online, etc. I am just stumped on what I should try next . . . maybe just another rag quilt . . . . what would you suggest?

    Thanks!

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    It just depends on what you want to try next :lol: I would still keep it on the easier side :wink: Who will this quilt be for ? and..

    CONGRATS on finishing your first quilt :lol:

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    one of my first quilts was a log cabin from the Quilt in a Day book...Eleanor Burns

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    I would try a basic nine patch. They are easy and great practice.

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    Triple Rail Fence is a nice and easy pattern.

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    I would get some magazines I just picked up one from QFC called Best Weekend Quilts it is a premier issue I have never seen it but it has a lot of very easy to do quick quilts. I will be making quiet a few of these quilts. It was $10 more than I would normally pay but I was not paying attention. I can send you a pic of the front I would really try that route.

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    Don't forget to check out your local library. And don't be afeared to try anything! But keep it on the simple side..the worst thing I ever did was pick a project that was way over my head and then I was afraid to finish it because I wasn't quite sure what I'd done wrong...(1/4" seams) and you need that instant success! A wall hanging maybe? Try something with triangles! When you get that down there is really no fear!

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    Try paper piecing. Easy. Lots of patterns on line. Try Quilter's cache for free patterns.

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    If you have a LQS nearby they may be of help. I've only made one quilt but part of it's success was that I told the woman helping me what my skill level was and so she helped me pick out a pattern that matched that and it also had great directions. I had brought my focus fabric with me so she also helped me pick coordinating fabrics. She also gave me some pointers as I went along...and bingo...a lap quilt done...and I couldn't have been happier. I'm working on my second quilt and it's a nine patch with the sashing done in 3 piece strips with corner posts at each intersection. GREAT practice for mastering the 1/4 inch seam and getting all the pieces the same size! Good luck! This quilting sure is fun and is becoming quite addictive! Sew much fabric...sew little time! ;-)

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    I have a few free very easy quits on my blog with video tutorial...I also am very new at quilting. I love, love the disappearing nine patch.

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    I just rec'd that book in the mail. I can't wait to make one!
    Quote Originally Posted by slk350
    one of my first quilts was a log cabin from the Quilt in a Day book...Eleanor Burns

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    Great book! I'm working on 2 right now. My 2nd and 3rd tops!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmsMom
    Hi everyone,

    I just finished by first quilt a week or so ago (it was a rag quilt). I know very little about quilting. I figured a rag quilt was a good quilt to start with as it seemed pretty simple.

    I am wondering what my next project should be..... The only quilting experience I have is the rag quilt. I am trying to learn as much as I can online, etc. I am just stumped on what I should try next . . . maybe just another rag quilt . . . . what would you suggest?

    Thanks!
    Just Google "Free quilting patterns" and you will find more than you could ever believe. Also try http:/www.allpeoplequilt.com. They have lots of easy ones. For me, I usually choose my fabric first and let it speak to me as to what it should become.

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    There is a tote bag pattern in that book too for the log cabin. I think I will try that first after I am done my other topping.
    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I just rec'd that book in the mail. I can't wait to make one!
    Quote Originally Posted by slk350
    one of my first quilts was a log cabin from the Quilt in a Day book...Eleanor Burns

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    Maybe try a 9 patch ... or Yellow Brick Road ... or Take 5. Those are three simple patterns...

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    I teach the Disappearing 9 Patch to new quilters. It teaches good 1/4" seaming, matching up "corners" and fabric selection. It's really easy and comes out so pretty.

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    Ask.com/quilting has some free easy patterns and good instructions. Look for patterns without too many small pieces, while you are learning, bigger pieces will make it easier for you.

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    Congrats on your rag quilt!! If memory serves me, I think my first quilt was a rag quilt, too. Do you have a pic to show us??

    I agree about the disappearing 9 patch. It's so easy and quick!

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    you could make a four patch block or perhaps a nine patch. that has more seams to match.

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    Do an easy pattern. rain fence, and some that have been sugested under another posting related to jelly rolls.
    Do a simple one next until you get comfortable with piecing. Don't be too complicated until you fee a bit more sure.

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    Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions! I'm most worried about doing the binding on the quilt. I think the next one will be for me - maybe to use as a lap quilt......

    retired2pa - here is a pic (the quilt was a surprise for my daughter after she returned from Cispus - I made it in 4 evenings when she was gone):
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    Excellent Job!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by EmsMom
    Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions! I'm most worried about doing the binding on the quilt. I think the next one will be for me - maybe to use as a lap quilt......

    retired2pa - here is a pic (the quilt was a surprise for my daughter after she returned from Cispus - I made it in 4 evenings when she was gone):

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    Im a beginner too. Right now, Im working on the doll swap, but I have materials for this picked out.Seems like a good beginner quilt, great instructions too

    http://www.stitchedincolor.com/p/col...ilt-along.html

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    I would suggest the D9P (Disappearing 9 Patch). Easy and goes quick! When I first started someone suggested the Log Cabin as a great pattern for a beginner...NOT.

    Congrats on your pink rag quilt. Love it!

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    I am debating on the log cabin...it does seem to be on the harder side! I have only done Around the world quilt, nine block and two disappearing nine patch quilts. My favorite....the disappearing nine patch...I am doing one with a sash right now and that is harder than just putting on a border. Oh and I did a border quilt...that was the easiest but not my favorite. I don't like the looks of it that much. Its ok but the others look so much nicer and look harder even though they were not much harder.

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