Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 67

Thread: Patterns for beginners

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Lakeport Ca
    Posts
    95
    My daughter wants to make a quilt for her son who will be 18 this year but she is new to sewing and quilting. Is there a good pattern without too many pieces???? I have been going through my patterns and kind of thought of a nine patch. What do you think?

  2. #2
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    30,667
    Blog Entries
    194
    disappearing 9 patch is fun

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Upper Michigan
    Posts
    8,592
    Blog Entries
    14
    That would work!

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Halls Cross Roads, TN
    Posts
    944
    Blog Entries
    133
    Take 5 is so simple.

  5. #5
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Chula Vista CA
    Posts
    5,984
    I usually start friends off with just sewing 6 inch blocks together with various fabrics. That way it is easier to match corners. But there is also the Turning 20. There are so many to choose from. And it depends on the variety of fabric at hand.

  6. #6
    Super Member mhunt1717's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Lexington, KY
    Posts
    1,510
    The patterns at Quilts for Kids are simple!

  7. #7
    Super Member cherylynne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    1,747
    Yelllow Brick Road is easy, too. My daughter's first quilt was Take 5.

  8. #8
    Super Member starshine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    2,984
    There is also that one on Missouri Star Quilt company with 3 straight seams

  9. #9
    Senior Member LisaGibbs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Western Kentucky
    Posts
    792
    I heard the log cabin is pretty easy.

  10. #10
    Super Member starshine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    2,984
    I did a log cabin when I took my beginner class using strip piece method. It was easy and there are so many ways you can put the units together.

  11. #11
    Super Member Murphy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    8,902
    Blog Entries
    1
    I did a nine patch with a theme block (in his case camping/fishing) in between and my son loved it.

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
    Posts
    4,983
    Blog Entries
    1
    I started my daughter off with 6 to 7 in blocks. She chose which fabrics she wanted and the placement. To say the least her blocks wouldn't line up (which I knew they wouldn't) so I put sashing in between the rows so you couldn't tell. I showed her how to do stitch in the ditch and knotting (or tying) the quilt. She was frustrated in the beginning because she could see the puckered fabric here and there and the un-straight seams but that didn't last long. Because at her friend's baby shower everyone thought it was beautiful; she was very proud. I told her that is what's great especially when you quilt for people who don't; they don't see the imperfections; just the beauty

  13. #13
    Super Member wesing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    East TN
    Posts
    1,735
    Rail Fence is also a great beginner block. Very forgiving on matching up seams and can be strip pieced.

  14. #14
    Super Member sidmona's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Milton, Georgia
    Posts
    2,739
    check out http://www.quilterscache.com - if you look at the list of their blocks they show the difficulty of the block by the amount of straight pins it has next to it

  15. #15
    Senior Member sarahrachel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Posts
    671
    This brick quilt that I made is pretty easy. I'm a beginner as well and it took me one night to cut my fabric and I sewed all the pieces together and started quilting it the same day.

    http://www.polkadotchair.com/2010/08...-tutorial.html

    And the best part was that there were no seams to match up, perfect for when you're just getting the hang of a sewing machine.

    Mine is for my neighbor so I picked manly fabric, mostly peices from old flannel shirts, but you could use anything, not just fat quarters
    Name:  Attachment-225035.jpe
Views: 35
Size:  61.0 KB

  16. #16
    Power Poster blueangel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    20,480
    I love D9P or Take 5

  17. #17
    Senior Member luvstoquilt301's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Phoenix AZ
    Posts
    859

  18. #18
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Bosque County, Texas
    Posts
    3,028
    If her son has a special interest and she could find a fabric featuring that interest, then a quilt with blocks of that fabric, really small panels, against one solid color such as white or black makes an outstanding quilt. Nothing has to line up, it is very graphic and is personalized to the interests of her son. We have had some pictures of quilts like this in the pictures sections.

  19. #19
    Super Member caliquocat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    No. California
    Posts
    1,298
    I would suggest 'Warm Wishes' or 'Square in a Square' for a beginner. Don't do like I did & start with Maple leaves. Ha!

  20. #20
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Lakeport Ca
    Posts
    95
    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I did a nine patch with a theme block (in his case camping/fishing) in between and my son loved it.
    Love this idea, going to mention it to her! Thanks, everyone for all your ideas!

  21. #21
    Super Member mamaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    1,955
    Turning Twenty is about as easy as you can get and takes 20 Fat Quarters. You should be able to find the pattern in most any quilt shop.

  22. #22
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    28,583
    I like the idea of sewing 6" blocks together. Starting with an easy pattern/idea will mean sucess and pleasing results and she will be less likely to become frustrated and give up.

  23. #23
    Power Poster MamaBear61's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Milverton, ON, Canada
    Posts
    13,231
    Warm wishes is good starter pattern.

  24. #24
    Super Member ontheriver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Selma Alabama
    Posts
    3,670
    Take 5, Yellow Brick Road, Turning Twenty, Rail Fence, are a few.

  25. #25
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Enid, OK
    Posts
    8,923
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by wesing
    Rail Fence is also a great beginner block. Very forgiving on matching up seams and can be strip pieced.
    This is what I teach beginner's...great for perfecting your rotary skills and the 1/4" seam....AND pressing correctly..AND squaring up your blocks....

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.