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Old 09-17-2011, 08:31 PM
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I have not yet made a quilt and was wondering if anyone had any good advice for a first timer? I can do a rag quilt, but not the other kind. I just bought a new machine, and it had this long arm thing for quilting and does all kinds of decorative stitching, but I have not even attempted to try it yet. I have no idea how to make the pretty quilters blocks with the diamond shapes and stuff when put together. I can only do one pattern as a block, for now. Hoping to learn more as I go. But if anyone can give me any great advice you received just starting off that you think will help please do.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:34 PM
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jen do they offer classes at the shop you bought the machine from? If so go take them. If not find a quilt shop near you or join a guild and hopefully you can find someone to help you. Otherwise it is you and the machine doing trial and error..good luck..crafty_linda_b sittin' & quiltin' on the Cal-Ore border
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:34 PM
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Hello from Indiana! Look at tutorials on you tube. I am pretty much self taught myself. Books are always good too. Your public libray should have quilting books available.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:35 PM
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I've never attempted the diamond shapes and I've been quilting 2.5 years. There are some wonderful quilts with basic blocks to get you started. If you have a local quilt shop nearby, by taking a beginners class you'll learn a ton of information!
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:41 PM
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Take your time in getting to those diamond and triangle shapes. Taking on too much too fast will only lead to frustration and disenchantment with what can be a wonderful hobby!

Read, read, read, and ask questions...someone here will have an answer for you! :)
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:49 PM
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I am a self-taught quilter and i am enjoying every new technique i learn. Most of my learning process was through youtube videos. There are amazing easy to follow videos there that you can make a lot of nice quilts, especially beginner ones. I did most of the quilt of Jenny on Missouri Star Quilt Company on youtube. She is amazing and her instructions are easy to follow. Good luck and enjoy your quilting :-)
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:50 PM
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I agree start slowly! Do various blocks and go from there. I taught myself 2 yrs ago and still learning! Check out quilterscache.com for free patterns and try paper piecing!!
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:58 AM
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Look at http://www.quilterscache.com/

All the quilt blocks there are labeled by difficulty. Pick an easy on that you like and give it a try. If you pick four different ones that you like, you can make a wall hanging. That's a good place to start.

Jump in. Get started. Come back with questions when you are stuck. The Board will get you through.
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:00 AM
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Keep that seam allowance! Take your time and use your tutorials.
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:03 AM
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A couple of years back I uploaded a basic website with loads of links, some may be obsolete now but most of them are OK, have a look see: http://quiltingaddict.110mb.com/favouritelinks.htm

I wouldn't worry about triangles etc; at present my advice would be to do a basic quilt, like Disappearing 9 Patch http://quiltsatcs.blogspot.com/2007/...-tutorial.html or Yellow brick road, that will give you confidence with your machine and piecing.
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