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    Yellow brick road is probably the easiest quilt pattern I can think of to begin with. The cost is nominal and is made by Atkinson. Pattern comes with instructions on fabric amounts, cutting, assembly. Gives directions for I believe 3 or 4 different sizes. It goes together easily and quickly. Can coordinate or go totally scrappy. At first I tried to find it free online-no can do. Being forced to buy the pattern was probably good because it gives easy reference and better illustrations than the pictures I found. Hope this helps.
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    Hi there, Please, tell me what a "Turning Twenty" quilt is! Sure sounds like fun. I am brand new to this site and just happened to read your post. I've even visited the site you told someone about and got a free quilt pattern from there. Will have to hit the fabric stores tomorrow. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance. MS

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    There are actually 3 patterns in the Turn Twenty line these days. The original is Turn Twenty, then came Turning Twenty Again and the newest is Turn Twenty Around the Block. These patterns use 20 fat quarters (the newest pattern has some variations in the yardage) and the top can be put together in an afternoon. Very quick. I have made Turn Twenty... you have large pieces of fabric and the blocks are huge. The other 2 patterns have more pieces to the blocks. Haven't made either of them yet, but will.

    Here is the Turn Twenty I made last year.... it is an Easter quilt...

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    I meant to add, do a google search for Turn Twenty or Tricia Cribbs (the designer) to see the pattern. Barb C.

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    What a great web-site I found you all on tonight, actually this AM. Learned so many wonderful things. Now, if my chronic fatigue syndrome would abate, I could really quilt away. Doubt it will, since I have had it since 1960's. Buy, hey, no pity parties for me. 8) Usually, I use the easier patterns andI use a larger seam allowance than the 1/4 inch, on all my quilts. Happy Quilting from western SD. :)

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    To BARB C. - Your Easter quilt is beautiful and I thank you for sharing it with me. I will be looking forward to buying my fat quarters today, as my favorite fabric store is having a sale on the fats. Guess the dishes and laundry will have to wait, again. Thanks so much.. :-) MS

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    I like the pattern. what type of quilting do you do? An all over design like stippling or something with an actual pattern to it? The colors look good too :!:

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    Turning twenty is a great pattern to buy. It has been out for a long while, can be made in various sizes. It calls for fat quarters but you can use what ever fabrics you have in your stash. It looks like an easy one to just copy but if you are a new quilter get the real thing its a lot easier.
    another way to go is your public library or buy a magazine. There are easy quilting magazines out there, and you end up with several patterns for the price of one.
    Turning twenty has come out with a new variation called turning twenty again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki reno
    I like the pattern. what type of quilting do you do? An all over design like stippling or something with an actual pattern to it? The colors look good too :!:

    I think an all over free motion pattern would be great for any of the Turn Twenty quilts. I haven't learned to do free motion yet... that is one of the goals for this year. So when I did mine last year, I quilted a straight line grid. The large squares of bunny fabric have the grid on the diagonal. Everything else has it straight. It took a bit of time to do it this way, but I am please with the outcome.

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    Ruth made a great point about magazines. I have many years worth of quilt magazines, but still find myself looking and some times purchasing more. If you are looking for easy, there are a couple that are devoted to that subject. One that comes to mind is "Quick Quilts." Spend some time at the magazine section of the grocery store or drug store and I am sure you will find more. Make sure to look through them to see if the instructions are clear enough for you to follow. For anywhere from $5 to $7 you will find a magazine with many patterns and ideas for future projects. :lol: Be careful, though, magazine collecting can be habit forming. :roll:

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    Just dont do like I do--pull the instructions out thinking you will be able to start right away and then something comes up and the pattern gets lost :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbC
    Quote Originally Posted by vicki reno
    I like the pattern. what type of quilting do you do? An all over design like stippling or something with an actual pattern to it? The colors look good too :!:

    I think an all over free motion pattern would be great for any of the Turn Twenty quilts. I haven't learned to do free motion yet... that is one of the goals for this year. So when I did mine last year, I quilted a straight line grid. The large squares of bunny fabric have the grid on the diagonal. Everything else has it straight. It took a bit of time to do it this way, but I am please with the outcome.

    Barb C
    I made one in blues & white for my Mother last year for Mother's Day. I "doubled the recipe" for a King size with lots of side drape. I added a 6" (finished) border all around using the focal fabric. (Yes, it is HUGE!!!) I free-motion quilted it (on my home machine) and she cried when she received it. I am not trying to brag, but merely point out that ANY quilt can be FMQ'd on a home machine... the bigger ones do take more patience. For a quilt this size, I turn my machine so it sitting just like a long-arm. This allows AMPLE space on each side of your machine for your quilt to rest. The big blocks of the Turning Twenty pattern (16" finished) are perfect for FMQ, especially for beginners. To quilt the center, I used a small 2 foot long dowel to roll the quilt edge, inside the throat space, onto. (This gives me a smaller roll than just using bike clips.) I am heading out of town for the weekend, but can send you some pics next week if you want. Just PM me with your email address. I have tendonitis in my wrists because of working on computers, so I will warn you (anyone) if FMQ is in your future and you have any joint issues, save yourself lots of pain & buy the quilting gloves. I LOVE FMQ and will be glad to provide any assistance I can. If you have any questions I may be able to answer, please feel free to ask. :-)

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    I think you re very talented. Thanks for sharing it. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carla P
    For a quilt this size, I turn my machine so it sitting just like a long-arm. This allows AMPLE space on each side of your machine for your quilt to rest.
    Thanks for all the tips... this idea is great! I never even thought of turning the machine! I have a couple of quilts I am working on for a women's shelter and I am planning on trying my hand at FMQing.

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    Have you tried a Jacob's Ladder? This is SO easy, and it turns out beautifully. It just has squares and half-square triangles. It looks much harder than it is.

    I usually make large square blocks so it goes together quickly.
    Try it, you'll love it

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    MS1FINLEY wrote:

    A coupe of questions first...

    What is your purpose in quilting? Do you want quilts quickly for the families beds? What sizes? for what age groups?
    Do you want to increase your skills?
    Both?

    Wow...it's been a long time since I looked at this line. SO MANY IDEAS, so little time. Thought I would answer the questions...

    I quilt because it's beautiful and I would like to be able to do something I can take some semblance of pride in. More pride in being able to accomplish something for a change than the work itself. I not only want bedding for my family and to give away, but I like all the different patterns. I'm working on my first queen now, but all sizes. Not a big fan of runners or wall hangings yet. I want to increase my ability so I'd like to work easy first and then move up to intermediate etc. Someday I'd even like to hand piece.

    I do have some trouble though. Serious eyesight issues run in the family and I'd like to be able to do as much as I can in the time given me. Also, I have colorblindness-type problems so I always have someone with me to help with color design. But I am rather proud of what I have done so far. I have completed 2 4-patch baby quilts, 2 rail fence lap quilts and I have done 2 more tops to match, just trying to get them done. While I can pick out each and every mistake and they stand out like neon lights, I am happy that they resemble what they should and that I completed them. I try not to say F***** as I think that is considered a swear word here.

    I do love all the ideas seen here. I thought I had posted a list of all I bookmarked, but evidently not. It was lovely to get a refresher here. While I have to bookmark all over again, I do get to enjoy looking at all the patterns again soon.

    Thanks everyone who replied here.

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    Turning twenty is supposed to be easy, but make sure you did not do what this blonde did and read through the instructions! I have too many of one section, and NONE of another! :x :oops: :evil: :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste
    Turning twenty is supposed to be easy, but make sure you did not do what this blonde did and read through the instructions! I have too many of one section, and NONE of another! :x :oops: :evil: :!:
    Well, you're not alone. It is VERY easy to fold your FQ the wrong direction and not have enough legnth to cut the proper amount of pieces from each. My solution was to recut some of the pieces and join them (different fabrics) to make the piece size I needed. It adds a bit more interest to the overall quilt top. It is a scrappy pattern, so noone will notice it as an error.

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    I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, and the faster I can get a quilt done the better. I am going to challenge myself to one of PLUM CREEKS star quilts later on this year. Judy Neimeyer is another one whose quilts I love.

    Thank you all so very much for your help.

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    I highly recommend "Your First Quilt Book" and "Learn to Machine Quilt " as books for the beginner. These are the easiest, fastest quilt patterns and very good instructions in each one.

    You can find them on Amazon.com for a lot less than the fabric shops sell them for. :D

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    The "Your First Quilt Book", does it have numerous patterns, or just one or two?

    Thanks for the suggestion, BTW.

    Melissa

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    It has at least 6, if I remember correctly. I passed it on. One of the best things about that book was how she explained everything. How to Iron Fabric (along the selvage, not side to side) and so many other things that are important.

    The other book even has directions to make a Quillow.

    Search Amazon and you may find even more that appeal to you!

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    I found one for pretty cheap. Have to wait til tomorrow before I find out if I can get it or not..maybe I can convince hubby that its a late Mother's Day gift!!

    I'm off to quilt club this am. Have a great day.

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    Thank you so much. You all are so kind. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grammieoftwins
    Hi Melissa,

    I have found wonderfully simple yet beautiful free quilt patterns @ www.quilterscache.com. I am always looking for free patterns and have found many by typing in the search area, "Free Quilt Patterns" You will find many great sites.
    I grew up playing under the quilt frames that hung from my grandmother's ceiling and quilts have always had a special place in my heart. I started pieceing seriously about 2 years ago when I took a class on "quilt as you go". WoW! I love this method. If you haven't tried this method, do it. It is simple, fun and fast. You don't have to pay someone else to quilt it for you either. I hope you find the pattern you are looking for.

    Grammie of Twins, Beth

    Grammie of Twins, I would love to know more about "quilt as you go". I am specifically looking for directions for a log cabin quilt that is made with the backing, batting and strips all sewn and quilted at the same time block by block, and then the blocks are joined. I think the batting is cut just a bit smaller than the backing. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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