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    Teaching someone to quilt

    I have a friend who wants to learn to quilt. LQS lessons not an option at this time. I know I can teach her but what's an easy design to start with that will get her "hooked"? I thought about a basic nine patch. What would you do?

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    I learned on Yellow Brick Road. Very easy, but includes patches of different sizes so seems more interesting to work on than a 9-patch.

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    My first quilt was a four-patch with alternating plain squares, sashing and cornerstones. Pretty basic, but would give your friend an idea of what's involved - cutting, strip piecing, nesting seams, etc.... Using bright, colorful fabrics would make it fun.
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    Have you asked her what she'd like to learn? Is she attracted to the modern quilts or the traditional patterns or applique? Does she like bright colors or muted ones? If you start her on a project that she's excited about, it will so much easier for her to learn. As for size, I'd start with a 16-block with borders which will produce a size that she can hang on the wall or use as a bed topper or a baby quilt.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    The disappearing 9 patch was my first quilt, and I was so amazed at how it came together I was very excited to finish it! A little more work than a plain 9patch, but some interesting results!

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    I took a class that used a 2 color Jacob's Ladder that I made into a baby quilt. It gave excellent practice at four patches and half square triangles, matching seams, etc. However, from watching posts on this board, many people do a beautiful job on first quilts using patterns of their own choosing. Hope it is a fun time for both of you.

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    My first quilt was a flannel rag quilt with 6x6 squares, very forgiving. lol. Enjoy, and have a great time.

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    whatever it is, have fun with it .... the pattern and color doesn't matter if you're having fun doing it.
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    That is so kind of you to teach her. I personally prefer the 4 patch or even just 4 inch squares. Whatever you decide I'm sure it will be great. Good luck.

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    You could do a jelly roll race just leave out the race part LOL Fast, pretty, easy to do.

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    In my opinion, a rail fence is the best pattern to start with. It does not require matching any seams, plus it can look quite complex in spite of being very easy. A 9-patch would be the next step up in difficulty because of the seam-matching required within blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamagal View Post
    I have a friend who wants to learn to quilt. LQS lessons not an option at this time. I know I can teach her but what's an easy design to start with that will get her "hooked"? I thought about a basic nine patch. What would you do?
    Let her chose 4 or 5 patterns she likes then you chose the one you think would be easiest for her to do the first time out. If it's something she really likes, she's more likely to stay interested.
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    I agree with Prism99 - you find 4 colors which she will love, and there are no corners to match up the big thing is learning to measure twice and cut once. Is she going to machine quilt this or tying it?

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    Rail fence is quick and fun.

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    I think I would go with a string quilt. It is very forgiving.

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    My first pattern was a large-ish log cabin. It was really repetitive and allowed me to get into the swing of chain piecing. In my opinion, I'd give her a few "easy" options and let her choose. It's more motivating and "fun" to stick through it when you like the patterns and colors.

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    one of my early quilts was rail fence - pretty basic. but easy with a little more interest would be warm wishes
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    This is the one I would choose...when I first did it I was so amazed.
    Quote Originally Posted by linda8450 View Post
    The disappearing 9 patch was my first quilt, and I was so amazed at how it came together I was very excited to finish it! A little more work than a plain 9patch, but some interesting results!

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    I was just rethinking this...the string quilt would be perfect...she could use all scraps besides the middle piece. She will be totally amazed how it comes together. And also hooked on scrappy quilts.

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    Start with basic 9 patch. Don't get any more complicated than that to begin.

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    "Just Can't Cut It" is a pattern that goes together very quickly. Squares are 4 1/2 x 6 1/2; 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 12 1/2blocks.

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    I agree with Artsy Girl - if she likes the style and colors it will be so much more fun for her. It's so much easier even now when I work on something that appeals to me - not that I don't do other things because everyone wants something different.

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    Rail Fence or Yellow Brick Road would be my input. Both easy , with great learning opportunites. I have taught many a beginner with Rail Fence, but now I would lean toward Yellow brick road... just has a broader appeal.. and more opportunity for great fabric collecting.

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    I agree with those that have suggested a pattern that she finds interesting. I started knitting with a pattern that was for 'experienced knitters only'. And other than a basic knit/perl stitch am completely self taught. That pattern really appealed to me and that's why I completed it. Same with quilting. Again, completely self taught. I started with a double irish chain. Not difficult but also gave me an opportunity to work on hand quilting which is what I really wanted to do, more than the piecing at that point. Find a couple that she finds appealing and go fabric shopping with her as well to lend some guidance as to color combos, values, etc. After all, that's part of the process as well.

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    my first quilt was a log cabin and I was totally hooked after that
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