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    Who or what would you recommend?

    I'm still fairly new to quilting ? I have done a few small projects for myself & family members, I am self taught but my points never match, I don't know how to square up a quilt, Etc, and not sure really what I'm really doing or how I'm doing things wrong. I have been watching YouTube videos and they have all been very helpful. But everyone seams to have a different way of doing things. I would like to learn from one instructor and once I get comfortable cutting & piecing get other suggestions that may make things easier & faster for me. My question to all of you out there who Or what you tube series would you suggest would help me with the basics of quilting?
    Thank you for any & all suggestions
    Sue

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    If you have a LQS, see if they have any classes. When I began a couple years ago, I took a set of classes to make a sampler. The instructor started with the basics and went on from there. She taught us how to square up (fabric and squares), the easiest way to match things up, how to make flying geese, the easiest way to make HST, etc. It was a great learning experience and I made great friends with the instructor and other classmates. We still meet twice a month to quilt (or talk, or both).

    If you don't have a LQS nearby, Google quilting guilds in your area. Some of the members locally may teach or be able to point you in the right direction in your area.

    I hope this helps you.
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    I agree with Rubesgirl. I also took classes at a LQS. I personally need hands on instruction. We made a sampler and learned the basics. I still feel that LQS is my "quilting home". Hopefully you have access to something like this. Good Luck and hang in there.

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    If you don't have a LQS, you might Craftsy classes helpful.

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    I've learned a LOT from Missouri Star Quilting Company - youtube videos.
    You might try there if there are no local quilt shop classes.
    Or, if you know someone that quilts or seek out a quilting group. Bet they would be glad to help you.

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    The Quilting Quickly series on Craftsy by MSQCo, Jenny Doan are very good. I think she simplifies a lot of techniques and explains things well. Also a lot of her videos on YouTube and her magazines are very helpful.
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    I took my first quilting class at my LQS, but also found the Craftsy classes to be really helpful. The camera work is good they have a lot of close up shots.

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    I would encourage you to see if there is a guild in your area. There is a wealth of info and experience you can draw on, free of charge most of the time. Kind of like this board only in person. And you might wind up making some great new friends!
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    I would suggest Jenny Doan's Quilting Quickly class on Craftsy. It is 19.99 and is designed for new quilters. You can access your class any time 24/7, hit the 30second replay button, watch a whole or part of a class over and over as many times as you need.
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    I agree, Jenny Dean is a great teacher.

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    Harriet Hargrave has a series called Quilter's Academy, broken down in to Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, where she teaches the process of quilting, rather than teaching projects. You might want to check that out.

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    If you can't go to classes,I really recommend Quilt in a Day. If you don't have her show on your PBS,check out the Media Theater on her website. Watch her shows,they show how to quilt from the ground up. I have only taken 1 class, and I already knew how to do the technique so I didn't gain a whole lot. I have read quilt magazines,watched you tube videos,but what showed me the most were the quilting shows on PBS.Quilt in a Day, Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting,Sewing with Nancy,etc. They really showed me how to quilt. Try it,it might help you.

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    Quilt in a Day or Missouri Quilt Company for free online. I learned to quilt watching Eleanor Burns on TV WAY BEFORE I lived close enough to a place that had quilt classes. We did not have much money, but I splurged and ordered Eleanor Burns Log Cabin book and learned a lot. Over the years, I have picked up a bunch of how-to books at used book stores and learned a lot about tone and color. I read a lot.

    THEN we moved to a place where I could take lessons and I took some. I actually preferred watching the programs and then working things out -- in class there are always distractions and I never get much done. I have also used Quilter's Cache to learn a lot of techniques -- her explanations of block construction are usually right on and you can make wonderful quilts just combining different blocks into patterns or samplers. My fallback is graph paper and colored pencils (even though I have had most of the EQ's and now have 7 -- but it fails when I get creative).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mckwilter View Post
    Harriet Hargrave has a series called Quilter's Academy, broken down in to Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, where she teaches the process of quilting, rather than teaching projects. You might want to check that out.
    I agree with all the suggestions for LQS or guild in your area. Maybe a community college as an adult ed class in your area. I learn something everytime I take a class. But for basics if you can get the first of Harriet's academy books it takes you through some simple but nice projects that will help you learn and perfect some basics. I find the book one of the best investments I have made and it has improved my techniques and understanding.
    Lisa

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    The best way I learned to quilt was thru a sampler quilt at my LQS. The instructor was there to give individual instruction to each of us when we had difficulty. That would be my recommendation.
    SewQuiltsSally

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    I would recommend Harriet Hargrave's books also - they will teach you a lot about cutting, sewing and quilting. Good luck.

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    I like the book called "quilts! Quilts! Quilts"

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    I took my first class at Joanns and have also taken them at my LQS and quilt shows
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    While teaching classes, I like to watch the students, so I can see how they interpreted what I said. Then I can help the individual on the problems she's having. So I recommend classes at a lqs. I self taught quilting with a Judy Martin Block book: sampler quilt. I had 30 yrs sewing experience, some professional. Also like the book "Quilts, Quilts, Quilts".

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    I agree with TexasSunshine. I took the Quilting Quickly Class. It has lots of information in it and it is fun to watch.

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    Eleanor Burns has great books and video's. Check out her web site Quilt in a Day.

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    still like old school. eleanor burns videos are available on her website quiltinaday.com. click on television/video and watch all her old programs and her new ones.
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    It might be old fashioned these days but I would go with the how-to book suggestions too and Harriet Hargrave is at the top of the list. You get structured instructions from an accredited teacher, pictures right at your finger tips, a resource that is right there beside your machine when you need it and can be referred to as you go, and there are plenty of them out there. Of course, classes and your computer are great back-up resources too. Best wishes with your quilting journey, you have chosen a wonderful past time.
    Mary B

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