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    New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

    Hello,

    My name is Stephanie, didn't realize I needed to create a new thread, whoops. I'm obsessed with quilts and haven't even started yet! I had a ton of respect for art of sewing when I was knitting because it seemed so daunting. Now I have been doing garments for about a year, mostly knits for me and woven projects for the house too. Now I'm ready to start my journey into quilts.

    But I'd like to know from those experienced artists,, if you could do it all over again, what would you choose as your first pattern to learn on? I'm contemplating buying the couch to quilt project because it seems perfect for a beginner. But I already own those rulers a great rotary cutter etc. Any suggestions?

    Stephanie

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    Welcome to the forum. When I began my first quilt, I had no idea MSQ even existed . If I had I would have watched some of Jenny's video's and found one I liked. I like the fact her instructions are so easy to follow and she gives you all the information on what materials to buy to make the quilt.

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      #3
      Re: New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

      Hi and welcome from Canada. Great suggestion, TMP, yes watch her videos. I have no doubt you will find something you like.
      Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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        Re: New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

        Welcome Stephanie to the forum from Southeast Louisiana. My first quilt was Irish Chain for my daughter many years ago. I didn't have a rotary cutter.

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          #5
          Re: New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

          Hello and welcome to the forum from Missouri. I'm glad you joined us.

          I recommend watching several of Jenny's tutorials and choose something simple and small for your first project. Maybe a baby quilt or table runner.
          sigpicwww.whisperofrose.blogspot.com


          Scottie Mom Barb

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            Re: New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

            Wow...garment sewing with knits is daunting in my book. Quilting is an old skill that almost every woman in our past did from necessity. Some were perfect, others were just useful
            If you already have all the tools, the couch to quilt is not a very useful kit for you.
            Our first quilts for most of us old timers were cut from cardboard templates and scissors. They were a task. Precuts didn't exist, or if they did, no one told me about them. The MSQC videos are awesome. Chose a pattern that you like. I would suggest something with squares. I think the Goodnight Irene quilt is a lot of fun and will help you with the 1/4 inch seam . It is 16 patch with big HST's and makes a pattern that looks much more complicated that it is. Or, if you are not dyslexic like me, the falling charms quilt is very simple to construct and looks fabulous. It is more a matter of color design than complicated piecing.
            The most important part...have fun...don't get hung up in perfection. If those corners don't line up perfect and those points get cut off at first...just continue..you will get better. Take pictures and look back next year and you'll say...hummm....I'm getting a LOT better with practice.
            Walk in peace with the Lord by your side.
            Terry

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              Wow! Thanks for the great recommendations! I love a challenge but only an inch at a time. I took a Craftsy class before I dove into the knits. I hear a recurring theme of having fun, and I have to say I think that's why sewing has been more of a pleasure than knitting for me. I get so when I drop a stitch or find one 5 rows back! It's not as bad to unstitch something, at least I don't think it is. Yay! Thanks everyone!! Woo hoo, now the best part shopping!!

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                #8
                Re: New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

                I would start with a jelly roll race quilt. It is quick and looks very different depending on the fabric. Jenny has a video or check out the blog site if you like reading how to do it as you go.
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                  #9
                  Re: New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

                  Just adding My Welcome to all the rest.. Sew Glad You Found Us!!

                  You already got the best advise from everyone. Watch Videos. I still do.
                  Judy

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                    #10
                    Re: New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

                    I agree that the jelly roll race is a good starting point. However, I also highly recommend going to craftsy.com and "buying" the class 'Piece, Patch, Quilt, Basic Quiltmaking Skills'. Although you have to go through the purchase process, the class is FREE. I think it is better than most 'person to person' beginning quilting classes.

                    While there are many excellent Jenny tutorials, my experience has been that they are best for those who have already made a quilt, or two, or three!
                    If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.- Zig Ziglar

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                      Re: New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

                      I tend to agree with Sylvia. Although the M* patterns are fairly simple, Jenny cuts and sews so quickly. I think a beginner should slow it down and aim for accuracy. Most of the Craftsy classes are excellent!

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                        Re: New member, ready to start quilting, need suggestions

                        Welcome to the forum!

                        Good ideas from everyone. I started out doing a simple rail fence pattern. That's really easy now a days with the pretty jelly rolls around. I am not a fan of the Jelly roll race quilt but many like it and you may too. I don't know that I'd do it for a first quilt though.

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                          When I was hand piecing, my first tiny quilts were 9 patches. My first lap size quilt was a rail fence and I loved it (also pieced and quilted by hand). Those days are long over. I machine pieced and quilted a large lap size rail fence last year and added sashing and corner stones and it turned out great.

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                            #14
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                            Welcome! I took a class at a local quilt shop and we made a sampler quilt with 12 different blocks using a variety of techniques. I learned so much from a hands-on approach. Since then, I've made several of Jenny's as well as a couple from printed patterns. Jenny is very good and LOVE her tutorials but it helps to have some basic knowledge. I'm sure the Craftsy classes would be good too especially if you don't have access to a LQS class. Enjoy your new "hobby"!
                            Brenda. :icon_wave:

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