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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2004 10:00:54 AM »

I live right up the street from the Quilt in a Day store, where they film the show! Anyway, I do recommend the Quilt in a Day Books, they're great for beginners. Definitely invest in a rotary cutter, a good ruler, and a mat; it makes cutting so much easier. Another good book is "The Quilter's Ultimate Visual Guide," which is kind of a quilters dictionary. It covers everything you would want to know. Also, for your first quilt, don't get too complicated unless you are an experienced sewer. When I start a new craft, I tend to get a little too gung-ho about it and end up driving myself nuts. You might want to try making a sampler quilt (lots of different blocks) as your first project ; that way you can try a lot of different techniques. Hope this helped and good luck!!
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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2004 11:32:46 AM »

I'm a fairly new quilter myself. The one piece of advice I have is don't get too ambitious with your pattern. I was the same in the beginning in that I was tempted by all these really fancy patterns b/c I didn't want my quilt to be boring. Then I discovered a secret. You can let the fabric do the work for you. Find yourself some patterns that you really love. Fabrics you wouldn't normally see in a quilt. Like something from repro depot. These fabrics look better in a simple pattern b/c it lets you see the images (it's not too busy). That way you can start with a simple pattern but still end up with a funkalicious quilt.
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2004 02:07:18 PM »

Yes, fabric stores are a great place to start!  Also, if you do a web search you can come up with some great sites.
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2004 05:38:58 PM »

log cabin squares are an easy way to start, especially if you do the strip-piecing method.  it goes really quickly & isn't too fussy.

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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2004 09:16:09 PM »

thank you much!

one of my friends' mothers quilts, and has offered to teach me.... i am super happy Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2004 11:03:33 PM »

Hey, good luck with learning!
I agree with the others start with a simple pattern and let the fabric do the work. One of the books I found helpful when starting was the quilting bible put out by singer-for when your friends mom is not around, or if you want to try something at 2 in the morning.  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2004 05:12:47 AM »

The one piece of advice I have is don't get too ambitious with your pattern. I was the same in the beginning in that I was tempted by all these really fancy patterns b/c I didn't want my quilt to be boring. Then I discovered a secret. You can let the fabric do the work for you.

Pick up a book at your local library (or bookshop) about textile manipulations. There's lots of really simple (and not-so-simple) things you can to spruce up less-than-top-qual fabrics.

Economically, I'm usually relegated to the ranks of second-hand fabrics only. It can be great fun, but sometimes really frustrating to find complementarile designed fabrics Tongue

I have a book called "exploring textile arts" that has a lot of suggestions.

Best of luck!!!
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