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laf1110
« on: October 13, 2011 03:18:18 PM »

I have never made a quilt before but was hoping to make a very simple quilt from my daughters baby receiving blankets.  I can't find anywhere that has instructions for a simple quilt of squares.  I really have no idea where to start because every site I find that says they are for begginers never is.  I am also concerned that the fabric of the blankets might not work for a quilt?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2011 08:14:10 PM »

Three deep breaths.

First, try your local library, especially if you're a visual learner. There is, in fact, a quilting for dummies (god, I hate that term - nobody who wants to learn is a dummy), and that may provide a good starting point as far as terms, and basic techniques. Second, check out something called the "dead simple" quilt along. http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/2011/08/interested-in-dead-simple-qal.html - instead of using different colours, you can use different baby blankets - it'll give you "just squares."

If the receiving blankets feel stretchy, go and get some lightweight fusible stabilizer and iron that to the back - it'll keep it from stretching while you work, and make the fabric more appropriate for quilting.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2011 04:15:41 AM »

gotcha.  I did find a tutorial for a rag quilt that seemed simple.  I found one using t-shirts and one using flannel fabric similar to the blankets I will be using.  You just sew all the layers together, one square at a time and then sew them together leaving flaps that you fringe cut later.  Not crazy about fringe in general, but I am almost positive I could accomplish it.  I have a rather cheap sewing machine (works decent and has survived my abuse though!) that I am hoping will make it over all the "bumps" with this method.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2011 09:44:02 AM »

if you don't like the idea of the fringe, then just sew the squares together to the size you want, then back & quilt.
As long as the fabrics are about the same weight, and if stretchy are stabilised as already said then there shouldn't be much problem.

look at some of the following for inspiration:

http://quilting.about.com/od/picturesofquilts/ig/All-About-Squares/My-First-Quilt.-9hq.htm
http://quilting.about.com/od/picturesofquilts/ig/All-About-Squares/Homestead-Instead-Quilt.htm
http://quilting.about.com/od/picturesofquilts/ig/All-About-Squares/Work-Day-Quilt.htm
http://quilting.about.com/od/picturesofquilts/ig/All-About-Squares/A-Touch-of-Sun-Quilt.htm

Don't forget that the majority of quilts are made up of just squares, rectangles and triangles, and a lot of the fun is in choosing the colours and prints to use and playing around to get them how we like them.

When choosing how big to make your squares, work out how big you want the finished quilt and how many squares you want in each row/column - then work out how big the squares should be cut - not forgetting the seam allowance Smiley

Go for it, and have fun!
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amyahern
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012 08:34:32 AM »

One of my favorite easy quilts is a modified nine-patch.  Sew together 9 squares (3x3) then slice it once down the middle from top to bottom, then left to right.  Then turn each square and you'll get a really nice random effect once they're all sewn back together.  Also called a disappearing nine-patch.
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012 09:35:02 AM »

You are planning to wear it out, right?  Then start sewing and playing and see what you get.  You'll amaze yourself, I promise.  Smiley
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