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« on: February 10, 2014 09:35:46 AM »

I am trying to make a Mother's day gift for my mom, and at first I was going to crochet her a blanket, but that didn't go so well. So before I buy the supplies for this quilt, would you recommend this pattern for a beginner? Thanks Smiley
Its the Shortcake pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew.
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014 09:02:22 AM »

By beginner, do you mean beginning quilter or beginning sewer?  If you already know how to sew, then I'd say yes go for it.  It looks simple enough - it's just squares and rectangles.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014 11:41:05 AM »

I agree with donniesgirl.  Beginning quilters usually start with a four or nine patch.  The nine patches are already in this quilt, and the alternate blocks can be made from strip sets.  All the seams are straight and there aren't any bias edges, so go for it!
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2014 01:51:24 PM »

Thank you both so much. I was also wondering if you could recommend a quilting pattern? I was think maybe diagonally. Also, i read online that sometimes you need to anchor the quilt by stitching in the ditch, do you think I would need to do that with this quilt?
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2014 08:28:10 AM »

Wow. You sound like me...so full of questions!  Grin

My suggestion would be this: YouTube 'beginning quilter tutorial'
There are tons of things that pop up there, with many different techniques.
Pick the ones that you feel comfortable with.
There is no right or wrong way to sew fabric together.

Then google up 'simple quilt patterns' and pick one that looks easy and you like. Use the image browser, click the picture and most sites will let you download a pattern to print from there. If not, get out your ruler and grid paper and plot your own squares from the picture  Grin. It is not that hard to do, trust me.

But to answer your original question...no that pattern does not look that hard.
You might also look into the "quilt as you go" sites, and also "Paper piecing". Those are often easiest. I taught quilting classes. And those seemed best for my beginners.

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Ooops. Yes. Stitch in the ditch is a great way to anchor the quilt. You can still do additional stitching if you wish to embellish it further. It depends on your pattern. Do you have a walking foot with your machine? If so, you can free style. Drop the feed dogs and let the fun begin!
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2014 07:30:12 AM »

I'm terrible about the quilting part.  I pretty much always use freeform squiggly lines on the longarm.   Grin  I enjoy putting the tops together a lot more than the actual quilting part, so I have no real advice for you on that lol.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2014 06:45:24 PM »

I think this is a wonderful beginner quilt.  Stitching in the ditch is harder than it seems, it is easier to stitch a tiny bit away from the seam.  Sometimes just doing straight diagonal lines will do the job.  Choose a neutral thread color so the quilting will enhance the overall look.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2014 01:34:50 PM »

Thank you all so much for your help. I'm still not sure how I am going to quilt it, but I'm almost done with the top. I think it was pretty easy to do. I just didn't enjoy all of the ironing Tongue. Here's a picture of all the blocks before I sewed them all together. (Please ignore the blue sheet, I just didn't want to put the blocks directly on the carpet).
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2014 01:55:33 PM »

it turned out wonderful!  Everyone hates the ironing part, but it does give the quilt a much more professional look...plus ironing seals the seams to make it last longer...

can't wait to see it completed...good job!!!

Plus, I love the colors...so springy!
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2014 02:49:39 PM »

That looks like you did a marvelous job. I love the softness of your colors. For connection, I would suggest a thin sashing...but you could just attach the panels to each other, too. Or attach them together in groups of 4 and only sash between those. {extras on the alternating edges...I see you have an extra row there}

It all depends on how you wish to quilt it for the final steps. For sashing I would pick a "lead" color. I am seeing mostly pinks...so maybe a bit stronger pink. I also see that wonderful turquise color. That could make it pop. Normally I might suggest black, but your colors are too soft for that, I think. I like how you balanced the pumpkin square, and the red square, and the darker green one. They really seem to fit in well.

I keep my iron right next to my sewing seat...I don't even have to get up to do it. I have the big board there, and other half boards that I can put next to the machine on the table for little stuff. Makes for easy work of that part.  Grin And spray starch is a dream come true! Pfffstttt. Done!

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