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« on: May 04, 2016 11:48:34 AM »


my name is Jessica. I love to sew on my sewing machine, I make curtains and fix clothes mostly. But, I would like to make a quilt, since my husband and I are now remodeling a house to move our family into. I thought a nice momentum to show where we came from and how much we have accomplished together would be great.

The problem is, I never made a quilt before. I read a lot about it though, and that has left me totally confused! Like what do they mean by quilting template, and where do I get stencils for shapes they talk about? I know I am getting way ahead of myself here, so can someone break it down for me in to plain English please?
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2016 06:48:49 AM »

Hi Jessica!  Smiley  Have you seen a particular pattern that you're interested in making?  You mention your sewing machine, so I'm guessing that you would like to go with machine piecing rather than hand piecing.  Some useful tools I would recommend are a rotary cutter, a large self-healing cutting mat and a couple of plastic quilting rulers - a 6.5" x 24" one and maybe a 12.5" square one to start with.  There's a lot you can do with just those.  For templates, you can buy sheets of plastic and cut your own shapes, or ask at a local quilting/sewing shop if you have one.  I guess it depends on how you visualise your memento quilt looking!  There could be lots of different ways to represent something - a pictorial design, fabric choices, different quilt blocks... it's a big topic!  I'm going to link MareMare's great tutorial for how to make a disappearing nine-patch quilt top.  There's lots of useful information there about how to start your first quilt and the pattern is great because it's simple to make but looks impressive.
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2016 01:07:23 AM »

Start with something small like a tabletop or tablerunner or placemat or mugrug for practice. Then a baby/toddler quilt. Then a full sized quilt.
Look for ideas on Pinterest of easy things. Sites like allpeoplequilt and the quiltingboard are useful.
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