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Old 01-17-2010, 01:03 AM   #11
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I admit it..... I do not know how to quilt! I am hoping to learn how to though. I have been reading about it. I still don't know what fat quarters are. I have some cute squares to use in a blanket for my daughter, and my aunt gave me the stuff that goes in the middle and the back for it. Now come the learning how to sew the squares together and putting it all together. My daughter is excited about it, while I have mixed feelings. It can seem daunting to learn something like this at times! I hope that eventually I will have a cute blanket for my daughter to cherish for years to come. I hope that one day you will all see a picture of my finish product and say, wow that is almost as good as the one I just finished LOL. You all are my inspirations.

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Old 01-17-2010, 03:03 AM   #12
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I would totally suggest something small to start off with, because making even a twin sized quilt as a first project can get overwhelming. Were you planning on hand quilting or machine quilting (not the piecing but the actual sewing of the top, batt, and back together). Smaller projects are also much easier to manuver in the machine when you're quilting.

It can also be fun to piece together a whole bunch of different squares (for a sampler type quilt) and then sew them together to make your first quilt top. If you go a little at a time it's not as intimidating

a regular quarter of a yard is a bit long and skinny and not ideal to work with when it comes to quilting. To get a fat quarter you take a yard of fabric and cut it into quarters. One quarter is a fat quarter.

here's a ganked pic from about.com that explains it really well:
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First of all I am so glad that I am not the only person that quilts. I have been to several places and asked for supplies and the ladies all don't know what I am talking about. I am currently working on a grandmother's quilt for my mother-n-law I took pictures of all of her grandchildrens, bought the paper to print on and then sew little squares around all of them and sew them all together. It is going to be beauitful when I am done. I have already made my mom one. I am also making my daughter a quilt with all of her school pictures on it. I think she will really like it when she grows up and out the house.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:48 PM   #14
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Thank you so much for explaining the quarters. I do not know yet about hand sewing. My grandmother is giving me a sewing machine that she no longer uses. She knows that I cannot sew a straight line or even darn a sock LOL. I am hoping to learn, but maybe I should start out sewing on a sewing machine? I knit and cross stitch also, so I figure I will do one thing until I get tired or frustrated, and then switch to a different project for awhile before coming back to it. That might keep me from getting too irritated at my slow progress learning the art of quilting.
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I know many a lady who have UFO's that are years old. I've come to learn that such is the nature of the instant gratification quilter... you either stick with small projects or you end up with 10 quilts that are in various stages of finished. Me? I have many small projects that still need finishing
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I admit it..... I do not know how to quilt! I am hoping to learn how to though. I have been reading about it. I still don't know what fat quarters are. I have some cute squares to use in a blanket for my daughter, and my aunt gave me the stuff that goes in the middle and the back for it. Now come the learning how to sew the squares together and putting it all together. My daughter is excited about it, while I have mixed feelings. It can seem daunting to learn something like this at times! I hope that eventually I will have a cute blanket for my daughter to cherish for years to come. I hope that one day you will all see a picture of my finish product and say, wow that is almost as good as the one I just finished LOL. You all are my inspirations.

I would reccomend starting out with a quillow! It is a quilt that you turn into a pillow. I did my first one in girl scouts and that is where it spiral out from there LOL you can dod a small or large one depending on what you want to take on.



here are a couple of sites tutes to explain with different explainations but I am sure there are more


http://www.quiltbug.com/Articles/quillow.htm

http://fiberfantasies.wordpress.com/...t-in-a-pillow/

http://with-heart-and-hands.blogspot...g-quillow.html

you may want to pick a detailed front panel for your Pillow to stitch on and 2 seperate color panels that you use for the "quilt" then you sew down where it will fold into 3rds and also where it will fold into the pillow if you want. You can always put on patches if you or anything to embelish
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Thanks so much. A quillow sounds great. I will have to try that for sure. Thanks for the links!
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any of the ladies who posted these messages still here?, would love to talk quilting with you!! i have made a few small ones, and lots of other bits and bobs the last year, so anyone wanting to share the fun, let me know you here....
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I've made one quilt, and have some fabric to make another (need to gather a bit more fabric to make the size I want first- got it in a trade and the gal had it listed as fat quarters, when they were pre-cut quilting squares).
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i quite like the idea of ' charm packs' as we call them here, squares already cut for you!!! makes life easier... i have been pondering all day about the pattern for my baby quilt... still no further
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