What's a good project for a beginner?
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I want to make a quilt, but I have never made a quilt. I can use a sewing machine in a very basic way. Do you have any ideas for a good entry-level quilting project? Eventually I would like to be able to make a baby blanket/quilt.
I think something simple would be great for me.. bonus points if it's the sort of thing that can be completed in a weekend. Feel free to share links!
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umterp76
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Feb 13, 2019
Melanie Hamm has a 4 part free, basic tutorial on utube for beginning quilters. It's excellent! She also has beginning tutorials on other crafts like crochet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TyihOEvJ8E&t=18s She also has this class: https://melanie-ham.mykajabi.com/email-capture-923c9215-1cbe-4137-b0aa-0713ebc294e3

Bobcat94
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Dec 20, 2018
Hopefully you can see the image that I sent of the rows done and in formation. I’m not done with the piecing but you stager it starting by cutting the first fabric rectangle and then attaching it to a full size one. You need at least 10 different fabrics in light, medium and dark hues. It comes together very easily, I swear.
Bobcat94
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Dec 20, 2018
I have been making brick quilts. Not only are they easy but they are fun and quick.
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justpatti
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Dec 19, 2018
Videos from Jenny at Missouri Star, and BLOCK magazine
French75
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Nov 16, 2018
Get Eleanor Burns' book Quilt In A Day Log Cabin. This is an excellent beginner's project. You can begin with a lap quilt and get your feet wet. Remember, high contrast in your fabrics will show off your work. Use light-lights, medium and dark-darks.
gumgal4
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Nov 4, 2018
Try a jelly roll race quilt. Jelly rolls are long strips that you simply sew together. The huge variety of color combinations can be very motivating and fun to work with. Almost no cutting, and all straight stitching. Then you can have a professional quilt it for a super look!
SanDar1224
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Aug 17, 2018
Check out Fabric Cafe website. Their 3 Yard quilts are very accessible to beginners. She may have a freebie on there.
NHRICHARD
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Jul 19, 2018
A good entry level quilt would be that uses just straight stitches on square blocks of plain patterned color fabrics (solids) Plotting out your idea on a piece of graph paper is a big plus. I would start with a small quilt that they call a sampler. As long as you can make a straight stitch, you can make this type of quilt. Then once you get accustomed to that form of quilting , then you can start using triangles and curves, Slow and easy wins the race with the sewing machine. I always use th slowest speed when sewing so that the machine does not get ahead of my thinking. There are many videos and free instructions on the internet and investing in a book on the basics of quilting helps. Fons and Porter has a book on basics. That is how i learned to quilt.
JulieCCinCO
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Jul 9, 2018
I started with flannel rag quilts. They are SO forgiving! For babies, I sometimes use flannel receiving blanket sets (usually on clearance) as there is a lot of fabric and it's all coordinated. You can also purchase flannel quilt sets (after Christmas or winter is a super time!) and make a quilt for under $30!
mrstbenton
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Jun 20, 2018
Jeanine, the 4 patch or 9 patch are very beginner sewing patterns. I taught a 5 year old to quilt using 4 patch. Hope you enjoy your quilting experience.
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