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Date: 4/3/13 11:08 PM

I just bought a new machine and am thinking of trying my hand at quilting. Where to start? Classes, books, web sites? What are your thoughts? I have sewn clothes for years but never tried my hand at Quilting.

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Date: 4/3/13 11:37 PM

LynnH, this is a big question and there will be lots of varied replies but my first recommendation would be to go to your local library and see if you can find some basic books on quilt making. One good book... there are many... is Start Quilting by Alex Anderson. She is a popular quilt maker and is a co-host with Ricky Tims on the the Quilt Show. She has written many books but hers is a good basic book. The second book I recommend is Quilter's Academy series by Harriet Hargrave. She is a world renown quilter and is famous for her Heirloom Machine Quilting book. She also wrote - the Art of Classic Quiltmaking, now out of print but you can still find copies at Amazon. There are also many great magazines with easy patterns and tips on techniques.

You will need a basic set of tools = rotary cutter and mat, set of rulers... I am sure that if you have been sewing for many years then you have most other tools needed.

Find a local quilt shop - often they offer classes but they are a great support network of kindred spirits. Quilters love to support local shops and are often a source of inspiration and most importantly - FABRIC!

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Date: 4/4/13 8:38 AM

One other good book is Nancy Zieman's Quilting with Confidence, but I love Alex Anderson too! I second going to your local quilt shop.

One thing my LQS told me was to purchase a 6x24 or 26 inch ruler, and so I got the Creative Grid brand. It has little bumpies on the back side, and it doesn't slip. Great ruler. Also a 5 inch square ruler that has diagonal lines on it is great to have. Those are the two rulers Joann's Quilting class makes the beginner students get. I used to teach beginner quilting there, and it's a good class actually. You complete a block that has strips, squares and half square triangles that you can use to make a pillow or bag. It's a great way to find out if you think quilting might be your thing. Then you can take one of the multi session classes at your LQS, where you will learn more about piecing but also batting, backing and actual quilting.

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Date: 4/4/13 9:17 AM

I think it depends on your learning style. Do you prefer to have a book in your hand or do you prefer to see things done like on a video?

You have already gotten some great responses for book suggestions, if that's the way you like to learn.

If you like to watch somethign being done, then Youtube has a pretty much limitless supply of quilting tutorials. I highly recommend Missouri Star Quilt Co tutorials, they are very easy to follow.

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Date: 4/4/13 6:40 PM

Thanks for your help. I think I will do some reading then join a class for some hands on help. Thank you for the great suggestions of books. Happy Quilting

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