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Date: 6/5/12 8:32 AM

Hi there, I didn't think I wanted to quilt, but my sister's first baby is on the way and I think a baby quilt would be the perfect gift for the mother and baby who have everything... I don't want to knit another baby blanket, either. I didn't enjoy the last one I made.

Here's the thing, I don't even know how to get started quilting, is there a very basic book that you recommend I could get from the library? I was browsing quilting books/pamphlets and Hobby Lobby yesterday and was surprised how expensive they were compared to the knitting pamphlets?

Anyway, I don't get the 1/4" seams, how to add them up, how much fabric, process etc.

I don't plan to FMQ but rather stitch in the ditch. There is no time for me to learn that, but it's something I might want to learn in the future I think. Sewing clothes produces a lot of scraps!



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Date: 6/5/12 1:38 PM

You can get a good quilting book from the library or check out you tube - lots of good pattern demo's. Baby quilts are so special, lots of love goes into them. I started quilting by making a baby quilt for a family member (and was hooked). Bernie

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Date: 6/5/12 2:05 PM

As you have probably discovered, there are about a gazillion quilting books.

I would suggest you start by looking at and checking out one of Eleanor Burns' Quilt-in-a-Day (QiaD) books. Quilt-in-a-Day book instructions are very detailed and perfect for the beginner. There are companion videos available for most of the QiaD patterns. Often you can find them online and watch them for free. Your library may also have the DVDs to loan.

I've watched many of her videos. My husband refers to her as "Miss Perky" because of her very upbeat and encouraging style on camera. However, the instructional materials QiaD produces, both books and videos are very high quality and detailed. Eleanor's goal is for you to have success in quilting and to have fun. You will use the skills and techniques you learn from QiaD in all your future quilting projects.

Rail Fence Quilt is a simple quilt, however, your choice of fabrics can make this quilt "pop". This is a book that includes instructions for kids, including how to adjust your block size depending on the finished size of your strips (if you seam allowances aren't exactly 1/4-inch). This pattern would be a good choice for a beginner. This pattern also lends itself to stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.

Here you can watch a video of Eleanor Burns making a slightly more complex Rail Fence quilt. Don't Fence Me In video. You'll find the pattern in her book "Still Stripping After 25 Years".

There are LOTS of QiaD books; you should be able to find some of them at your local library.

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QiaD videos on the Quilt in a Day website.
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Date: 6/5/12 2:11 PM

easy baby quilts

size info

These will help some. I keep this info on my desktop, so I can check it out when I am planning sizes and so forth.

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Date: 6/5/12 3:35 PM

Chose a pattern. The instructions will give you the amounts of fabric you will need.

This site has patterns, tutorials and a calculator if you want to free-lance your own pattern.

This book is not overwhelming and is a great basic for beginners. You could start with one of the projects in the book to help you learn the basics before making a quilt for your new niece or nephew.

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Date: 6/5/12 4:04 PM

This is made from pre-cut charm pack fabric, very simple basic way to start and very thorough and excellent instructions!

MSQC Baby quilt pt1

MSQC Baby quilt pt2

MSQC Baby quilt pt3

MSQC Baby quilt pt4

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Date: 6/5/12 4:38 PM

My advice for a first quilt:no points!

Baby quilts are recognizably baby quilts with soft pastels girls, primary colors for boys.

Also an excellent project for beginners as it is small...and separate binding is not really necessary if you don't want to bother. Just leave an opening to turn it right side out after sewing backing, batting and top together. Very easy.

Good luck and keep us posted! You might get hooked.

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Date: 6/5/12 5:06 PM

My suggestion - purchase a kit with all the fabric you need and the pattern. At least for the first one anyway!

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Date: 6/5/12 7:49 PM

A couple of years ago, I made a baby quilt as my first project when I got my sewing machine. I made a stacked coin quilt, and it was a really great starter project. It's pretty simple, fast, you can use pre-cut pieces, or cut the pieces yourself. Here's a good tutorial:

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/02/stacked-coins-baby-quilt.html

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Date: 6/5/12 11:23 PM

Wow such great advice from you ladies. I was nervous about binding but gee now I know that's not entirely necessary. I really appreciate your responses with links. I'm so glad I posted about this.

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