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Date: 2/6/13 10:31 AM

Ok, so I am a super newbie at quilting. I've been garment sewing for a few years and have just recently got into quilting. I basically have one completed pieced quilt under my belt. Oh yeah. Two. The other was a kit.

I am working on a quilt for my ds. And after I cut one piece of fabric (1 1/2 yards worth!), I realize that I made a huge mistake. I finally found out what I did wrong. But meanwhile, I wasted a good amount of fabric. Back to the fabric store I go.

So, to make a long story short, I couldn't help but wonder if I should take a class to learn. But I really don't have a lot of time or $$ right now. Then I wonder is there some book or books that I should have. For garment sewing, I have the famous Reader's Digest book for garment sewing, among others.

A couple of weeks ago I bought the latest Quilty magazine. Love it! It's written for beginners. There are a couple of quilts in there that I want to make. But I worry that I might make another horrible mistake like I did with the one I am working with now.

Ok, all of this to ask my question. How did you all learn to sew? Classes? Self taught? Some wonderful book that showed you the ins and outs of quilting?

Thanks! And thank you for letting me vent about my quilting experience on my quilt that I am working on!
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Date: 2/6/13 10:43 AM

Will you make cutting mistakes? Oh yes. Even if you take a class you will do this. Human nature. It can happen in a classroom setting too, if you don't understand completely or the speed of the class is too fast or if you just slightly move the ruler to the wrong spot. I should know, as I have done all of the above---while taking my first set of classes. Those rulers can be slippery things. My Creative Grid ones are my fav's, as they barely move when cutting, due to having a non sliding few spots on the back of the rulers to help it stay put.

Someone here is self taught. Others are You Tube taught. I love to watch the videos from Missouir Star Quilt Store. Jenny will teach you a lot of neat things.

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Date: 2/6/13 11:02 AM

I learned by watching Eleanor Burns on PBS. I had sewed since the 7th grade all clothing. But one day happen to catch her show. I had pulled out my sewing machine when my dd was little and had gotten back into sewing. I saw this show and I liked everything about it. This was in the early 90's. After that self taught.

I still continued to make a lot of clothing for myself and dd but did a few quilts as well. Then late 90's got into just quilting and then quilting and machine embroidery. You can't learn how to do this in a day just keep practicing and you will get it. One of my motto's since I don't have a lot of time to sew is better done then perfect. Keeping doing it and your skills will improve. Oh and no fabric is wasted store it away never know when you might want to make a scrappy quilt.

The computer has become an excellent resource for learning about how to do all crafts. There are so many you tube vids and blogs and free patterns. And forums like these where you learn from one another which is my fav thing. And there are podcasts both video and audio. Although for some reason I can't get the video ones and I have video on my ipod. Check out the topics on this forum not too long ago we were discussing books. All the ones mentioned were very good books.

If you concerned about funds don't buy the expensive fabric, shop the Joann's sales. Make smaller projects to horn your skills then go bigger. Remember this is suppose to be fun. Look at the resources here the first few posts give you links to information.
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Date: 2/6/13 11:03 AM

Here Here to that! I'm am a You-Tube Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company self-taught began in November and have probably done 15 quilts now :-) I am Addicted!!!

Have I made mistakes? OMG yes! My first quilt I was SO proud of and actually showed it to a quilter -- I did PERFECT 1/8th" seams OOOPS... So I bought the 1/4" foot, and practice makes perfect!

The pre-cuts while more expensive, do help keep you from making large fabric mistakes, and easy patterns go fast which gives you confidence.

Any Oops you make either cut into smaller place mats or use scraps for pet beds for shelters - it's a learning experience and I'm really enjoying it.

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Date: 2/6/13 11:10 AM

Self taught quilter here.

Years ago I happened to see a display of quilting fabric that I fell in love with. Right next to the display of fabric was a book with strip piecing patterns. Somewhere in that book, possibly the cover pic was a double irish chain quilt that I also fell in love with. Thats all it took.

I bought the book and the fabric along with a cutting mat and rotory cutter and dove into the world of quilting. I put together a queen size double irish chain top and then quilted it SITD style. The top was beautiful, the quilting wasnt the best tho, the back ended up with a few puckers quilted in.

I learned by the mistakes I made, and I suppose I am still learning as I try new techniques and make new mistakes.

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Date: 2/6/13 11:20 AM

Also everyone has aspects of this they may be better at then others. I can't free motion quilt worth a darn so I work about it with stitching in the ditch and using my embroidery machine. I had always stayed away from applique now I'm finding I rather like it. There are so many aspects to this craft boredom is impossible. And as you go on try as many different things as you can. Will you like them all no. Will you be good at them all no. But you will have the experience. I wish I had done so early on, it would have made me a better quilter now. But better or not it's still fun and that's what counts. I will never be an award winning quilter but now I don't care.

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Date: 2/6/13 11:31 AM

Thirty years ago Family Circle magazine has an issue that featured several crafts. One was an Amish inspired sofa quilt. This was my first attempt. The instructions were very vague. I used a wooden yard stick and pencil to draw the measurements and scissors to cut the fabric. Thread would have been C&C Cotton/Poly.

I no longer have the quilt, but kept the magazine and remade same quilt a couple years ago using the more modern method of measuring and cutting; rotary cutter and acrylic ruler(s) as well as cotton thread.

You just have to jump in and do it.

PS: Left over fabric or miscuts can be incorporated into the backing. Nothing lost and you have a quilt with a back just as nice as the top.




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Date: 2/6/13 11:59 AM

Self taught here too. Still a noob. I second Learn's recommendation of the Creative Grids rulers. I teach Quilting 101 at Joanns (yes I can do that even though I'm a noob - the block is so easy to teach, and I do have all the basics down). Anyway, they come to class with those slippery Fiskars rulers, and good thing we have them bring enough fabric is all I can say.
I LOVE my CG ruler. YES it was expensive but worth every penney!

I've been taught by this board, Jenny at Missouri Star, Quilting Board online, and Nancy Zieman's Quilt with Confidence. I highly recommend that book for a beginner. Also, some from Alex Anderson, who also has good beginner books.
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Date: 2/6/13 4:37 PM

I watched to many reruns of simply quilts, I had to try it only to find not so simple. I joined a weekly beginners class and in the long run (cost wise) it was money well spent.

I did a beginners sample quilt class. But if you have a particular project in mind you could find a more general class, where I went they had weekly sewing classes where you brought what you were working on and then get input and assistance.

Try to avoid places where the goal is to sell you stuff and pick a place that suits your style.

You can be self taught or use craftsy or you tube but the right class is a huge eye opener

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Date: 2/6/13 5:44 PM

Self taught.

I'm a dingus ( clinical term for " female doofus") and jumped in with projects way too complex for a beginner. And aren't you glad I didn't gift you with those lovelies? Not what I'd suggest for anyone I remotely like.

Mis-cuts happen. Incorporate them into the design, if possible. Busy prints hide them. Much easier with scrappy or Modern quilts! I piece them back together or not. Depends.

Quilty Magazine is great! Patterns range from classic to modern. Great directions. Clean production design.

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