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TuathaSidhe
July 19th, 2010, 05:40 PM
and I have no idea where to start. I am completely on my own with this and with little to no extra money im stuck getting my information online.

So, any tips, tricks, sites and advice? I know *what* I want to do, I just dont know *how* to get there.

The quilt I have in mind is solid color with brighids crosses on it. Not square after square, but, kind of in a pattern alternating of sorts, and then I was thinking smaller starts as fillers. It would be like, Cross, space, stars, Cross, stars space....ok well I dont know the pattern, but you get the point I hope, lol.

My grandmother had some beautiful quilts, but as she is not here to teach me..I'm on my own :(

If I could just find something basic online to show me how to get started, I know I could pick it up pretty quickly. But things like, where to start, backing, batting....?

Glowy
July 19th, 2010, 06:58 PM
Ok, make one of your kids T shirts, or outfits that you like. Try and keep the squares all the same size when you cut it. My first one was a "crazy quilt" no actual pattern. Much easier to start with. It was also a lap quilt for my son as opposed to a full bed quilt. I would save the fancier quilts for later, after you get the logistics down. I know you need special thread and needles ( not too expensive, the fabric is where they get ya!)

If your heart is set on making a design, try first doing the quilt, and stitching the applique on to it ( the Cross of Brighid)

Give yourself a year. Enjoy!!

WynterWynd
July 19th, 2010, 08:04 PM
Check locally for a quilting group. Lots of them are willing to take in a noobie, as long as your willing to donate your first creation to a children's hospital or senior home.

TuathaSidhe
July 19th, 2010, 08:46 PM
Ok, make one of your kids T shirts, or outfits that you like. Try and keep the squares all the same size when you cut it. My first one was a "crazy quilt" no actual pattern. Much easier to start with. It was also a lap quilt for my son as opposed to a full bed quilt. I would save the fancier quilts for later, after you get the logistics down. I know you need special thread and needles ( not too expensive, the fabric is where they get ya!)

If your heart is set on making a design, try first doing the quilt, and stitching the applique on to it ( the Cross of Brighid)

Give yourself a year. Enjoy!!


Only a year? I figured it would take me longer, haha

I thought about doing the t-shirt, although im not sure if I have enough of them, that one might take a while longer so I can make sure I have enough. The crazy quilt actually sounds kinda cool. I dont have a problem putting off my ideas until I am a little more seasoned in it. If I can get this down I dont plan on making just one :D

TuathaSidhe
July 19th, 2010, 08:47 PM
Check locally for a quilting group. Lots of them are willing to take in a noobie, as long as your willing to donate your first creation to a children's hospital or senior home.

I'll have to look around. I know of a few but they are with the local churches that...I would rather not go to if I can help it.

Annorah
July 20th, 2010, 02:33 AM
This might give you some ideas:

http://www.quilterscache.com/

Good luck with it all :)

Ariste
July 21st, 2010, 09:45 AM
my mom is a seasoned quilter (she quilts with Amish ladies) She is currently having some health issues (which i think she blows out of proportion) but anyways discussing quilting with a newbie might just perk her up. I know she wants to pass on her knowledge to someone, and quilting is too painful a reminder of my Nana for me. If you'd like I could ask her if she's willing to impart some knowledge to you and give her your email address or give you hers (after i get her permission of course)

Cindlady2
July 21st, 2010, 10:54 AM
My family (on both sides) did allot of quilting, and many different styles. Method (for me) is a bit much to get into here, but I can help with materials.
Quilts came to be as a way to use scraps and used clothing. My grandmother on by dad's side made the greatest "scarp quilts" you've ever seen or used! All her fabric was discarded clothes. She cut as many "blocks" as she could out of a pair of pants, shirt, dress or whatever. She would then make a pattern from what she had on hand matching the types of fabric as best she could. The backs were often strips from old bed sheets. The fill she often used old blankets. The warmest quilt I ever had was one she made that was cloth coats and wool suites on the top. The back was an old pair of heavy, lined cotton drapes and the fill was 2 old, thinly worn blankets. It wasn't the prettiest quilt, but I took that thing to camp and was warmer than most of the kids with sleeping bags!!!
My other grandmother would look for sheets for the backs of her quilts or for solid quilts. You'll find they are cheaper than fabric and you can get them big enough to back almost any size quilt with a nice solid piece.

Second hand stores can be a great source of fabric. Look for "fill a bag" sales!

Good Luck!

Ula
November 10th, 2011, 03:07 PM
I know this is an older post but I make the yarn knot quilts. My first quilt was made out of bandanas. I will have to take a picture. It's easy and it's how my husband taught me to sew.

faye_cat
February 23rd, 2016, 04:20 PM
Bumping this because I am going to attempt to learn how to quilt in honor of my Grandma (who I really should have tried to learn from, and well aware of that fact)

Sites
http://www.interweavestore.com/basic-quilting-for-beginners-guide Good definitions of terms
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/10/quilt-patterns-for-beginners/ some free patterns
http://learnhowtoquilt.com/ A good all over site, with videos, definitions, patterns, etc
http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/beginning-quilting-series A blogger's pov and advice
http://sewdelicious.com.au/2012/09/quilting-for-beginners.html A wonderful step by step with pictures.