Mommy to Maximus!
|Posted: 12/28/2012 10:53:31 AM|So I got this Brother SQ9050 sewing machine for Christmas. I wanted an inexpensive, basic one for general mending, hemming, etc but now that I have this one with all the fun, fancy stuff on it I want to MAKE something! Is quilting hard or very expensive? Should I start way smaller? I can sew and follow a pattern but haven't made anything more complicated than a pair of boxer shorts and a simple toddler dress. TIA!
Loc: Midland, TX
|Posted: 12/28/2012 11:10:48 AM|
You can make quilts on any sewing machine. If you've never made one, I'd recommend starting with something basic like a Courthouse Steps or Log Cabin or a nine patch which uses lots of straight pieces. Those are easier to keep straight and it is very good practice for keeping a consistent seam allowance. A lap size will be big enough to snuggle with on the couch and not so big it will be hard to quilt on your home machine.
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Loc: NE Illinois
|Posted: 12/28/2012 11:18:10 AM|Quilting is not hard. Expensive, well, I think any hobby costs more than I think it should. Log cabins are simple.
Here is a great book to help you with a log cabin: Log Cabin book
You'll need tools to make it easier-rotary cutter, cutting pad, long ruler. If you have a quilt shop close to you stop there and see if they have a class that you're interested in.
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Loc: The Southland
|Posted: 12/28/2012 11:20:31 AM|
Quilting is one of those things that is as hard as you make it -- simple and straight forward to mind bendingly hard. Another good beginner pattern is Stacked Coins. You might also start with pillows or pillow cases or a simple tote bag. Tons and tons of great tutorials out there.
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|Posted: 12/28/2012 11:23:13 AM|
I like to try smaller projects to see how I like a new hobby before committing to larger ones.
You can make a quilted hot pad for your kitchen or a quilted table runner to see how you like it.
My first quilted project was a Christmas tree skirt. I made (and sold) two and now am working on a small quilt. If I still like the process, I'll probably end up making a quilt for our bed at some point.
eta: congrats on your new machine!
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Loc: Raleigh, North Carolina
|Posted: 12/28/2012 11:28:47 AM|I received a sewing machine for Christmas, as well. I started collecting pins of strip quilts that look very easy. There are some where you quilt to that batting as you go and when you have finished the process, all you have to do is add the binding.
Here's my board to see if you like it.
I also plan to start with some placemats and table runners to get my feet wet.
Strip quilt pinterest board
Sewing quilting placemats pinterest board
Hope that helps.
Loc: Central Texas
|Posted: 12/28/2012 11:36:14 AM|
PLEASE don't start with the log cabin!
I teach quilting and sewing and find log cabins are real easy to mess up.
It has oodles of seams and each tiny bit you are off starts to add up when you have that many seams. Look for quilt patterns with fewer pieces. Look for quilt patterns that are called quick.
coins are a good idea for a beginning pattern
another good idea is to go to Craftsy and join their block of the month class. You get instructions on how to make twelve different blocks and it is free.
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Loc: Sweet Home Chicago
|Posted: 12/28/2012 12:09:58 PM|Quilting isn't hard and doesn't have to be expensive. I would suggest getting a copy of Quilter's Complete Guide by Fons & Porter. I'm not sure it is still in print, but you can probably get it at the library or a used book store. It has excellent instructions for beginning quilters.
I have to agree with not starting on a log cabin. They can go wonky if you're not careful. A simple 4 patch or 9 patch would be a good way to get started.
There are a few basic things you will need to invest in.
Self-healing mat for the cutter
Plastic rulers to use with the cutter. My most used are 6"x24" and 12"x12".
For all of the above I prefer Olfa brand, but there are a lot of choices.
A 1/4" foot for your machine will be a great help.
If you have a quilt shop near enough see if they have beginner classes. Or just start hanging around. They should be happy to help you and answer questions. Even go to Joanns. Spend some time there looking through their books and magazines. See what you like and then look around at the fabrics and think about how you would put them together to get the look. Magazine patterns will include construction directions for the blocks and quilts, so if you can follow patterns you're set. The Fons & Porter Love of Quilting magazine has some easy patterns and good directions.
And you can always come here for questions and help
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Loc: Mississippi: where the wind is but a funnel cloud
|Posted: 12/28/2012 12:12:54 PM|I have been sewing clothes and simple curtains, blankets, etc for most of my life (my mom taught me when I was 12, but I am pretty new at quilting. I have taught myself by reading, researching, and a lot of trials with scraps.
I agree with the suggestion of starting on some small projects. This was one of my favorite ones and could use a lot of my scraps:
Mug Rug tutorial
Spend some time on the internet reading blogs and looking for tutorials. Google is a great thing. As a beginner, make sure you find the ones marked "easy" or for beginners.
Hope you have fun with your new machine!
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|Posted: 12/28/2012 12:26:46 PM|The Quilter's Complete Guide by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter is an excellent book for beginners and is a fantastic reference for experienced quilters as well. Each chapter in the book teaches a new technique and includes a block for practice.
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|Posted: 12/28/2012 12:41:39 PM|I've used Terry Atkinson's Yellow Brick Road pattern to teach beginning quilting classes. The directions are user friendly, the cutting is straight forward and the results are wonderful. I've seen this done in just about every color combination imaginable and all have been wonderful.
Go to your local quilt shop for a good rotary cutter, mat and basic supplies-you'll be happier with these than what you get at box stores. The fabric will be of better quality as well. While there, you should be able to get lesson on using these tools and might even be able to sign up for a beginners class. Have fun with your new adventure!
Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 12/28/2012 12:58:42 PM|
I recommend the Fons and Porter book as well. I taught myself a lot of techniques from that book.
There is a book that uses fat quarters. I'll try to find the name. You can use FQ packs and the fabrics will be coordinated for you. I think there are only a few pieces per block.
(A FQ is basically a quarter yard of fabric, but its cut as a half yard and then cut down the fold. So your fabric is 18" x 22", not 9" x 44".
Here's the book: Turning Twenty by Tricia Cribbs. It looks even easier than I remember!
|Posted: 12/28/2012 1:44:54 PM|
I have been doing drapes and just did stocking for Christmas. Will be adding in some more projects soon.
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Mommy to Maximus!
|Posted: 12/28/2012 1:50:55 PM|Thank you all so much for all of the info and advice! It seems a little daunting so maybe I'll start small with pot holders or a small quilt for Maximus.
I can't wait to get started!
|Posted: 12/28/2012 2:46:39 PM|
I started with a Rail Fence Quilt (5 strips)....but started with a queen size....I would definitely suggest smaller like a baby sized one and work up from there if you like it.
I'd done all sorts since and that was probably the easiest one I made. Goes very fast and looks great without too many match up points.
Just beware, it can be addicting!
|Posted: 12/28/2012 3:01:39 PM|One thing that some beginners do is request a kit from Quilts for Kids. It's a very easy pattern and it's small, so it's easy to quilt in a home machine.
Or try this one
stitched in color beginner's quiltalong
|Posted: 12/28/2012 3:15:14 PM|I just posted this question to our Riley Blake Designs Facebook page We had some great answers! Hope this helps!
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Loc: The Left Coast
|Posted: 12/28/2012 3:26:09 PM|
Thank you, Gale, I just subscribed to the series
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Loc: Lady Vols Country
|Posted: 12/28/2012 3:28:59 PM|
Why not starat with a cute JoonJon for your little one? Much easier than a quilt. Look at YOU CAN MAKE THIS website for patterns and inspiration. Also check out SEWFORUM for lots of support and inspiration for children's sewing.
|Posted: 12/28/2012 5:05:19 PM|
I am the most basic sewer and I have sewn many rag quilts. Flannel squares - sewn into rows then rows sewn together. It was easy and fun and I loved seeing my project come together. My nephew still drags his golf tees rag quilt around and it's been around for about 2 years. Good luck and have fun.