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I have been away for quite some time now. A lot of personal issues. I have decided to come back to My Quilt Place and see what's up. I don't even remember which groups I'm on! Plus, there are a lot more to check out!

Hello to anyone new! I'm wondering if Julie Beard is ago I here! Lots to catch up on!

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Surely there are some newbies/oldies that need some help out there? How can we help?

Started by Julie Beard. Last reply by Juliana Noble Giles Dec 22, 2017. 2 Replies

Well I've been back for just a few weeks and have made a decision to try and make this site more active. So I am writing to all members asking how can we get more involved. With the aim to help out…Continue

Your first quilt

Started by QuilterBridget. Last reply by Patricia Edkins Apr 17, 2017. 189 Replies

What did you make for your very first quilt?  Or if you are making your first one now, what is it?  For my very first quilt I made a lap size Log Cabin.  I used the book, "Log Cabin in a Day" by…Continue

What are you working on?

Started by QuilterBridget. Last reply by Pat Mathison Apr 9, 2016. 4 Replies

I haven't been on this site in a really long time!  Welcome to anyone new!  I was in a long dry spell. So now I'm back (again!) and I'm overwhelmed with all of the projects I stopped in the middle…Continue


Started by Denise Stark. Last reply by Rose Guthrie Apr 8, 2016. 14 Replies

I so want to quilt, however everytime I try, the trash gets something new. I can't seem to keep straight or square and get frustrated and start over and over and over. Have tried many patterns, but…Continue

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Comment by Garnie P. Bethea on June 1, 2011 at 3:20am

If you're interested in templates, here's a site that carries a large selection, even curvy ones.


Comment by Arteria McCummings on May 31, 2011 at 10:17pm

Teresa, I am currently teaching my 13 yr old daughter to quilt.  She has some basic sewing experience (pillow case and simple skirt).  I agree with the others about having your niece pick her own fabric.  My daughter loved this part.  I also chose a pattern for her that is super easy.  She picked a large bold print that she loves, then we selected accent fabrics with colors from the bold print.  She'll make a lap size quilt using the bold print as a panel (26" X 36"), with an inner border and pieced outer boarder made up of squares and 1/2 square triangles.  Not to complicated and can be finished quickly.  It's small enough that she can do random free motion quilting on her panel and stitch in the ditch for the borders.  This week she's practicing rotary cutting and sewing strips & triangles with 1/4" seams (adjusting from 5/8").  We plan to start piecing her quilt this weekend.

Have you decided on a pattern yet?  A rail fence is also a good beginner quilt for kids.  It's straight sewing (strip sets), teaches color values and block layout.  This was my first choice until my daughter found her focus fabric.  It was to beautiful to cut into strips. I glad to see other young people are interested in quilting.  I'll let me daughter know she's not a super dork for wanting to learn to quilt.  Good luck with your project.  I hope you have as much fun as we're having.

Comment by Angie on May 31, 2011 at 7:04pm

Hey Teresa I think that it is wonderful you have a 12 year old neice that you want to teach! I agree with QB about letting her go and pick out her own fabrics.. that's the really fun part I think anyway, and it will give her a chance to express herself creatively just by picking out the colors and fabrics, and that part's easy!! I would definitely not overwhelm her with a project that is too involved/ too technical, and remember for a 12 year old beginner that would be easy to do. FInd something small that she could complete fast to get the reward of "wow, look I made this myself" and get the reward of "SUCCESS" - but it should be something cute, too. I have seen some little pamplet type instructions at Hancock's fabrics for making a simple drawstring bag/backpack/tote type thingies.. very hip looking.. just brainstorming an idea.. also little easy purses. Made with the cute modern fabrics you can find now I think this might be something she might enjoy. Or you could just start with making a pillow case out of some really cool funky fabric! That way she could learn the basics of sewing a straight line but have something  unique that she could use in her room. I'm sure you can find some ideas online.

**Sorry this got so long, but I really get excited about sewing, especially teaching kids new things, too.  But anyway, good luck!!

Comment by Karen S Pollard on May 31, 2011 at 1:14pm

If I were going to teach a 12 year old how to quilt, I would first begin with teaching her to sew a straight seam on a sewing machine.  I just finished teacher my step-grandaughter to make a baby quilt.  We practiced sewing straight lines on a striped material that had a tiny line.  From there I just cut out the blocks and had her sew them together.  She has a new baby cousin.

If she wanted to make like a twin bed quilt for herself, I would use the Turning Twenty or Yellow Brick Road pattern for her first quilt because the pieces are all rectangles or squares.  If you're going to teach her to use a rotary cutter, they would be the easiest to cut and sew.

Comment by QuilterBridget on May 31, 2011 at 12:45pm

Quilt Magazines.

I'm totally hooked on quilt magazines and subscribe to at least 10.  Many of them can't be found in the store (unless you live in civilization and have a Borders!).  Anyway, just for your information here are a few links to my favorite quilting mags.  Plus, their websites always have extras and sometimes blogs and patterns.  Also, many have newsletters to sign up for. They have several publications for quilting. (of course the American Quilter magazine from AQS is here as well). (Quilting Arts Magazine) They have a great website and a great newsletter.  Also, the magazines the publish are, "American Patchwork and Quilting", "Quilts and More", and "Quilt Sampler".

I'm sure there are more...these are just off the top of my head.  Also, there are always some special issues out, such as "Quilts for Kids", a Fons and Porter magazine.



Comment by QuilterBridget on May 31, 2011 at 12:31pm

That sounds like a lot of fun, Teresa.  Supposedly it's as exciting teaching someone to quilt as it is to quilt yourself!  Of course I wouldn't know...I've never taught anyone anything!

I think what would get her the most excited would be for her to choose her own fabrics.  Let her go shopping and pick out what she wants.  That alone would make it exciting!  If she already knows how to sew, then I'd start with a log cabin quilt.  If she doesn't, then I'd start with a simple 9-patch alternating with a snowball block.  Those always turn out well if you pay attention to color placement.  I'd do 9" blocks.  One thing I'd avoid is making something too large!  Then it would be frustrating trying to baste and quilt it (in my opinion).

Anyway, just some thoughts.

Comment by QuilterBridget on May 28, 2011 at 12:01am
Linda, I'm not really sure what the badge is...I think if someone has a blog they can transfer what you see on your page to your blog so other people can find out about this place by clicking the link.  I don't have a blog or a website, but I'm pretty sure that's what it's for.
Comment by Garnie P. Bethea on May 27, 2011 at 7:17pm

Just found this site on The Quilting Board.  You have go to check this out.  Oodles and Oodles of patterns!

Comment by Julia Purdy on May 27, 2011 at 3:10am
yes Garnie I have bought fabric on ebay. I bought 5 yards of a frog material and it was great. I even have bought lots of quilt tools on ebay..
Comment by Garnie P. Bethea on May 26, 2011 at 10:08pm
Anyone ever buy fabric on Ebay?  Saw some pretty good deals.

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