Hello everyone, Iam anxiously beginning the process of learning to make quilts and I am so excited. I have finished one quilt that was from a panel design with simple added borders so and backed with Minke for my grandson and almost have finished a second one for my grandaughter. These two very simple things have been so much fun.
So about me. I live in a rural area of the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. I have made jewelry for years, and love papercrafts such as quilling BUT last year I met a new friend who had an embroidery sewing machine and fell in love with the possibilities. In November 2011 I stopped into Homestead quilting store in Alamogordo and became a new owner of a Janome 11000 and I have been embroidering ever since. I love the embroidery but want to sew as well. I have been making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls so this got me back into sewing and now I am learning to quilt. I love the videos that are available here.
My biggest problem is ..... where do I start. It is all so overwhelming.
Well that is me. Glad to be here. I do alot of reading but not a lot of posting.
Dark Ridge Creations
Hi Donna, welcome. sounds like you got the quilting bug. as far as where to start, just jump in thats what I did 10 years ago, I still learn new things every day
Welcome Donna :)
You have been bitten by the bug! You will learn a lot from this group.
Donna, welcome to the wonderful world of quilting. I grew up watching my grandma & mom quilting by hand. I used to think it was so exciting to be able to take the needle and thread and string all the blocks into color sections. Then to watch them put them all together just floored me! I didn't touch quilting until my first child was ready to go to college. She wanted a quilt for her dorm. I had no templates or any idea where to start. So I bought my first book on quilting and took it from there. I had no money to afford all the "luxury" quilting tools, so I improvised. Everyday items were recycled so I could pursue my daughters request. I made a bow tie quilt for her and to this date she still has it. That was 21 years ago and I'm still into quilting. Not big scale mind you...all my items have been given as gifts...I don't even have one for myself! But that is about to change! I'm nearing retirement and I have been collecting any all tools pertaining to quilting so that I will be able to do without having to spend a lot of money. My husband says I have enought fabric to open my own quilt shop! Little does he know!!!
I reside in the state of Maryland on what is called the DelMarVa peninsula(this little peninsula has three states on it, Delaware, Maryland, & Virginia). We lovingly refer to it as the "Lower Eastern Shore". There are not a lot of quilt shops around here so I have to resort to either traveling 4 hours to get to one that has a huge offering of everything a quilter might need or go online (these I have found to be excellent in helping with any question I may have}.
I will be honest and say that I don't function well in a quilting guild or classroom setting. I am more of a private person and it's hard for me to open up to strangers. But I'm sure you will find either one of these to be an excellent choice for yourself!
Enjoy...have fun! And don't forget the most important rule..."JUST DO IT"!! You won't be disappointed!
Hey Donna! Welcome! I started quilting January 1st, 2012! I am new here as well and have already found this site to be very very supportive and everyone is just so encouraging and informative! I watched my grandma quilt growing up and just jumped in. At first I was TERRIFIED of cutting faBric until I just got tired of having fabric and a machine, but nothing to show for it. A friend of mine showed me the basics and set me free. It has been an awesome adventure ever since!
hi donna, welcome to the group. just jump in with both feet. i wouldn't start with a king or queen sized quilt to begin with. the most important thing to learn is your scant 1/4 seam allowance. then go for it. if you want suggestions for easier patterns, the group here will be delighted to give you some suggestions. where do you want to start? do you want to make a quilt for yourself? or a gift? decide what you want to do, pick out your fabrics and you're halfway there.
gini in north idaho
vivian, welcome to the group. i joined our local guild so i would know when the trunks shows were coming to town and when the quilt shows were coming up.
Welcome, Donna and Vivian, glad you could join us. Enjoy!
Welcome Donna and Vivian.
Welcome, Donna ! glad you joined us here at QCA . You will find people very helpful and willing to answer any and all questions. If you want to learn some great tips and techniques, Missouri Star Quilt Company . com has some great free tutorials that are so easy to learn as she takes you thru each step. Also, if you like her, Jenny, at MSQC, you can get her Quilting Quickly 1 class at Craftsy.Com Jenny is a great instructor and several of us here have taken her and many others classes at Crafty. You can go there and they will give you a brief description of the course, at no cost until you sign up. The courses are yours forever, and you can access them when ever you like. Hope this helps and good luck with your new hobby. Happy Quilting! Susan
Welcome Vivian and Donna. You will love it here. My first quilt was a panel. It was for a baby shower and I just quilted around the animals. That was the easiest thing I could think of. Quilting is definitely addictive.
Georgetown CA I'd Rather Be Quilting
Welcome! I'm new to quilting also, and haven't completed my first one yet, but have done several lap quilt tops. I've found a ton of resources on the internet. The videos at Missouri Star Quilt are great. Look up the tube quilt. Easy peasy but comes out really looking like you are an expert. Also, there are several groups on this site that I've found helpful. Actually everyone here has been very kind as I ask a lot of questions. I'm sure you will enjoy this forum and learning a new skill.
Welcome __donna and vivian....i'm still trying to complete my first quilt..work and dd moving back home got in the way???..so to speak....