Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Quilter In The Family....Hopefully!

Okay ladies I need some help! :) Tonight I was chatting with my sister, Chantal. She asked me that if she made a quilt if I would help her cut it out and stuff!! I was so excited! I honestly never thought that she would ever make one. She loves looking at mine and always talks about mine but I thought she was just being a nice sister! :) So of course I told her that I would be happy to help her out. So here is where I need some input...she wants me to find her some easy patterns to choose from. She wants something that does not have sashings, something easy for a beginner and she will be making it queen size to fit her bed. Any ideas?????? I would like to have her several different ones to choose from.
Kristie

17 comments:

Colleen said...

How about a sampler! that way she can learn several easy blocks and explore her creativity. When I first began I made a double 4 patch, then churn dash and grandmothers fan. After those 3 lap quilts I made a sampler with a saw toothed edge finish. That sampler was a favorite of mine, 26 yrs ago.

Michelle said...

Go to quilter's cache website. She can look all day and all night. She should be able to find something. What fun to have someone to quilt with!

Karen said...

Usually log cabin or yellow brick road are suggested as beginner quilts. I like the idea of the sampler, starting with an easy block and gradually increase the difficulty. Can I suggest that she try a smaller quilt 1st? Such a large quilt can be overwhelming as I like to see the finished product. Especially when it's the 1st time to try something. Whatever you choose, enjoy this time together!

Carol VR said...

I haven't tried this technique but thought it was worth the look at...
there is even a video to decribe the technique.

"https://www.baysidequilting.com/store/scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=284"

Hazel said...

The argyle one I have on my blog is pretty easy .

Melodie said...

Unless she really likes samplers, I would shy away from those. It is true lots of women learn that way, and it is good for learning lots of techniques. For a beginner, it never lets you feel like you are getting better at making a block, like a repeating block does. I'd just let her pick what she likes as long as there are no curved or inset seams, and go for it. If she likes the pattern, she'll stay more motivated.

Amelia said...

Sounds like some great sister time is about to happen. What about making a house in one block and a pine tree in the other...or several houses then a tree or vice versa...It can be "Chantal's Village".

Kelly Ann said...

To make the cutting experience a good one start with something that takes all the same size strips...Log Cabin the Eleanor Burns way is a nice easy beginner (sort of ) quilt, it teaches cutting straight and sewing straight and squaring up. You could do nine patch or rail fence...I wouldn't throw too many blocks at her...remember to make it fun or she won't keep quilting.

Libby said...

That sounds like so much fun!! You will be a great teacher!
I think that a rail fence quilt would be good for a beginer or a 4-patch or 9-patch. Those are the ones that the lqs teaches. She would learn about cutting the fabric and matching seams, that dont have to be spot on, and get her 1/4 inch down pat!!

Whatever ya'll choose, I know that it will be big time fun!! I hope that you show lots of pictures.
Libby

Carla said...

A Disappearing Nine Patch is an easy one that I taught my sister to do for her first big quilt.

I have 2 sisters that make quilts now and we have a lot of fun talking about quilts and getting together to have "sew days"!

Quiltluver said...

I just made a disappearing nine patch starting with 10" squares. I ended up with 14" blocks after I cut them. The quilt went together very fast. I also did a "disappearing border" where I did various size rectangles, about the same size as the rectangles in the DNP. Instead of putting these on the outside of the quilt, I used them between the DNP blocks as sashing. Send me an email if you want to see pics.

Texan said...

Nine patch is about as easy as it gets and so many different ways to put them together!

julieQ said...

Good for you for being a great inspiration, Kristie. One of my first quilts was a nine-patch. I love the book "It's OK to sit on my quilt". It is a wonderful beginning, teaching book.

jillquilts said...

I would suggest a rail fence. It entails sewing straight lines and doesn't need the precision that I log cabin does. Good luck!

Sherri said...

I started quilting a little over 2 years ago, and I hated to sew, really hated to sew...I made a Christmas log cabin quilt (Queen size) and I love it!!! I still can't believe that I did it, and now I am hooked!! I think a log cabin is really something great to start out with.

cdnj said...

How wonderful!

The beginner quilting course I took used an irish chain for our learning pattern. It was a good one to learn with. Simple sewing, chain piecing. Fairly forgiving. We also, did all of our 9-patches first, measured them, and then cut the one patches to the same size as the majority of the 9-patches.

Barbara said...

Log cabin or nine patch - that way it keeps the cutting and the sewing simple and, more importantly, fast. This would mean she would achieve a quilt fairly quickly and without worry, which would encourage her to make another...and another....!