Hi,

I’m looking to start quilting, but I’m having trouble finding free resources online that show how to start anything but a backless quilt; does anyone have any links they’d recommend? I’m hoping to make something small for a baby due around Christmas, so I’ve got time, but any advice to help me master the skills faster would be really appreciated =D

Thanks so much!!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 12.06 AMby purplefan

    Wish I knew about online sources. Just had a look at Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts and Sewing (title?) and quilts are discussed in those pages. I have only made quilt tops plus attached bindings by machine (or finished on one side by hand) after someone else did the quilting on the quilt. I do remember that on the baby quilt I had to hand sew down the binding on opposite site, my stitches had to be close together-guideline provided was that a baby’s nail could not slip in between stitches. Plus how to miter that binding when reaching the corner…I had someone with me to help show me so I got the hang of it.

    I myself am a book person and when I asked my friend about a couple of things I read in the book, her answer was that is not the right way to do it.

    Have you considered seeing if there is a quilt shop or show in your area that might have a class or exhibit that allows you to examine a finished baby quilt to give you some reference point as to size, finishing, etc?

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    Jul 14, 2012, 02.01 PMby Krissie Mclaren

    I went on crafty.com the free quilt block of the month, each month she teaches a new bloke technique so by the end of the year the final class shows you how to put it all together to achieve a finished quilt

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    Jul 14, 2012, 06.41 PMby katexxxxxx

    THE BEST quarry or mine of quilting info is right here: rec.crafts.teaxtiles.quilting

    It’s a newsgroup, not a forum, and can be accessed through Googlegroups if your ISP doesn’t support groups.

    There are all sorts of quilters there, advertizing is about the only thing that will start a flame war, and we are a world-wide network of quilters from total beginners to professionals of international standing. The group mind knows everything about quilting,. and where the best places to get supplies are, world wide.

    One of the best pattern mines I know is the Quilter’s Cache: http://www.quilterscache.com/ There are excellent instructions for blocks, sandwiching and quilting, and finishing the quilt.

    Happy hunting.

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