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[UPDATE 11/30/2012] – Congratulations to BurdaStyle member Jamie Grace-Duff for winning this giveaway!

Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine: Original Patterns from Today’s Top Designers.

Now in one value-packed book, find 200 quilt-block patterns from Quiltmaker magazine’s popular 100 Blocks collections. Full-sized applique and foundation-piecing patterns are included on the bonus CD.

• Try block styles ranging from simple patchwork to applique, foundation piecing, hand embroidery, and yo-yos
• Quickly find what you’re looking for in the user-friendly block index
• Create blocks that all finish at 12"; quilt setting ideas include yardages

Click here for purchasing info on 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine: Original Patterns from Today’s Top Designers (That Patchwork Place).

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: What is one tip you would share with a beginner sewer?

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


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    Nov 27, 2012, 04.45 PMby BurdaStyle Support

    Thank you all for participating in this Comment to Win! We will be announcing the winner via e-mail today. It was such fun reading everyone’s comments. Thank you!

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    Nov 22, 2012, 12.10 PMby Couture Academic

    Relax and enjoy the process

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    Nov 22, 2012, 04.44 AMby flutefish

    Don’t give up just because you had to rip out a seam!

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    Nov 22, 2012, 04.17 AMby alissaslagle

    Take a deep breath and take your time.

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    Nov 22, 2012, 02.45 AMby SewNotWork

    Make sure to measure twice before you cut. Sewing a straight line makes all the difference!

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    Nov 21, 2012, 08.20 PMby MientjiB

    My tip – in addition to the excellent advice given by the other members :-) – is to talk to the staff at your local fabric shop. Describe the project you have in mind and get their advice when choosing your fabric. Matching the right fabric to the pattern can make the difference between that wonderful glow of pride when you finish or that horrible surprise (which I know well!) at the end of all your hard work, when the garment just doesn’t sit or move the way you imagined it.

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    Nov 21, 2012, 07.05 PMby Molly james

    The most important tip to give would be to take your time at sewing and cutting the pattern, I think, I wish some one had given me it at any rate! I wanted to make something in less than 5 minutes and it turns out (not surprisingly) it went terribly wrong and i gave up sewing for a good year! So just take your time at cutting out the pieces and putting them together, it seems to be the key to getting a great outcome, and choosing nice material of course!

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    Nov 21, 2012, 06.28 PMby all8garden

    All of those old/vintage/antique quilts were made from scraps and what they had on hand, even flour sacks. Don’t let all the hype about quilt shop fabric, as lovely as it is, stop you from creating quilts. It just has to be good woven fabric, men’s shirts and whatnot are wonderful.

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    Nov 21, 2012, 06.23 PMby taysha1128

    start small! the small projects give so much satisfaction as you work your way up to the big ones

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    Nov 21, 2012, 04.42 PMby verenahartmann

    Just start, it is not as difficult as you fear! Try something easy for starters, take some fabric that’s nice but that’s also reasonably easy to use. :)

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    Nov 21, 2012, 04.42 PMby Marcianna

    My tip is: be friends with your iron! Press your fabric, press your seams. It will make your project turn out nice and crisp. It REALLY makes a difference!

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    Nov 21, 2012, 04.15 PMby gemmafloyd

    If you’re going for a perfect fit, make a muslin! It’s been said before that it takes a bit more time, but the result will be a lot better!

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    Nov 21, 2012, 03.58 PMby littleharvey94

    Us the internet if you need tips on anything. It’s a great resource for sewers of any experience level!

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    Nov 21, 2012, 03.19 PMby Jamie Grace-Duff

    Do not get overwhelmed by the enormity of a project, almost all projects can be broken down into tiny absolutely doable steps. Also remember that a project doesn’t need to be done in an hour, take your time and just do each step, and then the next one. It will unfold like magic.

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    Nov 21, 2012, 03.02 PMby Alili

    My tip to a beginner sewer is to have a seam ripper nearby. You’re going to have mistakes. It’s part of the learning process. A seam ripper will become your best friend.

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    Nov 21, 2012, 02.58 PMby zkathyc

    Prewash your fabric if the finished product will need washing. Then, be sure your grain is straight.

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    Nov 21, 2012, 11.15 AMby jessdunstan

    My tip would be to take time laying out your pattern on the fabric and make sure all your grainlines are straight. Your outfit will always look wrong and not hang correctly if you don’t get the pattern cut out correctly.

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    Nov 21, 2012, 11.08 AMby lienepien

    Patience.. I know I haven’t and it doesn’t make it easier..! And from mistakes you learn. (I am still beginner but because of above I easily quit but the tip is don’t, try again!)

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    Nov 21, 2012, 10.45 AMby Xanthi Spyrou

    My tip to a beginner sewer is to love what you are about to do…..and have patients dont give up…. the best designers started off from the begging…..

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