Monday, October 14, 2013

a Beginner's Quilt-Along?

Vintage Tangerine!

Would you like to make this quilt?  It's a simple, vintage-inspired design with an easy-peasy 4-patch style that is sooooo beginner-friendly.  Yes, this really could be your first quilt!

Fabric Playtime

I have been thinking how well-received my Colorbrick Quilt-Along was, way back when, and how people continue to make Colorbricks.  Every once in a while I get an email that so-and-so has finished their first quilt - and it's Colorbrick!  The original Colorbrick was my first quilt and that was first quilt-along... 3 years ago!  Time for another beginner's quilt-along? 

4-Penny Patch

I'd walk you through the process bit by bit, from choosing fabrics, to detailed cutting, piecing tips and all the scary quilt-finishing steps (of course - basting!).

a happy place!

For quilting, I'd teach an easy straight-line quilting finish for beginners, as well as suggest the dogwood quilting shown here for those that are eager to tackle free motion quilting.  So even if you're not a new quilter, you might want to join us for the FMQ finish!  We'll refer to Elizabeth Hartman's fabulous tutorial, and I'll share my thoughts on how I approached things a little differently.  It's all about getting your feet with with FMQ and finding out what works for you!

Dogwood quilting

I so enjoyed making this quilt the first time, that I'm game to make another.  Anyone with me?  If you are than I'll be back this week with a quilt-along schedule.  I'd like to see us start sewing by the end of this month so that we can finish our quilts in time for holiday gifting!


88 comments:

  1. I think it would be fun. It looks like a great pattern to use a real variety of fabrics that I could pull from my stash.

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  2. Yes please! I've been thinking of making a quilt sort of like this for my son's twin bed. It would be fun to do with a virtual group. Thanks!

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  3. Think I can squeeze this in beside the Penny Sampler??? I wish! But I'm already a few weeks behind on that :( Very pretty quilt!

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  4. I would love to join you in this project. Thank you!!

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  5. Sounds like a great idea! I'm in too!

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  6. I am not a beginner but I would love to do this. It is such a cute quilt.

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  7. I live in Belgium, Europe and I'll join the club!

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  8. I'm SUCH a beginner. Something with just squares.. I think I could manage that. Let's see :-)
    Esther.

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  9. I would love to participate and finally try FMQ.

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  10. YES!! It wouldn't be my first quilt but I love everyone's take on fabric choices and I enjoy reading tutorials for alternate approaches to quilt construction.

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  11. I would definitely make it; however, it would have to wait until after the holidays! This would make the perfect quilt for my nephew I was planning on making for his birthday in January.

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  12. I would join along. I've bee eyeing the dogwood FMQ pattern. This would be a great way to try it out.

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  13. I think I would like this, got some fabric already, lets go!

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  14. I need to make a fundraising quilt for my daughter's preschool, and I think this would be a nice one - count me (probably) in

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  15. Oh man, I want to be in! I'm a crocheting madwoman right now though, getting ready for a craft fair at my daughter's school. Maybe I'll tag along behind you all...

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  16. I'd love to...But am doing the Penny Sampler, the Virtual Quilting Bee at Diary of a Quilter, and have three quilts that need finishing...But might anyway. XD

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  17. Yes, absolutely! I don't suppose there's any chance of one of those fabulous fabric shops putting together a kit? Because I still adore your colour scheme. Id make it in a heartbeat if I could have all those pretty blues and oranges :-)
    E xx

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    1. Rachel, it has taken me a year (oh my goodness!) but this weekend I finished my penny patch. Thank you for you tutorial and your fabulous colour bundle.
      E xx

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  18. sounds fun - - I really want to be in!

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  19. Oh, I love this quilt! I've been trying to get my sister and my mom to pick up quilting - maybe this will convince them!

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  20. I like to think of myself as an advanced beginner and I've got 2 current in progress quilts and two off at the longarmer that need binding before Christmas but what's one more quilt :) I'm game!

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  21. I really like it. Might be perfect for my HR charm squares! My kind of scrappy traditional simple!

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  22. YES! and i already have the perfect fabrics. let's do it. =)

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  23. I would love to try the dogwood FMQ! Been meaning to after seeing that tutorial so this may be the "push" I need :-)!

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  24. I love that quilt! And colors! And everything about it! I'm in!!

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  25. I'll quilt along with you. I love this vintage pattern. Hmmmm now which color scheme should I do :)

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  26. I would love to do this quilt - just got to find some fabric and I'm in.

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  27. I'm not a beginner, but since this is the quilt that got me all excited about fabric play, I'm definitely in. I'll MAKE time for this! :-D

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  28. Yes! I'd love to fussy cut into a stack of peacock lane I have sitting around!

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  29. i'd love your guidance with my first quilt!=i think i could do it!

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  30. This sounds like fun . I have made many quilts but always struggle with color. I love your color combos so I am looking forward to quilting along with you.

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  31. I've been looking for a way to use up scraps, and this looks more exciting to me than a postage stamp quilt. I'd love to join in!

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    1. IM in, can it be scrappy? have way too many FQs

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  33. I will definitely play along!! I can't wait!

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  34. Sounds great. I have always admired the fabric choices in this quilt.

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  35. Count me in. I've wanted to make this since seeing it here when you first posted it.

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  36. Looks great! I will be following

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  37. Looks awesome. I will be joining.

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  38. Awesome! I have 5 baby quilts to make for friends in the next 4-5 months so this would be perfect for at least one of them!! I will be back for sure.

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  39. What a great idea! I'm sure it will be a success! First quilts are always the best! You learn so much!

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  40. Even though I'm working on a quilt (free-piecing) for my DGD...I want to sew along, too! Love that quilt! I'll definitely be checking back.

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  41. I'm working on my first quilty Christmas gifts, but I'd love to join in on this one since I'm pretty new at this! I really want to try the dogwood FMQ. Now to decide on fabric ...

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  42. I'm in too. I'd love to have something ready for Christmas

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  43. I'm in. I have a grandchild coming in the spring. Maybe I'll have it done before a baby shower. It's her first baby. This looks like afun quilt to make (as in not too difficult once I can sew a straight line).

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  44. I'm in. I have a grandchild coming in the spring. Maybe I'll have it done before a baby shower. It's her first baby. This looks like afun quilt to make (as in not too difficult once I can sew a straight line).

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  45. I know I'm so behind in the penny sampler class but I really love this quilt so I say hesitantly I'm in.

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  46. I'd love to join in something like this.

    Anne xx

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  47. The colorbrick was my first quilt! I would love to join in!

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  48. absolutely in! i just finished a small cot quilt & NEED to start another!

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  49. I am definitely in for an easy QAL! I am so eager to try!

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  50. Neat! Reminds me of what Sarah @ sarahquilts just recently put together :)

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  51. Count me in! I so want to do this!

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  52. I am completing my first quilt right now and need another relatively easy pattern for my second. I've been following you for a couple months now and love your color sense. I especially love the colors in this one. I'm in!

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  53. An absolute beginner but so eager to learn quilting, I'd love to join!

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  54. Oh Yes!! I'm in!! This is the first time I've commented on your blog...been following you for months!!!! Great site!!! The sharing of your free motion journey has been inspirational to me!!! I hope I'm not a no-reply blogger here....can't seem to change my settings to include all blogs..... Yes...can't wait to get on a quilting schedule with you and your friends!!!

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  55. oooh, this is such a pretty quilt. And while I'm not a beginner, I'm really looking forward to joining this quilt along.

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  56. Sounds fun! I just picked up a FQ bundle of the new Denyse Schmidt fabric and it would be perfect for this cute quilt!

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  57. Awesome! I'm not a beginner but I can still play! How about offering a bundle with your same fabrics? I LOVE your fabric choices, the tangerine and aqua us so vintagey like!

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  58. Looks sew fun! I am not a beginner, but plan to be sewing along ...:)

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  59. I am sew up for this it's untrue. Thanks again.

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  60. I'd love to try FMQ so this will be just the push I need to get started!

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  61. I have never done a QAL, but I would love to do this! My first! How fun!

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  62. I'm not a beginner but that quilt is so cute and I've been itching to make something simple - AND this would be my first QAL - so that is exciting. I think I'm in!

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  63. What's dogwood and what is FAQ? I'm not familiar with your site, but just read many of the comments about your quilting class. How does a virtual group class work? When are you starting? I am in the same boat as Esther (see above). I am a total beginner in sewing on a machine, let alone quilting. Would this be an easy enough place for me to start aquiring those skills? Thanks for your answers to all my questions!

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  64. Would love to have a go, I've never done a QAL it sounds fun.

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  65. Lovely quilt! yes , it would be fun to make one!

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  66. I'm in. when do we start... :)

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