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From: gjunak
Date: 01-11-2007, 01:48 PM (1 of 10)
I want to lean how to piece quite. I have a lot of scrape material I would like to use up. Can anyone tell me where I can get the patterns, the ones with the designs showing 1,2,3,4 and sew forth. I think its called 123 easy or something like that:bolt:
User: gjunak
Member since: 09-20-2006
Total posts: 2
From: MaryW
Date: 01-11-2007, 01:58 PM (2 of 10)
Hi and welcome to Sew Whats New. I don't know about the 123 easy but I can show you some very easy lessons to follow here. Click on this link.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: NDNQuilter
Date: 01-11-2007, 03:32 PM (3 of 10)
Greetings from Tx, I am not sure about 123 either but will be most happy to help you once you decide on a pattern. Here's another site that might be helpful also.

Hope this helps. feel free to ask as much and as often as you want for help. There's a lot of gals here that are very talented as well as friendly. Have a great day. Gena
User: NDNQuilter
Member since: 10-04-2002
Total posts: 90
From: nativetexan
Date: 01-11-2007, 10:08 PM (4 of 10)
found it- 1-2-3 Quilt is a quilting program like Quilt Pro or others. If you're just beginning you don't need a computer program. at least I don't think so.
or you could mean this site-
which is billy Lauder's site.
just find simple blocks you want to make and go for it. there are beginner books out there for quilts and for rotary cutting and all. has free blocks galore to try out.
i would suggest you make a four patch or a nine patch block. start small and work up. sewing 1/4 inch seams correctly will be a big thing, other than measuring and cutting correctly. but it's not that hard, so go for it. ask for help all you want also.
User: nativetexan
Member since: 11-15-2005
Total posts: 57
From: plrlegal
Date: 01-11-2007, 10:15 PM (5 of 10)
Try the link that Mary gave you. This is where I learned to quilt from our erstwhile quilt teacher Joann. Her lessons are very thorough and easy to follow and she has given a wide range of blocks that teach a lot of techniques starting with the basic 9 patch and working from there. If you try to start with block patterns too advanced, you may get discouraged and never learn to quilt. So, again try the link Mary gave you and get the basics first. Quilters Cache is one of my favorite places for block patterns along with Block Central. However, a great many of their block patterns are somewhat advanced for a just starting to learn quilter.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: swartzrn
Date: 01-14-2007, 10:03 PM (6 of 10)
I haven't heard about 123 Easy either. If you are talking about paper piecing that is numbered, Carol Doak has some great books and alot of information on the internet as well. I haven't done any paper piecing. I, too, have found some great patterns on block central and quilters cache so those are sites I use as well. I made my first quilt in an Irish Chain pattern which ended up being a 9 patch block and was very easy. Good luck! You'll do just fine! Julie
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
User: swartzrn
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 436
From: lrmart
Date: 01-17-2007, 03:19 PM (7 of 10)
I haven't heard of 123 either.

Here's a nice website with anything you want to know about quilting

Here's another good one

You can take online classes here plus they have some great tips in their library area

I'm sure I have some more places but I think these three are probaly the best for basic quilting. There's some other good sites for the different types of quilting you may want to do,ie. Paper Piecing,crazy quilting, foundation, redwork etc.

User: lrmart
Member since: 05-14-2006
Total posts: 10
From: material_pakrat
Date: 01-17-2007, 06:46 PM (8 of 10)
I found this wonderful site, and the best pattern for using up scraps. I am loathe to throw out anything, and this string quilt is easy to use all of those up. I had never done foundation piecing before, but these instructions make it so easy. Now I am keeping a block near my machine and I add any scraps to it straight away. I made one block yesterday, and have put it away in a box until I make more.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
User: material_pakrat
Member since: 12-13-2006
Total posts: 220
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 01-20-2007, 03:18 PM (9 of 10)
I made beautiful placemats from that design ... I added strips to two sides to make them into rectangles.. Gave them to DS family for a Christmas gift a couple of years ago, and a friend of theirs saw them and ordered 6 for their camper and told me to set my own price , but he had to have them.. (I felt that I had really done a good job, then)
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: NDNQuilter
Date: 01-20-2007, 06:51 PM (10 of 10)
Soph, I love string quilts. thanks for sharing. Gena
User: NDNQuilter
Member since: 10-04-2002
Total posts: 90
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