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If you’re new to quilting don’t be overwhelmed with all the quilt options.  There are so many fabrics on the market, thousands of quilt blocks to choose from and endless  possibilities to put them together with borders, sashes and bindings.

The best advise I got when I was making my first quilt came from my sister.

#1  Make the quilt with big square blocks, maybe three or four blocks across and three or four down, each block can measure 6″ x 6″, or 8″ x 8″ or 10″ or 10″…whatever you want, but keep your layout simple.  I’ve included a sample below.

This is a great way to learn to put together fabrics, colors, a theme and to learn the basics.  Keep the layout simple.

We started on my mission to choose fabrics for my first quilt.  I love fabric so I decided to do all whites and creams because it was going to be too difficult to choose a color scheme.  I kept thinking whites and creams, but ended up, oranges, greens and red with just a hint of creams.

So, the second piece of advise was:
#2  It’s YOUR quilt.  You get to choose the fabrics YOU want.

The quilt sample below has 3 blocks across and 3 blocks down of only two different fabrics, but with several borders.  Super simple.

 

This can easily be replicated in your colors and fabrics.   This is great for a baby quilt, a lap quilt or even a small wall quilt, just adjust the size of the blocks and borders.