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For your first quilt stick with something that's only squares and rectangles.  As soon as you start cutting on the bias things can start to stretch out, no matter how experienced you are with other areas of sewing it's still more difficult.

The first pattern you showed had blocks made of squares, but then they are rotated 90 degrees (on-point in darkside speak) which means that there has to be setting triangles around the edges and they are not easy to deal with!.  The other pattern looks good, and as others have suggested disappearing 9-patch, or one of the many variations of rail fence.

The secret to getting a good looking quilt is to get the right balance of lights, mediums and darks.  Look at that second pattern,  The sashing (the strips between the blocks)  is light with dark corner stones (the small squares where the sashing strips cross) are dark.  The nine-square patches are mostly medium values with a few darks, but the middle one is always light.  If you make each block with a different mix of colours it will look more interesting, and no possibility of getting a block "wrong" or running out of one of the fabrics for the blocks.

Your selection of fabrics looks good, especially for that pattern though you will probably need to buy yardage (meterage?) of the light/white for the sashing.

My rule of thumb to how much fabric is needed for a quilt top is to work out the total area of the quilt top and double it.
That takes care of the seam allowances and the inevitable wastage of a few tiny scraps.
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What @Lowena said. I think those are pinwheels in the US. They make a delightful quilt, all alone or mixed with other blocks.
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Excellent advice from @Renegade Sewist
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Haha! Good answer @Flobear . I've recut all the small pieces, I think I can get away with most of the big background pieces but have recut some. The background fabric was bought in South Africa from a women's shelter project. It's dyed in the sun using light reactive dye and leaves to create the pattern. I don't have much of it.

Yes, a tutorial might be sensible but I do like figuring things out myself. Just about to start sewing these tiny seams. At least I have time to abandon it & make an embroidered one if necessary!
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Patterns Discussion / Re: Vogue Autumn Patterns
« Last post by BrendaP on Today at 20:21:13 »
Nothing to tempt me either.
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Patterns Discussion / Re: Vogue Autumn Patterns
« Last post by Greybird on Today at 20:16:46 »
Still nothing to tempt me.
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@JenHampson to do an alterations business you do need some business savvy but mostly you need to be a competent and confident sewist. Generally your client knows exactly what they want, can't do it themselves and expects you to be a genius at figuring it out.

If you're not competent no one will be satisfied with the work. If you're not also confident in your abilities and experienced you won't be able to know how much time various things take to complete or what you need to charge to make it worthwhile.

You don't need any accreditation to do alterations. You need experience. I would start by altering everything my family owned that could possibly need any alterations. Take buttons off shirts and put them back on. Better yet, remove half of them then put those back on so they properly match the others. Take a perfectly good zipper out of a skirt or pants and then reinsert it. Shorten a pair of pants half a centimeter.

Maybe do some work for friends for experience. Then visualize doing that for eight hours a day. How many days a week would you enjoy doing it?

BTW from what I know from friends is that if you're working for private clients they are always in a rush.
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Patterns Discussion / Re: Sarah Veblen patterns?
« Last post by Tamnymore on Today at 20:08:19 »
@Surest1tch there shouldn't be VAT on paper patterns. I looked at this carefully when they changed the rules and paper patterns were in the no VAT zone so as long as your pattern is properly declared in the customs declaration I believe that you should be OK. I've bought several bundles of patterns from Vogue et al without anyone trying to charge me VAT or duty. Import duty is payable on larger values - I think the limit is still £135.

If your pdf has an A0 version then it's well worth thinking of whizzing it off to Patternsy - they charge £2.50  per A0 page and are very quick..I often buy Style arc patterns in their sales and get them printed by Patternsy for £5 per pattern.

But as the digital pattern is $20 once you add a fiver for printing and a couple of quid for p&p the Minerva offering doesn't seem so bad......
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I like to work with hsts. Windmills would look good
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Patterns Discussion / Re: Vogue Autumn Patterns
« Last post by Ouryve on Today at 19:58:30 »
I did give it more than a passing look,  @Renegade Sewist  but not a lingering one.
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