Monday, July 27, 2009

Figuring Out How To Make A Rag Quilt


78 squares of Aviary in Robin
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78 squares of Lock in Splash
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156 squares of Flannel

Yikes, that was a lot of cutting! I bet the quilters out there could have given me a few pointers.

Next steps: Each printed square will be backed with a flannel square. The 156 squares will then be sewn together with their 1/3" seam facing out. The seams will be snipped to create frayed edges (the signature of a rag quilt). Finally, this newly created quilt will become the top of the duvet for this bedroom.



Any guess as to when this will all be done? I may pull some late nights, catching up on a few favorite TV shows while sewing!

9 comments :

  1. WOW that's some kind of project! I know if I was doing it Isabella would be a woman by the time I finished!!! I can't wait to see it. You'll problably finish in about a week (or two)!

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  2. It is going to be beautiful! Whatever you do DO NOT wash and dry it in your machine. Take it to the laundromat for the first few washings. I can't wait to see it finished. Incidentally you have inspired me to do one for my daughter's room.

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  3. Great advice, Jbear...I'll remember that! Glad this inspired you and my goodness, I hope it is done by the time Isabella is a woman! That is funny...Janell

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  4. You''re going to love it - and I agree with Jbear - don't dry it in your machine!

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  5. Cannot wait to see it finished! I love that fabric and I love rag quilts, so I know it will be exquisite!

    ~Amanda

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  6. Just added you to my sidebar. Are you showing a tutorial on how to make this, or do you have a link? Like I just don't have enough to do around here. HA!

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  8. For instructions on how to make a rag quilt google the question "how to make a rag quilt". When I did this a lot of links came up, particularly from www.about.com

    You could also go directly to that site and type in "rag quilt" in their search area.

    Good luck and thanks for asking! Janell

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  9. I used to do about 3 of these a week when I was crafting full time and posting them for sale on ebay. I can give you a few shortcut pointers. Put your square "sandwiches" together all at one time and stitch the quilting on top before you lay out in a pattern. I have been known to sew "X's", hearts, squares, and curly ques in the centers of mine.
    Then lay the quilt out (I used the livingroom floor so I could catch up on my TV shows...:) ), and pin the edges of the squares together in order of sewing in that row.

    Lay the rows in order in which they go, on top of each other. I would start at the left and go right. So the farthest left side would be on top the next row under the first and so on. Take it to your sewing maching and stitch each square in the row, then each row. Don't worry about the direction of how the seams lay. Just stitch. You can fix all that when you snip the edges and corners. Also, don't get too worked up about getting the edges lined up exaxtly. The snipping and frayed edges hide a MULTITUDE of sins...believe me.
    I could sew and snip a twin size quilt in about 2 hours if I had the squares all cut out first. 3 if I had to cut squares too.

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