Thanks for taking the time to read this: I am new to sewing and I have never attempted a quilt. They scare me, LOL. I REALLY want to make one but I decided to attempt a rag quilt first... just to get used to the cutting and the arranging and all of that... then on to a REAL quilt. I have a lot of basic questions though. I have read many tutorials on rag quilts but my questions are so BASIC that I guess people think it is common knowledge or common sense... unfortunately it is not for me... yet. First off I am using my daughter's old receiving blankets, I saw that flannel is a good medium for this and I believe that all of those blankets are flannel. I think it could be an awesome keepsake for her. I do not have a lot of money so I am going to use fleece that I already own as my batting. I am going to cut the flannel and the fleece the same size instead of cutting the batting smaller, it is pink and I believe that it will look super cute hanging out of the edges and it will also add some continuity to the blanket. I know that the flannel will fray and the fleece will not, but I think it will look cute. I am debating on whether or not I should sew the "X" onto each square. I do not think that it is necessary to do that because of the batting and the fabric being cut to the same size, BUT I do like the look of it and I could use the sewing practice. Here is my first question... if I do decide to sew the "X", do I sew it from end to end? Or do I leave some space for the seam allowance? I have seen it both ways in the tutorials and I am confused on what the difference is. Also, do I need to back-stitch when making the "X", my first thought is to back-stitch everything, but in the tutorials they do not look back-stitched. Also, do any of you suggest special treatment of the ends (to finish off the blanket)? Most tutorials just say to sew around it, then rag it out. Should I use a special stitch or double stitch it? I have no clue. LOL One more question, I would like to make a fairly large quilt (full size or larger, not sure yet) any suggestions on what size my squares should be? I assume it will easier to make, the bigger they are but it may also be the bigger the squares are, the more difficult it is? LOL
I was thinking about making them 9 inch blocks that would make them 8 inches when sewn.
Any help or suggestions are welcome... thanks in advance!