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« on: October 25, 2006 10:58:44 AM »

 After many trips through the dryer to get the edges ragged...


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closeup of musical bee fabric.


back: made from my daughter's old flannel receiving blankets.

I learned a lot from the whole process.  I made more than one mistake along the way, but over all I am proud of the end result.   

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2006 11:00:06 AM »

wow  I  love  it  so  different  and  fun!!  bet is  warm.... is it  heavy  with all that  denim??
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2006 11:32:20 AM »

That's awesome! What a great treasure.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2006 11:40:09 AM »

Aw that's great!  And it's cool that you used the old receving blankets.  It will make a great keepsake.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2006 11:56:46 AM »

This is an awesome bringing together of groovy/contemporary and traditional feel. Love it! Looks like lots of work with all the curves. Color me impressed.
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2006 12:18:49 PM »

Love it! 

I've been wanting to make a ragged quilt, and what a great idea using old blankets---a way to love them even more!  I've got to remember this for after kids are done!

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2006 12:31:15 PM »

That look fantastic!  I like the idea of using old receiving blankets - what a keepsake.
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2006 07:11:03 PM »

I love it! I have been saving old jeans forever to make something like this. Did you use the fabric seen in the circle as the middle of your "sandwich"? ex. Denim,  cute fabric, flannel baby blankets... Also, did you cut the circles out after sewing? I am assuming the circle stitch is your quilting holding the layers together.

I have a few patterns for variation sewing or appliqueing something on top of the square, but I think I may like the fabric circle surprises better!

Great job!
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2006 08:15:01 AM »

Did you use the fabric seen in the circle as the middle of your "sandwich"? ex. Denim,  cute fabric, flannel baby blankets... Also, did you cut the circles out after sewing? I am assuming the circle stitch is your quilting holding the layers together.

Yes, I put the "cute fabric" in the middle of the sandwich, but only on the ones with the cut outs.  I didn't have enough of the green fabric to do it with every square.  If I had it would have given the raggy edges a green streak all over.  As it is, it's kind of random looking.

I cut my circles out first, before I did the quilting.  (with this type of quilt, you quilt the sandwich first, then do the piecing.)  Once I started cutting all the circles out I thought, "Hey what am I going to do with these denim circles?"  So I decided to attach them to some of the squares I had originally intended to be plain.  I attempted to sort of free motion stitch the denim circles on.  That didn't work as well as I'd hoped because I can't lower the feed dogs on my sewing machine.  The next raggy quilt I make, I am going to zig zag stitch the cut out and cut in circles.  It's a bit too rough looking for my liking with the straight stitching.

oh!  and yes, it is heavy!
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2006 12:30:03 PM »

I think your quilt is brillant.  I LOVE it.
I am inspired to start one.

Great job.
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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2006 03:44:01 PM »

I think your quilt is awesome!  I made a ragged edge quilt, which is the warmest and my favorite, but I didn't even think of putting holes in them!  That is a fantastic idea, and looks great!  Good Job.
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2006 01:46:34 PM »

Great job!  I  can't believe this is your first quilt!  I love the denim on top and the soft on the other side.  And I LOVE the idea of cutting the recieving blankets, I have sooooo many. 

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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2006 04:47:16 PM »

Your quilt is GREAT!!! I love it! I made a raggy quilt, but it pales in comparison to yours.
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2006 04:56:41 PM »

now i know what to do with all those receiving blankets! That looks perfect for cold nights. Nice Job!
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2006 07:43:53 PM »

I like the straight stitches on the circles and think they look fine. I am sure it is hard to straight when sewing in a circle!

Can I ask what is the size of the finished block and what size seam allowance did you use? Oh, and the circle size....This is really great looking and I'm thinking I may give it a whirl with some of these jeans (5 tubs full).

Once again, I think it looks great and you did an awesome job for your first quilt. I love denim quilts in the winter. They are so heavy and warm!
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« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2006 12:33:29 PM »

Can I ask what is the size of the finished block and what size seam allowance did you use? Oh, and the circle size....This is really great looking and I'm thinking I may give it a whirl with some of these jeans (5 tubs full).

My blocks were cut 6.5 in square with a 1/2 in seam allowance.  The circle, I just went through my plastic rubbermaid bowls and picked one I thought looked good.  Once I get more jeans again for the next quilt, I think I will experiment with different shapes as well.

thanks everyone for your compliments, they've really made my day! Grin
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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2006 07:16:55 PM »

just a tip, I went to our a garage sale held by the teens at our church the last day and they were selling anything you could fit in a paper bag for $1.00. They had TONS of clothes left, so, I put every jean I could find in 3 bags and walked out with tons of jeans for $3! I also pick some intersting ones out at half price day at the thrift stores.

keep up the good work!
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2006 08:55:29 AM »

I always back my kiddie quilts in flannel, but what an idea to use receiving blankets! Awesome.
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