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andreacs
« on: November 26, 2007 11:45:33 AM »

Hey all,

I want to make simple quilts for my 2 kids for x-mas.  I'm thinking a basic scrappy "one-patch", with the blocks being 6 inches.  So I have a few questions:

Would it be best to just sew rows of blocks together, or should I make like a jumbo sized 4-patch and then sew those together in rows?

These are for twin sized bed and are for a 4 yo and a 2 yo.  They will get washed VERY frequently.  Is it ok if I do a 1/2 inch seam allowance or is that too bulky?

What is the best batting to use that is warm, but as light-weight as possible?  My younger one hates heavy blankets on her.  It's not freezing in our house at night or anything, so I'd definately give up some warmth for lightness.  Would just a layer of flannel work?

Thanks so much for any help you all can give!  I've made a few quilts before, but I'm still a total novice when it comes to details!
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2007 01:01:06 PM »

Hey all,

I want to make simple quilts for my 2 kids for x-mas.  I'm thinking a basic scrappy "one-patch", with the blocks being 6 inches.  So I have a few questions:

Would it be best to just sew rows of blocks together, or should I make like a jumbo sized 4-patch and then sew those together in rows?

Either way works, especially with that size (or larger) blocks. Personally, I just do the rows, but see which works for you -- since you're doing two quilts, try both ways!  Grin

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These are for twin sized bed and are for a 4 yo and a 2 yo.  They will get washed VERY frequently.  Is it ok if I do a 1/2 inch seam allowance or is that too bulky?

The 1/4 inch seam allowance would be fine. If you're worried, you could make sure you quilt up/down and back/forth each row at the seam (not just in a block), like with a wide zig zag stitch or just an s-shape. I have several kids' quilts that are washed frequently and have no problem with them -- they're quilted in a small-medium meander. That said, I have had a seam separate on an all flannel quilt, but that was one seam on one block, was easy to repair.

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What is the best batting to use that is warm, but as light-weight as possible?  My younger one hates heavy blankets on her.  It's not freezing in our house at night or anything, so I'd definately give up some warmth for lightness.  Would just a layer of flannel work?

I personally like Warm and Natural or Warm and White cotton batting. They're thin and easy to use. I don't like being too hot, either, so it works for me. I've also used flannel inside a quilt and love it. It has a nice drape. Make sure you pre-wash flannel, especially an inexpensive (read cheap) flannel.

Have fun and good luck!! Let us see your finished quilts!

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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2007 02:23:57 PM »

I use 1/4" seam allowances on my triplet's quilts and they've been washed TONS.  They are still together and look great.  The quilting will add more strength too.

As for batting, I use Hobbs Heirloom 80/20.  It is warm and lightweight.  My local Michaels sells a bag of it and with the 40% off coupon in the Sunday paper each week it comes out to be a good price.

As for how to piece it, I would make them into big four patches or even nine patches.  Then you can lay them out on the floor, or a design wall, and play with the layout.

But the most important thing?  Put a label on the quilts with a note of love from you.  They will treasure that part of the quilt the most!

We want to see pictures when you are done!
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2007 11:20:46 AM »

Thanks for the replies!  My other motive for a 1/2 in seam allowance is that I don't have a 1/4 inch foot I was thinking that it might be easier to maintain a consistent 1/2 inch...  Maybe I'll just use whatever my regular foot measures, I think about 3/8"  It won't really matter so long as I'm consistent, right?

I will absolutely post pics when I finish and thanks for the suggestion about the label w/note!  I always forget that part.
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2007 02:16:04 PM »

If you are consistent, and doing simple same-sized squares, you don't have to stick to the 1/4" rule - doing other shapes or sizes can be tricky because  the cutting measurements are based on 1/4" as a rule of thumb.  You can use the old masking tape seam gauge method, too.
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andreacs
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2007 06:12:58 PM »

Thanks, that's what I figured.  Off to cut more squares...
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007 03:50:15 PM »

If you're concerned about wanting a 1/4" seam without a 1/4" foot, you can take a small strip of tape (masking - i happen to like drafting, myself, but i'm weird), and after measuring with the needle down, put a piece of tape indicating where 1/4" is (not sure if i'm describing this well, but it worked for me when i didn't have access to cheap US machine feet (foots?)
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