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« on: January 28, 2008 08:37:23 AM »

The story about this quickie quilt ...

I work with another quilter who likes making baby quilts. Okay, fine. Our mutual friend Amy has been preggers for 7 months and the other quilter said MONTHS ago she was going to make a quilt. Okay, fine again. I have a personal policy that if this other quilter makes a baby quilt, I won't make one for the same pregger person. Our quilts get compared quite a bit at work and I don't want a lot of hard feelings.

So ONE WEEK before the baby shower (and two weeks prior to due date) I ask the other quilter, "So, did you finish Amy's quilt? Are you gonna bring it in so we can see it (we like show-n-tells at work) and she says, "No, I decided to buy her a present INSTEAD." Oh shitae! Amy is expecting a quilt ... she was told she was getting a quilt!

I didn't have any tops ready to try and beg a machine quilter to whip up (and cost me a fortune), and I don't machine quilt because it really strains my shoulders (because I do it wrong, I know), and I didn't have time to play around and attempt it anyway. So, rag quilt to the rescue!

Recycled denim, homespun, some fuzzy yellow minkie-like fab and a cute flannel w/stars. Because the denim is thick, I used a light blue flannel as a batt instead of quilt batting:


Close up of blocks ... easy-peasy Rail Fence and a Star Block. The minkie-stuff is reverse appliqued under the star cut outs. I then stitched about 1/4" along cut outs and snipped so the stars would rag, too.


The back of the quilt is patched, too. The flannel and minkie-stuff makes it very snuggly. You may be able to see the outline of the star stitching:


Label ... clip art from Microsoft, traced on lightbox with fabric pens:


Hopefully this experience will teach me to have some tops ready to go the next time I'm blindsided!


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frazz911
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2008 08:47:40 AM »

I love this.  Great work!!!

I just started with quilts and projects like yours give me such inspiration. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2008 09:07:15 AM »

Terrific! What a nice thing to do!
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2008 10:28:04 AM »

Amazingly cute and done so fast! I love the flannel idea and the stars are so kid-appropriate.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2008 11:14:57 AM »

super cute! i love it!
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2008 06:50:34 PM »

Thank you, one and all.   Grin

I really like using repurposed denim in rag quilts, along with flannel and homespun. All three really rag well together. And when I use flannel as a batt, I just cut it the same size as the top block and back. Very easy and fast. And denim is thick, so when I use a regular batt, the finished quilt really is too thick and heavy.

I love this.  Great work!!!

I just started with quilts and projects like yours give me such inspiration. 

A rag quilt is a great project for a first-time quilter. Once it's all sewn, clipped and washed, it's done! No extra binding, or quilting. Once you're done, you're done! I have taught my 6 year old niece to make one ... anyone can do it.  Smiley
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CambioTrina
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2008 08:36:59 PM »

Wow, that is super cool!!  I love the colors
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2008 01:34:38 AM »

Well done for saving the day. And the quilt is beautiful! I really want to make a rag quilt now, especially with denim, becuase the look is really good.
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2008 03:48:29 AM »

lovely!! stars really make it so special and i love the co ordinating label with the brightest star saying.

I must try a rag quilt, so thats 3 layers or do you need more?
love to see some more  pics of any you have done!

great work cyndiq
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2008 08:24:14 PM »

lovely!! stars really make it so special and i love the co ordinating label with the brightest star saying.

I must try a rag quilt, so thats 3 layers or do you need more?
love to see some more  pics of any you have done!

great work cyndiq


Thank you for the compliments ... rag quilts are very satisfying projects and I really recommend them. They're lots of fun!

Three layers are fine ... however, I'm playing with a project right now using two layers of flannel in between the top and back. I'm trying a red flannel and yellow flannel in between denim and homespun back so the two colours really pop on the top. I'll post pics when finished.

If you would like to see some pics of other rag quilts I've made, go to    http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc101/Kimby1_album/Rag%20Quilts/?start=all 
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