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« on: February 13, 2009 08:48:02 PM »

I made this patchwork rag quilt for a couple I work with that had a baby boy back in the fall. I'm not sure why I didn't post it here after I finished it, except that maybe my hands were too tired to type after *all* that snipping of seams!  I did buy one of those special spring-loaded scissors for these types of projects, but still....
The front (ragged) side is a checkerboard of of brown polka-dotted flannel and light blue/brown cowboy print flannel, and the back is the same brown polka-dot alternating with solid green flannel that picks up one of the dot colors. I ran out of fabric for the back(I did measure...maybe I didn't take into account shrinkage), but it was fun fixing that problem: 4 yellow corners and 4 free-pieced patchwork squares with my scraps from this and a previous rag quilt for a baby cousin.) .

I love how these blankets turn out, but they are labor-intensive....  Maybe I just find the process tedious because it actually isn't challenging?!?! I love choosing the fabrics for the recipients (I've made 3 so far, and have fabric picked out for 2 more babies' first birthdays this year), but after that, it gets a bit boring because I've made all the decisions....  I'm curious how long it takes most other folks to make these, and how big you usually make them?  I've been doing 6" cut squares, and 9 to 10 squares across by 10 to 13 rows down.....so at least 200 squares to deal with (I don't do an inner layer b/c I'm in So.Cal.) but I expect I will keep making them because they make the recipients so happy.

I'd love to hear anyone else's comments on their process & time invested in making these rag quilts...
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2009 09:19:53 PM »

I love making these kind of blankets. I made some for my kids out of old jeans. What a nightmare but they turned out way cute. My only problem is they still shed horribly.
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2009 09:30:19 PM »

I pre-wash the fabric, then I wash them about 3 times after they're sewn, standing over the open washing machine with a hand strainer scooping out threads. Then I shake them outside, dry them, shake them again, and start the process again. So far I haven't ruined my washer or anyone else's (I do warn them about the shedding, to be fair!)
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2009 10:28:02 PM »

Nice work! I've made a few, maybe about the same size as yours... I make them for our "wounded warriors" = those injured troops returning from the battlefield to hospitals in Germany and the U.S.  It's mighty chilly on those "cargo" type flights. The squares are denim, and we use flannel as the middle layer, and cotton for the backing. Each denim square is "signed" with a message of support and encouragement by folks from all over the U.S. They're very inspiring to sew, but clipping is a nightmare. I would highly recommend Fons & Porter rag snips, they're tiny scissors compared to most sewing scissors, but are very sharp and powerful to the point - I would never make another rag quilt without those scissors. We snip our seam allowances at about 1/8" intervals... about 25 snips per 6" side... yowza... and what a mess they make in our washing machines and dryers!
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2009 10:39:58 PM »

Wow, lotta work!  Sure is pretty though.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2009 11:05:54 AM »

Goodness - I never knew the rage quilts made such a mess!  For that reason alone I don't think I'll be making any . . . I'll keep all my raw edges on the inside!!

BTW - very cute quilt! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2009 08:28:11 AM »

Beautiful quilt--aren't they addicting??

I made my first rag quilt about a month ago, too.  I used the pre-cut 10" squares from a layer cake, so it was a lot fewer squares!  (And the only cutting was the batting for the squares--yay).  I love the look, and I will  probably do more, especially with the 5" charm squares.  They really are a time saver!
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2009 04:17:14 PM »

Kleinsch, did you find charm squares in flannel or was it just regular quilting cotton?
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2009 05:23:36 AM »

I just used regular cotton.  The seams still frayed very nicely. 

I'm sure you could find charm squares in flannel, too, but there seems to be a greater variety available for the cotton layer cakes and charm packs.
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