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Disco Queen Highness
« on: September 30, 2009 09:36:46 AM »

Mmmm, I love the smell of flannel in the morning.   Grin  My friend introduced me to the warm, snuggly joy of a rag quilt.  This is the first one I made. 



It's for me.  I swear it is.  I just can't convince my family it was made for me, just me.  They all love how soft and snuggly it is.  In an effort to reclaim my blanket I'm making each of my family members their own for Christmas.  Hubby's is already sewn, so is his moms.  I've just got to clip all of the seams.  That takes FOREVER.  Talk about a hand cramp, ouch.  There are only 2 1/2 to go, so I've got plenty of time.  As my reward for finishing all of the Christmas quilts on time I get to make myself a pink & brown rag quilt.  I'm hoping with so many roaming the house I'll be able to snuggle under at least one of them.

Hope you all enjoy.
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2009 09:44:34 AM »

This is so very cute!!  My ma-in-law is wanting to start making these.  Other than the clipping, are they very hard?
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2009 10:44:35 AM »

They aren't hard at all.  I taught my sister, who doesn't sew at all, how to do these this summer.  I do mine with 8 inch squares and match the front & back fabrics.  Sandwhich a 7 inch piece of cotton batting between the two pieces of flannel.   Very important - do not wash the fabric before cutting.  Sew X's across each square.  Then sew your rows together with all of the seams on one side.  Make sure when you're sewing the quilt together that you sew each row twice.  Then twice again when you're sewing the rows together.  Some people leave the edges of the quilt raw, but I like to bind mine.  I like the nice finished look.  If you don't bind the edges you need to sew a 1/2 inch seam around the whole quilt then clip around that edge as well as the seams.  Super easy!

My thorw is 8 squares by 10 squares.  My hubby's is 10 squares by 12 squares because he complains that all of my quilts are too short.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2009 01:34:46 PM »

Sew X's across each square.  Then sew your rows together with all of the seams on one side.  Make sure when you're sewing the quilt together that you sew each row twice.  Then twice again when you're sewing the rows together.

What do you mean, "sew each row twice" and "twice again when you're sewing the rows together"?
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2009 03:27:43 PM »

Sew X's across each square.  Then sew your rows together with all of the seams on one side.  Make sure when you're sewing the quilt together that you sew each row twice.  Then twice again when you're sewing the rows together.

What do you mean, "sew each row twice" and "twice again when you're sewing the rows together"?

So maybe I wasn't really clear about that. 

"Sew each row twice"
Say you're sewing 2 squares together.  Lay one on top of the other.  Sew a 1/2 inch seam, so they're sewn together.  Now, sew right back over that seam again. 

"twice again when you're sewing the rows together"
Once you have your rows of 8 sewn together lay one row on top of the other row and repeat process as directed above and there is no added stability.  Unless you count the washing.  You need to wash the quilt a couple of times after clipping all of the seams to fuzz up the seams.  Since you didn't prewash your fabric the shrinking occurs now and sort of locks all of the stitching in place.

The only thing that is holding this quilt together is the two rows of stitching between the squares that you've sewn.  Normally you get to quilt over everything and add a little extra stability.  In this quilt the X's are your quilting
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2009 09:51:05 AM »

This looks so snuggly!  I think I should make one for myself, so thanks for the directions!   Smiley
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