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« on: October 31, 2010 01:28:12 PM »

I've made a few quilts in my time, but never a rag quilt before.  I fell in love with these flannel "retro" Christmas prints when I was in Lancaster, PA over the summer, but didn't purchase them.  Recently, I was poking around on Fabric.com (finally buying my Amy Butler Weekender bag pattern!) and since I needed to spend another $20 or so to qualify for free shipping, I went ahead and bought those flannels.  What better way to use a bunch of flannels then with a rag quilt!  I did a little google-ing to research how to make one (who knew the back was cut up into squares too?) and then went to town.

Finished product, just so a nice picture shows up in the thumbnail...


All my squares neatly stacked up:

 
A sampling of the prints:


Obligitory "cat in the shot" picture---he's lying on it after it was all pinned---ouch!


"This quilt is mine!  Allllll mine!"


After pinning, sewing, snipping (and lots of it---ugh my hands hurt!) and three runs through the washing machine, I deemed it sufficiently ragged.  I took it outside (on a blustery day) to photograph it, and here's my results!







My favorite picture:


The back---I ran out of squares for the back, so I used leftover squares from the front and ran them down the center.


Another cool picture--it really shows off the rag seams


All in all, I'm really happy with how it came out.  It was much more work then I had thought, but its the perfect sized lap quilt, very snuggly, and festive without being overly "Christmas".  I love how the colors are un-traditional, but still very cheery!

More "in progress" pictures on my blog:
http://sewin2disney.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/rag-time-christmas-quilt/

C&C welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010 01:52:16 PM »

I love those prints! I would've had a hard time turning those down. They remind me of the original, cartoon version of 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010 07:46:48 PM »

Beautiful!  I'm taking a quilting class at Joann Fabrics in a couple weeks.  Hopefully will make something beautiful like this!  Love the patterns!
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2010 07:06:51 AM »

Those flannels are so cheerful, and I LOVE your rag quilt--one of the nicest I have seen!  What tutorial did you use to make the quilt?  I've found several online, but I am a very new quilter (read: still working on my first quilt) and will need good instructions to come out with a rag quilt anything like this nice...
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2010 01:22:15 PM »

Thanks everyone!
The sewing isn't the hard part--if you can sew a straight seam, you'll be fine---it's the laying out and allll the clipping.
As far as the tutorial, I typed in "Rag Quilt" in Google---and I just read the first 3 or 4 links that popped up to get an idea of what to do.  I never like to follow just one tutorial, because you can learn so much (little tidbits and stuff) from different people's point of view.
Good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2010 03:34:24 PM »

loving the colours.. how did you get on with the washing to make the raggy edges fray?     ... a word of caution i broke my washing machine and flooded my kitchen - clogged it up with fluff!! Undecided

they are fun to do tho and a different type of quilt!
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2010 08:45:12 PM »

These are really great fabrics!!  I think they work great with the rag quilt and are a fun take on Christmas.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2010 08:50:27 AM »

love the rag quilt effect and the fabrics are simply gorgeous.
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2010 07:29:42 AM »

loving the colours.. how did you get on with the washing to make the raggy edges fray?     ... a word of caution i broke my washing machine and flooded my kitchen - clogged it up with fluff!! Undecided

they are fun to do tho and a different type of quilt!

I read online that several people suggested bringing your quilt to a laundrymat to wash, but I did it at home, with a few pieces of clothing to agitate it, and I stopped it often to clean out the "fluff".  When it was done washing, I shook it outside, put it in the dryer, again checking it to clean out the fluff, and shaking it out many times during the drying process.  I did it with 3 loads of laundry (the strings do get on your other clothes, but I shook them outside before I hung them on the line, and then a quick tumble in the dryer took care of any leftover strings.
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2010 01:58:02 PM »

This is so, so, so cute!!  I love it.  Great job!
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