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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Caitlin's Crib Cover on: April 07, 2009 10:58:08 PM
Wow, stunning!! How cool that you get to pass it down now.... beautiful!
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First post: Baby Rag Quilt on: April 07, 2009 10:51:38 PM
Hi all,

Long time lurker, but first time poster ... I hope that this is the right area to post this in. I'm not sure if the rag quilts fall in the same category as the regular quilts? If not, please move as necessary!

I've always wanted to try my hand at quilting, as my mom did quite a bit of it when I was younger. But I never actually did it, as it just seemed too big a project. I'd also not done much sewing since high school (now in my early 30s) but last year finally took it back up and have been trying to slowly teach myself to do some simple sewing projects, mostly simple clothing patterns.

Anyway, I came across this tutorial for a rag quilt, and got so excited I went out that day to find fabric. I made this for my toddler son, with a pillowcase in the blue check fabric, as a Christmas present.

Here's the tutorial: http://jenyu.net/make/ragquilt.php

Crossed fingers, hope I uploaded these pics properly...

Here's the fabrics I chose. The lighter blue one was used in the front, but also made up the entire back:

This is midway through the very laborious process of cutting out all the squares, creating "sandwiches" with the front square, batting and back square, and stacking them. These were then sewn in an "x" from corner to corner, individually - if that makes sense.

Here's midway through sewing the rows together, there's two in the back already done (and Diet Coke, the most important crafting ingredient):

I sewed the "strips" together with a pattern of sliding the blocks one block to the left in each row, so that it would end up with diagonal strips of the same fabric. Here's a stack of the strips... I did eight strips of six blocks each, so that the final project would be six squares wide by eight blocks long ... about the exact size for a crib or small toddler bed.

Finally, I sewed the "strips" together, then snipped the upward facing seams (a very long process), and put it through the wash to soften and "rag" the edges. Ignore the Doritos, lol!

My son loves it! I'm hoping that one of my friends (or me?) will have a baby girl in the future so I can try this again with some pinks, purples, aquamarines, etc.

Thanks for looking!

Edited to fix final photo
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Mess o' Quilts on: April 07, 2009 10:51:27 PM
Wow, that's great.... any idea how much time each one took??

The really cool thing about this is that they will probably have those quilts for the rest of their lives! What a great gift.
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Star Guild Opportunity Quilt (image heavy) on: April 07, 2009 10:49:48 PM
I first looked at this when it was originally posted (I've been lurking but I decided it was time to start commenting and posting myself!), and my mom was sitting next to me and we literally both dropped our jaws when we saw this. Absolutely stunning! I can't even imagine the work and effort that went into it!
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: woodland bloom baby/lap quilt on: April 07, 2009 10:48:26 PM
Whoops, I meant to also ask: I've seen some youtube videos showing people doing free motion quilting, but I don't recognize the foot they're using on their sewing machines. Did you use a special foot for this?
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: woodland bloom baby/lap quilt on: April 07, 2009 10:47:30 PM
Awesome! Love the colour combinations!! I've been so inspired by the free motion quilts I've seen on here, I think I'll have to try one...
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Flock of Triangles: My first quilt on: April 07, 2009 10:46:23 PM
Love the colour theme... awesome job!!!
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 30 & Flirty! on: April 07, 2009 10:45:07 PM
Wow! I've never seen one quite like this, very nice!!!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Living room stuff on: March 31, 2009 07:59:36 PM
This is awesome!! Another one to add to my "someday will attempt to copy" list, lol!
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first lined zipper pouch! on: March 29, 2009 08:18:23 PM
I agree - looks like you did a great job!!! I would never guess it was your first try with the zipper foot ... I still haven't screwed up the courage to try to make something with a zipper, lol!

Love the fabric too. Awesome job!
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