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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie questions ... (tiptoeing into quilting by making a rag quilt) on: June 03, 2012 03:27:26 PM
Smiley  Thanks for taking the time to read this:  I am new to sewing and I have never attempted a quilt.  They scare me, LOL.  I REALLY want to make one but I decided to attempt a rag quilt first... just to get used to the cutting and the arranging and all of that... then on to a REAL quilt.  I have a lot of basic questions though.  I have read many tutorials on rag quilts but my questions are so BASIC that I guess people think it is common knowledge or common sense... unfortunately it is not for me... yet.   Huh  First off I am using my daughter's old receiving blankets, I saw that flannel is a good medium for this and I believe that all of those blankets are flannel.  I think it could be an awesome keepsake for her.  I do not have a lot of money so I am going to use fleece that I already own as my batting.  I am going to cut the flannel and the fleece the same size instead of cutting the batting smaller, it is pink and I believe that it will look super cute hanging out of the edges and it will also add some continuity to the blanket.  I know that the flannel will fray and the fleece will not, but I think it will look cute.  I am debating on whether or not I should sew the "X" onto each square.  I do not think that it is necessary to do that because of the batting and the fabric being cut to the same size, BUT I do like the look of it and I could use the sewing practice.  Here is my first question... if I do decide to sew the "X", do I sew it from end to end?  Or do I leave some space for the seam allowance?  I have seen it both ways in the tutorials and I am confused on what the difference is.  Also, do I need to back-stitch when making the "X", my first thought is to back-stitch everything, but in the tutorials they do not look back-stitched.  Also, do any of you suggest special treatment of the ends (to finish off the blanket)?  Most tutorials just say to sew around it, then rag it out.  Should I use a special stitch or double stitch it?  I have no clue.  LOL  One more question, I would like to make a fairly large quilt (full size or larger, not sure yet) any suggestions on what size my squares should be?  I assume it will easier to make, the bigger they are but it may also be the bigger the squares are, the more difficult it is? Undecided   LOL 
I was thinking about making them 9 inch blocks that would make them 8 inches when sewn.

Any help or suggestions are welcome... thanks in advance! Kiss
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Presser foot up or down when not in use... on: May 28, 2012 09:52:59 AM
I am a newbie and I do not know if I should be leaving my presser foot up or down when not in use... I have GOOGLED this question with not much luck  Huh... (if it depends on my machine, I have a new Singer Talent 3321)
Thank you in advance!
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