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on: February 13, 2009 08:48:02 PM 
Started by msalleycat, Message by msalleycat
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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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