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From: amy79
Date: 01-15-2005, 10:38 AM (1 of 3)
5 :nc: Okay now here's my problem :dave: I'm such a newbie, I don't know how to do anything. But for Christmas I got a new Singer, last night I finally figured out how just to thread the thing. Well I'm want to make my new son a rag quilt I have heard that for beginners this is where to start. So my questions are how much space do I leave on the edges when sewing the blocks into the sandwich? And when sewing them all together how much rag do I want hanging out? For this quilt I do not plan on putting in a batting cause it's going to be both sides flannel so I figured that would be plenty warm enough... Thank you so much ahead of time!!! Amy
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Member since: 01-15-2005
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From: shirleyp
Date: 01-15-2005, 12:53 PM (2 of 3)
Rag quilts are easy and fun. I have mine all cut out and ready to put together. I just sewed and x from one corner of the block to the other. When you sew them together you use a 1/2" seam then cut 3/4 way into the edges. Have fun. You can actually sew anything on the blocks. One lady I know just free sewed trees and hearts etc. on her blocks. Just remember you will have a 1/2" seam.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 01-15-2005, 02:44 PM (3 of 3)
My original instructions said if you cut blocks 8 inches or smaller you do not need to do any stitching inside the blocks for stability.. My first one was denim on one side and flannel on the other.. ragging was on the denim side.. The flannel side is smooth and as you said, its warm...If you are using solid colors you may want to embellish some of the blocks, anyway.. Your choice.. :bg:
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