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Date: 11/13/12 11:22 PM

I hated them when I first started quilting. Now I LOVE the texture it adds to the finished quilt!

I just made one with HST, and I forgot to take a picture before I gave it to Project Linus...grrrr.... It was so neat though!

Today was the Project Linus meeting, and I told the coordinator I'd show people how to make one, so I took my machine.

It took me an hour before the meeting to cut out 50 10" flannel squares and 25 9" batting squares, then when I got to the meeting I put the WHOLE thing together in 2 hours! Even with talking breaks and stops to show what I was doing!

About another hour to snip it at home, hubby helped, and I had an entire 45x45" quilt DONE in 4 hours!

I will take pictures of this one, it is so cute! I used donated fabric and the batting was scraps from one of my other quilts.

I am going to incorporate the fuzzy edge in pieces of my next quilt, I REALLY love the texture.

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Date: 11/14/12 0:37 AM

Done in 4 hours. That is amazing!

I would like to make one of those too some day. They look so cuddly. Mine will probably take 4 days or weeks even. I am the poster child for the slow sewers sew along.

I saw a rag quilt (lap size) where they used solid fabrics but must have done bobbin work to create different designs on each square. It remains one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

Please post pics if you can.

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Date: 11/14/12 8:14 AM

Great going, Cat!

A local quilt shop has a very handsome rag throw on display. It's made of masculine-looking tweed print flannels and wool batting. It's SO very cuddley and light as a feather with the wool batting. Never made a rag quilt, but this one is tempting because a kit is available . . .

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Date: 11/14/12 11:22 PM

Jane, let's you and I have a race to see who is the slowest. You are the poster child for slow but *I* am the Queen!!

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Date: 11/15/12 11:54 AM

Remember to lightly wash the finished quilt and then dry in the dryer to get the frayed effect.

AND - always stand by to open the dryer every 5 minutes to clean out the lint trap!

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Date: 11/15/12 12:04 PM

Quote: Canadian Jane
Done in 4 hours. That is amazing!



I would like to make one of those too some day. They look so cuddly. Mine will probably take 4 days or weeks even. I am the poster child for the slow sewers sew along.



I saw a rag quilt (lap size) where they used solid fabrics but must have done bobbin work to create different designs on each square. It remains one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.



Please post pics if you can.

It is so incredibly simple, you could easily make one in a day!

I used large squares because I did need it FAST, smaller squares will take longer.

There was no extra piecing in this one. Just cut squares and sew them together!

I will work on pictures today.

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Date: 11/15/12 12:07 PM

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Remember to lightly wash the finished quilt and then dry in the dryer to get the frayed effect.



AND - always stand by to open the dryer every 5 minutes to clean out the lint trap!

I always wash every quilt when I am finished. I just toss in the wash like normal, no special treatment.

It helps to take it outside and REALLY shake it out first, then once again when it comes out of the washer, before you put it in the dryer!

I didn't have to clean the lint trap more than once. The quilting cotton one had way more lint than the flannel. I was expecting it to be the other way around!

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Date: 11/15/12 12:54 PM

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Jane, let's you and I have a race to see who is the slowest. You are the poster child for slow but *I* am the Queen!!

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Your on! Fair Warning - I have been told I would have to speed up to stop. Worse, I am a lightning rod for things that can derail any attempt I make to do something in a timely manner!

2U2

But.... maybe if I tried the larger squares first as suggested, I might be able to get her done before the dawn of the next decade. Seriously, that is a great idea that would not have occured to me. Thanks!




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Date: 11/15/12 1:08 PM

It's a 45" square. Project Linus gives blankets to children, so a small one is perfect for a child! My husband did the snipping, he wanted to contribute, so his snips are spaced a bit farther apart than what I would do, but it really makes no big difference overall!

You make a sandwich out of each square first, right sides showing, batting in between, and sew the "X" to attach them. Square is DONE! Already quilted and ready to be sewn into rows!








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Date: 11/15/12 2:49 PM

That is so pretty! I have been inspired. I would say it is one lucky child who gets this, but the circumstances under which that happens is neither lucky nor happy.

Bet it brings a big smile!! Kudos to you.

Thanks for posting the pics.

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