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Date: 6/25/13 4:47 PM

I have never quilted before but love this pattern so I think I'm going to try it.

I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions once I start but a silly question first. The pattern says to transfer all the lines to the fabric but it never says when to sew the lines.

Is that what 'finish quilt' at the end of the instructions means? To sew all the quilt lines? I would think that would be cumbersome and that the lines should be sewn as you work each piece.

Another question, what is the best way to mark the lines? I use sidewalk chalk on my patterns but that is way to thick for this project. I've also used a Singer water-soluble ink pen but the ink disappears quickly - within minutes. I have tailor's chalk and I like using it but would it be thin enough and dark enough for a beginner?

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Date: 6/25/13 4:54 PM

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This is really cute.

The link is really, really, really, really, slow.
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Date: 6/25/13 5:07 PM

I've made a few rag quilts, and you are on the right track.

For each "section" of the turtle, I believe you stack several layers of flannel.

Mark the quilting lines (the X marks) on one stack/section at a time. I have used Clover Chaco liner, which has a little spoked wheel inside that lays down a thin line of chalk powder. This is temporary, but you only need the marks to last long enough to stitch the quilting lines on each section. Then you can brush off any powder that's left. However, since finishing this project involves washing and drying it to fluff the clipped seam allowances, you can use any marker that washes out easily.

Stitch the marked quilting lines on each section, the X's.

Once you have all the sections quilted, THEN join them together to make the turtle.

Last thing to do is to clip the exposed seam allowances and wash and fluff the turtle. I assume the instructions provide further details.

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Date: 6/25/13 5:18 PM

The pattern is worked from the outside to the inside circle.

Isn't this going to be hard to sew the middle because of all the fabric?

I don't need a quilting machine to do this do I?

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Date: 6/26/13 10:41 AM

Each section is stitched wrong sides together so the seams are on the outside for the frayed effect.

You can do this by hand, but would be easier on the fingers/hands/wrists and faster if by sewing machine.

A sewing machine can be used for sewing or quilting. It is just a technique and not a specific machine.

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Date: 6/26/13 6:21 PM

That is a super cute pattern. True it must get a bit hairy towards the centre but a lot of fun

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Date: 7/7/13 0:02 AM

I am going to make that same pattern for my GRANDdaughter next year for her 2nd birthday because it is SO big. I just finished making her the smaller one Simplicity 1822 view C. It was so easy and so much fun to make! I have already cut out a 2nd one for a Christmas gift for my daughter's Godson! I used cottons & flannels in my GRANDdaughter's & the baby's is all flannel with the polar fleece in the middle. Let me know if you have any more questions about the pattern and I will pull mine out to read it. I have been a pattern tester for awhile so I am pretty good at reading & explaining them! (I will post pictures of my little turtle ones if I ever figure out how to post them.....)

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Date: 8/2/13 1:45 PM

I'm still thinking of making the turtle quilt from Simplicity 2493 this fall but I have a question about the padding.

The pattern calls for wide fleece but I see where a lot of people are saying that they wouldn't use fleece.

What all of you suggest I use for padding for this pattern?

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Date: 8/3/13 7:09 PM

Rimna5, I'm getting ready to make this quilt too! I am planning to use a layer of flannel for the top, bottom and middle, for a total of 3 layers. It won't be very thick, but I'm in Florida, so it really doesn't need to be too heavy. I did a test piece and washed it and I think it's going to work out fine.

I am trying to decide if I want the ragged seams to be as large as the pattern calls for, or if I'd rather cut them a little shorter.

Would love to see pictures of your version as it comes along, and if I can get some help (technologically challenged), I'll try to post pics of mine!

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Date: 8/3/13 7:43 PM

Hi Denise,

Are you using just plain flannel like what you would use for pajama pants, nothing special? Did it give you the same ragged edge? I wasnít sure about the ragged seam myself and Iíd love to see the smaller seam if thatís what you plan to use.

Iím making this for my granddaughter who lives in northern Japan right now and it gets cold in the winter. I was thinking of using Tuttie Fruttie Plisse cotton fabric because I like a lot of the prints. But maybe all flannel would work too since she has other blankets Ė something to think about.

I wonít be able to buy my fabric until next month so Iíll be quite a ways behind you but Iíd love to see your quilt as you work on it so please post pictures.

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