Yes your daughter is ready to sew, my 2 girls learned at an early age. I
have taught 4-Her's and Home Ec students (boys and girls) for many years,
this is almost a foolproof type project.
Here are some suggestions:\
Do not wash your fabric ahead of time.Yes, flannel will the softest and fray
the best when you do the clips.
I have my students use all the same size block rather than worry about the
It is up to you if you want to put the batting in between the blocks, for a
light throw and a 1st project it might not be necessary.(fewer pieces to
handle) but I still have my students stitch the blocks together with the X
just another chance to gain some sewing skill.
I had my students use a 5 inch block with 1/2 inch seams, but 6 inch 3/4
inch seams will great too . Be sure to pin the squares with wrong sides
together. If you are afraid that your daughter might tire of sewing before
you get done make a larger block and then it will not take as many to make
The most tedious part of the project is doing the clipping, be sure not to
cut your stitches when clipping, a good sharp scissor is the best thing to
speed the process along.
Wash on a full load of water. Be sure to clean the lint out of your washer.
When you put it in the dryer, stop and empty the lint trap about every 5-10
minutes. It will keep fraying for a while, so you may want to go thru the
process twice. if you want e-mail me privately and I will help more if I
Audrey in SD
> Hello there! My name is Renee and I am a "sometimes" seamstress. Mostly
> when I have to or when I *really* want to! The kids, homeschooling,
> and DH take most of my time but I am going to try a rag quilt and see how
> interested I can get my 7 yr old daughter in helping me. I think I will
> her make a pink one for grandma.
> Anyhoo, my question is, what's the best way to make one? I know that's a
> question and I have looked online and saw several different ways to do it
> but I thought I would ask ladies who ACTUALLY quilt. I have decided on
> making it out of flannel since it seems that will probably be the softest.
> Also, do you need batting between the squares? What's a good size for the
> squares and what is a Grandma Sized quilt measured at? Do you need to sew
> an "x" or other design on the two squares before pinning and sewing them?
> Is an inch a large enough area to clip for the fuzzy part? How many times
> do you need to wash or dry it before you use it?
> I am sure I will have more questions but if anyone here has a few minutes
> spare and write me with advice, I would greatly appreciate it!
> Renee in Oregon
> Happy New Year everyone!