Rag Quilt advice please =)

Rag Quilt advice please =)

Post by Batson Cat » Fri, 05 Jan 2007 13:18:21



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, animals
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 let
her make a pink one for grandma.
Anyhoo, my question is, what's the best way to make one? I know that's a big
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 to
spare and write me with advice, I would greatly appreciate it!

Renee in Oregon

Happy New Year everyone!

 
 
 

Rag Quilt advice please =)

Post by Patt » Fri, 05 Jan 2007 17:29:56


Sorry Renee, I can't help, but just wanted to wish you good luck and fun
in making the quilt with your little girl.
You will get answers galore within a couple of days/hours!
.


Quote:
>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, animals
>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 let
>her make a pink one for grandma.
>Anyhoo, my question is, what's the best way to make one? I know that's a big
>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 to
>spare and write me with advice, I would greatly appreciate it!

>Renee in Oregon

>Happy New Year everyone!

--
Best Regards
pat on the hill

 
 
 

Rag Quilt advice please =)

Post by Polly Esthe » Fri, 05 Jan 2007 21:33:22


I haven't made a rag quilt either but think I can help you decide what size
the quilt needs to be.  You say "Grandma Sized" and the answer, of course,
would be 'what size is Grandma?'.  If she's a skinny little bird, that's one
size and if she has quite ample padding, that's another.  Do you want it to
be about the size of a fine bath towel or one of those bath sheets?  And
yes, 7 years-old is a great age for sharing sewing.  Polly


Quote:
> Sorry Renee, I can't help, but just wanted to wish you good luck and fun
> in making the quilt with your little girl.
> You will get answers galore within a couple of days/hours!
> .


>>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,
>>animals
>>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
>>let
>>her make a pink one for grandma.
>>Anyhoo, my question is, what's the best way to make one? I know that's a
>>big
>>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
>>to
>>spare and write me with advice, I would greatly appreciate it!

>>Renee in Oregon

>>Happy New Year everyone!

> --
> Best Regards
> pat on the hill

 
 
 

Rag Quilt advice please =)

Post by Roberta Zollne » Fri, 05 Jan 2007 22:17:55


http://www.FoundCollection.com/

Haven't made one myself, but I'm looking at this one. It would fit a
smallish Grandma. (Normally I make lap quilts closer to 45 X 60".) The
instructions seem pretty good. Have fun! And welcome!
Roberta in D, Queen of the S***Heap



Quote:
> 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,
> animals
> 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
> let
> her make a pink one for grandma.
> Anyhoo, my question is, what's the best way to make one? I know that's a
> big
> 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
> to
> spare and write me with advice, I would greatly appreciate it!

> Renee in Oregon

> Happy New Year everyone!

 
 
 

Rag Quilt advice please =)

Post by Pat in Virgini » Fri, 05 Jan 2007 22:21:07


Thanks for the link, Roberta. I really
like how this rag quilt version includes
the large squares, which I think adds
stability as well as design interest. In
fact, for stability I would use the
large blocks in the four corners,
instead of the small blocks illustrated.
PAT in ***ia
Quote:

> http://www.FoundCollection.com/

> Haven't made one myself, but I'm looking at this one. It would fit a
> smallish Grandma. (Normally I make lap quilts closer to 45 X 60".) The
> instructions seem pretty good. Have fun! And welcome!
> Roberta in D, Queen of the S***Heap

 
 
 

Rag Quilt advice please =)

Post by Audre » Sat, 06 Jan 2007 10:15:49


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
different sizes
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 project.

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
can
Audrey in  SD


Quote:
> 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,
> animals
> 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
> let
> her make a pink one for grandma.
> Anyhoo, my question is, what's the best way to make one? I know that's a
> big
> 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
> to
> spare and write me with advice, I would greatly appreciate it!

> Renee in Oregon

> Happy New Year everyone!