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Thread: Newbie needing HELP

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    MsSage's Avatar
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    I think I got in over my head LOL
    I want/started to make a rag quilt with 5" squares and a 4 block square ......I am using western prints and bunkhouse charm packs from Moda
    The quilt will be 21 squares by 27 squares. That comes out to almost 1200 squares (2268 small ones)
    I need advice about cuting the squares FAST I am running out of time to have it done by Christmas.
    I have made easy quilts from kits ( pieces already cut and simple seams)
    I only have about 2-3 hours every other day to work on this.
    My S/O will be here in a week so I wont be able to work on it for over a week eeeekkkkkkkkkkkk
    THANK YOU in advance

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    Super Member Mplsgirl's Avatar
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    I am not experienced enuf to give advice on this, but someone here will help you. I just wanted to say welcome from Illinois!

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    I'm also a newbie, I've made ONE quilt, but I agree you are over your head.
    My suggestion is that if you have a sewing machine you get all of the squares organized, or what you have cut out, and chain piece like mad, and that could help? I honestly don't know....

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    The quickest way I know is to stack them up and rotary cut. Maybe you should ask a friend to help you, since this seems like an unrealistic deadline, given your time restrictions, and the holidays.

    Maybe you can scale that size back.

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    :D :D OK, I am going to try to help. I have made a couple of rag quilts and I love them. I don't like the cutting and that is what takes the longest. The putting together is fast. So think about that. Then, cut no more than 6 layers of fabric at a time. The charms are already cut for you, so that is done. Just cut 5 in. strips and then subcut the strips into 5 in. squares laying 2 or 3 stips on your board (each 6 layers) and cut away! Does that make sense?

    Write back if you still need help.

    judee

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    Welcome from Washington State! Good Luck on your project.

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    Girl..you better get to cutting and chain piecing!!! :lol: :lol: Its doable...if you get started on it..I'm wishing you good luck and welcome to the board!!

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    You can do it! Rotary cutting is the only way to be fast and accurate. Then lay it out in rows and get busy. I have three quilts at least to do by then and a nursery to finish so go for it. I'm not happy unless I'm busy sewing. :)

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    Welcome from Texas.

    Keep it up. You can do it.

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    Welcome from Southern California. Also when sewing chain-stitch in other words keep feeding your squares into your machine without cutting until you have a whole bunch. The cut apart and press a whole bunch at the same time and then chain-stitch the next step etc.

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