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Thread: Rag Quilt

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    Rag Quilt

    What size squares are normally used in making a rag quilt? That would make a good "sitting in the living room watching TV project". Can you use 5" charms? Do you cut up to the the seams before you make the sandwich?
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    You can use 5" charms but remember at least an inch of that is going into your seams ( 1/2" seam) and I think a lot of times it's more it's more than 1/2" seam. So it's going to take a lot more blocks to get the desired size. JMHO I think 7 or 8 inch blocks would be more ideal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    You can use 5" charms but remember at least an inch of that is going into your seams ( 1/2" seam) and I think a lot of times it's more it's more than 1/2" seam. So it's going to take a lot more blocks to get the desired size. JMHO I think 7 or 8 inch blocks would be more ideal.
    Good point. I'd forgotten about that. Thanks!
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    I used 6" squares in mine. It is 9 squares by 9 squares, which made a 41" x 41" throw. The dogs love it.
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    The choice is yours. I usually use 1" seam allowances and have done up to 9" blocks and it looked great. With the 1" seam allowance that makes them really 7" blocks. Though I could make smaller seam allowances.

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    I made a baby themed rag quilt quilt using 5 inch flannel blocks. For this use the 5 inch block worked fine.

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    The absolutely best rag quilt I ever saw for using on the sofa was made of 5" VELVET blocks, not velveteen. It was as soft as minkee but elegant and very grown-up looking. It was trimmed in plain old satin blanket edging and was beautiful!.

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    You don't cut until they are alll sewn together - unless it is an Accuquilt pattern where it is already cut- but good job for watching TV when the quilt is all sewn together. - j

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    Do you use your own washer and dryer or go to the laundramat. I'm concerned about all the threads in the washer and lines.
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    Do go to the laundramat and try to use those spring-type sissors for cutting the seam allowances

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