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Thread: Seams of Rows on Rag Quilt

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    I am ready to sew my rows of my rag quilt together and I have a question about the seams.

    Do you sew them "opposite" (where they be standing up)? or do you sew them spreading the seams out flat?

    Does that make sense? I've tried searching for directions, and one I found it said sew the seams "opposite" but before I get to far, or find out I have trouble than with snipping the "seams" I wanted to know what someone has done who has made a rag quilt. thanks

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    Does this help? This is the 2nd page of directions and shows a close-up of the seams.

    http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpa...ag_quilt_2.htm

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    i dont follow what you are saying but when doing a rag quilt sew all the seams so that they will all show up on the same side of the quiltso one side looks like a reg quilt the other side is ragged yes if i think what you are thinking you want them to stand up because you will clip that "standing "seam to make the ragged part but make sure you dont clip into the seam it self just go up to it
    gosh i hope this helps i have made so many of them but not sure what you are asking

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    Did you check out the site? It has the directions step by step. Yes one side should look like a regular quilt and one side with the ragged edges. The seams should be at least 1/2 inch and yes they should stand up and clip up close to the seam. You clip after it is all assembled. The site I gave you also shows a close up of clipping the seams.

    Hopes this helps.

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    yes, i actually had gone to the about site first....

    What I'm asking... and i know I'm a visual person too, so let me see if I can ask the question again

    On the frost side, when I've alread put each square together so I have a strip of say 6 squares, and I have two rows that I now want to put together, I put the 2 rows together, and match up the squares, when I go over the "seam" at the every 5 inch mark, do I "open" the seam on each row so they are flat, or do I have the seam from one row flop to the right and the seam from the current row flop to the left ?

    at the "about site it said to have them opposite, so I did that for the first and second row I did, and not sure if that really is the best way, and wanted to ask before I did more rows and then found out when I go to snip these that I should ahve done something different at these seems (and every 14 rows to unsew and resew.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Due to the fact you're sewing through alot of layers of fabric, I always put the seams to either side so that you're not sewing through such a huge chunk of fabric. After you cut it, no will ever see that you did that. Hope that helps :):)

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    Sorry I didn't understand what you were asking. I think I do now and I put one seam to the left and one to the right. Like Cathy M said after you clip it, no one will know.

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    When I made mine, I opened the seam out like in dressmaking. I made mine with flannel & denim, there is no way I could have done it otherwise. I liked the way it ragged done like this.

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    I open the seams so there is not a big bump and I think it makes it easy to clip.

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