Finished my first rag quilt yesterday and it was so much fun to make! I cut my squares at 7 1/2" and used a 1" seam allowance. Next time I'm going to cut the squares just a bit smaller and maybe not use such a large seam allowance but I'm still happy with the way this one turned out. (Can see how these can become quite addictive.) I've ordered some green flannel with cars and trucks on it, along with 3 solid blending colors, to make one for my grandson. By the way...approximately how many washes and dryings does it take before these quit "shedding"? I'm on the 4th wash and dry now.