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Thread: Quilt Top for Rag Quilt (plus a couple questions)

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    This is my first time ever doing a quilt. I figured out the lay out last night and got all the blocks sandwiched and pinned. Please excuse my ignorance (I have never quilted and am just going by a tutorial I found online) and I have a couple questions.

    A co-worker asked if I was going to double stitch the seams (when I put the blocks, rows, etc together). Do I need to double stitch the seams?

    Also, (this is probably the ignorant question lol) what should my thread tension be set at?

    Here is my quilt top (picture isn't the best - used cell phone to send to my sister)
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    I'm getting ready to make one and I'm not going to double stitch the seams. There is no right or wrong. Do what you feel comfortable with. Do make your seems 1/2 inch rather than the usual 1/4 inch we use in quilting. Hope this helps. You will have to adjust your tension according to your fabrics and machine. Do a test run and see what works. You may not have to change anything.

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    Thanks for the info erstan!!

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    That will be so pretty when you get it done! Pink is my favorite color. I have quite a few rag quilts and haven't double stitched the seams. They are still holding up great.

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    I use a quarter inch seam and I've never had a problem with the quilt falling apart. Maybe it makes the ragged edge fluffier. Are you going to sew an x on each piece before you put the blocks together. I've done it both ways and either works. I love your choice of fabrics. Looks like something my daughter would like, too.

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    I do not double stitch the seams. And as erstan947 said, make sure you sew with 1/2 inch seams. You will need that for the ragging part. Good luck and just go for it. You will do fine.

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    I forgot to add, your lay out is very pretty. I am sure it is going to be a beautiful quilt.

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    Thanks everyone! I hope she loves it and I don't mess it up.

    I will be doing a 1/2" seam and sewing the X's on each piece before I put the blocks together. I will start sewing the X's tonight after work.

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    I do not double seam. I use 1/2" seams and I just use a regular tension. Your quilt will be beautiful! I also clip with rechargeable scissors, because it is so much easier on my hands.

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    Thanks Sadie. I did get some of the spring-loaded scissors. I'm excited to start sewing....

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