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    I'm Regina and I am new to quilting and eager to learn but dont know really where to start yet. I have done a few rag quilts and bandana quilts but that was about 4 years ago. Since then I have become legally blind. I am thinking about doing a flannel rag quilt and I am looking in second hand stores and such where I can get free flannel shirts to do this. Any suggestions from anyone

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    Regina

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    flannels and homespuns are both good choices for raggy quilts- choose the shirts by feel- if they feel good they are good
    don't rule out dresses/jumpers/skirts- you can get alot of nice fabric out of a skirt/jumper!
    i generally wash everything in hot water as soon as i get it home from the thrift store- before de-constructing- then cut them up- put together your blocks/raggy quilt- then after clipping wash & dry again.
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    Welcome to the group and to quilting! How much can you see of the fabric? I had a friend that was legally blind and could knit even tho she could just barely see the item she was working on. She loved it.
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    Welcome to the board from Indiana!
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    Welcome to the board! I agree with CKCOWL "don't rule out dresses/jumpers/skirts- you can get alot of nice fabric out of a skirt/jumper! i generally wash everything in hot water as soon as i get it home from the thrift store- before de-constructing- then cut them up- put together your blocks/raggy quilt- then after clipping wash & dry again. "

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    Hi Regine, welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Welcome from Milwaukee

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    You are smart to look at other sources other than fabric stores for your learning material. Nothing is more heart breaking than buying nice new material and messing it up. You'll do just fine. I'm a new quilter and new to the site also (Joined in Nov.) and I've learned a lot from these smart people and they are aways ready to help. Welcome from Arkansas.

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    Sewbeadit I cant see at all out of my left eye and my right isnt that great but I have a couple of people who helpt me and I still crochet. I am lucky though I have a cctv from the va and it enlarges things so I can make it out and my computer hooks up to it also.......

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    ty bubble951 I am working on getting my military compensation or ssi so funds arent there for new material and I know where I can go and get things to recycle and ty for the welcome

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    thank you all for the welcome and the encouragement I just found out how to get back here to the post.....

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    Hi Regina, welcome from Dallas Tx. How great to have our technical people to help us. I have a remote for my hearing aids. Love it. You'll love it here. Everyone will help you with everything. I know it.

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    Hello from Northern California and welcome. There is at least one other blind quilter in circulation and she does fabulous work. Her name is Diane Rose. Here is a link to her website:

    http://www.theamazingquilter.com/

    I do know that sewing tools are available with modifications to accommodate a blind person (but you probably already have them).
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    Welcome, and just remember ALL of us were beginners at one time and we all made a first quilt. Our Pastor is totally blind and she knits. She decided she didn't want to add quilting to her many talents. Be sure to check out the website about Diane Rose.
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    Welcome from Louisiana.

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    Welcome Regina, I have found that Joanns has had flannel in colors and attractive prints on sale for as little as $2.50 a yard. I purchase as much of it as I can afford when that happens. I make about 20 Linus quilts a month and like to back them with flannel. While purchasing clothing at thrift stores to use for fabric works it is a lot of extra work. If you can get the fabric that cheap at Joanns or Walmart you get a whole lot more bang for your buck with less work.
    Trying to sew, quilt or read everyday.

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    Welcome ,glad U jioned us.

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