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Thread: Rag Quilt snipping question

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    Senior Member Japonica's Avatar
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    I am making a rag quilt and have just begun to sew all my rows together. I completed sewing row 1 to row 2. I don't plan on sewing row 3 to row 2 until tomorrow. While watching TV tonight is it ok if I snip the sams on row 1 and continue to do so as I progress throughout the quilt. It is such a busy time of year for all of us, and I was looking for a way to relax yet continue to work on the quilt. This might seem like a dumb question to some, but I am soooooooooooo green at this! :roll: :roll:

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    Sounds like it should work as long as you don't clip where you need to attach the next row. I don't see why it wouldn't work?!

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    I surely dont see why you cant. who is to say when you must clip them.

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    I agree--it shouldn't matter! Wish I'd thought to do it that way. I thought my hand would break!

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    I just finished one a few weeks ago for my daughter. Was just supposed to be a throw, but the thing is huge! Anyhow, I snipped a little at a time just as you suggested while watching TV. I would sew 2 rows together and then snip, sew 2 more rows snip some more. Went well, came out great and my hands didn't get sore.

    Go for it!

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    it's much easier on your hands if you snip as you go. as long as you only snip where you've sown. I wish i had known this when i made my first one! I could barely move my hand when i was finished.

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    that is EXACTLY how I do it and BE SURE to get a pair of those little 2 inch blade Fisker scissors to snip. This spring loaded style is perfect becasue it tkes all the ''work'' out of opening the shears for you and the power in those little blades make the work go pretty fast!!

    Be sure to clean your dryer lint trap every 4-5 minutes after you wash it for the first time....they shed lint like crazy for the first couple of washing and drying cycles!!!!!

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    It is NOT a dumb question, in fact I think you are pretty smart, when I did mine I did all the cutting at once, paid a price in pain.......

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    I do it his way.

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    Great ideal, thank you, I am taking notes :thumbup:

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    Oh, just be careful you don't clip too close to the seam...I found that even though the position of the tip of the scissors on the front was not dangerously close to the sewing, sometimes it would nip the stitching on the back, and I had to resew a quite a few places.

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    I am making rag quilts and doing "snip as you go" Lol. It works just fine as long as you leave plenty for the seam! I have been stopping about 2 inches from the edge of my blocks (they will be sewn with 1 inch seams). I finished sewing one together last night and it's nice to have at least some of the snipping done!

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    I said blocks, but I'm snipping only after I've sewn the blocks into rows...

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    that's the way i do it...i clip as i go along so by the time i have it all put together all i have to still clip is around the outside.

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    All of the above advice is good, that is what I do. Love making rag quilts, they go so fast.

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