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    I just finished a flannel rag quilt and ran it thru the washer and dryer this afternoon and liked it so much I want to do one with cotton. However, I need a bit of help. Do I use cotton fabric in place of flannel and use flannel in the middle? Can I cut them all the same size at the same time? For the flannel rag quilt, I cut the batting an inch smaller. Thanks...

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    I have made four rag quilts and plan to make a couple more before Christmas. I used cotton on front and back and flannel in the center. I cut all three squares the same size. I started with a 7 inch and sewed 1/2 in seams and didn't even have to sew the x in the center. I just love these quilts. If you have any more questions just ask.

    Barb

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    Barb, Thank you so much for the quick response. The quilt was 7x7 with finished 8" blocks so I sewed an x across. Oh, a question... did you pin the six layers or just layer and sew free? Asked from a 'can I do this quicker than I did the last one?'

    Gale

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    I didn't pin them. I just sewed. The nice thing about a rag quilt is if it is off just a little no one will know after it is snipped.

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    Hurray!! I'm off to find some fabric for a new born great niece! Thank you so much!

    Gale

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    I have one pinned to my 'design' flannel right now for my preemie great niece......I used two layers of flannel to the back and cotton layer on top, I want to keep that baby warm and snuggled. :-)

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    Because I don't have much experience with flannel, should I buy a better quality flannel for the outside and a less expensive for the inside? Does it matter?

    I need to go out to JoAnne's and buy flannel and I just need a suggestion before I head out.

    Gale

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    Hi Gale,
    That's what I did, I used a lighter quality for the inside and a heavy quality for the inside. 'Course, I need to tell the truth I buy with coupons or when it's on sale anyway, so it is always on hand. You never know when they will call or email that a new family member has arrived.
    :D

    Sharon

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    Thank you Sharon,

    Always like to be in good company. I also use my coupons, if fact, I can't remember that last time I paid full retail for fabric but then again, I seem occasionally to get caught on ebay when I buy fabric, sigh...

    Have a good day and and again, thanks...

    Gale

    Off to work on piecing the final two blocks for a quilt then sewing all the blocks together. Another one hits the 'dust!'


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    I have only made 2 rag quilts, the first one out of my husband and daughters old blue jeans and cotton on the back, the blue jean material is so heavy I didn't use any batting. The second one was out of flannel w/same size batting in the middle.

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    Sharon, you caught my attention with the mention of coupons. Fill me in, how and where do you get coupons for fabric?

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    I'm not Sharon but I'm willing to be 'sharin'. giggle... Both Joanne's and Beverly's stores mail out flyers with 40% coupons on a one cut of fabric off the bolt. As long as you continue to buy from the stores, the stores will continue to mail the flyers to your home. I get flyers every month from both stores and you can use the coupons interchangeable at either store since they have the same parent company.

    Gale

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    Thanks for "sharin" for "Sharon" Gale!
    Hmmm, I guess I need to get on a mailing list. I am hoping that these could be used for on-line purchases as well? I didn't know that Beverly's was associated with Joann's. Alot of Joann's here in my neck of the woods (East Texas) have closed in the last 2 years. Thanks for the info, I'll get to work on getting on a mailing list.

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    I signed up for email sale alerts from Joanns and they often send coupons to me via email.

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    ahhhh, at least I'm remembered even if only in 'sharin'

    sign up for all the Hancocks, Joanns, and Hancocks of Paducah, I get email coupons above and beyond the fliers, they are wonderful! :-)

    I was really hurting yesterday when I tried to answer you Gale, about the flannel. I use lighter weight flannel for the middle, not lighter quality. Geezopete, I always want and try to buy the best quality of anything I buy.

    Weight /Quality = crs when in pain soooooooo sorry, did you know what I meant? did you read my mind but not the words?? Gosh I hope!

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    I was wondering how much material you buy for a rag quilt and what
    size do you make? :D

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    It all depends on how big you want it to be. I make my couch size quilts so that you can snuggle up with them while you are watching tv. I start out with a 7 inch square and sew 1/2 inch seam. So you end up with a 6 inch square. I usually use two colors and I buy 3 yards of each color and 3 yards of flannel. But you can use as many colors as you like and you can make it as big or as small as you like.

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    Just remember you're taking 1/2 inch off each side......I had to add extra squares to the baby quilt, cause it was receiving blanket size when I did the first part. :roll:

    Two extra rows all around fixed it right as rain. I'll post pic soon

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    If using flannel on the outside, should I have a middle? Rather, can I get away with not using a middle? We don't get too cold out here.

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    No you would not have to have a middle. The good thing about quilts is you are the designer. You can do them anyway you want.

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    ccbear66

    Thank you! I keep forgetting there's no quilt police. :D I'd just like to do it right the first time. tho.

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    A quickie response; you can sign up for Joanne's coupons and use them on line. In each flyer, there is a coupon for instore and one for online.

    Gale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gale in SF
    A quickie response; you can sign up for Joanne's coupons and use them on line. In each flyer, there is a coupon for instore and one for online.

    Gale
    Funny you mention that. There was a Sewing/Cutting table on sale for $54.99 regularly $99.00 and a cutting mat to fit the table (36" x 59") on sale for $34.99 regularly $64.99, the sale ended Saturday, September 15. I didn't get to make it up there while the sale was going on, so I found my fllyer for a 40% off coupon and thought I'll just buy the table now and the mat later. WHen, DH and I went to Joanns one day after the sale, which is about an hour and a half away, the woman said it was still on sale...I thought OH WOW! Good Kharma is really true. LOL. ANytime I have been there before the day after the sale, the sales are over and you pay regular price. I don't know if it was a mistake or she just let us have it as that. I handed her the coupon before she said the price and she said oh that ran out yesterday and whispered to go get a new flyer out front and then on my way to get it, she said oh you don't need it, it's on sale. I didn't complain one bit! LOL.

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    I bought that same cutting table a couple of months ago and just love it. It is a real back saver for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccbear66
    I bought that same cutting table a couple of months ago and just love it. It is a real back saver for me.
    I am glad to hear it. The woman working there says the same thing. I did hear a few tables were made cheap like and I was hoping this wasn't one of them. Thanks for the feedback

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