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    Here you go, Eddie... it's easier to just post them again. I've always stuck to the 7" square because then I can use all the leftovers to make more. Let me know if you have any questions. :-D

    1. Buy your flannel—2 colors, or more. I’ve discovered it takes 1 yard to make 10 full 7” squares (full meaning both sides). Most of my raggeds have been about 9x12.

    2. Also buy some Warm and Natural cotton batting—about 3 yards because it’s extra long? (I’m not good at yardage—but that one you can get more of if you need to.)

    3. There are many options as to square size. You can cut your flannel into 6 inch, 7 inch, 8 inch squares. The bigger they are, the faster it’ll go together, but the smaller the squares, the more interesting your pattern will be. I always cut the flannel into 7 inch squares. If you want, you can cut any scrap pieces into rectangles 7 x 4 inch pieces. Two rectangles sewn together will equal one square. They add even more fun to the finished product!

    4. Cut the batting into 5 ¾” squares. For rectangles, the batting needs to be 5 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches.

    5. Choose 2 flannel squares of the same color and 1 batting square. Layer the squares of batting between the 2 quilt squares so the right sides of the flannel are facing the out. (let me know if you need a picture) Then sew each square from corner to corner—so there’s an X across the square. I eye it up, but you may want to draw on a line to follow. Use a continuous seam to sew these together, first one line, then the other. Are you familiar with the continuous seam? It’s so easy, and makes things so much faster, AND it saves on thread!

    6. For any rectangle pieces, I just sew a wavy line from the middle of one short side to the middle of the opposite side.

    7. Complete every square and rectangle in this way.

    8. Lay out the squares in the pattern you like. Take a picture if you have a digital camera.

    9. Pick up each row by starting at one end and stacking each square under the previous one. Label each pile with its row number. Pin the row number on the top square.

    10. Sew all the rows together, using a ½ seam. Make sure all seams are on the same side.

    11. Sew each row to the next, pinning at every seam so they match perfectly. Lock the seams—meaning have one folded to each side as they are sewn together. Make sure all seams are on the same side. (I always goof at least once and have to rip a row apart.) It pays to double check.

    12. Now sew around the whole quilt using a ½ seam.

    13. Once the whole quilt is together, you need to rag it. First I clip all the sewed down parts at the seams. Recently I've learned to start with the side that lays the flattest. I place the quilt, folded at a seam facing toward me, on the ironing board, and clip almost to the seam—all the way from one end to the other—about ¼- ½ inch apart. The directions say to snip right to the seam, but I have never gotten that close. Now and then, you will cut through the seam. Just stick it under your sewing machine and repair it by sewing over that area again. It happens.

    14. Once ever seam is clipped, clip around the whole outside.

    15. Now, shake your beautiful creation outside to get some of the lint off.

    16. Most directions say to wash the quilt now, but I have found it works to just spray the front well with water, and wet the back a bit too. You decide what you’d like to do.

    17. Shake the quilt outside again. Then put it in the dryer. The dryer will be what makes the seams rag up.

    18. Now and then clean your lint filter and even shake the quilt outside again.

    19. Smile, you’re done. :-D

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    Thanks for the directions, I think I understand the most of it. It sounds like this is kind of like a quilt-as-you-go project, correct? You are making quilted blocks and then sewing those quilted blocks together? I have a TON of W&N batting scraps, it sounds like this would be great for that.

    Also, can you explain the "continuous seam" method of doing an X quilting stitch? Not sure I'm following how that works. Thanks!

    I think I'm going to head out to Wal-Mart and see what flannel I can dig up!

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    Hi Eddie,
    Yes--I use almost all scraps of W&N to make my raggeds--the batting for the rectangles is so small! I try to use everything--and the scraps come from trimming up quilts I've gotten back from the quilters.

    Continuous seam--take a pile of squares to be quilted and get the first one under the machine...just as it's at the end, stick the next one under and go! Then the next and the next, until you have a kind of kite tail made. Once the pile is through, snip them apart and do the other way.

    Sometimes I stop 1/2" from the end and lift the needle and place it 1/2" into the next piece--but it doesn't make much of a difference in the end.

    I quilted lines on the striped fabric--thought Xs would look silly.

    Hope that helps!

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    Ahhh! Got it! Chain piecing! :D

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    Yup! :wink:

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    I love your rag quilts, and love the fabrics. Great job and one I haven't attempted yet. I know there is a lot of work in these.

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    They're both beautiful!!! Nice and cozy looking too!!

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    I love them.

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    Nice quilts, Karla. I especially like the fabrics on the fiirst one. I know that rag quilts often get a "bad rap", but here's proof to how nice than can be. And there's nothing cozier than a flannel rag quilt. I'm sure they will be enjoyed.
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    Those are just beautiful!!

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    I bet they're nice and cozy. Good job. :thumbup:

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    I just wanna wrap up in those! Beautifully done.....
    Do you know where can I find out how to make one?

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    Great colors, prints (all my favorites) and quilting.
    You did a beautiful job.
    What a cozy quilt to keep warm this cold winter.

    Seeing yours makes me want to make one for myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by leej725
    I just wanna wrap up in those! Beautifully done.....
    Do you know where can I find out how to make one?
    See page 2 of this thread -- Barnbum did an EXCELLENT job of writing them out :D :D

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    Oooooo...I like both of them equally. Never tried one of these but they look so cozy and warm and I love the rustic fabric prints. The orange tone quilt is lovely as well. Are these difficult to make?

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    They are just beautiful Karla. I know all "kids" on the receiving end are going to LOVE them!! BTW - did you get hit wiht the big snow storm?

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    that is beautiful! I have never done one of these but would love to attempt it.

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    I just made my first raggedy quilt and got the rag quilt snips at Joann's for half-price. I could not have clipped using regular scissors. The snips are wonderful since they have a spring action. $10.00 is a "cheap" price to pay for comfort in cutting.

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    Just beautiful !!!

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    Barnbum, Recently I talked with a not so LQS owner who suggested that when making raggedy quilts cut the material on the diagnal, being very careful sewing together, but elimated having to do more cutting later. Just a thought! Haven't tried it yet tho.

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    WONDERFUL QUILTS!!! Yours are gorgeous!! I am in the middle of my first ragged flannel quilt. It is the Christmas tree one. Got very sick so it will not be finished in time for Christmas but I will finish it anyway. My avitar is my first quilt ever. But I am not discouraged.

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    Like to do the rag but it is a pain to cut to make them ragged

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    Lovely!

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    great quilts.

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    love it that is beautiful.

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