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Thread: My Newest Project

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    Hi All:
    I just finished my newest project...Cuddly rag bear quilt for a new baby coming. Quilt is heavy as it's made out of 3 layers of flannels so baby will have to be about 4 years old before he/she can carry the blanket around :wink: but it'll be nice and comfy for baby to sleep on . This was a fun project.
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    Omgosh is that not the cutest thing!!! Pass that pattern around Feathers! :lol:

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    Hi Lin:
    This is a pattern from a pattern made on newspaper that I got from a friend who found it at a flea market or garage sale... When I went to Joann's to buy the pattern it wasn't in any of the pattern books so I don't know if it's out of print or ??? Also don't know how old the pattern is...new or 100 years old???

    Sorry I can't share the pattern or any other info...just don't know.
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    That is just darling - lucky baby.

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    to cute

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    Very cute!!!

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    That is adorable!!!! :mrgreen: I think the parents will love having their little one lay on it and play with the bear. Lucky little one!!! :roll:

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    What a cute bear! And such a great idea - it has a great character. I forsee lots of smiles from this bear :D :D :D

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    what a cute bear! the little one will enjoy wrestling with him :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers
    Hi Lin:
    This is a pattern from a pattern made on newspaper that I got from a friend who found it at a flea market or garage sale... When I went to Joann's to buy the pattern it wasn't in any of the pattern books so I don't know if it's out of print or ??? Also don't know how old the pattern is...new or 100 years old???

    Sorry I can't share the pattern or any other info...just don't know.
    Feathers
    Mind if I just study it really, really hard then? ;) LOL I just love that bear!

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    THTA IS SO SO SO CUTE

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    That is so cute! I have that pattern, but haven't made it up yet. Going to make it for the grandkids. For those wanting the pattern. I got mine at Walmart. It is a simplicity pattern. You can make a dog, cat or a bear. Yours is just so adorable. Good job

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    Good to know. Thanks Kathy!

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    Study away and go for it...It's a very simple pattern. I'll try to make the bear with the different pieces and put the dimensions on each piece and scan it and post it. Won't be today or the rest of the week as I have lots happening. The bear goes to the new parents-to- be on Saturday...family reunion, shower, etc. so won't have much time...Hang on, I think I'll do it now while I'm thinking about it! Please bear in mind, I am NOT an artist so my example is pretty juvenile or rough!

    NOTES: DO NOT LOOK for PATTERN Piece #7...it isn't there!

    Because you are using 3 layers of flannel it is easier if you can do the "rag" quilt application in smaller sections rather than in one large piece so I run a 1/2 inch seam around EACH pattern piece and I cut the fringe on each outside piece BEFORE I sew everything together. The eyes are all fringed before sewing them on the quilt. DO NOT fringe where the seams are going to come together between the pattern pieces...aka, sew #3 and 2 together THEN fringe. Sew #2 and #1 together then fringe etc. I also applique the nose and satin stitch the mouth BEFORE I attache any of the other pieces to it. Attach the inner ear to the outer ear AFTER you fringe it and before you attache the ear to the head of the quilt.

    Outer Ear - Pattern Piece # 11 - 13 inches by 8 inches - Need 2 that are sandwiched with 3 layers of flannel...right side, back side and a layer of flannel in the middle that is the "batting" in this quilt. You will do this layering in ALL pieces of the quilt.

    Inner Ear - Piece #12 is 8 inches x 5 inches - Do 3 layer sandwich same as above.

    EYE - I used a small coffee cup/tea cup for a pattern for the size of the eye which is about 4 inches in diameter. I then used a 2 inch circle for the center of the eye...each of these 2 pieces (the 4 inch circle and the 2 inch circle) are layered with 3 fabrics same as all the other pieces.


    Piece #1 - Forehead - Need 2 "Sandwiches" as described above. These pieces are 12 inches at the top, 7 inches at the bottom where they are sewed to the muzzel and 15 inches from top to bottom.

    Piece #2 - Piece just below the ear - 13 inches x 15 inches with the bottom that is next to the muzzle of the bear that is 6 inches...my picture doesn't show it but the #2 piece is quite abit wider at the top than the bottom as the dimensions indicate.

    Piece #3 Lower Cheek - 11 inches on the outside edge, 9 inches from upper outside edge to the muzzle edge, 6 inches wide around the muzzle and 9 inches on the lower edge from outside to muzzle.

    Muzzle: Piece #4- 17 inches wide x 11 inches

    The NOSE is appliqued to the muzzle. It's a piece of fabric shaped like a rounded triangle that is 7 inches wide at the top and 5 inches from top to bottom. The mouth is drawn on the fabric then I used a satin stitch to sew it on.

    Piece #5 - Center Body - 8 inches by 13 inches - 2 sandwich pieces


    Piece #6 - Outside Edge Center Body - 9 inches x 13 inches - 2 sandwich pieces

    Piece # 7 - NONE

    Piece #8 - Hands and Feet -Cut 4 pieces each 7 inches x 14 inches. The 14 inch section is where you attach the hands

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    Piece #9 Middle lower body - Cut 2 and make sandwiches 8 inches by 16 inches

    Piece #10 - Outside lower body - Could be the leg of the bear...I chose to make it part of the "quilt" the bear is under. This piece is 10 inches wide by 16 inches long.

    #11 and #12 Are the EARS See the notation above regarding the ears.

    After the quilt is all sewn together you will fringe the outside edges of the quilt that you haven't already fringed and you're done! I found that it's BEST to use the same fabric on the backside as you do on the front side so you don't get confused (I get confused very easily)! LOL.

    MOST IMPORTANT NOTATION: label EACH pattern piece as you cut it with the number of the piece and keep that label on the piece until it is sewn into the quilt. I was advised this because my friend told horror stories about NOT labeling. On pieces # 3 and #4 there is a slight downward curve to the pattern piece where it is sewn to the body of the quilt. Likewise, pieces #5 and #6 have a slight downward curve as well so the head is more clearly defined from the body...not much of a curve, just a bit.

    Make sure and line up your seams so when you fringe it all the fringy part is in a nice even row or line.

    VERY, VERY MOST IMPORTANT NOTATION....After you make this quilt take it to a commercial laundramat to wash and dry it. As with all rag quilts, the flannel "sheds" like crazy and about 10 pounds of lint comes off the blanket which could cause a fire in your home if you aren't there to clean out the filters every few minutes while it's washing or drying. It's easier to spend $4 on a commercial wash and dry and not worry. Make sure you clean out the washer you wash it in to get all the lint out of the washer.

    Hope these instructions are helpful and that you can make a blanket. Make sure and post a picture.

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    HI Lin:
    I sent instructions for the bear quilt but the diagram won't send for reasons only the computer devil knows! :twisted: I have attached the copy of the actual blanket and will tell you the numbers using the actual quilt:

    #3 Lower Cheek piece (spotted fabric) that is on both sides of the bear head that attaches to the main body. Attaches to Piece #4 which is the muzzle

    #2 Upper Cheek (black fabric) that is the piece that goes up to the ear on both sides of the bear head. Attaches to Piece #4 - muzzle

    #1 Forehead of bear - (Spotted Fabric) 2 of these pieces sewn together at the top of the bear head . Attaches to Piece #4-muzzle

    #6 Orange Fabric in body of the quilt on both sides - hands are attached to the orange pieces. Attaches to Piece #3, #4 on both sides of the head.

    #5 - Stripe pink/green/white/orange/purple/blue fabric is the middle body of the bear (in my case I made these bright colors as a quilt OVER the bear)

    #10 Purple Fabric on both sides of the bear...these can be the legs of the bear or in my quilt, it's the bottom of the quilt the bear is laying under. Attaches to Piece #6 and 5 on both sides of the body

    #9 Green Fabric are the center 2 blocks in the lower part of the quilt - the feet are attached to the bottom of the quilt however you wish to place them.

    I sure ho-pe this helps in clarifying. I'm so much better with a [picture or if I can see what I'm making and i feel bad that I couldn't get the picture I scanned to come up.
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    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! That was so nice of you to do that. I have to make this quilt sometime. Like for my very next grandchild. ;) I'll copy all you wrote and keep it in a file. I'm MUCH abliged for all your work. :)

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    That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. AWWW! What do you mean the baby...I would love to carry that around..haha lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by live2teach
    That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. AWWW! What do you mean the baby...I would love to carry that around..haha lol.
    Yeah, I can just see you now..."Donchoo be touchin' my bear :evil: " LOL

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    Soooo cute!!! What a treasure of a pattern you found. I love finding those...you just know there is something special about a hand drawn pattern. Somebody put a lot of love into producing (or reproducing it). It just always seems that those are the best projects!! Kinda like when I make bread or biscuits in my antique mixing bowls. I believe some of the love from the previous owner/s helps make the food taste better.

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    I found a resource for odd patterns in the simplicity pattern books. Look in the craft section of the book. I go when the patterns are on sale ; for a dollar or two. :D

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    Thank you, Ruth. I'll go back and check out Joann's Craft Pattern section of the pattern books. We'll be around a WalMart store this week end so will check there, too.

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    very nice quilt

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