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Thread: Ragged flannels--a hug to go. Great gifts!!

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    All are just beautiful, great job, and thanks for sharing
    Have a Blessed day
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    I LOVE these, and how thoughtful of you to give them away. I too would like instructions.
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    congrats for being the quilt of the week on the home page. the quilt is very nicely done.
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    Thanks to the quilter who told me what was the quilt of the week! :-)

    I have directions that I use and will post them here along with more pictures...I think I've made 17 now. Pictured are all ones that were gifted.

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

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

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

    4. Cut the batting into 5 ¾” squares. For rectangles, the batting needs to be 5¾ x 2 ¾ inches.

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

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

    7. Complete every square and rectangle in thisway.

    8. Lay out the squares in the pattern youlike. Take a picture if you have adigital camera.

    9. Pick up each row by starting at one end andstacking 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 everyseam so they match perfectly. Lock theseams—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 ripa 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 torag it. I place the quilt, folded at aseam facing toward me, on the ironing board, and clip almost to the seam—allthe way from one end to the other—about ¼- ½ inch apart. The directions say tosnip right to the seam, but I have never gotten that close. Now and then, you will cut through theseam. Just stick it under your sewingmachine and repair it by sewing over that area again. It happens.

    14. Once ever seam is clipped, clip around thewhole outside.

    15. Now, shake your beautiful creation outside toget 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 theback a bit too. You decide what you’dlike to do.

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

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

    19. Smile, you’re done.
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    Your rag quilts are so pretty. And, they do not look like any fading happened. I bought some black/white print snuggle flannel and a separate white flannel (probably cozy flannel - it's thicker) and went ahead & cut out the squares without prewashing. Now, I am reading where others have discovered fading and shrinkage after washing. I have not started sewing the squares yet & am seriously considering laundering the cut squares first. Does the snuggle fabric shrink more than the cozy? And, would it be possible to wash the 2nd time after sewing to make the fringe look like fringe without additional shrinkage and possible fading? Any suggestions would be helpful.

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    Hi Quilter2013--I don't know about different flannels--sorry. I prewash everything--so I've never run into trouble. My son and his wife use one of their raggeds a LOT and when they brought it for mending I noticed how very faded it is--but they've washed it several times. They are made to be used! I already have flannels picked out to make them a new one soon. ;-)

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    Bless you for helping others cope and feel comfort. They are beautiful. My favorite snuggly quilts are all flannel.

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    I've also been wanting to make some rag quilts and need direction ... I'll bookmark this thread ...

    Your quilts are great! Getting me excited to make some too.
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    Great quilt!!!!!!!!!!

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    I just finished this Rag quilt. I used fleece on both sides and warm and natural cotton batting on the inside....for those cold NE nights. This is for my oldest son, who loves the Red Sox even when they have a bad year.

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    What a wonderful gift to receive, I only wish my son had the benefit of more teachers like you. They really do look like a hug-to-go. This may be a stupid question, but could this be made with flannel shirts?
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    I also would like to know how it was put together. It reminds me of a denim quilt a friend makes out of 6 inch squares of denim. She would sew the squares together and the seams would be on the outside. Thanks for the photos of the lovely quilts.

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    I think that I will have you make one for me...I could us a little 'health insurance".

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    all are beautiful. love the color choice...
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    Love your quilts. thanks for sharing

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    I was making a rag quilt with one of the grandchildren some years ago, and showed her how to make an X in each square to keep it stable. She said, "wouldn't a heart do just as well?" She ended up with a quilt with lots of hearts and one X! The hearts weren't all the same, of course (they were all free-handed, or rather free-machined, done and just as quickly as the Xs) but the differences in the hearts added to the whole thing!

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    I just love the snuggly look of a rag quilt - your fall colors are to die for!! Can't wait to give this a try. Thank you for the great pics and tutorial!

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    All are beautiful. God bless you!

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    Those are perfect for the purpose. Quilts are certainly "hugs to go". I have had similar experiences and am certain of the healing power of quilts. It must be the love that goes into making them. Hurray for you and for those who get these quilts.

    PS. one rag quilt square might be perfect in a backpack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    Those are perfect for the purpose. Quilts are certainly "hugs to go". I have had similar experiences and am certain of the healing power of quilts. It must be the love that goes into making them. Hurray for you and for those who get these quilts.

    PS. one rag quilt square might be perfect in a backpack.
    Hmm--I have a great class this year, and was considering making them each something--and wondered if a four square ragged flannel patch would be enough... it'd take a long time with 23 kids...so it'd have to be something small. I always do bookmarks... and one year did a black and white splash block for each (there was a story behind it)... but now I need to get ready for craft shows, so spend less time on students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum View Post
    Hmm--I have a great class this year, and was considering making them each something--and wondered if a four square ragged flannel patch would be enough... it'd take a long time with 23 kids...so it'd have to be something small. I always do bookmarks... and one year did a black and white splash block for each (there was a story behind it)... but now I need to get ready for craft shows, so spend less time on students.
    Your quilts look great.
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    Any skip the batting and just make with two pieces of flannel? Or a third piece of flannel for batting?

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    Yobrosew - that would probably work (use flannel as batting or just skip that batting if using flannel for front and back). In the rag quilt class I just took the folks using minky for the back were not using batting.
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    In the class I just took I used a Layer Cake and two Charm Packets, along with 3 yards of solid colored backing (some used flannel, minky, etc). Used the charm packets to make a 4 patch square (using 1/2" seam allowance, square will be 9"). Trimmed layer cakes to 9" squares. Batting is cut to 8" squares. Start sewing, alternating layer cake square, then the 4 patch square, again using 1/2" seam allowance. Mine came to 6 squares across and 7 squares down. Easy and oh so cute!
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