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my first quilt ever

Added Oct 29, 2008

by alissarose

San Diego, Calif...






With very short notice I found out my cousin was having a baby before the end of the year so I set to work on my first quilt and shipped it off to the baby shower just in time. I tried to make it gender neutral but it’s definitely more suited for a boy. And it was also designed in honor of my uncle that passed away last year and so won’t get to see his first grand child (he was big on ocean fishing and boating in general). I haven’t heard from her yet – I hope it’s well liked because it was a big accomplishment for me.

Material Notes

quilting cottons, flannel, and bamboo batting from Joannes





searching up a storm on quilts and rag quilt how to’s online

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    Mar 18, 2009, 06.41 AMby k8tymylady

    I’m new to this site but wanted to tell you that this is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had come across it 2 years ago when my nephew was born! I love the beachy theme too! The colors are definitely eye catching. I cant imagine your cousin or anyone else not loving it!

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    Oct 30, 2008, 02.17 PMby alissarose

    sure… since I don’t plan on becoming a hardcore quilter, I didn’t get a rotary cutter or anything, just stayed old fashioned and used scissors. I cut out a couple cardboard templates (one for the fabrics and one for the batting) to make cutting the squares easier. The squares started as 7×7, the batting about an inch smaller. During all my internet surfing on rag quilts a lot of things said to do 1" seams but I went smaller… Basically I cut a ton of squares and then laid them out on one of my sons blankets that I liked the size of, then slipped a batting piece between each set of squares. Then it’s time to quilt each one. After all squares are quilted (if you use flannel our something thicker you don’t need batting, but I think it’s best to use it anyway…) start sewing them together two at a time making strips of squares, then line those up and sew them, then sew all around the edge. I got some short tipped scissors to make the clipping a little easier – clip all the open seams then wash it a few times to fray it and get it nice and soft. It’s really surprisingly fun and easy for those new to sewing like myself.

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    Oct 29, 2008, 09.00 PMby erdronen

    great job! i really like the frayed edges! it turned out really nicely :)

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    Oct 29, 2008, 06.47 PMby sheeponstiltz

    Any tips for other first-time quilters?

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    Oct 29, 2008, 06.35 PMby passionflower

    This is Great! Rag quilts are sooo comfortable! Good Job!

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