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well I had the hoop and a t-shirt already cut up ( cleaning out UFOs). a bit thinner the maybe they should be for a rug .. but oh well ..and you can see someone sat on my HH...lol
but it was to hot to go out and play today .. think I need at least 3 more t-shirts to finish. but it really easy this is maybe 30 mins
Thanks all for the Hula Hoop info and pictures. Definately a to-do. I'm even thinking that sewing a few together may make a simple mat for a dorm room, mud room, etc. May actually make a good throw for over the dog bed... easily washable.
I used to take all my 5X5 leftover denim and sew them up for simple pads (both sides denim) and ALL the left over batting pieces and made pads for my friend's kennels. It made a great way for me use up all my scraps and not waste the leftovers. I stitched completely thru in X or circles to keep the batting from shifting. The machine quilting is especially important when you are weaving battings stips or slip stitching pieces together to create the batting center.
Got my first rag quilt attempt back from the wash and fold. I had them wash it twice and dry once. It's for my SO who is 6'3". I wanted it bigger so it could be snuggled into I know the fringe will improve with time, but it looks pretty good already. The front is a mix if flannels and denims. Already planning a second with different fabric for me for winter.
The fringe actually wasn't bad. I have a spring scissors. The main problem is that for the last 1/3 I think that it dulled cause it wasn't cutting as well. I had about five small knicks in flannel panels due to placement of the scissor and not monitoring the panel on the bottom ( I folded the blocks at the seams to cut the fringe). The bottom panel was a bit bunched and I got the tip of the bunching. Very small and easily mended by hand. Being my first attempt, I didn't think that it was that bad and the knicking actually helped me learn where best to place my hand to keep the fabric away from the seam. One thing I noticed is that the knicking happened primarily when I was tired, so there's a moral to the story...
Ohhhh Stu that quilt is stunning!!! I love the colour choices and blocks (I would have never thought of making smaller blocks to match with the bigger blocks).
Fish I love the colour choices of your next Rag quilt, that one too will be a real treasure!!
I have a question regarding Demin to use in a Rag quilt. I have saved old jeans that were ripped or worn out in some places, but they are the "stretchy" kind. Would I still be able to use them or should I just put them in the garbage (recycle). I am not sure how they would fray or match up the flannel.
I don't know about using stretchy denim in a quilt ,if it would behave. I know my stretchy jeans tend to go all wonky after being washed a lot. That is the stretch seems to get uneven and parts of it tend to stay stretched out. I do think they would fray ok though.
only use the denim if it 100% cotton the other has poly in them and will not give you the look you are going for in the rag quilt .you can use then as a backing for a throw on the ground quilt
Thanks so much for your replies, I kind of figured it would not really go with the 100% cotton, but just didn`t wanted to throw them out as there are still a lot of good parts on them.
I am becoming more and more like my dear Mom...can`t throw any pieces of fabric out without considering first what else I can make of them...lol
Great idea about using it as backing for a throw.
10 inch squares with 1/2 in seams = 9 inch finished. The color is really off in the pic. The browns are very rich deep chocolate, the plaid looks red in the pic :(
It will be 7 rows X 8 rows. I should have all the sewing done tomorrow and start the clipping sigh~~~~~
Qwilter ,pinking sheers are to keep things from unraveling .. we want the ravel
sewing after clipping could be done but harder to sew the clipping really isn't that bad just part of the rag quilt making
Linda, no, she passed us by totally. She just took all the humid air with her leaving a very dry, hot, stagnant air left for us on Saturday. It reminded me of the dry air in the southwest... it hits you as soon as you open the door. Then Sunday, the moisture from the gulf was sucked back in to follow the air flow going up with Irene some heavy downpours, but at least it cooled off a bit.
Just thought I'd add that Joanne's has their flannel on sale Labor day weekend 50% off! I us 9 yards for the rag quilts. I made the mistake of buying it one time at regular price $$$OUCH$$$$. So I plan on buying the colors for my oldest son's Christmas quilt and maybe some Christmas fabric for a rag quilt for myself :) Oh and if you're on their mailing list there is a 10% off coupon YAY!
you use both coupons at the store .. on line I have found out you can only use one I have a joanns card that gives a 10% ( use to be 15%) off every thing all the time but can't use it with free shipping or any other coupon...Grrrrrr
It's from Joannes I'm a little ticked off though :(
I was there this past weekend and there was a sign on top of the display that said Christmas fabrics 50% off. The fabric was $9.99 a yard, normally I wouldn't have bought it but at 50% off I thought I'd get it now. I get home and notice the receipt is regular price, I go back the next day thinking they made a mistake and would give me a credit. The woman says "oh, THAT Christmas fabric isn't on sale only the other brand" Fer cryin out loud! Don't put the sign on the display if the fabric on THAT display is not on freakin sale! (ok, I'm done venting) sniff sniff
I have found that the Joanns stores are getting like that they don't really know what the sales are ,I was in the Waco store the other day and the manger was so rude when I asked him about a sale I saw on line he about snapped my head off telling me they didn't have anything to do with joanns .com that they were in competition I get both the e-mail & the paper the sales are the same...
I bought yarn there a month ago. I had a budget and needed yarn for a baby blanket. The line for the register was insanely long. After being in line forever I get to the register and she rings up the yarn and tells me it's 25% off. Had I known that I would have bought more, but there was no way I was going to wait in line again for 20 minutes! I asked her why there were no sale signs on the yarn? She just shrugged her shoulders. I get the feeling that the employees are really unhappy there :(
Sales at joann.com are NOT the same as a hard front store. I tend to get 2 different emails. And then my flier is usually different from the emails.
And sales in the NE region are not the same as sales in FL. Different buyers = different sales.
The store in FL is NOT fond of me when I come in with my MD flier and "request" those prices. The parent company requires they accept them, but it takes a manager to overside the prices at the register. I just smile at them. (much better sales in MD than FL)
A few months ago, I was at Joann's in San Angelo, I was looking for a pair of pinking shears, and they had a sign all fiskars 50% off, so I picked up the shears, and went to the counter with fabric, and she rang the shears at full price! She looked at me and said very rudely, that the pinking shears were not included in the sale! I made her go back to the rack, and show me here it said they were excluded. It said nothing so I made her get the manager, and give me the sale price!
Needles to say, she was not happy with me, and neither were the other ladies in line...
taters55, it was a couple months ago that I bought the spring loaded clippers for my rag quilts. They are Fiskars and the sign said 50%. When I got to the register they said "oh no, these are not 50% off". I didn't argue, I should have. I'm going to be much more diligent with these bogus signs and prices after hearing it's not just me :(
Ya, it's one thing when I don't read carefully enough like "Calico Keepsake", (not all brands). But when the sign says "Fiskars" and does NOT say no pinking shears etc... WELL... I say they ARE on sale then!!
Here we go! All the squares are cut and now to start sewing the "X's". The colors are a deep Christmas red, for some reason they are showing up pink in the pic. I managed to get a pic while the cat & dog were sleeping so this pic is pet free, Lol
Thanks everyone! I love making these! Got a 20% off coupon from Joannes so I'll be buying more fabric tomorrow. This one is a little smaller 48 - 10 inch squares. 40 inches of each of of top fabric. And then 2 colors flannel I think 3 1/4 each.
Ohhh Fish that Christmas Rag quilt looks soooooo inviting...I can just picture it...all bundled up with that quilt...gentle snow outside...Winter Wonderland...and a cup of tea in hand.
LOL I just realized that you are in AZ...so I guess you have NO winter wonderland...maybe it was me I pictured with that quilt...lol
Aw, fishy, that is just beautiful. Hey, we have snow here in Oracle. If you want to curl up with a cup of tea in your raggedy I'll let you know when it snows and we can enjoy together. The day after Christmas last year I got my car stuck sideways in the gate at the top of my driveway in the snow. (I'm from Arizona. I don't drive well in the snow...)
it would be fine to be where there is snow, if I could hibernate...near a nice warm (hot) wood stove...with a nice quilt to stitch ( or 2 or 3...) to stitch on...and not have to go out in it...
no shoveling, no driving. no getting cold!!! LOL
I'm so grateful to be retired cause that's my world now. I must say I feel I earned it!!! Worked since I was 14 and retirement is very very good...
Plus I have Norm who isn't afraid to drive in anything - and we have the plowman who does the drive. No cozy wood stove here but wonderful glider chair right next to the baseboard heat!!!!!
I spent part of yesterday and part of today working at my Dad's place. He's living with my sister, the guy that bought the manufactured home and was supposed to MOVE it and have the hole filled in and cleaned up etc by Sept 1, FINALLY got the home moved and left all the mess behind. He had to trim a few limbs from the birch trees, prune back some evergreen etc to get the manufactured home moved out of the driveway... he left all the mess behind. Did I mention he has FRidays off and never did ONE lick of work on the mess he left behind???
I'd like to draw up a nice bill for all the clean up we (family) had to do and present it to with the threat of small claims court!!! JERK. My 86 year old Dad deserved better treatment than that. GGgggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Don't blame you for being angry Pat. There is no need for that and I get so irked with those that take advantage!!! Did you have it in writing that he was responsible for doing this work? If so, I'd take him to SCC too!!!!
Yes, we have it in writing. What is NOT in writing is what the penalty would be if it was late. Mostly my Dad just doesn't want the emotional turmoil, we need to get this house back on the market. I know that the SCC would not hold up the sale. We did NOT take pictures and we should have if we were going to pursue this in SCC.
I saw the prettiest rag quilt at the show today. It was all denim, I believe 4" squares, about a third of them had delicate machine embroidery flowers. It's big 92x103. The maker said she used 30-40 pairs of old jeans. The contrast of the jeans and the delicate flowers was stunning.
Wow, Silio, did you take a pic? Add it to a 'Not Mine, But' Thread' that I started. I really love the tecture that the denim in my rag quilt added and cound see it as a dedicated top. 4" and that size, WOW... Please post a pic if hyou have one. It sounds awesome.
That's good fish. Now that you have discovered this pattern, you don't want to make it so you can't do it anymore!!!! That sounds like a good time limit. I doubt I could make 10 minutes at a time but I'd give it a good try!!!!!!
I bought the spring rag scissor at JoAnn's but found that it started to dull towards the last part of cutting. Anyone sharpen these? I would assume you can, but it looks like the cutting portions have 'teeth' of some sort.
those fiskars are the BOMB!!!! they originally came out about 15 years ago in the garden center, for clipping small things!! I have a few pair in my gardening stuff, and ... I have a pair on my ironing board, a pair on my cutting table, and a pair next to my sewing machine!!
beautiful job yet again Fish, and I am sure the pinks will be loverly!!
When I am doing the clipping, I have found that they drag a bit, so I take a tissue, and wipe all the fuzz out of them, then they are good to go. I have even taken them to the sink, and ran them under hot water for a few minutes to clean them, just make sure you dry them really good!
10 inch squares, the pink one is only 6 squares wide and long. My Mom has arthritis so I wanted to make small one she could use while watching TV. That would'nt be to heavy for her to handle. I have one more kid left to make one for Christmas : O
Hubby told me today to get the embroidery machine i found on Craig's List. It's not a big fancy one but I think it will do for what I want.
I'm going to check at my LQS to see if anyone has a photo of that denim rag quilt I saw at the show. I really want to try one. I will after all need to practice on my new (to me) machine.
Mine was $300. Actually the person selling was surprised by my inquiry, It was an older listing and she had forgotten it was even out there. I checked prices for the same one on Ebay and hers, for what it has extra is a good deal. Plus no shipping some wanted as much as $80. for shipping.