I know that it is hard to see the ragged edges in this photo, but I didn't want to make the photo too large. I am so proud that I finished it, and I can definitely say that this is not a beginner's pattern. I am going to make another one that is just a basic patchwork block and I know that it will be much easier. JoAnn's has their flannel on sale now, so I guess I will be making a trip there this afternoon. I will be happy to teach a lesson on how to do the block pattern. It feels very cozy and soft, but it takes up too much time, effort, and expense to used as our donation blankets (in my opinion). These items will be reserved for gifts only. Maybe some of you quilters out there would have an easier time of it. I loved doing it, and I loved having to figure it out. We will see if my next one looks more professional :)
This is the back side (the smooth side) of the rag quilt above.
This is a photo of the new squares I was able to cut from the extra material I came home with in my shopping bag (with Charlie's, of course). When I left the lesson, I only had 16 squares total. This made such a small blanket that I wasn't sure it was worth it. When I got home and saw how much material was left over, I started cutting more strips and squares. I ended up with 49 total. I don't know why the teacher made me make mine so much smaller than the other students except she must have gotten confused about the amount of material we needed (even though she was the one with the pattern). Anyway, I sewed over 100 strips together today and will have a very nice sized rag quilt. I would never recommend this pattern to a beginner (back has a pattern also), and I don't think I will probably make it again either, unless this turns out too beautiful to believe! The basic square one should be a lot easier, and I think that one might be the one we teach if we still have interest. If you are searching for directions on the internet, let me tell you that it is a lot easier when you have someone to help you one-on-one---just like the no-sew blankets. I know if I am able to finish this that I will be very proud of myself.
Well, I went for my first Rag Quilt lesson today. There were six of us in the class and the teacher was great. She was very patient and helpful. The only problem was that everyone in the class had already made rag quilts before and were there to learn this pattern. This is obviously not a beginner's pattern and I am a beginner. The second problem was that she said I didn't have enough material. That was interesting because she was the one that told me how much to buy when I went in to sign up for the lesson. Long story short, she said I had to make my squares smaller and my quilt would be smaller. I was disappointed, especially considering how much I had paid for the material, but I figured at least I would know how to make the quilt. We started tearing the material and sewing, and I am so excited to say that I was able to do it. My squares are much smaller than everyone else's, but when I got home I realized that I have a lot of extra material left over, so I am thinking that I might have had enough after all. I am going to try to use the extra material today to construct more squares and then cut the squares for the back of the quilt. We will put it all together at the lesson next week. She will really be surprised when she finds out I was able to make it larger after all. Everyone else had 20 10-inch squares and I only had 16 7-inch squares. I am hoping that I can fix it. Anyway, the main lesson here is that this is not the pattern to start learning about rag quilts. Hopefully Jodie will still be willing to help us out at a later date with an easier pattern.
Don't forget about our Tuesday Morning Meeting, February 9 at 10:00. I have my Rag Quilt Lesson at Buttons and Bows at 2:00 that afternoon, so we will have to wind up a little earlier than usual.
I have ordered labels to be sown into our blankets, scarves, and hats, and I hope they arrive before our meeting. I would like us to spend some of our time Tuesday sewing the labels into our products before they are delivered to Star of Hope. The labels say:
Made Just For You
by members of the
Lots of Knots Group
Hopefully that will help the recipients feel even more special.
The photo above was taken at our January evening meeting. Scroll down to the blog about that evening (January 22, 2010) to see a photo about our joint blanket lesson. There is also a new photo on the Products page of beautiful baby hats. Thank you Tanya T.
If you haven't stopped by Button and Bows and checked out the Rag Quilt, think about doing so. I would love to have some other members of our group in the class. It is a quick and easy way to make a "quilt." I can't wait to get started on it. After those 2 lessons are completed (Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 from 2-4), we will schedule additional lessons on a different pattern of Rag Quilt to be taught by Jodie S. She suggested a Sunday afternoon, so we will finalize it soon. I can't believe that I will actually know how to make two different quilts. These are made on a sewing machine, all you have to know how to do is sew a straight stitch, and they are small and quick. They are also beautiful! You won't believe it until you see it.
I would like to think that I can't be described in a short paragraph. Some adjectives that come to mind: curious, caring, kind, generous, excitable, motivated, emotional, fun, organized. What do you think? Claire