Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday sewing

It's been a lovely weekend so far.
We had lunch with JW's family yesterday. We didn't get much done otherwise. It was rainy and we felt like being lazy.
Today is a different story. I did laundry, cooked, we cleaned, and now while JW is at his men's group meeting at church, I am at the sewing machine.

Back in September I started on a rag quilt, but had to put it away for a while.
I messed up my back in October and was on complete bed rest for the month. I still wasn't well enough to sit in my sewing chair for any amount of time, until now.
My back, while not completely healed, is better enough that I am able to sit at the machine for a while and work on the quilt.

I already had all of the squares already cut, thanks to my Accuquilt.  All I have to do now is finish pinning a few squares together that I had left to do, and sew everything together.

If you like doing rag quilts, the best investment you could ever make to save your hands is the Accuquilt.
It has a rag die that pre-cuts all of the rag for you. Seriously the best thing I ever bought.

Here is my stack I still have to pin. There are three pieces to the sandwich.
The top, which is just a patterned cotton, the middle is a square of polyfil and the back piece is white flannel.



Sewing the X on the squares



Completed X on the squares


The colors used are beige's and light greens.





I think it will make a lovely quilt. I will be happy to have it finally done so I can start on another!

11 comments:

  1. Love the greens! I bet it will be beautiful when finished.

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    1. Thanks! I just laid it out and it looks great!

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  2. Years ago I gave my wife a new sewing machine. It's never been removed from the box. I since learned my lesson. I now give her packs of needles and thread.

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    1. I don't think I could ever go back to using needle and thread. I just don't have the patience!

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  3. It looks great! If your machine sits lower than is comfortable...put some 2 X 4's under the table to raise it up. I'm 5'9 and need to do this with mine. Saved a lot of back aches! Glad to see you back at it

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    1. Thanks for the idea! I might have JW fiddle with the height to see if that helps.

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  4. I've got you beat. I dragged my quilt pieces from Indiana to Florida and, after four years, finally made a quilt. YOURS looks lovely, and your photos present a CALM appearance, instead of the "I FEEL LIKE I'M KILLING SNAKES HERE!" attitude that I had. It was anything but relaxing.

    It also looks like you're making a 'quilt as you go'. Are you?

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    1. I'm usually prety calm when I sew, thankfully. Although, my last machine had a tension issue, so whenever I used it JW thought he was married to a sailor.
      It is pretty much a quilt as you go. The great thing about rag quilting is all of the seams are on the outside, so it's very forgiving. I can't sew a straight line to save my life, so this is pretty easy to do.

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    2. Sewing, even with problems with the machine, relaxes me.

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  5. I have been wanting to make one of these for some time but was not sure how to do it. Thanks for sharing. Also do you have to snip the sides before you sew or can you do it after you get it together?
    Connie

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    1. I have an Accuquilt that has a rag die, and it pre cuts the sides for me. If you are cutting the fabric yourself, then traditionally you will cut your rag after you have everything sewn together. Google rag quilt tutorials. There are a ton out there, and they are very easy to make. Good luck!

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