Rag quilting. First I was so suprised by how many have not tried it. (I think everyone around "here" has tried it!)
I sent this to a few people who expressed interest... I hope it make sense. It will save your wrist!
"I have since learned a better way to do the ragging....
It is a bit hard to explain.
When you cut & sew use 1 inch seams.
Now line up your rotary cutting ruler with the seam & cover the seam by about a 1/4 inch.
Now using an old rotary cutter blade, starting at the ruler edge, cut perpendicular to the ruler - creating your ragged edge. (DO NOT CUT TOWARDS THE RULER - YOU CAN JUMP THE RULER & CUT YOURSELF.)
Caveat, I sew in sections not rows. So I would sew all of my row 1 sqaures to my row 2 squares and my row 3 squares to my row 4 squares, etc. And rag all of those seams.
Then I would make 4 patches & rag all of those seams, etc."
This does not get rid of the "unfinshed look" nor does it get rid of the lint that you will get when you first wash it. You really should go to a laundromat to wash and dry it the first time. Those washers and dryers are more heavy duty to handle the mess. (This also works with homespun fabrics and denim - not so much with cotton or batik - although I have seen them done with those fabrics - they don't fray as much as the flannel or homespun.)
Ready for a virtual quilt show? Here is an Australian one from the Canberra Quilters, Inc. be sure to check out both online exhibits. "Annual Exhibition 2006" & "Celebration Quilts 2001" After viewing them, I have to ask, "What is a Brumbie?" & Since we all have favorites, mine from this grouping is the green and orange medalion, "No, Sam" by K. Harrison.
"Gratitude" The hourly quilt project being sponsored by Judy & designed by Jeanne has piqued my interest!
First, I have a ton of 4 patches in blue & yellow & some white (I actually have 25 patches) from a failed scrappy Irish Chain. (I have 25 patches, because I had to get that far before I knew that my "plan" would not work...)
So I got some yellows & I will probably go with the white...
However, (Kinda like a "but" and there is always a "but") I was thinking that I could substitute the 25 patch with a.... Are you ready for this? with a fussy cut cat print.
I don't know, right now I still have the yellows in a pile...