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Rag Quilt – Sandwiches

Posted on: December 7, 2014

Rag Quilt – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

After cutting all the batting and all the fabric, the next step is to create sandwiches and sew them together.

A sandwich is two pieces of fabric with the batting in the middle, making sure the “right” side of the fabric is facing outward.

In the case of my solid colored fabric, it didn’t matter what sides were facing out.  In my printed fabrics, I had to make sure the printed sides were out AND in the same orientation.

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Once the sandwiches are assembled, I pinned them on the corners and the middle to make sure nothing shifted too bad during the sewing process.

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Take it to the sewing machine and sew a big X down the middle.  As you can see in the photo, I didn’t start at the edge of the fabric.  I estimated an inch in from each corner before sewing.  In hindsight, I think I will start a little closer to the edge, still not all the way to the edge, but just closer.  At first my sandwiches looked a little rough.  It was my first time, so I expected it not to be perfect.  But by the time I finished all 30 squares, my sandwiches looked pretty decent.  Practice does make perfect.

Some of my squares didn’t lay on top of each other perfectly, but I figured it was ok.  The edges were going to be “ragged” at the end of all this sewing, so that would hide a lot of the imperfections during my cutting of the fabric.

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Halfway through sewing all the sandwiches together.

Here are all 30 completed sandwiches.  Once I got the hang of it, this process went by pretty quickly.  It took me about two days to do this since I had to squeeze in the time between naps and stuff.

Progress on this quilt has been quicker and easier than I initially anticipated and I’m loving every bit of it!

The next step is to arrange the quilt and to start putting it all together!

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