Monday, June 6, 2011

Denim and Homespun Rag Quilt Tutorial Part 2

{Nifty Thrifty Denim Rag Quilt Tutorial Part 1}
Part 2:
Hey y'all. I'm back!

Did you enjoy Part 1 of my Nifty Thrifty Denim Rag Quilt Tutorial? How many of you were inspired to attempt your very own rag quilt? Lots I hope!

Remember when I mentioned my original sketch?
Here she is:
Isn't she a beauty?!

By now you should have all your squares sewn with X's in the center. Let's move on.
Alrighty, it is time for the REAL fun to begin.

Grab a broom or vacuum, and clean your floor! What on earth does your floor have to do with a quilt? Your about to find out. Just do as I say.

Now that your floor is clean.. get yourself some knee pads, Tylenol, a bottle of water, and slap on some extra deodorant. OK, so I was kidding about the knee pads and Tylenol, sort of. But you really may want to take heed to the deodorant part.

Gather up your squares and start laying them out on the floor. You need to see what order the pieces will look the best in. Arrange, rearrange, and rearrange again.
{Just ignore the fact that my house is a mess in these photos. It was a busy, busy, busy weekend. Oh and pretend Michael's nasty grass mowing shoe isn't in the pic.}

Here is what my quilt looks like after I have laid out all of my squares and rearranged them at least twenty five times.

My main goal was to spread out the colors and not have any of the same pattern too close together. I originally planned to alternate dark denim, light denim, dark denim in each row, but it just didn't look right. I ended up doing a row of light denim, then on the next row I did dark denim. Repeating that over and over.

One thing I noticed right away when I started to lay out my denim squares is that you need to make sure your that all of the denim have the grain going in the same direction. It will look better if they all match.
The last step in Part 2 of this Nifty Thrifty Denim Rag Quilt Tutorial is labeling. Grab a marker and some post-it notes; stick a note or piece of paper on each square and label it with what row number and piece number each square is to be. {After some trial and error I found that even the sticky notes will need a pin eventually} I just scribbled R1P1, R1P2, and so on. This will make sorting them out a lot easier when you start to sew them together.
That is it for part two. I'll updated with part three as soon as I can! Good luck.
Be sure to let me know how it goes for you.

{Nifty Thrifty Denim Rag Quilt Tutorial Part 3}

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