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Thanks to all for quilt info, but a question for Sammie
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Katrina    Posted 05-09-2002 at 17:00:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think I got most of your post on making that denim quilt. I am confused though as exactly what a 5 patch block consists of. Say I am using 6" squares of denim. How many squares are in a 5 patch block? Sorry for being ignorant, just don't quite get that. Is there a different in making a block rather than just adding one square at a time until it is the right size? Thanks for your patience. P.S. Good luck on getting your house back on it's feet. At least we're heading into warmer weather(hopefully!)

Sammie That's ok, I don't either!!! lol    Posted 05-09-2002 at 17:12:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
know why they call it a 5 patch block quilt. The block actually consists of 16 squares. I usually am using cotton, cordury, polyester or sweet shirt material so use 8 squares of 2 different colors. Assembling them into 16 count blocks just makes them alot easier to handle. You can just keep adding but you will very quickly find tht it's near imposible to keep it straight in your sewing machine and your squares won't be square. When you get all of your blocks made and layed out and ready to sew them into strips, you will see right away what I mean about it being hard to handle. This step is best done on a big table so the weight doesn't bind your sewing machine needle. I've broken more needles at the last stages of assembling the top then at any other time. Denim is a heavy material anyway so the needle will already be working hard to get through the seams so you don't want it to start hitting the plate.

Katrina    Posted 05-09-2002 at 17:20:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
So you're saying 4 pieces across X 4 pieces down, right for each block? Would you say 6" squares are a good size? I think 8" of denim would be too big so I'm just guessing at the 6". FYI we just started going to help at church assemble bedrolls for the homeless. I bring the 4 kids and we just tie basically two sheets together with batting in between. Not much of a quilting lesson but it sure made me learn how big they are to handle without a large table!

P.S. Also thanks for the tip on    Posted 05-09-2002 at 17:04:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
cutting the material on the grain. I would not have thought of that until it was too late! Wish you were closer and could give me some help! Appreciate all your advice.

Sammie    Posted 05-09-2002 at 17:14:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
No problem. If you have any other questions feel free to ask away. Just be sure if you are using new fabric to preshrink it and check it for color fast. This is why I love working with old material. I can salvage old clothes, they are already shrunk and won't fade.

Katrina    Posted 05-09-2002 at 17:22:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am using old jeans that have been patched and not worth patching anymore. The rear is wore out as are the knees but hopefully good material in between. I am realizing I will need a few more pair of jeans after I decided not to mix the blue and black together on the same quilt.

DeadCarp - old pockets    Posted 05-09-2002 at 19:35:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you're cutting up old jeans, save the back pockets for oven mitts - boy are they handy! Probly good for other things too......

Sammie    Posted 05-09-2002 at 21:59:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I made a little kids quilt one time and put cordury pockets all over it and put a toy in each pocket. Used the pocket parts off of all of the pants I cut for big people quilts. It was a hit!!

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