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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Midnight Run Quilt

This is a flannel quilt my friend Helen made for her son Jared. It is made up of 224 five inch (finished size) filled squares all hand-stitched together. 14 squares wide by 16 squares long.

To make this quilt:
To make each of the little puffed squares - Start with two - 6" x 6" squares of flannel.
With right sides together sew three sides on the machine using a 1/2" seam allowance.
Then turn right sides out.

You will then stuff this with TWO pieces of Hi-Loft polyester batting that is 7" square.
Fold in your 1/2"seam allowance and blind stitch closed by hand.
With Size 3 - DMC Cotton Pearl double thread go thru the center and come back up to the top and make a square knot (left over right and right over left) , snip your thread leaving some short tails, say inch or so. This side is the top side of a square. (This quilt used several shades of the Cotton Pearl thread with the light thread on the dark fabric and the dark thread on the light fabric. See what you like for yours.)

When all your squares are made decide on your pattern by laying them all out on an old sheet or tablecloth (if plastic lay them on the flannel side). You can always cover them with another one and then roll them up together if you need to put it away.

To keep them organized you can make a pile of a row with the first one on top, down to the last one on the bottom. Take a piece of your pearl cotton threaded on a needle with a big knot on the end. Start at a corner of the bottom square (last one in the row) and thread them all on going up to the top one and through a piece of paper with the numer of the row written on it and end it off. Then when you go to join them together you will make a row at a time and then join the rows together.
When joining the squares together place right sides (remember side with the thread tails) of two together and whipstitch with double thread along the edges.
You may also want to take a picture after you have them all laid out just in case the cats think it is a place for them to play as did Helen's! LOL : )

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