How to sew rows together on a rag quilt


Once you’ve sewn all your squares together
you’re going to have something that looks a lot like this. Ok, you’ll have this nice
long row and you’re just going to do that with all your rows- you’re going to sew them
together ok? And then it’s going to be time to make the blanket. I’m going to show you
the example here. I have three rows that are already sewn together and we are going to
be sewing these together. Now, the only tricky part about this because it’s just a straight
seam are these and especially if you’re doing something like I am where it’s really really
thick you’re going to need to pay attention and carefully sew over these and there is
a little trick to it and I’m going to show you what that is. What we’re going to do is
we are going to put our rows together. Now we’re going to make sure that they’re the
same direction on the nap and they are and we are going to sew them together like this.
Long seam all the way along but there’s a trick especially with this case- these are
really thick. OK? Because I have lots of layers here and if you’re doing extra thick blanket.
When you’re sewing along you’re going want to make sure that these are flat and your
seams are pressed out on both sides. So as you approach each of these seams you’re going
to make sure that they’re flat, just like you see here, that’s how they were sewn. I’m
using my washi tape as my guide. And since you’re working with so many layers, take your
time and just kind of adjust them and make sure they are all together. And just work
with it. This isn’t a race. I know it’s a very simple seam but it’s not one you want
to rush because you want to be checking and making sure the top and bottom are correct.
I’m going to show you how to go over this. Now, because I’m using minky and cuddle and
it’s such thick layers I’m using my walking foot. Especially for here. This is where you
want to take your time and go slow. I’m going to make sure those seams are lined up. I’m
going to keep sewing. I’m not going to worry about the foot going over the fabric just
yet until I get to about here. Ok? I’m going to make sure my needle is down and in. I’m
going to lift up my foot and I’m just going to slide that under there and I’m going to
make sure that this is correct underneath as well and that’s going to slide under no
problem. I’m going to put my foot down and this is where you need to be patient and go
slow. You’re just going to take your time. You might need to help the fabric through
a little bit so take your time and help the fabric. Again, slow. This is something you
don’t want to rush over because if you rush especially with thick layers like this you’ll
skip stitches and you’ll get a hole in your blanket. It’s a really thick point right there.
And again, I made this blanket so thick. I’m just going to take my time. And there it is
past that point. And that’s what you’re going to do with each of those seams. You’re going
to make sure that the seams are pressed out and you’re going to take your time to go over
them. Now, if your blanket isn’t as thick as mine. I said this is two layers of cuddle
and two layers of fleece and then that’s compounded when we go across those seams. You’ll have
no trouble. But no matter how thick your blanket is as a general rule it’s good just to press
those seams out and work over them. It’s the cleanest way and it’s usually the best way
to do it. And there it is! It looks great. Now there’s one final thing we need to do.
And we need to do the edge. This is so much easier than most traditional quilts because
you don’t have to do any sort of binding but all we’re going to do is using the same seam
allowance we were using here is we are going to use that and sew all the way around so
we can wrap the edges as well. Easy Easy. And we’re going to do the same thing and make
sure that those are pressed out as we go around the edge of the blanket. Let’s go. Finding
this while I’m sewing around this blanket and I’m not letting the blanket weight pull
on the needle. You always want to not have any weight pull on your needle because that
can affect your stitch and it can hurt your machine. So I’m not letting it fall off here,
I’m letting it sit on my lap getting nice and fuzzy and do that. Just an important quick
tip to make sure your machine stays healthy and you have success with your project.