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sewhawaiian posted on Fri, Jul 19 2013 1:27 PM

Hi!  I'm new to quilting and am starting with a rag quilt.  The top is denim and the backing is flannel, but I wanted to add a few non-denim squares to the top to give a little color and interest.  Living in a warm climate, I'm not adding batting between the denim and flannel, but what should I do with the non-denim squares?  What should I use to stabilize and yet make them a similar height/weight to the other squares?  Mahalo!

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Answered (Verified) Angele replied on Fri, Jul 19 2013 9:35 PM
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Sew hawwaiian, you could use some flannels or an appliqué block instead. Those I would line with flannel or how about using the denim for the back of the square?

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I love this site for all types of jean quilt ideas and free patterns. 

http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.com/2011/10/free-pattern-day-denim-quilts.html?m=1

im working on the cathedral windows one now. 

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Answered (Verified) Angele replied on Fri, Jul 19 2013 9:35 PM
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Sew hawwaiian, you could use some flannels or an appliqué block instead. Those I would line with flannel or how about using the denim for the back of the square?

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Angele replied on Sat, Jul 20 2013 9:05 AM

Michelle thanks for sharing that website. I went to check things out and they look like so much fun!

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I am just in the stage of cutting all the jean circles for the cathedral window one.  As I cut up jeans ( I use them for making jean aprons and sell the aprons), I cut them into the size I need and have in a container close to the ironing board.  Then as I cut out quilt blocks, any leftovers large enough, I cut to the size square to go inside the jean circle.  Think by end of year, I should have enough to make this quilt all at of leftovers!! 

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Angele replied on Sun, Jul 21 2013 7:50 AM

I'm curious. I have all these denim squares left over from another quilt. I was wondering if I could make a cathedral window using the denim as the square and flannels or homespun as the circles.... Hmmm what do you think?

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Not sure.  There is no finishing off of the edges of the denim on this cathedral window, so the fraying of the denim is what you are getting.  It would be like the fraying you get when you do a rag quilt and the edges are not finished off. I like the idea of the flannel, but I love flannel so I'm partial to it. 

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Angele replied on Sun, Jul 21 2013 8:06 AM

Hnnn, I might have to try it out on a smaller scale like a pillow. The squares are 5 1/2 inches. Maybe I could make circles with them..... Decisions decisions...

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