We have remnants, we need to know the STORIES!

Overall, I had a pretty happy day. I know, you’re about to tell me, “But yesterday was International Happiness Day.” True, I missed the boat not blogging about happiness yesterday. But I thought about it. And International Happiness Day is growing into something bigger. I have plenty going on now to make me happy.

I finally got the Ruby back from the repair shop. It has been in limbo there since early November. Funny, when I look at the Husqvarna Viking website, I do not even see Ruby, now they have a Ruby Deluxe. Perhaps the Ruby model is no longer produced, historically kind of like the Edsel? I didn’t sew on Ruby right away, because I’d been in a car accident and then hurt my head and got my neck and back jacked up. But today I plugged in the Ruby and made another rag quilt while watching the opening day of Rootstech. Ruby was all better, smooth and beautiful like I remembered! sigh! Rootstech is a 3-day genealogy workshop that is in its 3rd year of production. And it is BIG! An estimated ten thousand people listened to the streaming videos today, besides the throng of over 5,000 that attended in person at Salt Lake City.

Several points impressed me from the conference talks. One was that stories were stressed. Not just names and dates. Over and over I heard, we need to know the stories. WE NEED TO KNOW THE STORIES! Another point stressed: what will our great-grandchildren wish they knew about us? What would we know about our ancestors if they’d had social media like we have today?

I finished another larger rag quilt, using cotton flannel remnants. This one will go to Baby L, and the little one I already gave her will seem like a changing pad compared to this.

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Then I finished another lap quilt, one not made of remnants but of charming designer flannel fabric: Les Amis by Patti Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics LLC.

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For those creative readers who love this fabric, perhaps you could be the next fabulous new fabric designer? Check out this contest from Spoonflower and give it a chance!

I have sewn things that were given away, and later I forgot. If I did not keep a record I might not remember what I have done. Like the felted name tags for the FTWG conference, all gone and not remembered in the least. This giftee may not know that I picked the designer fabric just for her, with its French motif and Pantone color of the year, but here I note the remnants of the story.

Weekly Photo Challenge — Unique

newest "leaf" on the family "palm tree"

newest “leaf” on the family “palm tree”

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& Baby Rag Quilt

I said I would post when I got the rag quilt finished so here it is.

Pink flannel remnants

Pink flannel remnants

It started as a pile of remnants that were smaller than .85 yard. Usually I can make a baby receiving blanket with a remnant that is .85 to a yard in size. If smaller, the remnants can be cut up and sewn together. Woo hoo! More work! But sometimes worth it…

Cut up on this Accuquilt-Go cutter thingie

Cut up on this Accuquilt-Go cutter thingie

blocks for a rag quilt

blocks for a rag quilt

I used a 10-inch rag quilt block template. It saves a lot of elbow (and wrist) grease, cutting all those bazillion little snips around the edges. You position 2 layers of flannel on the template, right sides of both facing out and wrong sides facing each other.

Sew blocks together with 1-inch seams, fringe on the right side

Sew blocks together with 1-inch seams, fringe on the right side

You can cut 6.5-inch blocks of batting or muslin to insert between the two blocks, or not. I chose not to, because here in Florida it doesn’t get that chilly. You don’t want the poor infant sweating to death at nap time underneath her rag quilt. If you don’t stuff anything between the layers, with right sides facing out, once you’ve run them through the cutter they are ready to be sewn to the next block. Oh, I almost forgot: you sew the front and back block together with a big “X” from southwest to northeast and northwest to southeast. Then you sew one block to the next with a 1″ seam.

Easy little Florida baby rag quilt

Easy little Florida baby rag quilt

Then after you’ve sewn the blocks together and rows together in an orderly sequence, top stitch around the edge of it and machine wash and dry it to fluff up the rag edges. This ends up being rather small. For a larger-than-newborn baby, I’d add another row or two. And wash it a couple of times and shake out all that fiber debris from the raggy edges. But it was so super easy, and cute, and economical (once you figure the Go gadget has paid for itself) and it kept some flannel remnants from going into the landfill!

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