The Door Mouse

Plaid Flannel Squares




Plaid Flannel Squares

A Free Pattern
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The Door Mouse




This design is meant to be a utility quilt to be enjoyed and literally loved to pieces. Wouldn't it be warm and wonderful for a fireside chair or in a winter cabin?

Flannels other than plaids also would be a good choice or plaids that are not flannels. Be creative and use Your own ideas.

5/8 yard of 8 different 45" flannel plaids
Hobbs Cotton Heirloom Batting (pre-wash or not)
4 yards flannel backing
2/3 yd. binding(optional)

Pre-wash, dry and iron fabric. As with all fabric some flannels shrink more than others.

Cut four 4.5 strips across width of each fabric. Sub-cut into 4.5' squares. This should yield 36 squares of each fabric or 288 squares. (No need to count at this point as you will not use every square.)

Refer to diagram below. Quilt A is 12 squares by 16 squares and will make a quilt 48 x 64 . This can be squeezed out of 1/2 yd. each of 8 fabrics.

The quilt shown is 16 squares by 17 squares and measures 64 x 68"

Determine a pleasing placement for your fabrics. Lay out about 1/4 of entire quilt on floor, bed or flannel wall or follow diagram. I like to create a fabric guide using a snip from the throw away pieces cut when strip cutting and assign a number to each fabric.

MOUSE HINT: Turn plaids as you sew. An uneven plaid will have 4 different looks and an even plaid will have subtle changes. Also you probably have found that not every plaid has cut on the exact plaid pattern line. By turning these so that an even cut is matched to an uneven cut will camouflage the uneven cut.

You have to like primitive country decor to be able to live with the characteristics of plaid and flannel. It goes without saying, doesn t it, that at least some of the mice like primitive country alot.

Sew fabric #1 to #2, finger press toward #2
#3 to #4, finger press toward #3
#5 to #6, finger press toward #6
and #7 to #8, finger press toward #7.

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Creative options and changes are possible at this Point. Lay out blocks according to diagram. Determine if you prefer a different arrangement before sewing blocks into rows.

When you have a pleasing arrangement, sew four #1-2 blocks to four #5-6 blocks for rows 1, 3, 5, and 7. Sew four #3-4 blocks to four #7-8 blocks for rows 2, 4, 6, 8.

Finger press seams in odd rows toward top of quilt and in even rows toward bottom of quilt.

At this point your quilt top is 16 squares by 16 squares. Add the last row of squares to your liking at the top or bottom based on which fabrics remain. I used #5 and #6 squares at the top. The diagram shows #1 and #2 squares added to the bottom.

Sew rows into pairs and pairs into halves and finally the center seam. THE ENTIRE QUILT WILL REMAIN MORE SQUARE IF SEWING FIRST SEAMS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AND SECOND SEAMS FROM BOTTOM TO TOP.

Diagram for Flannel Squares
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Cut backing in half and piece across width of quilt using 1/2" seam. Remember to remove the selvage edge. Layer with batting and top. The Hobbs batting recommended was prewashed for the quilt on display.

The very nature of flannel is more bulky; therefore, do not expect fine close stitches if hand quilting. This quilting has come to be known as utility quilting and often was done with course thread in the past. Tying your quilt as the sample with top-stitching thread is another option. Adding buttons while tying would add charm, but remember that small children will want to cuddle in your flannel quilt too.



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