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Rag Quilt


How to make a rag quilt

          **  Free PDF Download of instructions is available here.**

This is a free tutorial because it is so easy and so much fun! If you are an experienced quilter you might want to share it with a friend, child or grandchild to get the hooked on this wonderful past time we call quilting.

It is a wonderful beginner quilt project.

This will make a lap or baby sized quilt approximately 35″ x 42″ perfect for snuggling under.

This quilt is easily made bigger.

Gather your materials:

4 yards of  flannel. (These can be 4 -one yd. cuts or 8- half yard cuts or 16 quarter yard cuts)

1 1/4 yd.  40″ wide  thin batting (this is a great way to use up those scraps of batting)

 

Cutting:

Cut your fabric into  9″ squares for a total of 64 (sixty-four) squares

Cut your batting into 7″ squares for a total of  30 (thirty)  squares

 

9 inch squares

batting for a rag quilt

Sewing:

Set 1 flannel square face down.

Place 1 piece of batting in the center of the square.

Set another piece of flannel right-side-up on top to complete the sandwich.

 

center the batting

 

 

Add  pins on each side to hold everything in place.

 

rag quilt block

Sew an “X” through the center of the flannel square. (I highly recommend a walking foot if you have one.)

 

sewing

Repeat 29 more times.

Putting the Quilt all together.

Arrange all the blocks in the order you like them.

Now you are going to sew all the blocks together.

Take 2(two) blocks and put them Wrong Sides Together (WST). This is different than you normally sew pieces together so I sometimes have to stop to think and make sure I’m doing it right.

Sew about 1 inch from the edge. First sew everything into groups of two and then sew the two into rows. (If this doesn’t make sense, it is okay because you can sew them in any order.)

Whenever you come to seams when you are joining groups Make sure the seams are pressed open! 

seams open

Make sure seams are open

 

Keep joining blocks or rows together until the quilt top is the size you want it.

Once the quilt is all together. Sew around the outside of the quilt 1 inch from the edge. This will close off the ends.

joining rows

Joining Rows

 

Finishing the quilt

Now, you just need to make all those little clips in the seams. Take your time.

Carefully cut the seams making sure you don’t cut the sewing line. Stay a good 1/8th of an inch away.

Your hands will get tired from making all these cuts so if this is a gift with a deadline allow yourself time to do the clipping. (Don’t try to do it all in one sitting!)

Now wash your quilt and dry in a dryer.

The more you do this the fuzzier the seams will look. Make sure you empty your lint trap often because you are going to get a lot of fuzzies.

My mom, who has made innumerable rag quilts recommends a trip to the laundry-mat for this job.

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My kitty loves the warmth of flannel.

I have finished the quilt.  I just forgot to take a picture of it and it is gloomy and dark here today so I will add one when the weather cooperates.

Have you ever made a rag quilt?

Have a quilty day!

Michelle

All the pieces

My new pocketbook.

I have been so busy filling out forms and doing research about launching my new business that I haven’t had time for much fun stuff. I have managed to squeeze in a little sewing time.

I made a purse. I had to. My old one was falling apart.

I’m very picky when it comes to my pocketbook. I like lots of pockets, but I do not like it to be too big. I’m not a teenager so I don’t want something hip and I’m not ready for what my mom calls my grandma bag. I hope I don’t offend anyone. I just want something in between and practical.

All the pieces

Lots of pieces with clearly marked labels

Although you can see my fabric choices are not quite those of a practical person.

I love cats!

My favorite new tool!

Here is an inside pocket. I love this little iron. It is so handy.

I will post finished pictures of my purse when there is no more paperwork.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Quilting

Michelle

Purse

Original Wool Cat Design