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Thread: My First Rag Quilt

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    Senior Member judee0624's Avatar
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    Since my cousin said she would like a rag quilt, I have begun making them and they are E A S Y!!! No binding, easy piecing. Love it! This first one I used up many of my scrap bag fabrics from Keepsake. The one I am working on is all flannel. This first one took me only 2 days 'cause I was obsessed about seeing how it would turn out. Any siggestions?


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    Nice work!

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    Very nice! I love making rag quilts too. They are so soft and warm and very easy to put together. I have only used flannel with no batting in between. I wonder how cotton with batting would turn out.

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    Judee - it is GREAT! Love the way it turned out.

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    Nice quilt. I had fun with the one I did too, my hand just got tired from all the clipping!!

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    Great job.

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    I like the off set blocks in your rag quilt, can you share with us how to do it, I understand the concept that you quilt with two diagonal lines across the squares to hold front and back together, so do you just piece it together from there?

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    It looks great!! :D :D The only suggestion I have is to have the seams from the blocks you put together show on the ragged side too. I use two rectangles for squares and put all seams on the ragged side. but that's only an opinion--not a rule. :D :wink:

    Izy--I wrote the directions out a while back--here you go:

    1. Buy your flannel—2 colors, or more. Maybe about 7 yards all together—it’s hard to know how much to get. One pattern says 6.25 yards for a twin size. I’d hate for there not to be enough for the size you want, then have the store not have more of your color. I usually buy 1-3 yards of several colors that match, then I have enough to play around with them. It sounds like a lot, but remember it’s the back too.

    2. Also buy some Warm and Natural cotton batting—about 3 yards because it’s extra long? (I’m not good at yardage—but that one you can get more of if you need to.)

    3. There are many options as to square size. You can cut your flannel into 6 inch, 7 inch, 8 inch squares. The bigger they are, the faster it’ll go together, but the smaller the squares, the more interesting your pattern will be. I always cut the flannel into 7 inch squares. If you want, you can cut any scrap pieces into rectangles 7 x 4 inch pieces. Two rectangles sewn together will equal one square. They add even more fun to the finished product!

    4. Cut the batting into 5 ¾” squares. For rectangles, the batting needs to be 5 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches.

    5. Choose 2 flannel squares of the same color and 1 batting square. Layer the squares of batting between the 2 quilt squares so the right sides of the flannel are facing the out. (let me know if you need a picture) Then sew each square from corner to corner—so there’s an X across the square. I eye it up, but you may want to draw on a line to follow. Use a continuous seam to sew these together, first one line, then the other. Are you familiar with the continuous seam? It’s so easy, and makes things so much faster, AND it saves on thread!

    6. For any rectangle pieces, I just sew a wavy line from the middle of one short side to the middle of the opposite side.

    7. Complete every square and rectangle in this way.

    8. Lay out the squares in the pattern you like. Take a picture if you have a digital camera.

    9. Pick up each row by starting at one end and stacking each square under the previous one. Label each pile with its row number on a small pice of paper. Pin the row number on the top square.

    10. Sew all the rows together, using a ½ seam. Make sure all seams are on the same side.

    11. Sew each row to the next, pinning at every seam so they match perfectly. Lock the seams—meaning have one folded to each side as they are sewn together. Make sure all seams are on the same side. (I always goof at least once and have to rip a row apart.) It pays to double check.

    12. Now sew around the whole quilt using a ½ seam.

    13. Once the whole quilt is together, you need to rag it. I place the quilt, folded at a seam facing toward me, on the ironing board, and clip almost to the seam—all the way from one end to the other—about ¼- ½ inch apart. The directions say to snip right to the seam, but I have never gotten that close. Now and then, you will cut through the seam. Just stick it under your sewing machine and repair it by sewing over that area again. It happens.

    14. Once ever seam is clipped, clip around the whole outside.

    15. Now, shake your beautiful creation outside to get some of the lint off.

    16. Most directions say to wash the quilt now, but I have found it works to just spray the front well with water, and wet the back a bit too. You decide what you’d like to do.

    17. Shake the quilt outside again. Then put it in the dryer. The dryer will be what makes the seams rag up.

    18. Now and then clean your lint filter and even shake the quilt outside again.

    19. Smile, you’re done. 

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    Great job Judee!!!

    Love it, love it, love it!!!

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    Hey thanks Karla, great tute, would be better with pictures THEN you might get to be in the real Tutorial section, now that would be good for all the newbies like me, thanks ever so much.

    Just one point....if you look at the picture posted, it looks as if it has been made by laying one block on top of another like lapping them radomly some seams are to the front and others to the back...can you see????? or am I imagining it??? :D

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