Thursday, December 30, 2010

rag quilt

Have you ever made a rag quilt?  They are fun and easy and pretty quick to make.  They do create lots and lots of lint when you dry them to give them the rag look.  I made this quilt around 2001, when rag quilts were popular.  This was a kit from a wonderful quilt shop in Colorado that is no longer open.  It is flannel, and I still enjoy it in our Colorado cabin.

If you haven't made a rag quilt, this is a quick tutorial on how to make a rag quilt like the one in the picture:

Cut 112  9" squares of flannel and 56  6" or 7" squares of batting(this is a great way to use scrap batting and some make these without any batting)

Sandwich the batting between two flannel squares and quilt and X or the design of your choice in each square.  Using a 1/2" seam allowance sew the squares in rows that are 7 x 8.  Then sew 1/2" all around the outside of the quilt and it is ready for you to clip the seams every 1/4".  Be careful not to clip the seam lines.  This will take a while and your hand will get tired : )

Now it is time to wash and dry to make the clipped seams fray.  This is going to create lots and lots of lent, and I would recommend checking on the dryer/lent tray often.  I hope this tutorial will help if you decide to make a rag quilt!



Anonymous said...

beautiful quilt. How do you finish off a rag quilt?

elizabeth said...

Thanks, Leigh-Anne...I will edit my post with a few directions. It is simple and easy to make!