Simple Tutorial: Rag Quilt

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Front. (Rag quilt my grandmother made for my son.)

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Back.

Fabric Needed: I recommend at least 3 yards. The one I’m currently making now will be 32″ square (including fringe) and I bought 1 1/4 yard of 2 flannel fabrics. I wish I bought more, I wanted it bigger.

Size of squares: Really, the squares can be any size your heart desires. Same with fringe. I wouldn’t go more than 1″ with the fringe, but, to each their own. Many do 1/2″. This quilt I did 8″ blocks with 1″ fringe making the square 6″ in the quilt.

Step One
Cut. As I said I did 8″ squares.

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Step Two
Sew. I do not put batting in my rag quilts, especially when I use flannel. I think it makes them too hot. You can make rag quilts with cotton fabrics which then I would use batting. If you do want to use batting cut the batting square to the rough size of your finished square. You don’t want batting sticking out in the fringe.

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Sew corner to corner. I’m using a green variegated thread (& I love using variegated thread on rag quilts). I just eyeball corner to corner. I start about 1/2″ in & end about 1″ to 1/2″ from the opposite corner.

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I have a machine (Singer Superb) that has decorative stitches, so I showcase them when I make rag quilts! If your machine doesn’t have them, don’t worry. You can use a regular straight stitch or even a zig zag stitch!! 🙂

Step Three
Sew together a row.

Place the wrong sides (what will be the BACK of the blanket) together.

Here are the backs:

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This is how they’ll be sewn together:

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My fringe area will be 1″. Line up the edge of the fabric.

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Sew. I backstitch about 1-1 1/2″ in  & then again from the opposite end to give it extra support. I don’t backstitch at the very beginning or end because that will be fringe!

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Step Four
Sew your rows together. *Helpful tip: sew seams OPEN. Why? It makes them easier to cut!!

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Step Five
Sew around the blanket. Use straight stitch. I will sew 1″ in because that is my fringe allowance.

Step Six
Cut. If you don’t own spring loaded scissors, invest in a pair. I start by cutting my seams, it makes it easier for me. I cut as close as I can to the seam.

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After I finish those I cut down to the seam straight down. I space my cuts 1/4″ apart. Just DO NOT cut the seam. If you do (& I did) just re sew over it.

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This is why I recommend spring loaded scissors, you can cut with the tip of the scissor & not cut through. It helps, trust me!

Step Seven
I never say they’re done until they are washed!! Especially if you are giving them away as a gift! WARNING: When you wash the first few times, especially the first, wash & dry the blanket BY ITSELF!!! Since you cut the fabric it will fray & become soft & cuddly…shedding in the washer & dryer & trust me, you do not want it all over your clothes!!!

Well, I’m off to finish this rag quilt! Picture to come soon!!

Pre-Wash
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Post Wash
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My New Iron

My Mother’s Day gift was a new iron…I never thought I would pick one!!! Originally I was content with getting a Rowenta until I read too many mixed reviews. Then I was leaning towards Black & Decker, great reviews. However, I rarely use water (makes my fabric wonky) (yes, I’m a starch freak) & nothing irritates me more than an iron that spits…

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I bought her in college so she’s about 8 years old…she’s been great, I’m just ready for a new one. I did find an amazing one at a quilt store with a separate steam chamber so it doesn’t spit but the $249 price tag wasn’t worth it (unless it ironed for me or my husband said sure darling but…ha). So…I introduce to you…

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A dry iron!! This was $30 from homedepot.com! Here I go opening it…

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So far I LOVE the weight of the iron…nice & heavy!!

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Smooth plate…no holes. Another feature I like is there is NO automatic off. I too often iron, sew, iron, etc with quilts & it annoys me to think I’d have to wait for an iron to reheat back up. Some like it to, I prefer it not to.

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Wow…I will have to get used to the weight!! When she presses a seam, she means business, AWESOME!!! Right now I’m pressing some squares for my Houndstooth quilt I’m working on…

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So while my 2 beautiful children are out with their father I’m going to take advantage of some me time!! Until next time…

Welcome!

My first blog post! Hello everyone!!!

I decided to go ahead and start my very own sewing after I was inspired by looking at Quilt Market photos with my husband. He’s almost a quilt snob if you will. He is the man behind my quilt designs and self-proclaimed fabric guru. OK, he has an eye for seeing things I just well…can’t.

About Me
I’m a wife, mother to 2 children (26 months & 6.5 months), teacher to high school students with special needs, newbie quilter, think I can do it all sewist, and wannabe rock star. Needless to say I’m limited on my crafting time!

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It took me 8 months to complete my first quilt. It’s a super size king John Deere Realtree Camo quilt…yes, picked out by my husband. I’m in the process of assembling a Houndstooth lap quilt, pattern & fabric picked out by mine truly.

My projects come few & far between so I would like to use this blog to showcase your projects as well as mine. I am also doing this from my tablet so pictures may not be the greatest, but, I’m not trying to be a professional here by any means…I’m here to have fun!

Until next time…