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Rag Quilting - The Easiest and Newest Method of Quilt Making Revealed

Need a break from the common customary styles of quilt making, then give rag quilting a go. Anybody can make a rag quilt if you can stitch in a straight line. They're patchwork blocks with a twist using different fabrics like flannel, polar fleece and denim.

To start you want fabrics that may fray when washed. The quilt blocks are generally a moderate size and they're put together in a patchwork methodology. If using denim on the front side have flannel on the back and do not have any batting as this could make it too thick. Flannel is a good batting idea as it is warm and will fray well.

When cutting the material you sometimes cut blocks seven to twelve inches, you'll need to leave a 1/4-1" seam allowance, this will give you room for fraying. The front and back blocks should be cut at the same time. If this is the first rag quilt you are making, it's a sensible idea to practice on a little block to see how well the material frays.

You can always use these tiny pieces to make cushions and pillow cases, so nothing is wasted. Rag quilts are so easy to create, all you want to decide is how many blocks you would like across the top and bottom. 9-10" blocks in a 6 x 8 design is a good size to use.

If you're using batting aside from flannel, then the squares have to be quilted before putting them through the wash. Now you have the top, bottom and filler squares cut, you want to quilt each square individually. Stack your squares backing square right side facing down, then the filler, top square right side up. Now stitch your design onto the squares, it might be hearts, stars, stippling or simply a straightforward x.

To avoid puckers when machine stitching, use a walking foot which will keep the material secure. Join the squares in a row with the raw edges turned up and facing the top squares and press the seams open between each square. Stitch the rows together matching the seams. The raw seam must be at top when stitching the rows together and it's best to stitch the seams open to make it less clumsy when stitching over seams.

To start the fraying cut along the selvage edges spaced about 1/4" and cut as near to the seam as you can. Then put the quilt in the washer, when it's finished shake the quilt and cut off any loose threads. Put it in the dryer on a high heat and this may make it fray more.

Once dry shake of the fluff, the more its washed and dried the more frayed it'll be. Rag quilting is surely an entertaining way to make something unique for your house. And they are not hard and it's a good way to spend your weekend.

They make great gifts for youngsters and even for the aged as they make great knee rugs. Use your imagination and make a great rag quilt.

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Comment by Grandma Jan on December 21, 2009 at 8:00pm
I love making rag quilts!! I've made nine so far for grandkids for Christmas and have many more to do! (It's an on going kids want them, too) For the last couple ones I bought flannel sheets from a Salvation Army store to use for the squares....My favorite is the one made from the Hello Kitty sheet granddaughter will love it!
Comment by Cyndi Wimberly on December 18, 2009 at 10:49pm
I love it might just make me one!
Comment by Terri Allred on December 18, 2009 at 3:02pm
I Love this Quilt. Wish I could find the time to give it a try!
Comment by Carli Heinrichs on December 18, 2009 at 11:37am
Rag Quilting is a fine idea for reusing flannelette. I have flannelette on hand in my stock of recycled fabric. Believe it or not, many people have PJ's that just don't stick around long enough to get really used. Just take the clothing apart, gain the fabric from the clothing. Don't discard the seams, buttons or zippers, they can be used elsewhere. Use this fabric as your chunks of 5 1/2 inch blocks. Give it a whirl with recycled PJ's or nightgowns, reusing any textile before purchasing new is an "earth friendlier" option. Try to do it as often as possible. The look of fuzzy edges is the same with new or reused fabric. Great idea!
Comment by marietweet on December 18, 2009 at 8:18am
I just want to add, to keep checking your lint filter, while drying. These generate a LOT of lint (at least the fabrics that I've used, did). Better to be safe...
I love the effect, especially, the pink one.
Comment by Birdie on December 18, 2009 at 6:45am
That pink one's cute! This would be my kind of quilting : P

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