Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rag Quilt

 Rag Quilt for a baby girl
Many thanks to a friend who showed me how to make a rag quilt.  I finished this little 30 x 30 inch stroller quilt last night. I am hooked on rag quilting. It is so easy and the finished quilt is SO soft, warm and cuddly.
I'm starting a throw size for the family room next!
I straight stitched each square sandwich (flannel, batting, flannel) from corner to corner then using a 4" quilters square marked a center square and used an embroidery stitch of tiny leaves and vines.

Instructions for Baby Rag Quilt:
For a baby rag quilt you will need a total of 2 yards of fabric 
(for this project I used 1/2 yard of each color).
quilting mat, quilting ruler, 4 or 5" quilting square, scissors, thread ( matching or contrasting).
If you want to use quilt batting you will need one yard.  Do not pre-wash the fabrics.

Fold the fabric in half, holding selvedge ends to the top, then fold again. Square the side then cut every 8" and then cut again into 8" squares.  I cut a total of 32 squares- 8 of each colour.

If you choose to use batting, you can use quilt batting or white flannel  Cut your batting into 6" squares.  Place the batting in the center of an 8" square, with right side of flannel square being face down.  Place another 8" square on top of the batting, like a sandwich.  Tip*  If you want a lighter weight quilt then do not to use batting.

Using a ruler and an erasable marker, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

Draw another line in the opposite corners to make an X.

With the quilters square ruler, mark a square in the centre of each block.
Sew a straight line on each of your marks to make an X.
Sew a decorative stitch around the centre square.
I used a leaf and vine stitch but you can use one of your choice or a different one on each block.  It is totally up to you.   When your blocks are sewn your quilting is done!  Now lay out your squares and see how you want to put them together.  I used a diagonal layout.
Sew your first 2 squares together using a straight stitch and 1/2" seam allowance.  Make sure your seams are facing up towards you, unlike most sewing.  Do not press your blocks.
Complete the row of 4 blocks then sew all your strips of blocks together using a 1/2" seam allowance.  When all the squares are together, sew around the quilt 1/2" from the edge.

With scissors, clip 3/4 of the way down on all of the seams and around the outside of the quilt.  Make the clips about 1/4" apart to achieve a nice 'fray'.  Be careful not to clip into the seam, if you do you will need to repair it.

When all of your seams are clipped, run the quilt through the washer on the rinse cycle, (I then take it outside and give it a good shake to remove some of the loose threads)
Put it in the dryer.  Check your dryer lint trap often and clean out the threads.  
When I do a larger size quilt I think I'll take it to the laundromat to wash and dry it.