Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rag Time Quilt

My rag time quilt is one of my favorites. It's made with flannel, has a layer of batting for extra warmth, and has a homey feel that I love.  A rag quilt is one that is quilted as you go and the seam allowances are left on the outside of the quilt for a raggedy look.

For my pattern I used two different size squares with batting squares the same size. You place a square right side down, a piece of batting, then another square right size up. You just made a fabric sandwich. You can sew an X on the sandwich or another shape (hearts are popular). This holds the batting and fabric in place.  Make as many sandwiches as you need for the quilt size you want. Sew two fabric sandwiches together with a 1" seam allowance, having all the seams face the same direction when you sew them together. When you have sewn all sandwiches together, sew a 1" border around your quilt. You're almost finished! The back side of the quilt will be smooth and the front side will have all of the seam allowances. Snip the seam allowances (about 1/2" - 1" a part) with sharp scissors close to the seam, being careful not to clip the seam. Wash your quilt to give the seams raggedy edges and you're done!

Front/Raggedy Side

Back/Smooth Side
Smaller versions of this quilt also make great baby gifts. The flannel is super soft and warm for little ones. If you have any questions about how to make your own be sure to email me or leave a comment!

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