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« on: April 07, 2009 10:51:38 PM »

Hi all,

Long time lurker, but first time poster ... I hope that this is the right area to post this in. I'm not sure if the rag quilts fall in the same category as the regular quilts? If not, please move as necessary!

I've always wanted to try my hand at quilting, as my mom did quite a bit of it when I was younger. But I never actually did it, as it just seemed too big a project. I'd also not done much sewing since high school (now in my early 30s) but last year finally took it back up and have been trying to slowly teach myself to do some simple sewing projects, mostly simple clothing patterns.

Anyway, I came across this tutorial for a rag quilt, and got so excited I went out that day to find fabric. I made this for my toddler son, with a pillowcase in the blue check fabric, as a Christmas present.

Here's the tutorial: http://jenyu.net/make/ragquilt.php

Crossed fingers, hope I uploaded these pics properly...

Here's the fabrics I chose. The lighter blue one was used in the front, but also made up the entire back:

This is midway through the very laborious process of cutting out all the squares, creating "sandwiches" with the front square, batting and back square, and stacking them. These were then sewn in an "x" from corner to corner, individually - if that makes sense.

Here's midway through sewing the rows together, there's two in the back already done (and Diet Coke, the most important crafting ingredient):

I sewed the "strips" together with a pattern of sliding the blocks one block to the left in each row, so that it would end up with diagonal strips of the same fabric. Here's a stack of the strips... I did eight strips of six blocks each, so that the final project would be six squares wide by eight blocks long ... about the exact size for a crib or small toddler bed.

Finally, I sewed the "strips" together, then snipped the upward facing seams (a very long process), and put it through the wash to soften and "rag" the edges. Ignore the Doritos, lol!

My son loves it! I'm hoping that one of my friends (or me?) will have a baby girl in the future so I can try this again with some pinks, purples, aquamarines, etc.

Thanks for looking!

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« Last Edit: April 07, 2009 10:55:04 PM by cgaker » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009 11:33:31 PM »

i love this! i think i may give it a try!  Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2009 12:10:57 AM »

Wow, the ragged edges make it look so soft and cuddly. Great job!
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2009 05:04:23 AM »

The ragged hedges look amazing!
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2009 09:20:03 AM »

LOVE IT!  I've always wanted to make a rag quilt...  What size were the squares?  I assume they were 7 inches when you cut them? 
« Last Edit: April 08, 2009 02:26:11 PM by rainylakechick » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2009 09:52:28 AM »

I love the colors and the design.  Well done.

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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2009 01:14:51 PM »

I must try this method !
Did you use all flannel fabric for your quilt?
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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2009 10:14:20 PM »

Thanks for all the comments!!

I'll try to answer the questions or respond in order:

Yep, the ragged edges are very soft and cozy! And the back side doesn't have any ragging (all the hems face up) so it's a smooth surface to sleep under. It's his main "bed" blanket, and it gets softer with washing.

The squares were indeed 7X7 when they were cut... which means the final finished "square" after the hems are done is about 6X6. I think this was an ideal size for a smaller blanket. But I've considered making a huge one (in shades of brown, green, etc.) for our queen size bed, and if I did, I think I'd make the squares 10x10 to start, or 9x9.

And final question: yep, it was all flannel, front and back. The batting layer was an all-natural cotton.

Honestly, I was really surprised at how easy this project was. It took some time to cut everything out, and doing the ragging took some time, but the actual process of putting it together wasn't hard. My sewing skills are definitely in the beginner to average level. So, if I could do it, anyone can, lol! The tutorial was really clear and showed it step by step.

When I bought the fabric and batting, I was kind of estimating how much I was going to need ... I think I spent about $35. But I had lots of fabric left over for a future project, so if I only include how much material and supply went into the actual finished project, it cost under $20. If I'd waited for a sale, it would have been even better, lol!

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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2009 01:04:21 PM »

I've never seen a rag quilt before, and will deffo have to have a go.  This is absolutely gorgeous, no wonder your little one loves to snuggle under it.  I would be afraid of the fabric fraying away, but does it only 'rag' o far and then stop?  Does the stitching line stop it from falling apart? Thanks

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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2009 10:05:36 PM »

Yes, so far it hasn't frayed beyond the stitching line, and it's been washed many times. It seems like the "ragging" edge just curls up and fluffs up more each time.
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