My guest room doubles as my craft room. In addition to storing my endless stash of yarn, and a closet full of supplies, it contains a twin size bed. I wanted the bed covers to reflect my crafty side, so I decided to make a rag quilt for it.
The quilt began by choosing 6 pieces of flannel (1 – solid yellow, 2 – white with black bicycles, 3 – black with white dots, 4 – black with white plus signs, 5 – black, white and yellow flower print, and 6- solid pink)
I used a piece of graph paper to draw the arrangement of my 6×6 quilt blocks. This allowed me to calculate how much fabric I would need – math class finally came in handy!
Each block measures 6×6 inches and consists of three layers of fabric – the top piece, yellow and pink. This allowed the pink and a tiny amount of yellow to show through between each piece. Using black thread I “quilted” blocks in an X pattern – two simple lines, one at each corner (you can see the stitching clearly in the yellow).
Then came the fun part – assembling the rows. I found the graph paper arrangement to be extremely helpful for this step. By placing the pink sides together I was able to assemble 19 rows. I found a piece of painters tape and a sharpie very helpful in identifying the rows. Then I assembled the rows.
The next step is to cut the seams – this took longer and was more tedious than I imaged. This aids in the “ragging” of the quilt. Using a small pair of scissors, I cut small slits every 1/2 inch.
The final step is to wash and dry the quilt. BEWARE – this will produce a lot of lint and tiny strings. I had to clean the dryer lint trap multiple times and found it very helpful to shake the loose threads off every 10 minutes.
Here is a picture of the back of the quilt. It is solid pink and shows the X’s made in each block.
This was my first rag quilt. My daughter is already planning for hers. Next time, I plan to only make it 2 layers thick, as the quilt is heavy – Warm yes, but heavy.
This would be a great project for anyone wanting to complete requirement #27 of the Sewing Merit Badge.
NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.