Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sweet & Simple Rag Quilts Tutorial

So you thought rag quilts were simple?  Here's an even simpler way!  It skips the batting. :)



MATERIALS:


1.  Optional** Draw a diagonal line connecting the top right corner to the bottom left corner on each cotton square.  Repeat, drawing second diagonal line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner creating an X.

2.  Match each minky square with a cotton square, wrong sides together. 


3.  Straight stitch on the lines you drew in step 1. 

 If you chose not to draw lines then you can wing this step (this is probably bad advice, but I want to be honest.  I often wing this).  
First, Sew a diagonal line connecting the top right corner to the bottom left corner on each cotton square.  


Repeat, sewing a second diagonal line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner creating an X.




4.  Arrange the squares so that one is print side up, then the next one is minky side up, then print side up, then minky side up, etc.


Lay out all the squares in your desired order.  
For this tutorial you will be making the rag quilt 4 squares across by 5 squares down.
It is just the right size to be a security blanket for a toddler. 

5.  Now take the first two squares across and place them so that the "bottom" sides are together. 
Sew them together using 1/2" seam allowance and a zig - zag stitch. 


Open the seam.
Top View:

 Bottom View:

6.  Sew on the next square in the same manner. 
 Repeat with each row across. 


6.  Sew your rows together using the same method as in step 5. 

7.  Sew around the entire border of the quilt with a 1/2" seam allowance and a zig-zag stitch. 

8.  Using scissors (preferably spring back scissors, it will keep your hands from tiring.  Learn more about these on the blog tomorrow.) you now need to clip the seams on the top side that were created in steps 5 & 6. 

Make a clip every 1/2" or so all along the seams and then around the border, being careful not to cut your stitches. 
 Then fluff around the cuts with your hands. 



9. And wash!  The "rag" clips will get cuter and "raggier" with each washing add to the charm!






Feeling confident?  Looking for more detailed rag quilt designs?  Check out these fun looking patterns! 


Picture from quilt woman shop
 http://quiltwoman.com/lighthouse-rag-quilt-pattern.aspx



Picture from a free pattern on Robert Kaufman Website:
http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/zig_zag_rag_quilt/

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