Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rag Quilt

Rag quilts are a good way to use up scraps. There are many ways to make them as can be seen by doing a search of the internet. In making the quilts I have made I have a lot of extra batting and fabric which I wanted to use up. I began by cutting up my excess batting into 4 and 5 inch squares.

I used the last of my Moda Sent With Love 5" squares for this quilt along with some red fabric scraps. By using the 4" batting and centering it between two 5" squares a rag quilt square was created. I simply sewed an X in the square stopping about 1/2" from the end.

I did this for all of the squares I had.

Next the squares are sewn into rows then the rows are sewn together. All of the seams are left open and to one side. Here is the smooth side.

And here is the seam side.

Next all of the seams need to be clipped so they will fray. This took more time than putting the quilt together.

Once that is done it just needs to be washed and dried a few times.

It could still be washed a few more times to encourage more fraying but it was a quick project that used up some extra batting and fabric I had sitting around, of course Katie claimed it right away so I am sure it will get a lot of use.