Rag quilt »
InstructionsWhen you wash your quilt after completion, take it to a laundromat. If you wash and dry it in your home washer and dryer, it creates so much lint that it is hard on the machines. I took mine to the laundromat and washed in a TOP LOADER to get the proper agitation for the 'ragging', and then put it in a dryer ALONE with no other washed items, and dried on hot with a softener dryer sheet. They ...
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Type of item: Functional
Style: Classic, Funky, Traditional, Casual
Assorted flannels, Warm & Natural batting
What was your inspiration?
Saw 'rag quilts' at a quilt show, and then remembered the ones my grandmother made 65 yars ago. The 'new' rag quilts are a more refined version of the old rag quilts and rugs made for strictly utilitarian use years ago. The 'new' rag quilts are very soft, comfy and cozy. They are easy to assemble and ALWAYS turn out lovely. The 'ragging' of the seams hides a multitude of 'errors', and the 'quilt as you go' method mades the assembly very easy to do.
What are you most proud of?
How nice they actually turned out.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
When sewing the 'rows' together, make sure you open the seams out flat at the junction of the blocks in the rows being sewn together. Also, if you use a zipper foot to sew the rows together, it works better than a regular wide zig-zag foot that has to ride over so many layers. I used a zipper foot, and sewed right along the 1/2' seam line that was adjacent to the Warm and Natural batting. i used 6' flannel squares, and 5" batting squares, all sewn with a 1/2" seam throughout.