Plaid flannel 'rag' quilt

Project Description

What was your source for this quilting project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo Rag quilt Link to website or photo 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.

What you will need

  • Assorted flannels
  • Warm & Natural batting

Q&A with dottyeb

Yoli H asked:
What was the complete size of your quilt? How many squares per row and how many rows? It is really lovely.
dottyeb answered:
Blocks are 6" squares. They finish at 5". There are 9 blocks across and 9 blocks down. So it is 45" square. Just the perfect size for a TV watching cover-up on cold winter nights. I used up some old flannel I had hanging around for the center and the binding. The other red plain and red plaid on the outside I purchased.
quiltedheart asked:
When sewing on the binding, what did you do with the cut seams? Did you open them up, sewing all layers to one side or stop cutting the seams all the way to the end of each row???
dottyeb answered:
I wanted a more durable edge than the
CCG asked:
Really gorgeous. So each block is quilted individually prior to being sewn in rows?
dottyeb answered:
Yes CCG. I 'chain sew' the flannel 'sandwich squares'. I sew all of the squares from one corner to the opposite corner by chain piecing method. Then I cut them apart, and do the same procedure on the other two corners. Then cut them apart. Now all of the squares are quilted with a big "X" in the center of each sandwich, and you are ready to sew them into rows.
JuJo asked:
I made matching rag quilts (my first quilts) for my two oldest grandchildren. Now #17 and #18 grandchildren want me to make rag quillts for them. How well does an inner slice of batting hold up. My first rag quilts were made for the desert winters. These little guys live up in the mountains and get plendy of ice and snow. They are impatient to get their quilts but I'll stall until I hear from you! PS I've made "regular" quilts for most of my other grandchildren.
dottyeb answered:
The batting 'holds up' very well as long as your squares don't get much bigger than 6" with 5" batting squares. Otherwise, your 'sandwich' can be outer layers of flannel and an inner square of flannel the same size as the outer squares. This makes a very warm and flexible quilt. I like the batting, because it allows the circulation of air better than an inner lahyer of flannel. I live in snow country, and prefer the cotton batting.
heidiy asked:
I have made one full size rag quilt (my first and only quilt) for my oldest son when he turned 10 (now 14). I used flannel top and flannel bottom, no batting. I also ragged the outer edges. I like the look of the finished edge you did though. I used 9 in blocks and did a camo, hunting motif. The next one I make for my youngest son may have the finished edge. How did you do that?
dottyeb answered:
I didn't want to deal with mitred corners, so prior to binding, I used a CD disk as a template and rounded all four corners with a rotary cutter using the CD as a template. Then I cut/tore enough 2-1/2" strips of flannel in the border color to go around the entire quilt plus 12". Sew all strips together as you would for bias binding. Then when they are all in one long piece, press OPEN the seams that you sewed them together with, and then press the entire long binding piece in half. You now have a binding that is 1-1/8" wide double width flannel. Place the binding on the back of the quilt aligning the raw edges of the binding with the raw edges of the quilt. Sew 1/4" seam all around quilt. Turn binding to face of quilt and pin in place. Then once again, top stitch along the folded binding edge as close as you can. Also, to allow for the binding, when I was clipping or 'ragging' the rest of the quilt, I stopped clipping on all seams that were on the edge about 2" from the edge. Then after binding, I went in and clipped those areas. That gives a nice clean look to the 'ragging' next to the binding. Hope this helps. I am not very good at writing out instructions.