If you'd like to watch a rag quilt video showing the making of a beautiful rag quilt then watch the video below. Beverly's technique is slightly different from mine but the end result is lovely.
Summary of Instructions for Beverly's Rag Quilt
* 50 x 8” flannel squares unwashed
* Spring action scissors
* Sewing machine
* Optional 1 1/4 yards of batting unwashed
Rag Quilt Directions:
1. Cut 50 x 8” flannel squares
2. Take two squares of the same print (wrong sides together) and stitch together with a 1/2" seam. (Optional – put 8” square of batting between the 2 pieces before stitching.) After stitching a 1/2" seam around the edge, open the seam and trim away batting close to the seam without cutting seam. Top stitch an “X” over the block going from corner to corner.)
3. Create your design by laying out your finished squares, this quilt is 5 squares by 5 squares.
4. Sew the squares together in rows using a 1/2" seam.
5. Sew the rows together using a 1/2" seam remembering to reduce seam bulk as per the video.
6. Snip each seam and entire outer perimeter of quilt edge. Snip at 1/2” intervals and to within 1/8” of all seams. Be careful not to cut into the stitching.
7. Machine wash your rag quilt.
8. Shake quilt well before drying in the dryer. Clean lint trap once or twice during drying.
Rag Quilt Options:
I like to make my rag quilts using 3 layers of fabric. This ensures a nice fluffy edging happens on the right side after washing. Also if you are adding any applique to your blocks then this gives more stability to the block.
There are pros and cons for any method you choose and in the end all of the choices work and it is your personal choice that matters. Have fun and I hope you enjoyed this rag quilt video by Beverly!