Last week I began my first quilt...a rag quilt. I got the pattern from a fellow teacher at school. It seemed easy enough for a first project, so I bought all the fabric on Black Friday and began the quilt after Christmas.
You need 1 yard each of 8 differnt flannel fabrics. I went with a winter theme, because that's the most of what I could find in the store.
For the filling, a crib-sized package of batting. I actually ran short, but luckily I had some purchased for a project I haven't begun yet.
And of course, a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.
The squares of flannel are cut into 8-inch squares, the batting 6-inch squares.
That didn't take long.
Then match squares of the same fabric with a piece of batting in between and sew across on the diagonal, chaining the fabric squares as you go. Then clip apart and sew across on the other diagonal. Makes a lovely "X" on the square.
The chaining wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
All done! 64 squares.
Next lay out the squares in a pattern pleasing to you. I liked the diagonal pattern here, but the lone red square in the corner was kind of sad.
Sew each square to the next with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then assemble each row to the other until you get your quilt--8 squares by 8 squares.
Now for the tough part...each seam must be clipped 1/4 inch. All of them. It took 2 days and my fingers are still numb.
Then wash and dry. Check the dryer vent every 10-15 minutes because this thing will SHED. A LOT.
My first rag quilt. I'll probably make this again. After I get the feeling back in my fingers.
Just what I need--a new craft. I enjoyed this, though. And Nicky has already put it to good use! That's nice...I'm glad he likes it. So do I.
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