What I love about this quilt is how soft and warm it is. The components to a warm, fuzzy rag quilt are flannel and batting; which are sandwiched together and then tacked in place with a stitched X.
For this quilt, I simply took one 9” square and sewed it to another 9″ square with a piece of 7.5″ batting, centered in between the fabrics. I made a total of 72 of these squares and left the seam edge at about .75”). The finished quilt is sized at 61” x 67”.
The best and worst part about this quilt are the edges — they’re left raw. Raw edges work well because it hides the small imperfections, it frays well and stops fraying at the cut point, and the fraying makes the quilt soft. Which means you can forget about the binding of the quilt. And, the reason why the raw edges of a rag quilt are the worst part, is because they need to be cut every 1/2″ to 3/4” to fray right. Since the material is flannel, and you are cutting two to four layers at a time, it can really wear your hands down. A solution to this pain is a really good pair of sharp, small scissors.
There are other ways to make a rag quilt. For example, the rag time quilt I made in the winter of 2004 which had four small blocks next to one large block.
Here are a few (of my favorite) other variations of the rag quilt:
Lately, it’s been cold and raining here in Tucson, so I’m planning on finding someone in need to give this quilt to. Now that I think about it, there’s a man at a coffee shop where I visit that could use this… Hummm that might perfect.
Oh,I almost forgot! **A tip for you**
After the holidays are over, you can find Flannel Sheet sets on sale. This is a great way to get a lot of flannel at a low price.