Whether you are a seasoned quilter or just starting out, this is a quilt to make for yourself or makes a great gift. It only requires three different prints of flannel. There are a couple of good sources to buy flannel. One is Jo Ann Fabric, online or in the store. The other place is on line at flannelworld.com.
You will need 1 1/2 yds of two different prints and 3 yds of one print for the back . The only other thing you will need is thread and it doesn’t matter what color. I have used up a lot of my threads and bobbins for this project as you can’t see the thread.
It helps if you already have a cutting board, rotary cutter and a cutting ruler. You also need a sharp pair of scissors. There is no batting in this because there are two layers of flannel which makes it a very nice weight. This is one time that you don’t wash your fabric first. So lets get started!
Just to make things easy we are going to call the large piece of fabric the backing. Now cut all three pieces of fabric into 61/2″ squares. Put like prints into piles.
Next, take one of the print squares and put it together with the backing squares wrong side to wrong side. Now put the other print and a backing square together, wrong side to wrong side. Pin the two squares together with the backing sides together, facing each other. Sew using 1/2″ seam. Repeat alternating prints. So all the backing print should be on one side with all the seams facing out on the other side. Every other square on the front should be alternating prints. The seams will all be showing on the outside of the quilt. Sounds odd but it works.
After sewing two rows of nine squares across , pin the rows together with all the seams matching. Now sew those together for ten rows down. To finish sew all the way around the quilt 1/2′ from the edge. Sew again over the seam along the edge. It doesn’t matter if all the edges are not even. Just make sure all the corners meet on the back side of the quilt.
Now is the fun part. You need a very sharp pair of scissors for this. Start clipping the seams down to the stitching but not cutting the stitches about every 1/2″. It helps if you work in a certain pattern so you don’t miss any.
I like to do this while I’m watching TV. Also clip around the edge of the quilt where you have the double stitching.
When you finish the clipping part of the quilt, put the rag quilt in the dryer on air for 1/2 hour. Clean the lint trap in the dryer and repeat this until the lint trap is clean when you check it.
Now you put the quilt in the washer on rinse cycle and take it out and put it in the dryer like you would to dry your wash. It might take a while but make sure it is completely dry when you remove it from the dryer.
The idea of the rag quilt is to have it look like chenille when it is finished. It will look better and better with every washing.
The finished size of the quilt will be around 49″ by 50″. They make wonderful gifts and are the perfect size for watching a football game on the couch on a Sunday afternoon.