Monday, December 12, 2011

Rag Quilt

 I set aside last weekend to finish up the Granny's Hankie quilt top, the last instructions for the BOM were supposed to come out on Saturday and I am waiting to use the leftover fabric for some Christmas presents. Saturday morning I was disappointed to learn that the instructions are being postponed. 

So I got out my GO! and the 8.5" square rag die,

and the flannel that I received from Marcus fabrics (fabric I was given because of some fat quarters that I purchased were too small), 

and in no time at all I had cut all the fabric up. 
I used a rotary cutter to cut the wool batting into 6.5" squares.

I had about 9 yards (I am guessing - I should have measured it before cutting) of 11 different fabrics from the Woodwinds line of fabric and the wool batting was leftover pieces.

I sewed two squares with the batting together by stitching an "X" through all the layers. I used a wavy embroidery stitch on my sewing machine to do this. All the stitching was done with a walking foot.

When I stitched the rows together I opened up the seams and moved the fringe out of the way the best that I could. I thought that sewing the blocks would be difficult with the pre-cut fringe but it all went together very well, just a few times the fringe was caught in the seam allowance. 

 This is when I had finished sewing the blocks together before washing.

 After washing and drying the fringe has "bloomed". I had to empty the lint filter on the dryer quite often (I am surprised that there is a quilt left). It is 63" x 43".

This sure was a fast quilt to make and so easy (not one pin was needed!). I would definitely make a smaller version when I need to make a baby quilt. I have never made a rag quilt before, but I hear that cutting the fringe is the hardest part - the GO! sure made it all a snap!
It was very messy to sew - very linty (hard on the allergies), so I had a good reason to give my sewing room a good cleaning today.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


GerryART said...

Yay for the rag die ! ! ! !
Daughter and I bought the 8.5" and plan to do some GO! cutting right after the new year.

Deanna said...

I didn't know until now that there was a rag die--that is amazing. I have made two rag quilts and said I would never make another one because of the cutting. Hmmm...time to get a new opinion?

Myra said...

Talk about a quick project with you GO there Joanne! Awesome! Love your prints/colors!! Looking wonderfully cozy... ;)

corina said...

How disappointing about the instructions. You sure bounced back though! Love the colors in your rag quilt. I've yet to make one - I just might wait until I get a Go!

Joan said...

My goodness - you continue to amaze me. You certainly make good use of your Gocutter.

Needled Mom said...

It looks beautiful. I have done one with the hand cutting and it was a tough project on the wrist.

Mel said...

All my favorite colors, beautiful!

Karen said...

The rag quilt looks oh so cozy and warming.

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