|Layout the fabric|
So on the rag quilt you will want to use flannel. I had stocked up on massive amounts of flannel when JoAnns did the 2.99/yard sales. Most of the girly fabric I bought ended up as burp cloths for my nieces and so had the boy fabric but in the end I ended up deconstructing a couple burp cloths to use in conjunction with the flannel that I had. For the blanket I made I simply cut 6” by 6” squares and did 6 down by 6 across to make it a yard by a yard.
|Sew the blocks into rows|
Once you have the squares cut layout the squares in the pattern you like. I did diagonals of all the same fabric. Once you have the pattern in place pin the rows together you want to pin wrong sides together with the seam towards the top of the blanket. When you pin be sure to leave space you want to leave about ½ inch on each side so that you can make the “rag”. So if you cut a 6” b 6” square you end up with 5”by 5” after you allow for seams. Pin rows and sew together. After the rows are all pinned pin together the rows again wrong sides together with the seam facing up. After you sew the rows together you have the top of your blanket! That is a big step so pat yourself on the back!
For the backing you will need a yard of fleece (more if you do a larger blanket- most fleece is 45" wide), I had to go to Wal-Mart since I didn’t have any so I went and picked up some plain purple fleece. Line up your fleece with the edges and pin together with the insides facing each other. Sew along the edge with a ½ seam allowance. Once you have that together you want to sew the fabrics together. I did straight diagonals down my matching fabric diagonals. You can do criss cross diagonals or just single diagonals or straight down or checker that is up to you.
So the fun part comes after everything is sewn together. You get to snip the seams but be careful not to cut the seam or you will have to sew that portion again. After you have the seams cut wash and dry as normal and depending on the size you may have to clean out the lint catcher in the dryer multiple times. Since I did a small blanket I didn’t need to. Be warned that after it comes out of the dryer there probably will be little frays and lint pieces on the backing and if you did a darker backing than the rest of your blanket then you will have to do some kind of lint roller or something.
So go out and tackle your first quilt and then come back in a couple weeks to tackle the next level of quilts since it will be in retrospect you will be lucky enough to have the tips of what I would do differently next time. Since thinking about it now I may not be making this the easiest on myself but it is my first official quilt and I am not using a pattern which is just how I do my projects. I should have the top of the blanket complete this week and finished just in time to enter into the Sew-vivor competition over at Family Ever After. I may not make it but I won’t know if I don’t try. I am a little anxious about it but it sounds like fun to me, you should check it out.
Hope you all are having a good Wednesday, we will be over the hump soon and the weekend will be here before you know it! :] We are also expecting rain for the first time since December 15th and I love the rain so I am getting so excited! I love seeing the grey sky rolling in. It tickles my fancy.