Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Rag Quilt

My friend Jessica makes these darling rag quilts. Last month I had her show me how to make one since she will be moving to CA soon. I bought 8 yards of flannel and had to cut it into 7" squares. That was a lot of cutting. Let me just say I love my rotary cutter.

flannel squares Iflannel squares II



After the cutting I had to figure out how I was going to lay the squares out because of course I can't make it random. After figuring out the pattern the sewing began. I sewed strips of squares and then sewed the strips together to make the quilt. It actually went pretty fast since this is the second one I made. (I'll post pictures of the first one soon.) Then the fun began...the ragging. To rag it you have to make several hundred (maybe even thousand) cuts before washing the quilt. I used a pair of rag quilt scissors. Yes, this is popular enough there are special scissors for it and believe me they are the only ones you want to use. Then I washed it once and dried it about 5 times. After it was dry I put the dryer on no heat to save energy and it still removed a lot of lint. And there was hands full of lint.



Here are pictures of the finished project. One side is ragged and the other smooth. I think it turned out great, except for all the lint I had to pick off, but that's just me. It's a great cozy blanket.



the ragged sidethe flat side

8 comments:

Mickey Standiford said...

Another wonderful creation by my very creative wife! She whips these things out like it's nothing.

Kelly said...

Thanks Sweetie.

Janel said...

Those colors are awesome! I wish I had learned from the master, Jessica, before I left! I guess now I can always learn from Kelly! Did you buy the scissors? I bet your family is so excited to be on your Christmas giving list...you never know what awesome project(s) you'll get from the Standifords. Nice work.

Kelly said...

I had a lot of compliments about my fabric choices while in the store. I fell in love with the brown print and then found all the matching colors, which are all colors I like. The quilt is pretty easy once you see it go together. I could always talk you through it. I did buy the scissors. They're about $20 but I used a coupon from Michael's and got them 50% off. They are so worth it.

kellymear said...

How many projects can one girl do?! You are amazing! Love it!

Kelly said...

I love to have many projects going. I wish I had a few more hands and eyes so I could get more done. It's actually a good thing for me to have multiple things going on so if I get bored with one I can do something else. And projects like this I can finish in about two to three days, depending on how needy the kids are. Some projects help me not feel guilty about watching TV at night since I'm doing something productive at the same time.

becca said...

kelly, you rock! I love this quilt. I agree the colors are wonderful. I am also amazed how quickly you make things.

Kelly said...

I'm sure I'm not the best mom and that's how I can get stuff done so quickly. The kids are pretty independent, getting whatever they want whenever they want it.