Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rag Quilt

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Can you believe it? I actually made this rag quilt! I was so excited to post it here today. And it only took me about a week to do it. I saw one on Pinterest last week and decided to give it a try. Very fun and easy to do .

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These are the photos that I spotted on Pinterest that inspired me to give it a try. They are from the blog icanteachmychild.com and you can find an easy to follow tutorial on how to make one for yourself. Aren’t they beautiful? I just love the gray and yellow one. And the other one is sweet for a baby. The tutorial there is great and I found all the instructions easy to follow. I also watched a video called Beverly’s How To on youtube because I always seem to do better if I can watch someone else do something first and I also picked up a lot of great hints there. One of the best hints was to pick up a pair of the Rag Quilting Scissors. They have a spring in the handle that helps make it easy to do the mega amounts of snipping you have to do the get that ragged edge. I found a pair at Jo-Ann Fabrics today. They are pricey at $21.99 for a pair but somehow I ended up with 40% off so that made it less painful.

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Of course, the most fun part of any sewing project is picking out the fabric. I found 5 patterned fabrics that I thought would go well together and then later after I decided I wanted my quilt to be bigger, I went back and purchased a couple more yards of the solid green fabric you see in the finished quilt. The second most fun part is washing the quilt when you are done and pulling it out of the dryer and seeing the edged all “ragged”. Cute.

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I wanted a puffy quilt so I made the one that sandwiches a piece of batting in between each fabric square. The quilt in the youtube video just used a soft flannel. I also used regular fabric and it “ragged” just fine. I think flannel “rags” a bit easier but I am very happy with how mine turned out just using regular fabric.

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There is something about that aqua blue fabric next to that green fabric that I just love.

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The size I ended up with would be what I would call a lap quilt size. Perfect for keeping warm while watching TV or to use when curled up with a book. It would make a good quilt to use while studying which is why I think I am going to take this over to my daughter who is away at school.

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Here is a photo of the back side of the quilt. One side has the “ragged” edge and this side is smooth like a traditional quilt.

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And here it is folded in half and set across the foot of a bed. I am a sewer with very basic skills and if I can do this you can too! Watch the video and take a look at the tutorial and you just might find yourself at the fabric store this weekend. That is where you will probably find me. I am definitely making more of these.

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22 comments:

Karen said...

Lisa--you never cease to amaze me! Very cool. Brian McKenna's daughter got a very cool quilt for her graduation--a friend of hers used all her old t-shirts from her childhood sports and other fabrics from things of hers. It was such a cool gift with memories that will last forever. Do you think T-shirts could be used on this quilt?

helen tilston said...

Hello Lisa

I love it and in particular your colour combination. Well done
Helenx

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I LOVE it, Lisa! This is so pretty and I love that look; also that you can reverse it and get a little bit different look. You chose such pretty fabrics, too. If you bring this one to your daughter, you'll have to make another one for yourself!

Triad said...

Great job Lisa! I love these!

- Rachel

Maki said...

That is so very pretty!!! I can see why you'd want to make more of them!

Happy quilt making! Maki

Susan said...

Oh Lisa...I so want to believe I could make this but I am not confident at all!! I'll think about it while i'm on vacation...

The enchanted home said...

Wow thats amazing and so pretty! Great job.

Haverford House said...

Love how it turned out! You make it sound so easy! ~Marcy

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

That is really pretty ... I also have seen a couple of these floating around ....and would love to know how to make them! Thanks alot! :) I'm excited!

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Very cute! I want to make one for a future grandbaby so I appreciate the helpful tips and links.

Ti said...

I didn't know you could rag out regular material. I thought it had to be fleece or some other material. Good to know. It came out so cute!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your quilt is fabulous! I too have pinned one, but never went back to really look at it to see how it's done! Your turned out beautifully!

Thank you for sharing your lovely project at Potpourri Friday!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I love this! I'd like to attempt this in 2012. My fabric stack will thank me. :)

Rain said...

Love it!! only seen this made up with denims-these colors are fabulous!!
Great job~~Rain

Chris said...

Hi Lisa, this quilt is absolutely adorable. You did a fabulous job. Your daughter is very lucky to be getting this. My neighbour made one just recently for her toddler grand-daughter. Both are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Honey at 2805 said...

You are featured today a Potpourri Friday at 2805!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Lisa,

Wow! Your rag quilt looks fantastic!
I love the fabric and the edges around each square.

Dee

CAS said...

This is so adorable! I love to quilt, but traditional quilting takes so long, so this could be a great alternative. Thanks so much for sharing.
CAS

hensrule said...

Hi Lisa,
That is the prettiest rag quilt I've seen yet. Now I want to make one. Gorgeous colors!
Dorothy

Ms. Redo said...

I saw your Feature at 2805 and told honey I was coming here to see if you would give me that quilt :) but I see you already plan to give it to your daughter! I love the colors so much, and love that rag look. I've sort of had quilt-making on my mind lately, but honestly I can't even get my daughter's Valentine ruffled skirt finished so a quilt is out of the question for now! Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt with us. Hugs ~ Mary

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Hi! Cindi from Old Time Pickers sent me over to see how to make this rag quilt! Thank you, so much. It is really cute.
I like your blog and am your follower now, too!
Blessings,
Susie

Dawn said...

This made me want to go buy a sewing machine and make quilts for all my friends and family! So pretty!!