Rag Quilt

Yesterday I made a rag quilt for Maia… Rag quilt 2Actually it would be more accurate to say that I sewed it together yesterday. I cut out the squares some time ago but lost interest over the summer in sewing it all together (how unlike me!). So in a marathon effort that even gave me a leave pass from making dinner (excellent ploy to remember for future – sorry I cant tonight I’m up to my eyeballs in sewing which I promised Maia I’d finish today) my most excellent helper and I sewed a gazillion squares – first together (batting sandwiched between slightly larger layers of cotton and flannelette) with big crisscrosses, then in rows and finally all the rows together to form a quite lovely pink and purple, flannel backed raggy quilt.Rag quilt

The beauty of this type of quilt is in the imperfectness of it. I promise you there is not a perfectly uniform square in it, and the rows? They don’t exactly line up. I’m ok with that. I know there are some accomplished quilters out there (Nola I’m looking at you) that will not love this quilt. But I’m going with that its supposed to be rustic (can a quilt be rustic?) and of course if it was all perfect it wouldn’t be gorgeous and raggy!

Today its been through the wash, and flapped on the line in the cool autumn breeze for most of the morning, before heading into the dryer for a spin. Out it came, all fluffy soft and frayed and wonderfully snuggly, just asking to be crawled under and read to. Fortunately I know just the girl for such a quilt šŸ™‚

Rag quiltI think this type of quilt is perfect for beginners (like me), and for those that are not that keen on getting everything perfect (truthfully I’d rather poke a needle in my eye than spend days lining up a gazillion squares and then trying to sew them all together neatly –Ā  I can only imagine how much unpicking that would have involved).Ā  Speaking of which I broke three needles in the one afternoon I was making this. One went through my finger so we can’t really blame that on the layers of quilt – this was slightly traumatic for both me and the 8 year old, but the other two were through pushing them and the machine too hard. If I was to attempt this again (which I may), I would buy some stronger (heavier?) needles.

Construction was pretty simple. I got the idea off the interweb, where there are some particularly helpful people who have made many of these quilts and put together lovely tutorials – like this one, this one and this one.

Aside from the cutting and sewing, a few hours last night was spent snipping all the edges to help them fray. My thumb is going to take some time to recover from all the exercise!Rag quilt 6So that’s that, would I recommend it? Yes? Will I make another??? Hmmmmmmm, we’ll see.

The weather has cooled down significantly here this week, and with it the light is fading, so I took the quilt outdoors to get some photos… supposedly just with Maia and her new quilt…

Rag quilt 5But someone else wanted in on the photo shoot šŸ™‚

Rag quilt 4And now he wants in on a quilt too… PLEEEEAAAASSSSSEEEEE Mummy!

When I sat down at the computer tonight to send this I found a couple of other posts which I had begun which I haven’t got around to posting, so all going well I will get those finished and you will hear from me again soon, but until then I hope you are having a wonderful week friends!

J xoxoxo

46 thoughts on “Rag Quilt

  1. Pamela says:

    I am not a fan of patchwork quilts or even quilting but this is quite the nicest quilt I have seen and may even be tempted to make one -I love the colours and spontaneity of the quilt – thank you . Look forward to seeing the ‘masculine’ one !

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    • Janette says:

      Thanks Pamela, that’s really nice of you to say šŸ™‚ Maia loves it. You might be waiting a while for take two, but Im sure he wont let me forget that I made one for Maia and how he needs one too!! xx

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  2. creativityandfamily says:

    I love the quilt, there is something special about the raggedy look as well as a perfectly pieced quilt. I seem to recall some squares in my cupboard under the stairs cut out for such a project but never getting any further!!! Another to add to my wip list! Sharon x

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  3. Suzanne says:

    It is just perfect.. Lots of character! …… Especially for a young lady or gentleman.
    A quilt that appears to be very kid friendly.. not too delicate or fragile. I love the fabrics you chose! I have never made a quilt but think this will be my first. Thank you gor introducing me to something that is so beautiful, but which also seems doable (and forgivable) for a first timer.

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  4. Joyful Mama Designs says:

    I have been wanting to try to make a quilt like this, but with absolutely zero quilting knowledge, I put the thought out of my mind. My daughter would love the colors of this quilt! I think it’s absolutely perfect šŸ™‚ Feeling inspired. Inspired enough to cut squares?

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  5. Rose Griffin says:

    Your quilt is beautiful. I’ve always wanted to make a quilt but too scared to take the leap. Due to the fact I’m not a sewer. I’ve tried but not very good at it. This one though doesn’t seem that daunting. Very nice!

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  6. Teresa says:

    This is such a good project for beginning sewing students. My daughter made one in a sewing class when she was about 10. Maia’s quilt turned out beautifully! Good job, you two!

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  7. Charis Griffin says:

    I love your raggy quilt- and I am one of those people who happily spend hours sewing together squares (and strips , triangles, hexagons, rectangles….) together accurately! It looks so cozy – I think more than one of these is asking to be made for my grandchildren!

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  8. sweetaroma65 says:

    Your daughter’s quilt looks awesome! By the way, your children are beautiful. Do you have only the two children?
    I had an lady who was 80+ years old that I used to clean house for. She told me about how simple this quilt is to make, but I never could understand. Now, after seeing this one, I believe I will give it a try ! Thank you for sharing your quilt with the world!!!!

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  9. Elisa Elliot says:

    I love the colors. I have been planning to try one of these quilts. Thanks for sharing your experience with it. I have very little experience with quilts, being a crocheter, at heart. I think making another quilt is in your future.

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  10. gentlestitches says:

    HeeHee. What a lovely quilt and even more lovely children. Art knows no rules and creativity is about spontaneity. Your quilt is a work of art and i particularly love the little owls. ā¤

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  11. wendy says:

    I love this shaggy looking quilt……definitely something I would love myself ā™„ā™„ What a great bit of sewing you both did together and thank goodness the sewing through finger was not as bad as could be!

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    • Janette says:

      Thank you, very true the needle could have made a lot more damage. Instead it lodged through the side of my finger so it was whipped out and bandaged up quickly. Throbbed a lot for the remainder of the day though! xx

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  12. Susi says:

    Love this quilt and have been wanting to try one for awhile now. New to your blog and am totally loving all the crochet. Is one allowed to print out your patterns for personal use only?

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