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    How to Make a Rag Quilt - Rag Quilt Basic Instructions Rag quilts are quilts that have exposed seam allowances on their fronts and finished, traditional seams on their backs. Rag quilts have three layers: a top, batting, and backing. But the quilts are assembled using a completely different method than you might be accustomed to. What are the Best Fabrics for Rag Quilts? I use regular quilting cottons, flannels, homespuns and denims for rag quilts -- or combinations of the four. • Denim rag quilts can be very heavy -- while you're sewing them and when they're used as a cover. Reduce the load a bit by sewing with a lightweight denim, or by using denim for the front of the quilt and a lightweight flannel or regular quilting cotton on its back. You might even decide that two layers are plenty, and omit the batting altogether. • Avoid polyester blends -- they don't fray very well. • No matter what I use for the quilt's front and back, I prefer flannel batting. It fills out the frays and leaves a soft finish on the front of the quilt. Don't use your expensive flannels for batting, but consider how the color(s) you select will look when their threads become part of the quilt's frayed edges. Although flannel is my personal favorite, other materials can be used for rag quilt batting. • Quilting cottons can be used, but the frays won't be as lush as flannel frays. • Some quilters use low-loft cotton batting in rag quilts. It takes longer to use that method and quilting is necessary to keep the fibers intact. See page 4. • No quilting is necessary if you use flannel or another fabric for batting, because they remain stable in the quilt. Rag quilts are assembled in sections. Each block or portion of a block is made into a top / batting / backing sandwich before you sew. A walking foot isn't required, but its feed dogs help keep the multiple layers together as they move through the sewing machine. Rag Quilt Seam Allowances Sew rag quilts together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance before you experiment with wider seams. Rag Quilt Sandwich Assembly Rag quilt patterns contain specific assembly instructions, but understanding a few basic concepts will make the process easier. For this example, we'll pretend our quilt is made from 10-inch squares of fabric. 1. Position a backing square right side down. Put a flannel or cotton square of the same size on top of it, aligning all sides (if you're using cotton batting, see page 4). Now place a quilt top square on top of the batting, right side up. 2. Slide a few straight pins through the stack to hold fabrics together. 3. Make additional 10-inch square sandwiches until you have enough to assemble the quilt. 4. Arrange the stacks in rows as desired. Sew the Rag Quilt We'll sew sandwiches together side by side in horizontal rows. 1. Gather the first two blocks in the first row. Place them wrong sides together, and note which edges should be connected. Sew along that edge with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. 2. Add the next block, again placing wrong sides together. That might sound simple, but it can be difficult to break the right sides together habit. Sew the blocks in each row together. Attach rows to each other, placing them wrong sides together and matching seam intersections. I've found that frays look more balanced later if you do not press seams to one side before joining rows -- just flip the allowances to each side and match seam lines. When the quilt is complete, sew a seam around the quilt, 1/2-inch from each side. After your rag quilt blocks are sewn together and your seam is sewn around the quilt's perimeter, it's time to clip the seam allowance to encourage fraying. Any sharp scissors will do, but spring loaded scissors that open automatically after each cut help keep your hands from becoming tired. Most types have handles that your fingers wrap around rather than fit into, eliminating the holes that can be irritating after lots of cutting. I use the Heritage snips shown above. They're available from many sources, including Joann. (Buy Direct). If you buy spring loaded scissors with sharp tips, be extra careful not to clip into the seam allowance (the Heritage blunt tips make that less likely). Clip all along the exposed seam allowances, making cuts perpendicular to the seam and spacing them about 1/4-inch apart. Take care not to cut too close to the seam. Be sure to clip carefully at the quilt's corners and seam intersections to avoid accidentally cutting away a chunk of fabric; that can happen when you're making perpendicular clips -- from two directions into the same area. Wash the Rag Quilt Wash the rag quilt. I usually put a bit of soap in the wash, because it seems to help the edges fray. That could be my imagination, so use plain water if you prefer. Some people recommend putting a filter on your washer drain to keep loose threads from creating a problem. Inspect the quilt. Did you forget to clip any seams? Clip them now, before you dry the quilt (you'll likely need to wash it again to increase fraying). Remove when dry and clip away loose threads if necessary. Inspect the back of your quilt. Are all of the seams intact? If you accidentally clipped into one or two, fold back the frays and sew over the original seam, backstitching at the beginning and end of the new seam. For extra strength, make the repair a little longer than the original seam line. Wash and dry the quilt one or two more times if you'd like the frays to be softer and more noticeable. King = 576 finished 6” squares

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