This patriotic quilt looks great all year round and was created using 15 blocks in a row and sewing 18 rows. The size measures about 114 cm x 138 cm ( approximately 45 inches x 55 inches). You can of course adjust the amount of blocks and rows to fit your needs.
It is unbelievably fun and easy to make rag quilts. It is like taking all the past rules about quilt making and turning them upside down. First of all, each fabric block gets sewn and quilted to an individual batting block and a backing fabric. The advantage of this, as compared to a normal quilt, is that you don’t have to sew and quilt three large layers together (front, batting and backing fabric) once the front side is completed. Another difference is that after making these individual quilted blocks, they get sewn together, block by block and then row by row with all the seam allowances facing to the front side of the quilt. Then with sharp scissors these seam allowances get snipped into to encourage fraying. Then the quilt gets machine washed. The quilt below was washed only once in cold water using a gentle cycle. The snipped seam allowances turned out to be really soft. Some choose to wash their quilts a couple of more times to make the edges even softer.
For this project you will need:
- cotton fabric in the colors of red, white and blue and patterned homespun fabrics using these colors (540
blocks of 10x10 cm fabric squares were used to create this quilt)
- 270 batting squares 8x8 cm in size
- sharp scissors like these from Fiskars
- sewing machine and sewing supplies
- thread to match fabric (white was used for this quilt)
- quilters ruler