Rag Quilt and Block

Materials

  • RAG QUILT:
  • Flannel fabrics (A, B, C and D), 1 yd., four
  • Purple fleece, 1 yd.
  • RAG BLOCK:
  • Flannel, 6” squares: A and B, two each; C and D, one each; solid, six
  • Purple fleece, 6” squares, six

Tools

  • RAG QUILT:
  • Sewing machine and matching threads
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Iron and pressing board
  • RAG BLOCK:
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Sewing machine and matching threads
  • Iron and pressing board

Directions

Rag Quilt

  • 1. Note: Use a 1/2” seam allowance throughout. Remove salvages before cutting.
  • 2. Cut: 30 7” squares from fleece; 16 7” squares each from Flannel A and B; 14 7” squares each from Flannel C and D. There should be a total of 90 squares.
  • 3. Place one flannel A square face down and a fleece square on top. Place one more flannel A square face up to form a stack of three. Continue to make stacks until all fabric is stacked, always with two of the same flannels. There should be a total of 30 stacks.
  • 4. Sew an “X” from corner to corner on each stack. Use purple thread on purple flannel.
  • 5. Use Fig. 1 to arrange squares.
  • 6. Sew each horizontal strip of squares together for six squares in each of five rows.
  • 7. With seams outward and back sides together, sew two rows together at a time. Seams may be too thick to sew over, depending on machine. If so, sew along square between seam allowances. Cut thread and move to next square to join.
  • 8. When all squares are sewn together, sew around edge of blanket to form a border, pressing seams flat.
  • 9. Clip seam allowances at approximately 1/4” intervals, being careful not to cut through stitches.
  • 10. Wash and dry according to fabric instructions as it assists in the fraying process. Trim threads if needed.

Rag Block

  • 1. Note: Use a 1/2” seam allowance on outside of block.
  • 2. Make six stacks of flannel, fleece, flannel, using a solid flannel on backs of each stack. Sew an “X” from corner to corner on each stack.
  • 3. Attach two squares at a time by placing back sides together. Starting and stopping seams 1/2” from the edge join squares in this order: A, B, A, B. (Note: The second A and B should be upside down.)
  • 4. On first A square, sew across top creating a 1/2” seam. Repeat on bottom of second B square. These will be the edge left open for stuffing.
  • 5. On each side of the second A attach a D and D square. Sew C to each B once. Sew D to each B once. Sew A to C. Sew A to D. This leaves one side open for stuffing.
  • 6. Clip seam allowances at approximately 1/4” intervals on the bias, being careful not to cut through stitches.
  • 7. Wash and dry according to fabric manufacturer’s instructions as it assists in the fraying process. Stuff and sew last seam (A to B) closed.

Tips

  • 1. Using a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat, layer the fabrics to reduce cutting time.
  • 2. Use a character print flannel if desired. Buy extra fabric so blocks have the character in the center.
by Candice Case
Rag Quilt and Block
Rag Quilt and Block Fig. 1
Fig. 1