Get out your rotary cutter, mat and six-inch wide acrylic ruler! We're making a rag quilt out of six inch squares!
Materials List for 40" x 60 " crib size quilt:
- Sewing machine with walking foot, pins, iron, rotary cutter, mat, acrylic ruler
- 1/2 yard of 5 different fabrics. Four cotton prints/solids, one minky dot.
- 1 1/2 yards cotton fabric for backing layer.
- 1 1/2 yards coordinating flannel for stuffing layer. Edges will be visible in finished quilt.
- Coordinating thread
- Fine tooth comb
- Spring-Loaded Scissors (I mistakenly listed this as a hinged scissors - sorry for the confusion!)
- Color catcher sheets - can be found in laundry aisle.
1. Cut fabric into 6 inch squares. 1/2 yard of five fabrics is probably more than you'll need BUT I've been running into trouble at the fabric store. The people who cut the fabric invariably end up cutting it at a slight slant. I've had to 'square' the fabric at home and end up losing at least a few inches in the process. Irritating.
- 80 squares of backing fabric
- 80 squares of stuffing flannel
- 16 squares EACH of all front fabrics (cotton and minky)
2. Lay out each square of backing fabric. Eight squares wide by 10 squares long. Lay the stuffing flannel squares onto the backing. Lay out your quilting squares on top of the stuffing flannel. Make sure all the edges line up.
I gave each of the five top fabrics a letter and laid them out accordingly. A B C D E. The sequence for the first five lines is:
A B C D E A B C
D E A B C D E A
B C D E A B C D
E A B C D E A B
C D E A B C D E
Repeat the sequence for the last five lines.
Make a stack of the first line of fabric. Take it to your sewing machine.
3. Sew the squares corner to corner. It's easiest to run the squares through in a chain. No need to backstitch.
4. Snip threads and sew the squares from the other diagonal. Each square should have an X running through it!
5. Now that the first line of squares has been "X'd", lay them out in the ABCDE sequence. Match the first two squares (A & B) together, side by side. The right side of the first square (A) will be sewn onto the left side of the second square (B).
Lay the second square (B) FACE DOWN. Lay the first square (A) FACE UP. The backing fabric of each piece will be facing the other.
6. Sew down the right edge of the squares with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Do the same with squares C & D, E & A and B & C.
Sewing the squares together as instructed will enable you to run the four twins through the machine without stopping and snipping.
7. Now attach B to C, D to E, and A to B. Congrats! The first line of your quilt has been constructed! Do the same for the next nine lines.
8. Like so :-).
9. Iron the seams open on each line of fabric. DO NOT allow the iron to touch the Minky! It will melt the minky!
Pin the bottom of the first line to the top of the second line. Again, backing fabrics should be facing one another. Sew the lines together with 1/2 inch seam allowance. Try to keep the ironed seams flat - it'll help the fabric go through your machine easier.
10. Pin the bottom of the second line to the top of the third line. Sew with 1/2 inch seam allowance.
11. Pin and sew the fourth line to the fifth line. It's easier to sew in sections - less weight for your machine to handle at one time!
12. Pin and sew the bottom of the third line to the top of the fourth line. At this point the top five lines should be sewn together.
Follow steps 10 through 12 to attach the bottom five lines together.
13. Sew the bottom of line five to the top of line six. Yay! All ten lines are attached!
14. Turn the quilt over. Iron the back side of the quilt.
15. Sew around the entire perimeter of the quilt with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Backstitch all corners.
16. Snip a tiny square out of each of the four corners of the quilt - four tiny squares total. Make sure you do not cut through the seams!
17. Use a hinged scissors to cut all seam allowances into fringe - inside squares and outer squares. No more than 1/4 inch between cuts.
Sorry, this is going to take awhile ...
18. Take your quilt outside. Using a fine-toothed comb, vigorously comb the fringe. This will loosen the threads and save your clothes washer! Shake and comb until you're satisfied with the results.
19. Place two sheets of color catcher in the washing machine. Add laundry soap and your quilted masterpiece. Wash on a delicate or casual cycle.
Put it in the dryer. Empty the lint trap every 15 minutes or so.
20. For gifting: Fold into thirds one way. Fold into thirds the other way. Double tie a piece of 4 inch wide piece of fleece around the folded quilt.
Done! Soft and snuggly! Many thanks to ZB for entrusting the construction of her son's blanket to me :-).
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