I’m having fun playing with a new to me die from AccuQuilt called Rag Square.
A couple weeks ago Teresa from A Quilt and A Prayer showed an adorable rag quilt that she had finished up for her grandson and we got talking about rag quilts and I mentioned that I had never made one. Hard to believe after over 40 years of quilting and sewing!! She shared some great tips with me and I wanted to try it.
Which is what got me started on making the Evergreen Tree place mats and as you know…..I made only one and decided all those small cuts weren’t for me.I decided I would never make a rag quilt.
Then I saw a sale – I found this die from AccuQuilt that is called Rag Square and cuts a 5 1/4th inch square with the edges all cut into little fringes for you that are 1/4 inch wide. Best of all…..it works in the Go Baby. The directions say to only cut 1 or 2 layers at a time and….I like it! There is a larger size die for a rag square made for the Go but that won’t fit in my Go Baby.
Here you can see a piece that I cut and I kind of flipped the edges a little so you could see how many little cuts there are.
I decided it was time to experiment sooooo I grabbed out my box of really old 6 inch squares that I use to try new blocks and things with.
I put a 3 – 1/4th inch square of batting in the center between 2 blocks and then stitched a X through it. Teresa had told me to stitch the X to keep the batting from moving and it took me about 4 blocks to figure out the right size to cut the batting for this size of block so it didn’t show in the stitching.
Here is the back – I bet you just love those fabrics don’t you! I actually remember making a dress ut of the blue print!
I stopped after 12 twelve blocks and ended up with a place mat size which I then threw in the washer and dryer to see what it would look like all fluffy.
In the closeup do you notice that only the yellow print has really shrunk and gotten that old look? That is because the blue and green fabrics are poly/cotton blends.
I can now officially say I have made a project (not a quilt) using rag blocks!! I can’t wait to cut out some of my stash fabrics and make a baby quilt but that will probably have to wait until next year.
I have several patterns that I really need to sit down and finish. I have been getting emails asking about different things that…..I said I would write a pattern on and……haven’t got it done yet. It is kind of embarrassing and neat to get a email asking about a quilt or project that I had forgotten about. Seems like my mind goes in a million directions all the time.
Craftsy is having a 4 day flash sale on yarn and fabric this week!
From Friday, December 13 – Monday, December 16 designer yarn is on sale up to 80% off and designer fabric is up to 65%
Order by 12/16 to guarantee delivery by 12/24…sorry, this is
only for US residents. Hurry over to Craftsy! This sale expires on 12/16 at midnight MT
I also signed up for the free class at Craftsy on longarm quilting. I don’t have a longarm but there were some ideas that work for quilting on a domestic machine and if you are thinking about a longarm this would be good to watch.
A New Look at Longarm Quilting with Mandy Leins – FREE!