his neck out.
- James Bryant Conant
I just finished this raggedy turtle quilt for my Grandson's (Ry) second birthday (March 24) I have made lots of pieced, and quilted things in the past, but this is my first Raggedy (or just Rag) quilt. I made this using Simplicity Pattern #2493. While Simplicity has been making clothing patterns for MANY years I really felt that the directions for cutting, and assembly on this quilt were lacking. I hope that my Instructable will help anyone wanting to use this pattern.....It IS a VERY cute quilt!
Step 1: Step 1 Pattern, Fabric, and Equipment
***The first question I had was with the term PADDING.....In this case it means what I call BATTING. A quilt is like a "sandwich" with a top, middle (batting), and the back or backing. PADDING is what this pattern maker is calling the middle of the quilt.....the fabric that is in between the front, and back of the quilt. For a "rag" quilt flannel is used for the "batting" or "padding" as well as for the front and back of the quilt.
***This is a "Quilt As You Go" quilt. That means that all of the quilting is done AS you piece the quilt, instead of quilting it once it is done, as with "traditional" quilts.
Besides the PATTERN, and FABRIC, you will also need Straight Pins AND/OR Weights, SHARP Scissors, Chalk, (or a thin piece of hand soap) For Marking, Sewing Machine, Sewing Thread (either matching or a contrast color), Washer, and Dryer
****It is suggested that you wash and dry all of your fabric (including the batting/padding) before cutting. Flannel WILL shrink.
Step 2: Step 2 Cut ALL Fabric
Lay out each pattern piece according to the diagram. Hold the paper pattern piece on the fabric using either straight pins OR fabric weights. Cut each piece. Once you have used the pattern to cut as many pieces as directed, pin ALL of those pieces, as well as the paper pattern together until you are ready to use them.
*** Using a fabric like flannel is great. It was much easier to use one of the colored flannel pieces as a pattern when I cut the white flannel batting/padding pieces, instead of the paper pattern pieces. There was no need to use weights....they kind of "stuck" to each other!
Step 3: Step 3 Assemble, and Mark
Assemble each piece/block with the bottom piece face (or pretty side) DOWN, THEN put the batting/padding piece on top of that, followed by the top piece face (or pretty side) UP. Line up the edges and pin together. Repeat with ALL of the other pieces/blocks.
Using either marking chalk, or a thin piece of hand soap, mark all of the sewing lines as indicated on the paper pattern pieces onto each piece/block. I used soap to mark because I was positive that the soap would fully wash out of my finished quilt leaving no marks behind. IF you are using a colored sewing chalk test it first on a scrap piece to make sure it REALLY washes out....
Step 4: Step 4 Machine Quilt
This Raggedy quilt was made with the "Quilt As You Go" technique. Once all of the pieces/blocks are made into the "sandwich", and the stitching lines are all marked, then you will sew on all of those lines.
***I found that it worked BEST (for me) if I ONLY sewed on the stitching lines INSIDE the block, and NOT on the stitching lines that would become the SEAMS.
*** Set the stitch length to a LONGER stitch for the quilting, for a better appearance.
Step 5: Step 5 Sew
MOST quilts are sewn with 1/4 inch seams. For this Raggedy (Rag) quilt you will use a 1 inch seam allowance....AND they will be sewn with the seams on the "outside" or FRONT of the quilt! That was actually a much harder thing to do than I thought it would be!
*** I found it helpful to add a piece of masking tape to the throat plate on my sewing machine to make it easier to keep sewing a straight 1 inch seam.
I had to lay the pieces out on the floor to make sure I had the sections assembled correctly with no two of the same fabric pieces touching.
The sewing goes pretty fast.......just remember the TOP OF THE QUILT HAS THE SEAMS!
Step 6: Step 6 Clip the Seams, and Wash
Now the "magic" happens.....Wash the quilt (once or twice) with a couple of heavy towels, or a pair of tennis shoes to get the flannel to ravel.....be sure to empty the lint trap on the dryer.
You have the cutest, softest, Raggedy quilt all ready to give as a gift or keep for yourself!
This technique can be used with any quilt pattern that uses large pieces. It would not be suitable for small intricate patterns. I think using flannel "charm" packs would make a wonderful FAST quilt. Use more charm packs for a larger quilt!