This has always been one of my favorite quotes: Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks
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

Once you have selected your pattern, you must select the fabric you want to use. In EVERY case with commercial patterns, there will be "suggested" fabrics on the outside of the pattern envelope. In the case of this RAG quilt the desired affect is the raveling edges of each piece, so you want to use a fabric that is a loose weave like flannel. The Pattern envelope shows that the quilts are all done in a patchwork style, so you will be using several different flannel pieces to achieve this look. Of course you could make all the pieces from the same fabric to give a more uniform (or less "busy") look. The pattern envelope tells how much of each different piece of flannel you will need.....Add them all together if you have decided to only use one color of flannel.

***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.
<p>done with third rag quilt, very easy to make, just follow all the steps and pin and label all parts after they are cut.</p>
<p>VERY cute......I'm not sure I'll ever make another one, but I do have a new Granddaughter, so I'll make some type of rag quilt for her</p>
<p>Hi,<br><br>i brought an extra piece of fabric for the back of this blanket... after reading the comments i am not sure if i need it? does the fabric it tells you to get (besides the wadding) include the back or is the wadding classed as the back?<br><br>many thanks<br><br>Roisin</p>
<p>Sorry for the delay in replying.....What the pattern calls 'wadding' is what I call 'batting', so I bought another piece of plain fabric for the backing as well</p>
<p>I've been sewing for years but have to absolutely follow a pattern - I have no imagination. My pattern piece 6B for this pattern is shaped oddly and I couldn't &quot;imagine&quot; how to join it to the other pieces, so I cut out a seam notch on the fourth corner similar to the other seam notches. Did anyone else have that problem? Or how did you align your pieces? My turtle looks great and even with close examination I don't see a difference from your turtle picture. </p>
<p>Sorry for the delay in replying.....I've been 'away' for quite a while.....I ended up having to 'adjust' several pieces and now that Ry is 5 yr old, I've had to take the quilt back 3 times to do some repair work......I'm not sure I'd ever get another commercial pattern like Simplicity to make a quilt.....I prefer following directions from REAL quilt makers. Post a picture of your turtle quilt.....I bet it's really cute</p>
<p>Was very easy to make, working on second one</p>
<p>I am trying to make this and I am using fleece for the padding. I hope you can help me with two questions. First do I need to trim down the fleece padding by an inch or do I want it to show and be included in the raggedy seams? Also I do not know who to transfer the quilting lines to my fabric. Help please! = )</p>
Congratulations! And love the quote :)
Congratulations to you as well! I used to make small stained glass pieces years ago, but nothing as beautiful as what you make. I need to message you and pick your brain about a couple things so I can get back into the craft! Your Irish Lass has inspired me!
I would love to have you pick my brain. In fact I am wanting to make a series of ibles on how to cut and make stained glass pieces. I just need to get going on things! Notice how long I took just to reply? I get a terrible pain in my shoulder when I am on the computer very long, and having MS hasn't helped in getting anything done on the computer or out in my shop, but I refuse to it stop me!
I'm going to PM you. I have a couple of ideas for helping your pain (I'm a retired RN) that has nothing to do with any treatments, but more on how to work with the MS
This really is so great! It's projects like this that want to make me get a sewing machine :)
I hope you will....I LOVE sewing. I'd suggest you buy a GOOD machine...it will make all the difference. Go to a sewing machine dealer, or repair place and buy a used machine that has metal mechanics (it might be even 20+ years old). I would suggest even buying an older machine on Ebay, and then getting it serviced/tuned up <br>. <br>Pfaff (made in Germany) would be the most $$$, but they're GREAT, and have a built in &quot;walking foot&quot; which is important for quilting (IMHO) Buy a BASIC used one from a Dealer, or on Ebay <br> <br>Elna (made in Switzerland) You can buy a used Elna &quot;air&quot; for about $200. My daughter is still using my old Elna that is 35 years old. <br> <br>Older Singer or Kenmore (probably made by Singer) machines are good as well as long as they have metal &quot;innards&quot;....you really don't need a computerized machine so be wary if someone is pushing one
I thought that was a hand holding it in the first picture, not a person! Didn't realize it was so big! Love it!
I didn't even notice the person until I read this, how cool would that be as a hooded cape?!
Oooh! Agreed. It should be a hooded cape!
LOL That is my 6'3&quot; husband holding it up!....Sorry I couldn't get my picture to stay turned :-( It's a lot bigger than I thought it would be too...but that's a good thing. My grandson is already the size of a 4 yr old (not chubby, but really tall)

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