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.