Having been speaking regularly with our local shopkeeper about her patchworking prowess, I decided to bite the bullet and tackle a little project of my own. That adorable baby boy pictured in an earlier post will find himself wrapped in this little number very soon.
Having never heard of a 'rag' quilt before, it was only through some googling that I decided it a nice easy beginner option (the tutorial I found here).
Of course the navy, red and white theme I'd hoped to adopt was soon forgotten when Spotlight could only offer pastels in the flannel fabric that I wanted. The quilt consists of three layers of fabric, various patterned pieces for the top, a middle invisible layer (I used white), and the backing, which I used the bright stripe for. Of course the back could also be done with the multiple patterns, though there will be no ruffles.
Cut strips of flannelette at various widths (following the above tutorial I chose a combination of 3, 4 and 5 inch widths).
Pieces are laid together in the three layers, backing on the bottom (wrong side up), then the white and the patterned piece on top.
Sew a line directly down the middle of each 'bundle' of fabric.
Pieces are then laid out in the pattern you would like for your finished quilt.
And stitched together, with 1 centimetre seams facing the top.
In hindsight, the striped fabric for the back wasn't the best idea. Next time I'd go with a plain backing. I had also bought enough patterned fabric to make a binding around the edge of the quilt, but instead decided to stitch around the perimeter of the entire quilt one centimetre from the edge which would then be clipped and also ruffled.
Then it's simply a matter of clipping every seam. This takes for...ever.
Then into the washing machine and drier and let the magic happen.
The lint filter on both appliances may never be the same again. I washed a second time, but fear there may be fluff coming off that thing for decades to come.
Enjoy baby Reid.