Monthly Archives: March 2018

2018-2 Flannel Rag Quilt

Flannel Rag Quilt


This quilt is my longarm quilted version of a rag quilt.  A few years ago, I bought the stash of a woman who was giving up quilting.  She has a LOT of flannel.  I found several sets of rectangles that I felt could be combined into a pleasing quilt.

I cut pieces of scrap batting slightly smaller than the rectangles.  I mounted a large piece of flannel backing on the longarm and then basted each of these rectangle/batting pairs onto the backing.  I selected an open quilting design  that would maintain the fluffiness of the quilt and look more stylish than the typical X quilting design one generally sees on a rag quilt.  When the pieces were all quilted, I squared them up and sewed them together.  My dear friend Sue lent me a pair of spring action scissors that are fabulous for cutting the fringe.  I prefer to bind the outside of the quilt rather than fringing it.  Binding gives the quilt more stability and strength.

The finished quilt was entered in the fall fair and won first prize.  The picture shows the quilt on display at the fair.  (Note to American readers…In Canada, the red ribbon is the desirable one!)  I have since given it away to one of my preferred charities, a group called Canadian Food for Children.