Jul. 9th, 2013

Rag Quilt

Jul. 9th, 2013 08:42 pm
[personal profile] emmne
Summer time is sewing time (when even sitting next to the sewing machine isn't too hot) and I have a couple going. One is a Rag quilt. In this case, more true than some. Over the past year, as I ended up with leftovers not much more than a 4 1/2 inch strip, or lots of irregular scraps from fussy cutting, I cut it into 4 1/2 inch squares or strips and added them to a pile. I have pretty bit pile so sorted them loosely by color family (blues, browns, rose-pink-red, mostly white, mostly black, a few greens, yellow-orange-cream), grabbed a pile and started sewing with about 1 inch seams. It is more challenging than one would think, mostly because I have to break all my hard earned sewing habits, stop, put back sides together, sew, do it again.

So, in case you don't know, a rag quilt is a quilt with inside-out seams, which make for a fluffy fringy top of varying degrees. (I've seen some with such small seams, it's hardly worth the bother, and some where there was so much fluff/seam allowance, the base fabric colors didn't matter. It was all the whitish backs of cotton prints showing. I'm assembling by blocks, top only, and plan to quilt as I go thereafter, maybe to a back, batting and front, maybe to a back plus a batting made of old towels, which should help the fluffiness and not need a surface between the blocks and the batting (for where it might show between blocks if I don't quilt all the way to the edges from both sides). It is common to have a back of blocks, maybe even down to the 4 1/2 or other piece size, and sew all the layers like piecing, with no separate quilting, but I'm picturing slightly poofy centers to the 4 1/2 squares, between the zig-zag cut fringes, so quilting of some degree, maybe even stuffing a bit with scrap batting or pillow stuffing.

I haven't decided quite what i will do with the colored blocks yet. Probably see how many blocks they make, then decide how to combine the leftovers, again depending on numbers of each color, to see if they are like half blocks or just onesy twosys for a center block, or some combination suggestive of a pattern or progression.

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