Snow fell on Stars in Georgia (making fun of license plates which say "stars fell on Alabama").
I am probably the only quilter alive over the age of 50 who had not made a "rag" quilt.
Not any more! I just finished one.
Here is the back story: Mother was cleaning stuff out and came across a big box of flannel squares she'd cut to make a rag quilt, but then she lost interest (who knows how long ago), so she set the box aside for me. I brought it home last summer and also set it aside.
Yesterday I got it out and started sorting. Some squares were in pairs with batting between, so I began stitching those first.
The directions were for 9 inch blocks with smaller 4-patch groups alternating. Well, that wasn't going to work, since I had 8 inch squares to start with. Maybe she'd been working from a different pattern?
She had the soft sides of the flannel layered together, so I reversed that to put the soft side out. Marked a big old X to stitch on (note the sandpaper under the fabric helps it stay put to mark on).
I kept it simple and went with the 8 inch blocks with 5 1/2 inch batting between and 1 inch joining seams.
You make a LOT of squares. My rag quilt is 9 blocks across by 11 down. I think that is a nice 1 person throw size, so that is 99 x 2 squares!
These are the rows laid out. I resorted to marking the rows with a Sharpie so I wouldn't get them out of order.
This is the BACK side once they are all stitched together and stitched 1 inch in all the way around.
I still have to do all the clipping and then take it to a laundromat to wash. I have listened to quilters talk about the shedding this quilt will do, so I know not to clip seams indoors or to wash (initially) in my own washer.
Here are the unclipped seams. The instructions said to stitch them open. I don't really know why.
Neither does Kitten.
Nor this silly guy (son #2)
Nor does son #1
We missed you #3. Hope to see #3 soon.
MIL update: She was out of the hospital and back at her sister's house yesterday afternoon. Evidently these "things" happen, and they had happened to her before. She'll see a doctor in town sometime this week.