Monday, January 9, 2012

Creating a Rag Quilt Step 3

Cutting up the blocks

Step one of any quilting project is cutting out pieces.  In a rag quilt you need to cut out the back and the front of the quilt.  In the picture on the left you can see the blocks and the batting.  I used 6 inch squares for my rag quilt and my batting blocks were 5 inch square.  After cutting up all of the blocks you need to pin them together.  This process is similar to making a sandwich.  Put your bottom piece down nice side down.  Then put the batting in the middle.  Then put your top piece on.  Once you have your 3 layers you need to pin them into place, so that you can quilt the x across the center of the block.  Depending on the size of the quilt this could be a big process.  The blue and brown quilt I made had 260 squares in quilt, 20 in pillow case, and 2 pillows each of 9 squares for a total of 298 blocks. So plan ahead to make sure you have the amount of items needed for the size of quilt your making.


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