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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Rag quilt: cutting the squares

It is time to start cutting for the rag quilt!

For the smaller quilt you will need:
240 6.5-inch squares of fabric
120 5-inch squares of batting.
(Dexter is making sure the fabric is good to go too  :)  )



 For the large square quilt you will need:
          96 9-inch squares fabric.

          48 7.5-inch squares of batting

As you can see, I have chosen a variety of patterns for each of the quilts.  The larger square quilt includes regular cotton fabric and flannel.  I have chosen the complete the back of the quilt in the flannel and the front in regular cotton.  The smaller square quilt has all cotton squares.

For this step, the initial squares of fabric, does not need to be perfect.  They need to grossly be the aforementioned size.  Later in the project you will be trimming these squares down to the perfect size with your stencils (as noted in the first rag quilt tutorial post).

You can choose what ever kind of batting you like.  I have chosen low loft polyester style.

Happy cutting!  I am looking forward to working on this tutorial with you!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Stay tuned to later in the week for the next installment on the rag quilt tutorial.


  1. Rag quilts are fun to make and so cozy! I love Peeps, too! It seems like people either love them or hate them!

    1. Thank you! I love making them too. They are super quick, and have so much character! I have seen some variations with multiple little squares at time in the bigger squares for rag style. I am looking foward to trying this in the near future.

  2. Well I haven't ever made a rag quilt but I have really wanted to try it. Can you make one with 5" squares?

    1. Hi Jan,
      the great thing about the rag quilt, you can make it with what ever size squares you would like to. Just keep in mind, the smaller the squares the more you will need. I have outlined 2 quilts that are roughly 48x60. If you start with 5 inch squares, you will approximately 252 per side to obtain a size close to the above. With the smaller squares tho, you open the door to more colors to be incorporated into the quilt and more scrappiness. I think it would be absolutely beautiful! I would also recommend the batting be cut to 3.5inch squares for the 5inch squares.

  3. I love rag quilts! My first quilt was from a rag quilt kit. It was really good for learning the basics!

    Thanks for linking up to Let's Get Acquainted this week!