What is a rag quilt? In general, it is a quilt made with exposed seams that fray when laundered.
I have made quite a few rag quilts over the past number of years. In fact, I love making them! Although they appear to be difficult to make, they’re really quite easy. Nevertheless, they do require time and patience. For example, the most time-consuming and boring part of the process is clipping the edges of the seams. Thank goodness for my spring-loaded scissors! Of course, this is the most important step. Critically, the edges of the seams must be clipped iin order for the fabric to fray when washed.
What kind of rag quilts does RBQ make?
Specifically, I make rag quilts for babies as well as rag quilt throws. For babies, I always use three different cotton flannel fabrics in nursery prints. There are so many patterns available, and cotton flannel gives such a soft and warm result. Each square in my baby quilts consists of three layers, one square from each of the three fabrics.
In similar fashion, I make throws using either cotton flannel or cotton homespun. I make the cotton flannel throws in the same manner as the baby quilts. However, for the homespun rag quilts I use only two layers of homespun. Critically though, I use a layer of cotton wadding in between these layers. The edges are clipped in the same way as with cotton flannel.
What is a rag quilt? To summarize, and for more information, see this definition by The Quilt Show’s “Quiltipedia”.
At the moment, I have only one of these quilts available in the Shop. Specifically, that is the Pink Baby Rag Quilt. However, I will soon be adding a homespun rag quilt throw to the Shop.
Below are some photos of a few of the rag quilts I have made in the past. Take a close-up look at them. This will help answer the question “What is a rag quilt?”.