We are birthday central in this house right now as my two boys have their birthdays on the 15th and the 16th! They are 2 years minus a day apart.
My youngest came zipping through my quilting room a bit ago and said - Mommy we could make a Creeper rag quilt! I let it go thinking this was a passing fancy. A week or so he came into my sewing room again and said - when are we going to work on my Creeper rag quilt? So I started buying some green flannels - they were a challenge to get! And I needed a solidish black flannel - luckily my LQS had one!! I was floored - I thought that I was going to have to dye it.
What in the world is a Creeper you ask? He's a character from the online game Minecraft - want to see a picture of one? Here you go!
I honestly didn't want to make this quilt - first I have made 3 rag quilts this year alone so far and second I thought that it would be the UGLIEST rag quilt ever! But what's a Mom to do when her child is so excited about something that was so within my power to do.
As you can see from previous blog posts I have been slowly plugging away at what I was calling - in my head - the ugliest rag quilt ever. Then a couple of days ago my youngest asked if he could have his quilt for his birthday party - so I got to work!
Voila! The world's ugliest rag quilt that is the most loved one in this house! I brought it to him at his birthday party today and you should have heard those boys! Everyone was yelling - Wow! I want one! You made that? That's amazing! You're so lucky! Etc It was so gratifying! My youngest said - Mommy that's EPIC! It really made it all worth-while! Yey!
And yes - I ran out of green flannel squares so I grabbed a couple of the sashing pieces from my Christmas rag quit and threw them in! Hey - this quilt is never going to win any awards but it is very loved!
A couple people asked me some questions about sewing the pre-cut rag squares together so I am going to do the world's shortest tut!
These were all cut on my Accuquilt Studio machine with the fringe pre-cut. Layer your batting in the middle and sew a simple X through it using your walking foot.
Layer two rag sandwiches wrong sides together and sew from the corner to the corner just inside the fringe. I like to move my needle to the left a little bit to help me here.
There you go! Easy peesey!
Sew the horizontal rows together.
Sew the vertical rows together butting your seams like you do in a 4 patch. Don't over-think it. It is honestly easier than people think. You can use pins here if you like - I do!
Get some support on the left hand side of your sewing machine. Use a table or something to support the weight of the quilt because these can get heavy! If your sewing machine is sunk into a table you will find it a little easier to manage as well.
Finish it off by sewing around the entire quilt just inside the fringe two times.
The first rag quilt I made seemed much harder than my latest one.
Ok now I am done with rag quilts for a while I think!