In an earlier post, I promised to post an easier rag quilt method.

In this method, each square is quilted individually and then sewn together. This is much easier to handle than trying to quilt a large piece of fabric.

In this method, you cut the top of the quilt and the bottom of the quilt into equal size squares. Then layer the top material, batting, and backing material. Fusible batting helps makes this step super easy. So iron the three layers.

The quilting part consists of sewing across the diagonals so you have a “X”. Like this:
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Each square is like a tiny quilt. The edges at this point are open. Then you start to join the squares like this:
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The bigger seam allowance, the more of a frayed look you will have. Also it makes it easier to cut.

Sew with the seams on the right side.

After you have joined all the the squares you have something like this:
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Now you are ready to cut the fabric sticking up at about 1/4 to 1/8 intervals to create the rag look. The interval size will affect the way it frays. The wider intervals will fray less. My first quilt looked more ruffled than frayed. Remember not to cut into the seams joining the squares together or it will fall apart.

I have cut into the middle of the fabric squares doing this step. I find it easiest to fold the quilt at the seam you are cutting and hold the seam out.And check and double check that you are only cutting into the intended seam allowance.

The most awkward part is sewing a seam around the whole outside of the quilt. Then snip those so they fray. Anytime you have a raw edge you will want it to fray.

Then throw it in the washer and dryer (makes a big mess, with lots of loose threads coming off so wash and dry by itself).

I have made lots of these as baby gifts and they are pretty quick and reliable.

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