This is my first rag quilt, so I am learning as I go. I made some rag edge burp cloths for my last grandson, Walt, shown HERE. They turned out really well, so I have just a little bit of experience in the rag quilt process. I'll be making some of the rag edge burp cloths for Eli, as well.
You can find many tutorials for making rag quilts on the internet. But, I'll give you the instructions for this quilt as I go along, in case any one is interested.
It seems to me to have the least waste, that it make sense to cut the squares in a number that is divisible by the width of your fabric. In most cases the biggest size would be 7 inches. You can get six 7 inch squares from one strip cut 7 inches by the width of the fabric.
|7 inch wide strips|
Then I cut the strips into 7 inch squares which yields 42 squares of each fabric. This quilt will finish at approximately 36 by 42. I worry that its a little big for new born, but he will grow into it. I might make more of these for baby shower gifts later and will make them smaller. Maybe 36 by 36?
Then I cut 42 five and 1/2 inch wide squares of quilt batting. This is such a great way to use left over pieces of quilt batting!
|Squares of fabric and batting ready to sew.|
|Close up of fabrics|