While digging about in my closet I found, back in a corner, a box full of fabric fat quarters. For the non-sewing folks, a fat quarter is a 1/4 yard piece of fabric that measures about 18 " x 21 ", and is usually sold for crafty projects or for quilt projects where a small amount of one color fabric is needed.
At any rate, here was this box of fat quarters. I suppose that I had a reason for collecting so many of them over the years, but whatever that reason was, it now escapes me. Lots of things escape me these days.
Being a frugal person (read "cheap") I can't just throw them out. I have been sewing since age 12, and as someone who sews, throwing out good fabric, even if it is just scraps, is just wrong. After digging a bit further into the depths of the closet, I came up with a bag of quilt batting. And there was my "Aha" moment. Rag Quilt.
To make a rag quilt, fabric is cut into squares. Squares of quilt batting are sandwiched between two layers of fabric. An X is sewn, corners to corners, securing the batting within the fabric squares. The sandwich squares are sewn together with the seams to the outside of the quilt top. When completed, the seams are clipped with a scissor at about 1/4 inch intervals, creating a sort of fringe. When the finished quilt is washed and then dried in a dryer, the seams fluff up and look sort of raggedy. Thus the name Rag Quilt.
Took me two days to cut the pieces, sew the X on each square and sew the squares together. Clipping the seams took another evening. I wasn't going for pretty. The placement of the fabric squares was completely random. I was going for quick and easy, for using up otherwise useless fabric, and especially going for warm. Nothing like a hand made quilt to snuggle up with when the snow falls and the wind howls.
Yes, I know. It would be much more fun to have a honey to snuggle with, but that's not likely to happen here, so I will settle for a quilt. Even an ugly one.
I haven't run it through the washer and dryer as yet, but you get the idea.
A few years ago I made six of these - one for each grandkid - for Christmas. Those were both pretty and warm. I'm thinking that maybe I should make a couple more of them from flannel. But until then, I sort of like my Ugly Quilt. It is kind of like falling in love with the runt of the litter. The little ugly ones need to be loved, too.
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