Quilt Patterns

Rag Quilt Patterns

stack of quilts

Learn the Basics of Quilting

Beginner Quilting Lessons

  • Make a Christmas Quilt - In part one of this beginning quilting lesson learn how to cut the fabric and piece the top together. Coming soon, the Santa Claus applique.

Rag quilt patterns are among the easiest and most enjoyable types of quilts to make. It does not matter if you've been quilting for years or just recently picked up the needle and thread. Rag quilt patterns make some of the most comfortable blankets that can be enjoyed by anyone at any age. Despite their name, ragged patterns actually hold up very well and have a neat appearance.

Rag quilt patterns come in all shapes and sizes. Quiltmakers can use almost any type of fabric for their blankets and comforters. It can be new fabric or scraps that you have lying around the craft room.

Quilting has been going on for generations as both men and women are taking a seat at the sewing machine or at the round table to sew with friends. A simple x of the thread and you can be on your way to making a rag comforter that can last longer than a lifetime. There are several designs and patterns that quilters can choose from including block, paper and even the popular log cabin design.

Rag quilt patterns happen to be one of the more popular of the patterns. They can be completed in a weekend's time for most projects. All it takes is a little creativity and determination and you can make a ragged comforter become a household treasure. Often a ragged blanket gets people interested in quilting initially. For those who have been bitten by the quilting bug here are a few things you might want to know to make your rag quilt patterns even better.

A Blanket Alone

Sure, there are thousands of designs you can use to make a quilt, but rag designs are among the best to use. They are fun, comfortable and begged to be used everyday. Being soft and cuddly is a trademark of good rag blanket patterns. With trademarks like those it is not hard to see why this is such a popular pattern.

The main difference between a rag quilt and other types of quilts is that a rag pattern will be started by sewing three layered squares and then piecing the blanket together. Different patterns will usually being with the top of the quilt being put together first and then adding the three layers.

Beginners really enjoy these types of designs because they don't require a perfect stitch. Instead, rag quilt patterns allow you to forget about stressing over perfect seams and just enjoy quiltmaking. Minor errors can quickly become invisible with this type of quilting design. It is supposed to be messy, so have fun with it.

Basics of A Rag Quilt

Like any other type of blanket you can use a rag quilt patterns any number of ways. Remember there is always more than one way to skin a bear. The point of rag quilt patterns is to create something that the recipient will enjoy. These particular patterns make great children's quilts because they are so comfortable you don't have to worry about juice stains. Moms will agree that the last thing you want to try to do is get cranberry juice out of your grandmother's quilt.

Fabrics for a rag comforter vary, but it is good to get a fabric that will "fray" easily. Cotton, homespun, flannel and fleece can make some very comfortable blankets. After making one of these your friends will want to use it every time they come over for movie night. Flannel fabric produces a very soft quilt while a fleece design will give you a thicker piece of material to snuggle up to. Fleece will give the rag quilt patterns a fringed look, while flannel will fray along the seams edges.

One of the highlights of rag quilt patters is there is often no need for quilting stitches, so you can create your design on a pillow, comforter or bedspread in a very short period of time. Quilters can truly experiment with rag quilt patterns as they can do a simple X design. Meaning they just sew each square together or they can add something different to the mix. Quilting doesn't mean following all the rules, adding an appliqué or paper quilt piece to your raggedy design can give it a different look and feel.

The key to making a rag design is that it has to look raggedy. You do this by clipping the exposed edges of your quilt. When you do it every quarter inch from the seam, you will prevent it from fraying, but of course, if that is the look you are going for then you will want to start from that point. You don't have to sit bored fraying or ragging the edges of your blanket or bedspread. Turn on the television or put in a movie. You can do this with a friend or solo. It is easy and the time will go by quickly.

Some rag quilt patterns will recommend you use batting to give your finished product an even more comfortable feel, but depending on the pattern, this may not be necessary. Denim is one example of a heavy fabric that will not require any extra batting. If you are going to use batting though, you can use cotton or flannel easily.

Colors for Your Patterns

Anytime you think of making a design you will want to think about the colors. While rag quilt patterns are supposed to be messy in feel, the way you arrange your squares makes a difference. You will just want to keep in mind what the purpose of the comforter will be. For example, if you are giving it to a boy you might want to do different shades of blues. Colors can also help represent the seasons of the years like browns and oranges for fall or pink and yellow for spring.

Colors represent an emotion whenever a person sees one, so you can use this to help make your design even better for your rag quilt patterns. Primary colors are red, yellow and blue. The secondary colors are orange, green and purple. Secondary colors are made by mixing primary colors together. Understanding how colors relate to one another will help you with your overall patterns.

By placing soft colors together, you give your patterns a more welcoming feel and with a raggedy design, that is what you are after. That does not mean you cannot use cooler colors, like blue and purple, to create a welcoming feel. It is all about color placement. With rag quilt patterns it is a good idea to lay out your squares so you can get a "big picture" look at what your design will be when it is finished. This is a good time to make sure your colors match up and flow throughout the bedspread, so it will give it a more even feel.

Rag quilt patterns can be found free online, so you can try your hand at several different types of designs and color matching. Once you've finished your first rag quilt patterns it surely won't be your last and you may be getting your friends in on the action as well.