The rag quilt is the absolute beginner quilt!
In my opinion, the rag quilt is the best way to start learning about making quilts. It teaches you about your machine, the basic 1/4 inch seam, and stitching several layers together, but it's very forgiving so you don't have to do anything perfect and it will still look great! Plus making a rag quilt is pretty fast, so you won't get overwhelmed starting out with a project that is going to take months to finish! I'm going to share my techniques for making a quilt as you go rag quilt.
A quilt is made of 3 layers, the cotton fabric on the front, the fluffy batting in the middle, then more cotton fabric on the back side. Typically a quilt is made by putting all the front pieces together first then making a sandwich of the three large layers and then quilting them all together. But with this rag quilt we are going to put the front, middle and back together and quilt as we go for each piece, that makes it a lot easier to move things around as you learn, and since the seams are all exposed and deliberately frayed, the tiny mistakes that are often seen in a beginner quilt are hidden in the soft goodness.
Here's what you will need to make a small kids size quilt like the pic above:
Hey Y'all, I'm Gina Tell! I live on Lake Travis just North of Austin Texas. I'm a full time long arm quilter and lover of all this art and outdoors!!