I chose rag quilts for this first of many -Alongs because they’re not quite as uppity as pieced or block quilts. With those other quilts you have to pay close attention to the colors you’re using if you want the quilt pattern to show. I hear the words, “negative color, contrasting color, accent color, and feature fabric” thrown around a lot and quite frankly, they intimidate the hell out of me.
But rag quilts take some of the stress off of choosing the fabrics you’re using because the ‘rag’ or fringe becomes the star of the show. It acts as its own contrasting border between each square so you don’t have to worry as much about whether or not your ‘feature fabric’ is going to shine.
Now, that might sound like I’m taking the easy way out and if you’re an experienced quilter you might think that making a rag quilt would be kinda boring. But I assure you…
That’s totally not true!
I’ve put together a Pinterest board to show you some wonderful examples of rag quilts. I think you’ll find it quite inspiring!
Browse through the beautiful quilts and notice how the size of the square and the length of the ragging or fringe will affect the appearance of your finished quilt.
It’s also interesting to see that you don’t have to resort to ‘just a bunch of squares’ for your design. You can combine squares and rectangles, or use strips – even Jelly Rolls – to create a design just as that’s just as pretty as a traditional quilt square.
The fabrics you use and the design you choose for your Patriotic Quilt are entirely up to you. But be sure you subscribe over on the left so you can follow the Quilt Along and be eligible to win at the end!
Donna Anderson 'works' at Joann Fabrics at 4600 W. Broad St. in Columbus, OH. Just look for the crazy old lady behind the cutting counter. As a kid, she ran with scissors and ate paste. She's since found safer, more creative ways to use her Fiskars and Mod Podge. Next time you're at the store, stop by the cutting counter and have a chat! (Just please don't ask her about lightbulbs!)