IMG_5433My dear friend and crafting soul mate, Teresa, told me recently that she was making rag quilts as a way to bust through her endless fabric stash.  Although the idea of reducing the countless yards of fabric that I have neatly tucked and folded in plastic bins was tremedously appealing, the rag quilt idea just didn’t do it for me.  That is…until I saw the pattern for this rag quilt in a Colorado quilt shop that I visited recently and, without warning, the “rag quilt” light was lit in my head and it was all I could think about.

So, last night, I hit the bins and pulled out this collection of fabric….moons, planets and stars.  This fabric has been around for QUITE some time and, since I was totally ready to trash it, I thought I’d give it one last go and use it for my first rag quilt.

Rag quilts are so easy to make, and I found great directions here.  Mine is a wee bit different, as I did not sew a center line down each strip, and my strips were 2, 3 and 4″ (a little narrower than the tutorial instructs).  I cut and stitched the quilt in under 4 hours (that included clean-up time and a biscotti break), and I snipped all those seams the next morning.  (I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that the snipping is a huge pain in the…)  I threw it into the washer and dryer, and those washed edges made such a pretty ruffle.

And the back is almost as pretty as the front…which every quilter knows is mighty important.

IMG_5453  I did bind the top and the bottom, but I layered 2″ vertical strips (folded to 1″) onto the sides, then snipped those too:


The finished quilt measures approx. 40″ x 42″, and I have to say that I think it’s adorable, and a great way to give your last-chance stash a new life.

Turning trash….into treasure.


3 thoughts on “Celestial Rag Quilt

  1. Teresa says:

    Hey, City Mouse, welcome to my Country Mouse world! It IS adorable, and imagine how cute it will be under a little “picnicker” in your back yard this spring.

    PS. Fiskars makes a Softouch Rag Quilt Snip if you have any 50% coupons hanging around…just sayin’.

    • Ann says:

      My visit to your Country Mouse world was brief, but MOST enjoyable.
      With coupons in hand, or not, I will be buying those scissors and saving my aching fingers.

    • Ann says:

      Update: Bought those scissors with, yes, a 50% off coupon at JoAnn’s…which forces me to make a second rag quilt. I’ll keep you posted 😉

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