Thanks to Jessica Fediw’s website, I decided to give her ideas a try.
If you want to save the wear and tear on your hands, there are certain pieces of equipment that is a must to have:
- a rotary cutter and a good pair of fabric snips.
The rotary cutter is a dream to use. I made a square pattern from bristle board (4.5 inches). The cutter whipped through a lot of material and did a better job than scissors.
I started off assembling a rag quilt. I chose flannelette because it is soft and the edges rag very nicely.
I used pieces of flannelette and sewed them together. Then I cut them to fit a 4.5 inch square.
The back was full 4.5 inch squares. I did not use batting or anything in the middle. I also did not attach the front piece to the back. I just started sewing the blocks together; that is, 4 thicknesses of material.
I did find that sewing extra strips of cloth along the edges improved the look of the quilt.
It was a lot of work snipping all those edges but well worth the effort.
This is a picture of the back.
Next I tackled the rag letters and numbers.