Rag quilts are easy to make, but that doesn't mean they're boring. In fact, the deep texture created by the ragged edges adds wonderful dimension to the quilts. You'll construct individual quilt sandwiches, and then sew them together -- and no quilting is required if you use flannel for a batting. The patterns are suitable for everyone, beginning quilters to quilters with lots of experience.
Cathedral Windows (below) is a rag quilt pattern with lots of curves, but Indian Hatchet lets you go ragged with triangles. The quilt is not difficult, especially if you chain piece (once you've got the units down-pat) and keep your stacks carefully organized. Sorry about the photo, I'm still trying to get a better image.
I've had lots of requests for a Cathedral Windows rag quilt pattern, and had fun making this small quilt. Like other rag quilts, it's simple to construct, but the techniques are a bit different than those you'll encounter when making a rag quilt with straight-sided pieces.
Here's a rag quilt made by sewing four-patch blocks next to squares of fabrics. You can change the style of this quilt to suit your needs by choosing completely different fabrics.
Hearts 'n Rags is an easy rag quilt pattern, one that you can assemble pretty quickly. The quilt is made with a combination of block types: squares with raggy heart applique, plain floral squares, blocks cut from a border print and another unit created by sewing two bars together. Mine is lightweight, with no batting, but I've provided yardage and cutting instructions for a middle layer if you choose to add it.
It may be called a "floral" rag quilt, but it's easy to alter the character of this design with non-floral fabrics. To create the quilt, you'll sew alternate squares of fabric between blocks containing long strips of patchwork. Use your leftover fabric to create a ragged, patchwork border around the quilt.
The Christmas Tree rag quilt pattern was inspired by a rag quilt in our photo galleries. The blocks finish at 4" square. Some are plain squares and some are half-square triangle units. The tree quilt has a border cut from 3-1/2" wide strips, but you can replace the long borders by cutting a scrappy assortment of (46) 5" x 5" green squares for the quilt top, and the same number of squares for the batting and the backing. (If you like miniature quilts, this same layout is available as a non-rag, mini quilt tree pattern)
Poor Charlie, he needed to be groomed when this was taken. He's wearing a rag, string pieced bandana. It's an easy project, one that you can put together in a very short time.