I've been experimenting with rag quilts made from triangles, and Indian Hatchet is the first to be published. I'm not crazy about the name of the block, but it's been called that forever, so I won't make waves by changing the name.
The rag quilt quilt isn't difficult to make, but you do need to stay organized as you work. Take it one step at a time and you won't have any problems at all with construction.
Rag quilts can be very warm, especially if you include a middle, or batting, layer. I prefer to use flannel batting, because it isn’t as thick as a regular batting and because it remains stable in the finished quilt, just like any other fabric – quilting stitches aren't required.
Flannel frays nicely, making your ragged edges a bit more lush than they would be if you either omitted the middle layer or used quilting cottons in that spot. Do keep in mind that a middle layer adds more weight to the quilt, and the larger the quilt, the heavier it will be. Omit the batting layer if you prefer.
Be as careful as possible when you stack and sew fabrics, but try not to be obsessed with perfection. Rag quilts provide comfort, and you’ll find that people are not afraid to actually use them, something they often hesitate to do with our overly fussy quilts. Rag quilts are perfect for snuggling up with on a chilly night or taking along in the car when you travel in wintry weather.
You’ll find that it’s easier to sew multiple layers accurately when you use a walking foot, also called an even-feed presser foot, but a special foot is not a requirement. Mine had gone missing when I assembled this quilt, and although it does have some bobbles, it’s warm and comfy and not terribly mismatched.
The Indian Hatchet rag quilt finishes at about 55" x 73" as shown. Add borders to the quilt to increase its size.
Take a look at the reverse side of this rag quilt -- it's made from very different fabrics.