Rag Quilt Pattern with Easy Applique HeartsHearts 'n Rags is a rag quilt pattern made from a combination of squares and bars (the bars are pieced to form squares). Ragged edge hearts are sewn to twelve of the square blocks.
I used a border print for some of the squares in my quilt, but you can use any directional fabric for the same basic look.
Joined bars separate the border print squares. I used the same fabric for both bars in a pair, but used bars instead of squares so that I would have extra texture from the ragged seam that separates them.
Ragged edge hearts are sewn to twelve mottled blue squares; large-print floral squares separate the heart blocks.
I wanted a very pastel quilt, with colors that 'ran together' a bit, but you might prefer much more contrast. Change the theme in any way you like, because the layout works with any types of fabric. Try plaids in some of the positions, and place plaid hearts against a tone-on-tone. Juvenile fabrics are another option, but honestly, any theme will work.
The photo illustrates the Hearts 'n Rags rag quilt after one washing and drying. See page 5 for a close up of one section of the quilt, and page 6 for a photo of the quilt before it was washed.
Read my Rag Quilt Basics if this is your first rag quilt project.
Yardage assumes you will use the same fabric on the front and back of blocks. I did not place a batting layer in my quilt; you'll need 2-3/8 extra yards for batting; I recommend flannel. You'll also need extra yardage if fabrics do not have at least 43" of usable width.
Mottled blue for heart backgrounds: 1-1/3 yards
- Cut (24) 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" squares from (5) 8-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage (12 extra from optional batting)
Large scale floral for squares sewn between heart blocks: 1-1/8 yards
- Cut (16) 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" squares from (4) 8-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage (8 extra from optional batting)
Border stripe or directional fabric: 1-1/8 yards
- Cut (18) 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" squares from (4) 8-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage (9 extra from optional batting)
Small scale print for bars: 7/8 yard
- Cut (24) 4-3/4" x 8-1/2" bars from (3) 8-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage (12 extra from optional batting)
Small scale print for hearts: 1/4 yard