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This year I made a resolution/ goal to finally finish some UFO’s (unfinished objects.) This Square Dance Rag Quilt was one of those objects. The sad truth is that I tested out this pattern over a year ago! I have had the quilt put together this whole time, but I have been putting off the actual rag part, cutting up the seam. I was dragging my feet at first because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to add more squares, then I lost my rag quilt scissors and we moved. The project eventually got put on the back burner, and has been sitting there almost done for months.
I’m so glad to finally say this quilt is finished and be sharing it with you. The quilt was put together with fabric I had on hand. I was going for an aged or vintage look, so I used some of my 1930’s stash.
I did my quilt top and backing in cotton, which is the first time I have done anything other than flannel. I was pleased to see that the cotton frayed just as good as the flannel. I think for future quilts I will use cotton on the front, since I have more choices, and use flannel on the back to keep it warm and cuddly.
I really had a fun time making this quilt. It was so nice to have a change from my usual basic square rag quilts. I had to cut a few more pieces, but it was totally worth it. This pattern turns out so pretty, and easy to put together. The directions are very clear and will walk you through each step of construction. Plus, it’s a rag quilt so it is totally forgiving of small mistakes, win, win.
I also used batting for this quilt, but it isn’t necessary. Just make sure that if you use batting you catch the edge in your stitches, or do some quilting to hold your batting in place. I didn’t even think about this step and when I washed it the batting in my squares balled up. I can’t even tell you how dumb I felt at this point. Thankfully, it’s saveable, but don’t make my mistake, either skip the batting or make sure it is secure! Despite my own carelessness this quilt still turned out amazing.
I don’t think I will ever to a basic square rag quilt again, I definitely prefer the look of this Square Dance Rag Quilt. I’m planning on giving this as a gift in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to see their reaction!