Supply List for Triangle Rag Quilt
Quilt Size: About 56" x 82" without borders. With borders: about 67" x 90".
The quilt consists of 35 triangle blocks arranged in a 5 x 7-block rectangle, with a 5-inch border all around the quilt. The border lets you create a deep outer fringe that makes the quilt look pleasingly raggedy.
Here’s what you will need:
- Assorted color-coordinated quilt fabrics in pieces large enough to cut into 12-1/2" squares. I used fat quarters from my stash. I cut the leftover pieces from the fat quarters into strips to make string quilts. You will need to cut thirty-five 12½” squares of top fabric, plus thirty-five same-size squares of middle-layer fabric (if you're using it) and backing fabric. I use polyester fleece as the backing for most of my rag quilts.
- (Optional) 1-5/8 yard coordinating border fabric, more if you want to make a deeper border.
- (Optional) 4-5/8 yard middle layer cotton or flannel fabric. The middle layer is traditionally a flannel, but you can use any fabric you like. Prewash flannels to shrink them before cutting.
- 4-5/8 yard cotton backing fabric (cut from 40”-wide bolts of quilting fabric) OR 2-1/3 yard polar fleece backing fabric (cut from 58” wide fleece fabric.)
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat.
- Sewing machine.
- All-purpose or quilting thread in a coordinating color.
- Rag quilt snips or spring-loaded scissors for snipping the seam allowances. If you can afford them, the snips are much easier to use and better for your hands than even the best scissors. The photo below shows the difference between rag quilt snips and spring-loaded scissors. If you make more than one or two rag quilts, the snips are definitely worth the investment.
- Start by making thirty-five 12-1/2" half-square triangle blocks. Learn how to sew half-square triangles from fabric squares.
- Cut thirty-five 12-1/2" squares of middle layer fabric (optional) and backing fabric.
- Layer the triangle blocks on top of the backing fabric blocks and arrange in a 5 block x 7 block grid like the one shown on the right. The triangle blocks will be slightly smaller than the backing blocks, but don't worry. Your seam allowances will hide the difference in sizes. Just center the triangle blocks on the backing fabric.
- Quilt the layers together with your sewing machine. I sometimes use just an "X" sewed across the center of the block, and sometimes do a more elaborate quilting pattern such as a big stipple or leaves.
- Sew the blocks into rows, using a 5/8" seam allowance.
- Sew the rows into a quilt top, using a 5/8" seam allowance.
- If desired, add a border so you can make a deeper fringe or a knotted edge for your quilt.
- Use your rag snips to clip all the seams and create that charming raggedy look. If your quilt has a border, use the instructions in the link above to cut or knot the border fringe.
- Wash and tumble dry the quilt.
Now you're done! The rag quilt is ready for a lucky quilt lover to treasure.
homesteadpatch from Michigan on November 15, 2012:
I'll agree that this is a more interesting take on the regular square design. Thanks for sharing the idea!
cdmwriter (author) on November 14, 2012:
Yes, I make the triangle blocks as standard blocks, so the seam allowance is on the back side of the block. Then I sew the blocks together as rag blocks, with the seam allowance showing on the front of the block. I hope you can see that in the photo.
Shasta Matova from USA on November 14, 2012:
I really enjoy making rag quilts, and making them with triangles certainly adds more interest than just plain squares and allows opportunity to arrange them into different patterns. Are you sewing your triangles right sides together, and blocks wrong sides together?