Sew a super soft Minky Rag Quilt. A perfect lap quilt or gorgeous new baby quilt. This super soft quilt is great for the beginning quilter.
There is something about snuggling under your favorite blanket and watching a movie, reading a book, or taking a nap. Most of my kids have their favorite blanket but my daughter has been asking me to make a quilt just for her. She has a quilt that her Grandma made her when she was born, but that poor thing is barely a blanket anymore. it is full of holes and I am pretty sure there isn’t an ounce of batting left in it. That quilt has been very well loved.
It is only fair that my daughter has a favorite blanket to snuggle too, so I pulled out my sewing machine and got to work.
My inspiration came from Mia Dolce Originals. Isn’t this a gorgeous rag quilt?
The quilt I made really was a group effort. I brought it to my Mom’s house for a fun sewing day and got a lot of help from my Mom and my SIL. Becuase of their help, we were able to knock it out pretty quick.
To plan for the size of quilt I wanted to make, I referenced this chart for Calculation of Required Quilt Squares by Jubilee Homespun Inspiration. This chart will show you how many squares you will need for the size of quilt you are wanting to make. I went with the small (30″ x 54″) quilt, and 6-inch size squares.
- 2 1/2 Yards Minky
- 2 1/2 Yards Flannel (used for the batting)
- 2 1/2 yards Cotton
- split into 5 different patterns so 1/2 Yard of each pattern
Begin by cutting all of the fabric into 6-inch squares. That includes the minky, flannel, and cotton prints. Before sewing, I found it cut all of the fabric into
Tip: Layer all of the pieces before you begin sewing so the stacks can be quickly grabbed. Layer -> Cotton print facing down, flannel, minky facing up.
Sew an X, corner to corner on each square. I made a chain of squares, not cutting them apart until I cut stitched through all of the squares. This is a big time saver. Then do the same thing, sewing the stitch across the opposite corners.
The minky fabric sheds like crazy when you are cutting and sewing. Those little fibers get everywhere and float around in the air. We all had a good laugh when mom pulled out a mask to wear, those pesky little fibers kept going her nose. It was funny, but a great solution of you are having the same problem.
After my mom had enough of those little fibers she passed the task on to my SIL.
When all of the squares are sewn with the X, lay them out on the ground to lay out the pattern making sure that no duplicate squares are laying next to each other.
Sew the layered squares together in rows, making a 5/8 inch seam. Then stitch the rows together, matching up the seams on each row and keeping the seams all on the same side of the quilt.
Click through to the next page to see how to get that soft fringe on the quilt.