Monday, November 23, 2015

Q132 – Blue Fluff – Quilt

Good Day,

Our 132nd quilt - Blue Fluff.

Andy and I have ventured into another new world of quilt making, the Raw-Edge Raggy quilt. Called Rag Quilts, Ragged Edge Quilt, Raw-Edge Raggy Quilt, Frayed Edge Rag Throw Quilt, Ragged-Edged Quilt. And before we try to tell you that, so-and-so said that this is a new trend, Rag quilting is supposedly a very early form of quilting that may have started sometime in the 1700’s.

Our approach – We started with scrap cotton pieces for the top of Blue Fluff with the intention that there may be a blue color connection.

Our Blue Fluff is just one of these types of Raw-Edge Raggy Quilt. And yes it is made from scraps of fabric that have been sitting in our stash at what we now call our sweat shop. (Hell it is Florida. What do you expect?)

To create each block for Blue Fluff a triple layer quilt sandwich was created: the top fabric, the batting, and a square of blue flannel.  120 individual block sandwiches were created.  Two sandwiches were sewn together leaving about a 1/2" outside seam.  This seam is what is used to create the ragged edge.  Stripes of blocks were then sewn together to create a 10 by 12 grid of squares; the top is smooth and the flannel backing has a criss-cross of protruding edges.

All the protruding edges are clipped at equal distance, taking care not to cut through the joining stitch line.  This creates the ragged edge.

Forget using a regular pair of scissors.  We used a Rag Quilter Snip.  This definitely made the job of clipping easier and with a better control.

The dimensions of Blue Fluff are: Width – 61” (155 cms); Length – 54” (137 cms).

Some Images of our work on Blue Fluff

Blue Fluff will now make its home in Florida.

Please feel free to email Andy and me at Quilts SB if you have any questions, comments, thoughts, ideas.


Jim and Andy
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