Friday, September 16, 2011

Kitchen Towel Rag Quilt

I don't know where all my kitchen towels always disappear off to. I'm thinking it might be that same ghost that steals socks out of the dryer! Anyway, I had to go out and buy new kitchen towels. This is what I ended up with though.



Yep, they never made it to the kitchen. After I got them home, I realized they matched the football flannel that I had just bought at JoAnn's perfectly. Off to make a rag quilt...



I cut the towels and flannel into 10" squares.



I layered one towel piece and one flannel piece wrong sides together and sewed an X.



This was the hardest part, laying the squares all out. I had to make sure the back pattern was the same as the front. It really wasn't that hard, just required some thinking. If you don't have a 3 year old and two dogs sitting right there with you, it would probably go much smoother!



I sewed the squares of the rows together first and then sewed the rows together.



I'm pretty sure I've told you this before, but it deserves repeating. If you're going to do any kind of rag quilting you have got to get one of those snip scissors! I wouldn't even attempt it again without those!



When you have it all sewn together, you just start snipping away at the raw edges. Be sure to remember to do all the way around it, too.



I made mine long and skinny because we have recliners on both ends of the couch and two rocker recliners. After it's all snipped, you should wash it so it gets all raggedy. Tierni was here that day, so the pictures you're seeing are before it was washed.



I still need kitchen towels!

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32 comments:

Jen said...

That is the cutest thing I've seen! I have never really thought of leaving my quilt tops raw like that, I love it. With the right (thicker) fabric it would be perfect and so much less work than adding backing and having to do the binding. Gonna be doing me one of these...or 10...I may not go back to the other way...this suits my busy lifestyle so much better :)

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Tammy said...

This is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing.

Just Jaime said...

What a great idea!

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Karan said...

Love the quilt. I bet it does not take long to do those either. I have thought about rag quilts for the grandkids for Christmas. You may have just made my mind up seeing how cute yours is. Guess I had better get busy.

Karan

Fort Living Room said...

I love your quilt. I have several old quilts my great-grandmother either made that needs to be patched or started but never finished. I have got to learn to quilt.
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Chloe said...

That is so cute!

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Terry said...

It never occurred to me either to leave the back open. Fabulous idea!! Hilarious about your tea towels though. Have a great weekend!

Baye said...

Love the long and narrower idea for the lap quilts. Sometimes those lap quilts are just too short. I am gonna get busy on a few of these. Thanks for the inspiration as always.

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TigerEyes2001 said...

So cute and creative!

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Emily said...

love rag quilts. What a great idea to mix the flannel and towels, love it!

Joni Nickrent said...

WOW! What a great idea! Very cute! TFS! POP ART MINIS

Priscila said...

This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

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Kelli- AdventurezInChild'Rearing said...

oh great job! I have several towels stashed with very good intentions- I am inspired by yours- just lovely!

Joni Nickrent said...

Loved this...tweeted too! POP ART MINIS

OhioMomPatriot said...

This is adorable! I love the towel idea. Thanks for sharing!

Jill said...

Lovely quilt - I really want to try a rag quilt - so maybe I need to look for those special scissors first! Thanks for the tip!


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Tina said...

I love your quilt! It turned out great!
I'm definitely going to 'borrow' this idea! Thank you for sharing!!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

It looks SO COMFY! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

Donna said...

Oh I love it!

Rachel said...

I just bought a bunch of kitchen towels to make baby bibs, but now I'm getting other ideas.... LOL! Thanks for sharing this!

Madison said...

What a neat idea! I've never heard of using kitchen towels to make a quilt before. How creative!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I love it...your kitchen towels never made it to the kitchen :) The quilt is wonderful! Thanks for linking up this week!

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The Zoo Keeper said...

This is such a cool idea!!! I have an old towel that is falling apart that belonged to my Great, Great Grandmother, think I am going to do this with it!!! SO beats putting it up and leaving it sitting!!! Thanks for the great idea! Following now, come and check out my site when you have time!!!

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The Answer Is Chocolate said...

What a great idea and looks so cozy!

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

This turned out great. Better get some ugly dish towels so that you won't be tempted next time. :)

Karen said...

Love, love, love the quilt! I am a new visitor and I have happily spent a few hours looking at all your lovely ideas. Pity I never got around to that pile of laundry waiting for me...)

Megan said...

very pretty. I've never tried a rag quilt before.

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

That's very creative!! And a great use of matching fabrics of course! Thanks for sharing this fun quilt on Fancy This Fridays!!!

To Sew With Love said...

Quilts had always been in my to do list, hopefully this winter when I have more time, I'll make some of them. Thanks a lot for this tip. your style is really nice! thanks for sharing this with us! have a lovely weekend, Terri...


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