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The Night Before Christmas Flannel Rag Quilt

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Materials
  • 3 yards of red Christmas print 100% cotton flannel
  • 1 yard of white 100% cotton flannel
  • Red embroidery thread
  • Red cotton 30wt machine quilting thread (small spool)
  • Walking foot for your regular sewing machine.
  • Red or white sewing thread
  • Fibrous water soluble stabilizer for 20 hoopings in a 5” x 7” hoop
  • Size 14 metallic or other large eye embroidery needle
  • Standard size 11 embroidery needle
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Heat or water soluble fabric marking pen
  • Optional Rag Quilt Snip Scissors
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/XMAS06.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM09.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM08.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM02.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM01.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM03.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM04.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM05.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM10.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM07.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SICM06.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SRCQ03.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SRCQ05.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SRCQ01.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SRCQ02.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SRCQ04.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SRCQ06.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SRCQ07.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SRCQ09.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/SRCQ12.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/DesignPack/1/DPSICM.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/DesignPack/1/DPSRCQ.aspx


  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    I have to admit that this is my first attempt at a rag quilt. And I love it! Before we start with the instructions I have to give my heartfelt thanks to Jeanie Marleen of Design Wiz and Ramona Baird, who also contribute projects to this website for giving me guidance on how to make a rag quilt.


    Step 1:
    Cut from the white flannel 1 10” wide strip and sub-cut that into 5 8” by 10” rectangles.
    Cut from the white flannel 3 8” wide strips and sub-cut into 20 8” squares.
    Cut from red flannel 1 10” wide strip and sub-cut that into 5 8” by 10” rectangles.
    Cut from the red flannel 3 8” wide strips and sub-cut into 20 8” squares.
    Cut from the red flannel 8 3” wide strips and sub-cut into 38 3”x7” rectangles.
    Cut two 3” wide strips across the red flannel for sashing for one row
    Cut length wise from the remainder of the red flannel 10 3” wide strips.


    Step 2:
    Stitch the Christmas Quilting designs first. The designs used in the quilt are SRCQ01, SRCQ02, SRCQ03, SRCQ04, SRCQ05 SRCQ06, SRCQ07 and SRCQ12. Assemble your blocks for embroidery by placing one 8”x 8” white flannel square or rectangle over a red flannel block of the same size wrong sides together. Lightly spray between the two blocks with spray adhesive.

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    Step 3:
    Align your clear quilter’s ruler up and find the vertical center and make a mark with your fabric pen at the center top and bottom of the quilt square.

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    Step 4:
    Turn the ruler horizontally and mark the center at the sides of the block.

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    Step 5:
    You will be working with two different types of thread for the embroidery. All the Santa Claus blocks are stitched with regular embroidery thread. The Santa’s are all stitched in a backstitch so that the thread has some weight. The Christmas Quilting blocks are single run quilting designs. To give them a little more weight in the fabric I chose to embroider them in 30wt cotton machine quilting thread. Load the cotton machine quilting thread into your machine.

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    Step 6:
    Due to the thickness of cotton machine quilting thread load a size 14 needle into your machine. I used a #14 metallic needle as it has the largest eye for the thread to pass through.

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    Step 7:
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    Hoop a layer of fibrous water soluble stabilizer in your hoop.


    Step 8:
    Spray the back of the red flannel with spray adhesive. Place the two layers (red flannel on bottom, white flannel on top, in the embroidery hoop aligning your outside marks with the marks on the embroidery hoop and smooth into place.

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    Step 9:
    Load one of the SRCQ designs listed above into the sewing machine. Place your hoop in the machine and center the needle over the center dot of the design.

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    Step 10:
    Stitch the design; cut away the excess stabilizer on the back and trim off any tie in and tie off tails. Set the block aside for now. Stitch the other 7 Christmas quilting designs following these same steps.

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    Step 11:
    Load your machine with regular embroidery thread. Change the needle to a regular size 11 embroidery needle.


    Step 12:
    Using the same methods for aligning the remainder of the 8” x 8” blocks; using the thread and needle loaded in Step 10; stitch designs SICM02, SICM03, SICM04, SICM05, SICM07 and XMAS06.


    Step 13:
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    For the 8” x 10” rectangles the above steps are the same, the quilt flannel sandwich will lay right to the edges of the hoop as shown. Stitch designs, SICM01, SICM06, SICM08, SICM09 and SICM10.


    Step 14:
    The embroidered blocks will have been drawn up somewhat by the embroidery, so we have cut them a larger than we need them to be. We will now trim the blocks so that they will be the proper shape that will include a ½” seam allowance all around the block. Use the original center mark that you made on the fabric. On the side of the large rectangles you will line that up mark with the 3.5” line on your ruler; also line up the center marks you made at the top and bottom of the rectangle with the 3.5” line on your ruler. Trim off the excess fabric with a rotary cutter. Do this on both sides of each of the large rectangular blocks.

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    Step 15:
    On the large blocks are taller than they are wide. When trimming the top and the bottom of these blocks have your ruler placed at the 4.5” line on your ruler.

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    Step 16:
    On all of the square blocks use the 3.5” line on your ruler on all sides aligned with the center marks to trim the blocks.


    Step 17:
    Stack the horizontal sashing red 3” x 7” rectangles so that two pieces are wrong sides together. Use each set as though they were one piece of fabric.


    Step 18:
    You will now want to lay out your trimmed blocks in vertical rows.

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    Step 19:
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    This is a graphic of the layout.
     


    Step 20:
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    Here is a picture of the first vertical row ready for stitching together.


    Step 21:
    Put your walking foot on your regular sewing machine. Pin the first block to the double layer of red flannel sashing strip at the bottom and stitch together with a ½” seam. The seam will be on the top of the quilt rather than in the back. Stitch the seam with a straight stitch length of about 2.5mm.

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    Step 22:
    Pin the next block to the bottom of the sashing strip remembering to keep it so that the seam will be on the top of the quilt and stitch with a ½” seam.

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    Step 23:
    After completing the first row change the stitch length to 3.5mm and stitch over the seams you have just sewn. This will prevent the seams from fraying further than you want them to.

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    Step 24:
    Join the blocks for the other three vertical rows of the quilt.

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    Step 25:
    Cut the selvages off the two strips of vertical sashing cut from the red flannel and place them wrong sides together to use as a single piece of sashing.

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    Step 26:
    Press the seams open and since I had used a heat removable marking pen I also touch it to the center marks of each block to remove those marks.


    Step 27:
    Pin a vertical sashing strip to the first row of blocks. Pin it so that the seam will be on the top side of the quilt. Stitch the seam twice using a ½” seam allowance.

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    Step 28:
    Continue adding sashing strips between all rows of blocks. Pin carefully and stitch slowly as you go as the flannel does want to shift as you stitch. Double stitch all seams.

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    Step 29:
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    Due to the shifting of the flannel you may end up with not totally straight edges at the top and bottom of the quilt. Use your quilter’s ruler and square off those ends. No one is really every going to see where you trimmed.
     


    Step 30:
    Add two border strips first to the sides and then to the top and bottom of the quilt.

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    Step 31:
    Select a zigzag stitch on your machine and stitch around the quilt borders ½” from the outer edge.

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    Step 32:
    Stitch to within ½” at the corners stop and pivot the quilt to continue on around the quilt.

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    Step 33:
    You may use the instrument of your choice to now snip the seam allowances so that your quilt will rag. I found that I really liked the Fiskar’s Rag Quilt Snips. They are sharper and less stressful on the hands

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    Step 34:
    Snip all seam allowances at ¼” to ½” intervals. Do not snip all the way to the stitching lines.

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    Step 35:
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    Wash and dry the quilt two or three times to encourage the fraying. The flannel quilt will produce a lot of lint in your dryer. Stop the dryer every 5 to 10 minutes to clean out the lint screens to avoid overheating the dryer. After a couple of washings your Night Before Christmas Rag Quilt will start to look like this.


    Step 36:
    Congratulations – your quilt is complete!

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    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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    Anonymous Nov 22, 2014
    I love this project! I can just see it using other redwork designs. Thank you. S Tate
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    Anonymous Jan 05, 2015
    Made a quilt like this for my grandmother for Christmas, used a few different images, more snowflakes and Christ-mas images. Really neat idea, looking to make more quilts like this.
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    Robert P Feb 19, 2015
    Love this project! Very well explained and put together! Already made 3 of them, changing a few images. These are for charity next Christmas. Thanks again to have giving us such a nice and easy piece of work to make. Cloclo
    Reply
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