Even though most of this information is already available on the web, there are a few things that I have learned by trial and error that make the rag quilting process easier. If you can cut a straight line and sew a straight seam, you can make a rag quilt.
STEP 1. Choose your fabric.
If you don’t feel confident in your color selection, or simply prefer a wide variety of colors and patterns, charm packs are the way to go. You know the colors will all go together, you can choose from a lot of color families, and they are precut. I ordered these Moda charm packs from Charmpacks on Etsy at www.charmpacks.etsy.com. You can also shop her web site at www.charmpacksplus.com. I had ordered Me and My Sister Favorites and Pure to make baby lovies, and Kansas Trouble Favorites to make a table runner.
STEP 2. Choose an arrangement for your runner.
It was easy to arrange this charm pack collection. They were stacked from darkest to lightest. I arranged them by starting with the darkest color in the bottom left corner, and laid the squares out diagonally until I got to the lightest color. There were 42 5 inch squares in this collection, and I used 36 in this runner.
You can see how the colors are arranged in diagonal rows according to color. Now is a good time to take a picture of your arrangement so you can do it again if it gets messed up. Now is also a time that I often leave the room for an hour or so, then come back to see if I still like the arrangement.
STEP 3. Stack up rows.
Starting with the bottom row, put all of the squares in each row into a stack. The square on the bottom left will be the first square on the bottom of the stack, with each square going to the right being added in turn. When finished, the last square in the row will be on the top. Since there are four rows in this runner, there are four stacks of squares.
STEP 4. Cutting the backing squares.
Come back next time to learn how to create your finished squares.