i recently had someone reach out to me to make a rag quilt that was approximately 36″ by 50″. (my hunch is she needed it for a toddler bed…) i ran some numbers and figured out that if i used my 8″ square ruler (really 8.5″) that i could do a 5 x 7 square blanket and it would hit those measurements spot on. i have only made a couple rag quilts with that size square and every time i wonder why i don’t make more of them…it is a nice size and really let’s you show off some of the larger scale prints that are out there. she also requested that i use a one of the patterned fabrics for the back fabric (instead of my usual flannel). now i have to admit that not using flannel for the back has really never occurred to me. i was somewhat tentative at first and came up with a whole bunch of reasons why not to do it: it wasn’t my norm, the pattern would appear choppy due to the edges being folded under, it wouldn’t be as soft, etc. but i wanted the sale. so i told her i could do it but made sure she knew that the way i sew the blankets it wouldn’t look like a solid backing but would have gaps from where the edges folded in to give the rag effect on the front. she was on board so i started sewing.
i am more than pleasantly pleased with the final results.
she also asked if i could make a pillow cover for a 16″ by 16″ pillow and put a bird applique on it using coordinated fabrics from the blanket. she even provided me the bird design so i wouldn’t have to hunt around for one. i mean, come on? how could i say no to a cute little birdie? i haven’t been happy with the envelope closure on the last few pillow covers i made so i opted for an invisible zipper with this one. i have to say that it was much easier than i anticipated. (and i got it right on take 1!) please ignore the missing eye in the first photo. i got a little camera happy before i was done…