Thursday, June 2, 2011
Good Grief! Complicated simple rag quilt
My son, Tyler, suggested I make the American flag rag quilt which I filed away for a summertime project. My daughter, Hayley, suggested I try a simple design, like what's on Charlie Brown's shirt. That captured my imagination and I couldn't think of anything else. All three of us took turns sketching it out on napkins:
I layered yellow fleece on the inside to make it thick and warm. That's where the second complication set in. I didn't want yellow to show in the black zigzag so I cut black fleece and positioned it next to the yellow in two triangles. Then on the advice of my son, I used black thread on all the black squares and yellow thread on all the yellow squares. I stitched the traditional X through all the squares even the two rows of half black, half yellow. It took a long time to get it just right. There was one spot that no matter how many times I took out the stitches and re-sewed I still got a bit of black thread showing on the one side of the yellow.
Now it was ready to be cut. I was so hoping that it would turn out the way I had envisioned. Here is a view of the quilt before it was cut:
And here is the fluffy side: