Memory Rag Quilt

2 Materials
24 Hours

My "baby girl" turned 27 on her last birthday, and lives 1637 kms away (over 1000 miles!)

Heartbreak and "Mama-worry" aside -- I wondered what to do with all her Flannel Receiving Blankets - so with those, (and a little extra flannel I picked up at Fabricland to coordinate) I set about to create a Rag Quilt. A rag quilt is the most forgiving quilt for a non-patient, non-pinning sewer like me!

Cutting the flannel in 6 " squares, I knew I wanted the quilt to be 3 layers thick , so went to task trying to sort into a pattern.

I had purchased the solid green, the solid pink, and the floral patterned pink fabric... the rest were her actual receiving blankets from so many years ago!


  • Don't try to cut your squares with scissors!!
  • A cutting pad, rotary cutting tool, and straight edge ruler for cutting will help you cut very accurately and easily. These items are costly so unless you are doing this often, it will not be worth the investment to purchase them - see if you can borrow from a friend or neighbor!
  • For clipping the edges, a pair of "spring loaded" fabric scissors will make this less work and time! And, your hand and wrist will thank you!!

Sew together square by square in a row, and then attach the rows.

The "unfinished" edges are then clipped, and after it is washed and dried will give this a delightful rag look.

the "finished" side looks good too, just not as cozy!

After stitching everything - including the border, clip all the unfinished edges and wash and dry a few times.

(You'll need to pick out lots of small threads and fluff from your laundry machines!! I actually waited for the washing machine to dry out and then vacuumed the threads to clean up)

And here's the finished project!

And the more it is washed and dried, the better it looks!

My daughter was delighted with it!

I imagined in my heart that she would cozy up in it if she was cold or not well, or blue, or maybe even missing me!

So I asked her to send me a picture of her with her blanket.

And I got this...

Her cat...

... and her dog.

... and her hubby.


But as much as she doesn't want her picture taken, she really does love her Memory Rag Quilt, and that is what matters the most!

Thanks for looking!

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