|My "Snowbound" quilt showing raggy top edge and part of raggy seams on reverse|
I recently found a printed panel from the 2004 "Christmas X-citement" line by Sandy Gervais for Moda tucked in a plastic bag with pieces of coordinating flannels and a Gervais pattern titled "#254 Winter Landscape" that used the panel.
|Sandy Gervais' "Winter Landscape" quilt|
I set the package aside because the panel was so cute and I thought I might do something with it before it got buried for another decade.
As luck would have it, mid-Michigan was blessed with three snowstorms in three days last weekend, so I pulled out my panel to see what I could do with it while I was snowbound.
I took a cue from the pattern and decided to cut the panel apart and add strips of flannel between the panel strips. I had 50-inches of the panel design so I pieced the available flannels to make 50-inch strips of various widths from three to nine inches.
In quilt-as-you-go fashion, I laid out my strips making batting sandwiches of flannel backing strips, batting, and a top strip of either panel or coordinating flannel.
For more information about the ragged quilt-as-you-go technique, see "Ragged Hearts Quilt".
Then I hand-quilted each strip using #8 perle cotton and stitched all the strips together placing the strip tops right-sides-together and making the seams all on the back of the quilt.
When I was done stitching, I trimmed the edges and stitched a decorative zig-zag about 7/8 -inch from all around the edge of the quilt.
Then I clipped all the seams and all around the quilt, clipping every 1/4-inch to a depth of about 3/8-inch from the edge of the fabric. I used a pair of scissors that are made for making these "ragged" quilt-as-you-go style quilts: Fiskars Rag Quilt Snips. They sure made quick work of that job.
Then I washed the quilt and put it in the dryer. When it came out of the dryer, all the seams and edges had raveled to create the raggy edge characteristic of this quilt-as-you-go style.
Back of "raggy" quilt showing clipped and laundered seams.