In general I am not necessarily a rag quilt kind of girl. (Which, I know, sounds strange considering I am in the process of making a HUMONGOUS denim rag quilt as I write this.)
I suppose what I should really say is, I think rag quilts can be cute and definitely have a place, but to me they seem more suited to rustic settings, not a baby nursery.
To me rag quilts are big, sturdy quilts that are taken camping or on picnics, or to lie back on with your whole family while watching fireworks in the summertime.
Because of that, I have never made a rag quilt for any of my babies, nor anyone elses. In my mind, if I am going to make a quilt for a baby, it is going to be a pieced, quilty thing in lovely cotton fabrics.
However, a few months ago, a friend of mine who is due with her third son any day now, posted a picture of a flannel rag quilt very similar to this one on Facebook (In all honesty, I think this one is cuter, but I could be biased). She loved it and wanted it, but couldn't afford the price. Specifically, she said, she liked the frogs.
Well, a few weeks ago, I just happened upon some frog flannel on clearance for $3 a yard. Wasn't even looking for it. I took it as a sign and decided my friend needed to have a frog flannel rag quilt as soon as possible!
Fortunately, JoAnn's had their flannel on sale for 60% over Memorial Day weekend, and because I am the proud owner of a military I.D., I got an additional 20% off my purchase. I think the flannel for the whole quilt cost me a grand total of $8.50, and I pulled out my (free!) bag of batting scraps for the batting.
I started it last week and worked on it the past few nights after my boys were in bed. I snipped the last snip last night and threw it into the washing machine at 11:30pm. It was late, but wanted to see it done! (because everyone knows the best part of a rag quilt is when you pull it out of the dryer in all it's soft, scruffily goodness!)
I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and I hope she is, too!
Now I just need to pack it up with a congratulatory note and send it off to it's brand new owner.
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