I love rag quilts! Don't you?
I love them because they are cuddly and warm in the winter.
So, when the Studio Rags to Riches set went on sale I grabbed it. It arrived this morning and I tore into the box and immediately marked my dies.
Next I pulled out my bags of batting bits. You know when you you trim a quilt and you have strips of batting left-over that are just too big to throw out? I have been throwing all of mine into a bag and storing them away. Well, when my set came I decided to deal with the batting left-overs first to get it out of the way.
I used my dies to cut down the batting scraps into something usable - yey! There are 3 rag batting dies; the small square, the rectangle and the large square to correspond to the rag dies. I know have a bin of batting shapes ready to go for my next rag quilt! Yey! I love having bins of usable things instead of bags of yuck :-D
Now I know some of you will say - I don't like batting in my rag quilts because it makes them heavy. I do like batting for a few reasons.
- it stabilizes the blocks and gives them great body.
- I get to use up my batting scraps that would otherwise be thrown out.
- it stabilizes the stitches so they don't pop
- this is what it looks like outside my quilting studio window right now
Yep. Snowy and cold! You can never have a quilt that is too warm for me :-D Bring on the batting I say!
Do you like rag quilts too? Do you put batting in them?