The ONLY way I’ll make a Rag Quilt

I was convinced I’d never make a rag quilt. While they are soft and cuddly, I was of the opinion it wasn’t worth it if I had to manually snip all the edges to help with the ragging effect. But with the help of the AccuQuilt Go cutter it was a breeze to make my first rag quilt.

The AccuQuiltGo die Cuts 8 ½” squares and snips the edges when the squares are cut, providing significant time savings.

Rebecca Johnson made this beautiful rag quilt using the AccuQuiltGo cutter. She has experience making rag quilts, using the old fashioned method and she felt that the AccuQuiltGo cutter saved her over 50% of the time it would have taken to make a rag quilt with the old fashioned method.

Here is a good video clip that shows more insight on the AccuQuiltGo and rag die. But be aware that both the portable AccuQuiltGo and Studio cutters support making rag quilts. And the Studio cutter has a few more accessory dies for making rag quilts.

I found making my first rag quilt, using the AccuQuilg Go cutter and rag die, was easier than I had ever dreamed. It was super fast to cut the fabric and very fast to sew this quilt. And I must admit I really enjoyed working with soft flannel fabric! By the way, I selected nautical flannel fabrics for this quilt as I plan to use it in a Pirate theme gift basket for a charity fundraiser. I love how the Pirates show up in this flannel scrap quilt, along with sharks, sailboats and other nautical items.

I had so much fun using the AccuQuiltGo cutter and rag die that I’m already planning on making another one. Maybe a bit larger and something for a little Princess!

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11 thoughts on “The ONLY way I’ll make a Rag Quilt”

  1. My local quilt shop carries the Accuquilter. I would not have even known what it was had I not seen it on your blog the other day.And it does rag quilts, too!!! Wow!


  2. I have had the Ellison die cut for several years now and they are brilliant. I can interchange accucut dies with it so I buy them when they are on offer! The rag rug die kit is on my wish list! One tip I can offer re die-cutting is to place a piece of scrap paper under the fabric (directly over the die blade) to minimise the amount of ‘lint’ getting stuck between the blade and the rubbery sponge. It also helps to get a cleaner cut of multiple fabric layers. Without the paper liner I find you sometimes need to clip tiny connecting threads.Thanks for posting your comment on my blog re the redwork btw!


  3. I didn’t realize that there was a dye cut for rag quilts. I actually enjoy clipping the seams when I make rag quilts. I have a great pair of scissors that I purchased from a quilt shop. I sit with my hubbie while he watches TV and I clip seams. Your pirate quilt is really cute!


  4. Wow! Thanks for posting about this! I saved my granddaughter’s cotton flannel receiving blankets, and I’m planning a raggy flannel quilt for her using them. The main reason I haven’t done anything about starting it is because of all the snipping. I’m thinking that I might see if a couple of my friends would like to go in on one.


  5. I’m buying one of these dies, but have never made a rag quilt before. Do you still assemble it in the same way? Also is the batting ‘ragged’ too or is it kind of contained within each square? Sorry for my dumb newbie questions!


  6. To Frankie….I’d have replied directly to you, but you have a no-reply feature set on your side. You can send me an email, if you want more info. But no, you do not rag the batting. You also have the option to not use batting. As I’m in So. Cal I’ve found ragging with 2 layers of flannel is enough (no batting…but you can use batting). I’ve also used a 3rd layer of flannel, which made for a warmer quilt and the rag part looked great. AccuQuilt does have a non ragging die, that cuts a square that works well to cut batting, if you want to use batting inside of your flannel sandwich.


  7. I have a question for you…I have the Go! Cutter and the rag die. What do you do with the large part on the corners? Sew over them? I am a little confused…


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