I fell in love with a flannel fat quarter bundle that I thought would make a lovely rag quilt. The fabrics had some pretty busy patterns, so I added in some smaller prints and solid flannels and ended up with enough to make two rag quilts. I decided to back both rag quilts with minky. What was I thinking? The flannel was lovely to work with, but that minky… arrrgh! What a pain and what a mess!
I managed to get the first rag quilt done using this YouTube tutorial from Missouri Star Quilters, but I hated every minute of sewing with minky. I hated cutting it up because of the mess, I hated sewing with it because it slid all over the place, and I hated clipping the seams because (you guessed it) more mess. Yes, this was a huge learning experience. No cutting up minky ever again!
Fortunately I figured out that this process was not for me before I had cut up all the minky. Instead, I decided to make a regular quilt out of the second batch of flannel squares and the uncut minky. That was more my speed, and much less mess. I sent the second quilt to Karen for quilting and she put a lovely pantograph on it called Star Light.
The finished rag quilt went to our church as an auction item for their annual fundraising event. Since I didn’t have to pay to get this one quilted, it fared better than the quilts I donated in 2013 and 2014. The second flannel quilt became a gift for a good friend Sharon, that was moving away. So sad that Sharon and Bob had to move. 🙁