It’s been a while. I think I’ve just had the craziest 6 months of my life beginning when my father passed away in April. Since then, life has been coming at me nonstop. Here are some highlights:
- My son, Michael, finished up his Eagle Scout application, had his board of review and his eagle court of honor
- Michael graduated from high school
- We had 4 birthdays and my 25th wedding anniversary.
- My husband and I volunteered as youth leaders on a church pioneer handcart trek reenactment.
- Michael submitted his paperwork to serve a mission for our church and received a call to Russia with 8 1/2 weeks to prepare before reporting to the MTC.
Last Saturday, I helped give a baby shower for a friend having her first child. I decided to make a rag quilt out of some cute flannel I’ve been collecting for the past 13 years or so.
Here’s the final product:
One thing I love about these quilts is that they’re super easy to make, and they’re very forgiving. If the seams don’t line up, that’s okay. You’ll never notice.
To make it you need to be able to do a few simple things: cut fabric in relatively straight lines, sew a relatively straight line, and be able to make many small snips with your scissors. That’s it.
Here are the basic instructions:
- Start with 5-6 yards of your favorite flannel.
- Cut 70 9-inch squares.
- Sew two squares together, right sides out, forming an X.
- Lay out pattern.
- Sew squares together in rows with a 1/2-inch seam allowance with all the seams facing the same way.
- Sew rows together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance with all the seams facing the same way.
- Sew around the outside of the blanket with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
- Snip all the fabric between the seam allowance and edge of the fabric.
- Wash in your washing machine and dry in the dryer.
- Trim any loose threads and enjoy!