Hello friends! I’m Lorene, and I’m an intermittent (self-invited) guest here at Housewife Eclectic (my blog lives over at just Lu, but I’m only there very intermittently between wrangling 3 kids and running my own virtual assistant business).
Sew a Union Jack Rag Quilt
- 3 yards each of red, blue, and white flannel, prewashed! I even used vinegar in with mine to help set the dye so the red wouldn’t bleed onto the white, so hopefully it works!
- rotary cutter and mat (not required but strongly recommended!)
- sewing scissors with a sharp tip
- a piece of butcher paper or newspaper, cut to 28″ x 16″
Cut BLUE —
- 8 – 14″x21″ rectangles, and then cut the rectangles in two diagonally, corner to corner
Cut RED —
- 8 – 33″x5″ strips
- 4 – 29″x6″ strips
- 2 – 38″x6″ strips
Cut WHITE —
- 8 – 31″x2″ strips
- 8 – 31″x3″ strips
Sewing the quilt
Use ¾ inch seams. After you finish each seam, rather than pressing like you would with a normal quilt, just tug gently on the seam to open it up a little and help the pieces line up right.
Trim the white strips to be square with the edges of the blue triangles.
Lay out your piece of butcher paper (cut to 28″x16″) and align the square corners of each blue triangle section to the corners.
Then, holding those two pinned corners together, flip the fabric so that the blue triangle sections are laying wrong sides together, so you are ready to sew the red-to-white seam and finish up one quadrant of the flag.
Sew a seam allowance 3/4″ from the edge of the WHITE strip, and trim the excess red seam allowance.
Sew each of the shorter remaining red strips to the lower quadrant section of one of the halves.
Sew a quick 1/2″ or 3/4″ inch (either is fine) around the outside edge of the quilt.
Now I just need to make one for myself so I can be properly snuggled while watching Doctor Who and Sherlock and Pride and Prejudice!