Step 1: Center tool onto strip of fabric as shown, aligning the correct size hex with edges of fabric. Cut along right sides.

Step 2: Slide tool across strip, aligning left point with "V" in fabric strip. Cut along right sides.

Keep your cuts straight by squaring up your fabric before you make the first cut, and checking periodically to be sure the cuts are still straight


Remember to cut the selvedges off the ends of your fabric at some point, so they don’t end up in your quilt.  I usually do that after I have cut the strips from the larger piece.


Pleae note - these pictures were created by a left-handed person (me!). If you are right-handed, you may need to reverse them.




Rag quilts are fun and easy to make. They are very forgiving in many ways, and sewing them together is somewhat easier than piecing a patchwork quilt.


Here are a few tips that might make the construction of your rag quilt even easier:


A Quilter Asked:


Dear Penny


The Pattern


You will notice that the pattern faces right side up. That seems like an obvious statement, and may have no meaning. I’m about to give it some (meaning, that is).


Q: I am having trouble with the binding.  I follow the instructions that I got off "How to Quilt", but my corners are really hard to miter and they want to curl.  What am I doing wrong?  I hope you can help me.


A: Without seeing it, it's difficult for me to say exactly what the problem is, and what will help.  But, I'll give it a try.

Sometimes it depends on the width of your binding.  I have found that narrow binding (less than 1" wide) tends to be not as crisp at the corners.  Partly, I think, because of the fabric that is folded over inside of the corner.  If that's not the problem, you might try pinning each fold to hold the fabric in place as you sew the next side.  That would work like this:

When you get to the end of the side of your quilt, end your stitching 1/4" away from the edge of the quilt, and then remove the quilt from the machine and cut the threads.


Binding is usually the finishing touch to your quilt. It’s the fabric that wraps from the quilt top around to the backing, covering the edges of your quilt and keeping everything (including the batting) conveniently tucked inside.


You can also think if the binding as the final frame around your quilt.


You can use the backing of the quilt and roll it over the edges to make a binding that attaches to the quilt top.


Or, you can use the quilt top and roll it over the edges to make a binding that attaches to the back.


Q: Hello, I am a casual quilter or have been and plan to do more now that my grandkids have moved away and my husband has other words staying close to home....


I want to make my grandkids a quilt using pictures from their life as they were growing up....where can I find the info to do this?