I’ve made it a goal to document my earliest quilts, and the quilt I made for my mom was definitely one of those!
My very first quilt was made for my daughter. You can read more about that quilt here.
Katie’s quilt took several years to make because I learned fairly quickly that the pattern I’d chosen for her quilt was simply not beginner friendly. When I finally decided to put her quilt aside to learn the basics of quilting so I could finish it with confidence, I turned my attention to simpler quilts. One of those was the classic flannel rag quilt.
I talk about the process of making a flannel quilt here. Believe me, it’s super easy and very, very doable for an absolute beginning quilter.
After I put Kate’s quilt aside, I looked for advice on how to proceed and that’s when the idea of making a flannel rag quilt came up. The deal was sealed when I fell in love with a beautiful flannel fat quarter packet.
I love the soft yellows, greyed blues, and yellow-browns in this collection. I think it looks beautiful, even though it’s a simple quilt. I also love the mix of plaids and prints in the collection. Even though they look like homespuns, they are printed flannels although you could use homespuns in a rag quilt if you like.
After the quilt was finished, I gave it to my mother for Christmas. She didn’t use it much at first, but after she discovered how warm it was, it quickly became her favorite.
As she got older, the heaviness of the quilt (I’d used flannel on both sides and batting in-between) seemed to help her to sleep. She used it every day towards the end, so it not only got a lot of use but also a lot of washings.
I got the quilt back after she passed. It certainly was loved a lot. As I look at it now, I notice skipped stitches that I need to restitch to restore the quilt and protect it from deteriorating. I love how much she loved this quilt and I want to keep it in the family forever so making repairs to it is high on my to-do list.
I made a photo label for the back of the quilt. It’s one of my favorite photos of my mother and me as a baby.
Here are the quilt details:
"A Mother’s Ragtime Melody"
48" x 62"
Pattern: Flannel rag quilt, my pattern
Fabric: Flannel fat quarter pack, purchased at Quiltmakers, Indianapolis
Batting: Quilters Dream Select
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt 2314 Beige
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt 2314 Beige
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton
The best thing about quilts is that they continue to provide comfort, no matter how much wear they get. As I took a break from taking photos of the quilt to write this post, I turned to find Zora fast asleep on mom’s quilt. Couldn’t resist taking a photo.