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Rag Quilt that Glows in the Dark

Rag Quilt Tutorial for Beginner Quilters

Rag Quilt that Glows

A Rag Quilt is named as such due to its ragged, or frayed, edges visible on the quilt top. Each block is assembled with the top, middle and backing fabrics quilted prior to construction. Then, the pieces are sewn with wrong sides together so the seam allowances are exposed and showing from the front. This creates a vintage-style look with extra comfy and plush textures. This featured Rag Quilt is quilted with Sulky Glowy Thread, so it glows in the dark once charged by a light source. This is a fun addition for a kid’s quilt or outdoor camping throw. For National Quilting Day, try something new and make a Rag Quilt that glows in the dark!

glowing rag quilt


fabrics chosen for quilt

The supplies listed are enough to create a 46″ x 60″ throw-size quilt, perfect for a new baby gift.


This Rag Quilt is made up of 63 blocks, consisting of the upper fabric, middle fabric and backing fabric. The blocks are arranged as nine rows of seven. Adjust the quilt size, block size and arrangement as desired to create a custom quilt for your needs.

all fabrics cut for rag quilt

From each of the flannel fabrics, cut sixty three 8″ squares.

From each of the quilting cotton fabrics, cut sixteen 8″ squares. You will have a few leftover.

cutting squares for quilt

Place one backing square wrong side up on a flat work surface. Spray it lightly with Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive.

Center a middle flannel square over the backing square, making sure all edges and corners are even. Then, place one cotton square over the middle square with the right side facing up. Use more KK 2000 to secure.

create quilt sandwiches

Repeat to create sixty three 8″ square quilt sandwiches.


Thread the needle with Sulky Glowy Thread. Glowy comes in several shades: white, yellow, pink, orange, blue and green. Choose the color that best coordinated with the fabric. When the thread glows, it will glow a greenish color regardless of the thread color used.

Using a removable fabric marker or chalk, mark each quilt sandwich from corner to corner, creating an “X”.

Then, stitch along the lines on each square.

quilting each square for rag quilt

After the quilting is complete, thread the needle with 50 wt. Cotton Thread.

50 wt. Cotton + Steel Thread


Place the quilt squares on a flat work surface (or floor) to plan the layout, with seven blocks across by nine blocks.

Place each block right sides together along their adjacent edge. Stitch at a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Then, place the rows together with wrong sides together, Finger-press open the seam allowances and match them; use Wonder Clips or pins to secure.

stitch rows

assembling quilt blocks


Clip into the seam allowances every 1/4″ to 1/2″, being careful to not snip into the stitching.

clipping seam allowance

Then, wash the quilt so the clipped edges fray. The quilt will fray more and more as it’s washed, becoming softer and softer as it’s used.

Rag Quilt that Glows

“Charge” the Glowy Thread under a light source and then turn out the lights to watch it glow!

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!


  • Marcinda Tischer

    Thanks for this post! I’ve quilted for awhile but have never made one of these before. Now I have an embroidery machine and I think I’ll make one of these incorporating embroidery for each of my grandchildren and 3 baby girls to be born this year!