Start hunting the Christmas flannel early. That's when you have the best selections. My all time favorite Rag Quilt is this Christmas Quilt I completed. It used the 9.5" blocks and ended up being 72" by 72" with seams.
Think big squares. I skip the small square Rag quilts and go for the larger block sizes that match my ruler squares. You'll be done with the quilt in no time. I just lay my quilting square on multiple layers of flannel and I have several cut out in no time as I swipe my rotary cutter along the sides of the square. My all time favorite size block to use is the 91/2 inch square block.
Consider using each square as a mini quilt and adding a quilting design to each square instead of the standard X marks the spot. Here is another Christmas Quilt I kept that each block has a totally unrelated quilted design on it. It really gives you great practice and adds variety to the Rag Quilt
To add the design to the block I either chalk on a stencil, free hand draw a design with a chalk pencil or print out a design on the printer and pin it to the block to trace. This is easiest when using foundation sheets for paper piecing. It tears off easier. In desperation, I have used regular paper but I don't advise it. You end up spending way too much time removing the paper from the intricate designs. Stick with the foundation sheets. I found a bulk amount of foundation paper (at the bottom of the page) here Also, I've also seen wash away foundation paper. A little more pricier but here's an example.
Think optional fabrics as well. I've used fleece and cotton too. However fleece is great but it's a little difficult in keeping in the square form. It tends to want to stretch. I'm not sure why I packed this one away with the Christmas stuff but.... Here is a fleece Rag Quilt where I did not snip the edges and used pre-embroidered red fleece. I added random quilting designs to each square as well, it's hard to see in the photos small size. If I remember correctly, I did not use batting on this one since it already was pretty thick.
And finally, don't forget the basic cotton fabrics and the beautiful Christmas cottons available now. I remember making a Rag Quilt in Christmas cotton fabrics as a gift and it turned out beautiful. I was so excite to give it, I wrapped it up without taking photos...
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