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Thread: Denim Rag Quilt

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    Angry Denim Rag Quilt

    I was thinking about making a rag quilt out of denim and flannel. I have my squares cut out (4x4). Would denium ravel too much? I need your opinion on whether to make a rag quilt out of denim or not. Please give me your opinion and pictures if you have any of the quilts you have made using denim. Has anybody made one? Thanks for replies.

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    My DIL is making this exact quilt. The flannel is going to be the bottom so the ragging will be done on the denim side. She is not using any batting so it will not be heavier than the two fabrics together (which is heavy enough). She really likes it so far. Go for it!
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    Denim will work very well. It also makes great rag rugs, without batting, of course. However, it will be very heavy. So heavy that someone might not want all that weight on them.

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    Just do NOT wash it in your home washing machine!! I blew up a brand new front loader the twin I made. Using the super-sized ones in the laundormat work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COYOTEMAGIC View Post
    Just do NOT wash it in your home washing machine!! I blew up a brand new front loader the twin I made. Using the super-sized ones in the laundormat work fine.
    Just what I was going to say. I find denim ravels more than anything else I use in rag quilts but it really makes a pretty seam. Also, don't forget to clean out your bobbin area when you change bobbins (lots of lint). Denim is a popular rag quilt material so there are lots of pictures on the internet and etsy. I sold all my quilts so I don't have any to make pictures of at the moment.

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    4x4 squares of fabric, seem to be very small squares for a rag quilt.....you need to have about 1 inch seams to put the pieces together and give yourself enough seam width to clip to get the ragging effect. I usually do squares about 8x8 and with the 1 inch seams, I am left with a nice 6 inch piece of ''show off'' fabric that is bordered with the nice ragging effect....but then everyone does things a little differently and that is what makes the world go 'round!!

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    Yes, you will need deeper seams than 1/4"!! I made a denim dog-bed cover and the first wash, several seams came completely apart! I've repaired it several times, but the next time it needs washing it's going in the trash!! It was really good-looking, but you definitely need deep seams!!!
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    we have made literally dozens of denim raggy quilts- they are fabulous! denim makes wonderful raggy quilts. i don't have a front loader- but have had no problems washing / drying them at home...when i have it constructed & clipped i take it outside & give it a good shake- then toss it in the washer- when it gets through the wash cycle i take it outside again & give it a good shake- then rinse- another good shake before the dryer=
    then about 20 minutes into the dry cycle i take it out & shake it good-empty the lint trap..back in- sometimes(depending on the size of the quilt) i empty the lint trap 3-4 times before the quilt is dry...giving it a good shake outside each time- i know-seems like alot of work---but in my book well worth it...people love these quilts-they are beautiful, fluffy, warm & cozy...and hold up-last for years (still have the first one my mom made me back in 1972)
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    I made one from old jeans I had cut up. (takes a lot more jeans than you would think)Didn't use batting but it is still a warm heavy quilt. I also used my home washer, just cleaned it out well afterward and checked the dryer often. I have washed up to a twin-size in my machine with no problems.

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    I've made these using a 1/2 inch seam for kids quilts, and they are very durable (5 years old now). Put them in the top load washer tho. Thanks for the tip not to put them in my new front loader!

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