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Thread: Fabric for Rag Quilts????

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    Senior Member Snooze2978's Avatar
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    Fabric for Rag Quilts????

    Hello! I've made rag quilts before using loose fabrics such as denim and flannels but I wonder if you could use regular cotton too? Will they rag out from washing eventually? I know I've seen rag quilts made from cotton fabrics but they rarely seem to rag out as we'd like so I'm asking all of you your opinions and/or experiences.

    Thanks in advance. Also, I love looking at all the quilts on this sites. It gives me ideas for future quilts, colors to use together, etc.

    Suz in Iowa

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    I used regular cotton for the one I made for my son and it ragged up fine after the first wash. Never made one from flannel yet so not sure what the comparison is.

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    I've made rag quilts from both cottons and flannels, and both work very well.

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    I have one made of cotton and it ragged fine.
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    I just started sewing in September and have made 10 rag quilts using nothing but cotton on the outside and a square of flannel on the inside. They have all "ragged" just fine - some might take at least two trips through the washing machine and dryer though.

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    John Flynn takes the practice quilts from shows, cuts them sews them back together, and makes "weed whacker" quilts. They're made with cotton fabric, I'm not sure about the batting.

    i couldn't get his web site to load, but this link has a link to his tutorial on this.
    http://fabricfolliestwo.com/2007/01/...uilt-tutorial/

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    I have made them only using flannel but a quilting friend of mine made one with denim for a boy. I have seen a sample in a LQS using something that was sandwiched between the front and the bottom that gave it a little more of that raggedy fringe look. Sorry, I don't remember what it was. Good Luck !!
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    an extra layer of muslin along with your regular cottons helps your (raggy-ness) a bit fuller- and if you clip fairly close (i clip about every 1/4" they rag quite nicely
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    Yep they work. I use flannel for the batting.

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    Have yet to make a rag quilt.

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