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Thread: need help with ragged edge cotton fabric quilt

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    Junior Member zoey's Avatar
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    When making ragged edged quilts how do you get the edges to fray nicely? Is the secret in the cutting or the spacing of the cutting. Or the block size used? I've made two and am disappointed in how they look. The edges don't fray like they do with flannel or homespun fabric. Anybody have any advice on how to get the cotton edges to fray. Thank you very much. Ellie

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    I find that cotton does not fray as nicely as the other fabrics. If I use cotton, I use flannel as my batting.
    I am not much help, am I?

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    no but you are funny. thanks.

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    What material did you use? Also, I have heard here that they may need to be washed several times to achieved desired effect.

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    If you cut your blocks on the bias, and use the brush, you will find that they will fray like chenile. You might want to add a couple of extra layers to make the fray fuller. Also, this eliminates the need to clip.

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    I used cotton with cotton batting inside each block then I sewed an x diagonally across. I've gone back and made deeper cuts but still am not happy with the lack of fraying at the edges. Thank you for your reply.

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    Great tips thank you and what brush are you talking about?

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    Were your cuts long enough? Have you washed them?

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    I have a front loading washer and nothing ever frays for me. Even when I clip, they still fray very little. I told my husband I wanted him to take the weed wacker to the rug I made. He looked at me like I was crazy. I think he also hid the weed wacker.

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    I did one in corduroy and cotton. the red is corduroy and the green cotton. i use spring snips to cut the 1/2 inch seams and i cut at least 1/2 inch apart, maybe less.

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