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Thread: Rag Quilt ? Part 1 -- Snip blocks before assembling or after?

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    Junior Member RavenLunaStitch's Avatar
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    Rag Quilt ? Part 1 -- Snip blocks before assembling or after?

    How many of you pre-snip the edges of your blocks BEFORE sewing a rag quilt together?

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    Not me. Always after.
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    Not me. I sew first then clip with my Friskars rag snips while watching TV once the quilt is done. I like doing my own clipping because I can do more closely than using an accuquilt.
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    Seems like the blocks would be much harder to sew together after the snipping is done. I've only made one and I clipped when I was finished sewing.
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    I have made several rag quilts, but I have never snipped the edges first. It might make them a little harder to sew together. I always snipped after I got all the quilt sewed together. I use Fiskars snip cutter and do it a little at a time because it is hard on my hands. Sometimes DH will help me snip.
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    Always after. It would be a nightmare to sew if you did it before sewing them.
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    After,You will have great differculty if you precut them.
    learn each and every day,memories or play.

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    i Agree with every one Snip AFTER, it would be to hard to sew if you did it before.
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    Thank you all so far for your quick responses! You have totally validated my current nightmare -- sewing together pre-snipped blocks. See part 2.

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    I have the rag die for the Accuquilt Go and I had no issues sewing the squares together. I have read somewhere that the person placed a strip of painters tape on the snipped edges prior to sewing the blocks together. I don't know if it works or not. When I cut my squares, I cut all the components for each block at the same time. I cut the flannel backing, flannel batting (instead of regular batting) and the cotton front all at the same time. That way I didn't have to try and line up all those snips when putting my blocks together.
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