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Thread: Rag Quilt Question

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    Member pjselzler's Avatar
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    Hi All!
    I have seen a few tute's on rag quilting and have started to cut my fabric. I have denim from donated jeans and flannel from the Goodwill. My question: I have cut my fabric to 4 x 7 bricks. The denim tute I had seen on you tube required 3 layers. One of them denim and then the other two were flannel, also from the tute it did not show sewing an X through the center. Can I get by with just a layer of flannel and a layer of denim???
    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Patti

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    Super Member hperttula123's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjselzler
    Hi All!
    I have seen a few tute's on rag quilting and have started to cut my fabric. I have denim from donated jeans and flannel from the Goodwill. My question: I have cut my fabric to 4 x 7 bricks. The denim tute I had seen on you tube required 3 layers. One of them denim and then the other two were flannel, also from the tute it did not show sewing an X through the center. Can I get by with just a layer of flannel and a layer of denim???
    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Patti
    you don't need both layers. it is personal preference if you want that extra layer in there.

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    I would still sew an "X" or some stitching - for durability. If it's not going to be used, then you're safe I guess.

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    I made my oldest nephew a denim/flannel rag quilt for this past Christmas. I only used two layers and sewed an "X" on each block to keep them together. I used 8" squares. They're not hard to make.

    When you wash and dry the quilt to fluff it, do so at a laundry mat. It makes a LOT of lint.

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    Absolutely! It's up to you, what it will affect is the weight of the quilt.

    I just finished a rag quilt where both front and back are flannel, I put smaller flannel squares in the middle of the 2 larger squares and it's really heavy (my outside squares are 8-1/2" and there are 200 of them, 100 on each side). If I do another one, I'm leaving out the middle square.

    I've made these out of fleece too and I don't put a middle square between the fleece squares because of the added weight.

    I teach sewing and my students have made rag quilts with smaller squares, with center squares, out of flannel and they haven't been as heavy so the center square works well and probably adds warmth.

    Whether I'm adding an inside square of not, I always sew an X on the 2 squares I'm joining together.

    When I'm done "ragging" the quilt, I put it in my washing machine on a rinse and spin cycle, then I toss it in the dryer on high heat. I set a timer for 10 minutes and stop the dryer every 10 minutes and clean out the lint trap until very little lint is appearing in the lint trap.

    Here's a couple of great sites with really good pictures on the technique that may also help.

    http://greenappleorchard.blogspot.co...-tutorial.html

    http://www.lovetosew.com/ragquilt.htm

    http://jenyu.net/make/ragquilt.php

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    I, also, only used 2 layers, 1 denim, 1 flannel, which was heavy enough. I did sew a X in it, I think it needs it.

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    I've seen many rag quilts made with only 2 layers of flannel. Denim and flannel should work just fine. The denim makes the quilt pretty heavy.

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    Wow, thank you all for getting back on this! I thought I should do the X also!!! I think I will only use the denim and the flannel. Next time I will use larger squares, I thought the bricks would look kind of kelw ;) Thanks again for all the responses!

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