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    Border debating

    This is a 60x60 inch rag quilt pre- washing. One layer of flannel used as the middle layer. I donít know what to expect for shrinkage after itís washed so debating about adding black borders to increase size.
    What would you do? Thanks
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    Ooooh, this is gorgeous! I can see adding a nice solid black border, just to 'finalize' the edge...
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    I think a black border would look great---it would pick up on the black sashings you have scattered in there.

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    Beautiful and fun colors! I like the idea of a black border too. Is the rag fabric going to leave lint on it though?

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    black binding would do the trick! lovely quilt!!

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    If you prewashed the flannel, I wouldn't expect there to be much more shrinkage. I sew an x through each block to help stabilize a rag quilt. If you want to add a black border, it would be pretty with your blocks. To me, part of the fun of a rag quilt is to not have to use borders and bindings. A more casual look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suern3 View Post
    If you prewashed the flannel, I wouldn't expect there to be much more shrinkage. I sew an x through each block to help stabilize a rag quilt. If you want to add a black border, it would be pretty with your blocks. To me, part of the fun of a rag quilt is to not have to use borders and bindings. A more casual look.
    each batik block has a quilted Hawaiian design in the center using my embroidery hoop. Unfortunately I did not pre wash the flannel as I wanted it to rag. I prewashed once when making a rag quilt and it didn’t rag as nice as I would have liked it. So no pre washing
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    I don't think it needs a border. Black binding would look really nice.

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    My husband is gripe-ing right now about the little rag quilt I made for the ďgrandsĒ to play on....heís vacuuming..... :-)

    He also made a rag quilt for the bed (Q) and I had to add two rows to make it wider. Just a thought when using flannel. Also, what about a grey border or one of the darker colored fabrics....black will be very stark.

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    Question: are you going to clip those seams before washing? I think I would like the rag look more on the pieced side rather than the backside, but that's just my personal like........

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    I love the teals and black. I'd just stitch around the outside edges, clip and wash. It's beautiful.

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    I increased the size of a rag quilt by making 6x18 inch rag rectangles and sewed them around the edges....made a really nice framing effect.

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    Gorgeous quilt!
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    Nice quilt. If you use a border stitched to the back side, you can clip it to increase the size of the ragged area. Or, if you like the size, you could just use a wider than usual binding. Fun project.

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    No advice but that's one of the prettiest rag quilts I've ever seen!!

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    I am partial to black but grey would be fine too!!

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    I donít think it needs a border, just a black binding.

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    I donít think it needs a border, just a black binding.

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    Very pretty.
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    Very Pretty!! & it looks like a very cozy quilt to cuddle with!!
    I would add a black edging whether it be a border and binding (depending if you want it larger) or just binding.
    Great job!!
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