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Thread: Do I really have to clip my rag quilt?

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    I am ALMOST finished with the rag quilt for my SIL's birthday (his birthday is today 4/7) and could probably have it done by tonight if I don't have to clip all the edges. I made the quilt out of flannel fabric and the fabric is REALLY ravelling a lot on it's own, so do I really have to clip the edges or will it "rag" well enough on it's own? I want to do the best thing for a nice quilt as my DSIL so shyly, and sweetly asked me to make him a quilt after I gave all the grandchildren quilts for Christmas and he got a shirt :roll: That just made my day that he wants a quilt from me.

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    You could go on and give it to him and if it seems to need help later, clip then...sounds like it might be OK now though.

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    I have NEVER not clipped so I can't say for sure, but I would think that it would not ravel as nicely. You could make chunkier clips , to make it go faster . Just a thought

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    I think after it is washed, it will look messier than ravelly... and it would be much harder to clip at that point... maybe you could have a clipping party at the party, to make it go quicker?

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    I would think that if you didn't clip, you are going to have threads coming off in long rows, rather than just smaller tags and this could make a real mess tangling up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I think after it is washed, it will look messier than ravelly... and it would be much harder to clip at that point... maybe you could have a clipping party at the party, to make it go quicker?
    great idea.

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    can you take it to the party and clip it there

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    YES then wash at the laundrymat when no one is around because it will shed a lot.

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    I once had 6 ladies from work to make a rag quilt for the sick son of the manager. It took us about 5 hours. My husband cooked. When the quilt went into the washer we ate and after dessert it was dry and we had coffee and tea while clipping. It was a great day. You could bring several pairs of scissors and have anyone available to help.

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    I saw a video today, the guy used a weed eater to fray the edges of his rag quilt.....LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    I saw a video today, the guy used a weed eater to fray the edges of his rag quilt.....LOL
    That is too funny ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    I saw a video today, the guy used a weed eater to fray the edges of his rag quilt.....LOL
    Oh my gosh. Leave it to a guy to think of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    I saw a video today, the guy used a weed eater to fray the edges of his rag quilt.....LOL
    Oh my gosh. Leave it to a guy to think of that.
    I think it was John Flynn, Flynn frames, I saw it years ago.

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    I saw that one, too. Really strange!! lol

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    John Flynn demonstrated his "Weed Whacker" quilts on Fons and Porter too LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryl
    I am ALMOST finished with the rag quilt for my SIL's birthday (his birthday is today 4/7) and could probably have it done by tonight if I don't have to clip all the edges. I made the quilt out of flannel fabric and the fabric is REALLY ravelling a lot on it's own, so do I really have to clip the edges or will it "rag" well enough on it's own? I want to do the best thing for a nice quilt as my DSIL so shyly, and sweetly asked me to make him a quilt after I gave all the grandchildren quilts for Christmas and he got a shirt :roll: That just made my day that he wants a quilt from me.
    I've made several rag quilts, and have missed clipping some seams because it gets so "busy" and those lost edges get hard to see, but when it's washed, those edges look really bad, so I'd suggest clipping it.

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    I have made some and always cliped them. I would think if you don't clip them they might ravel too far down and the quilt would come apart. my advice is if you can't get it clipped before the party, give it to him with the promise to clip the seams promptly

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    If you are having a clipping party and some of the clippers are non sewers I advise to proceed with caution. I did just this a few years ago, my brothers girl friend helped clip and after I washed and dried my quilt look like swiss cheese. She cut through the stitch lines and I had a $200 mess on my hands.

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    i always clip mine because i think if not , the edges would be a mess after the first washing

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    I have made a few rag quilts and I don't clip them. When I make them I use cotton for the top and bottom with flannel for the batting. I sew a 1/4 or 1/2 inch seam depending on who it is for. Kids I do 1/4. After it is sewn together, I throw it in the washer, with regular detergent, running it through the whole cycle on the strongest setting. It frays great, but you will have a very large pile of threads to cut off. I wash it a second time, trim anymore threads that come up, then throw it in the dryer and it is good to go. Flannel is 100% cotton so if there is any shrinking which I haven't noticed, it shrinks together.
    I made one for my dad who was in a nursing home before he passed away last year and they washed it a lot! It is still in great shape. I made sure I got that back.
    Hope this helps you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    I saw a video today, the guy used a weed eater to fray the edges of his rag quilt.....LOL
    Oh my gosh. Leave it to a guy to think of that.
    I think it was John Flynn, Flynn frames, I saw it years ago.
    It was and it worked real fast. hmm to bad I don't own one of those any more :D Penny

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    I've made lots of rag quilts. Most I clip because I like the look. I tend to use a 1/2" seam and clip 1/8" to 1/4" apart.

    But on some I've used a wave rotary blade to cut the blocks/seams after assembling a row. Has a different look, used it on flannel and on cotton homespuns. I tried not clipping and didn't like all the strings, the wavy/scalloped look was better. Back in 2004 I taught two wave cut quilt classes from the book,"Fast Asleep" by Nancy Odom. Sure makes it alot faster.

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    I like the idea of a wavy look.

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    You don't have to do ANYTHING. "It's YOUR quilt" - quote from my first quilting instructor :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaillynne
    You don't have to do ANYTHING. "It's YOUR quilt" - quote from my first quilting instructor :)
    a good quote it is

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