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Thread: My rag quilt wont rag properly.................. need help!

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    what am i doing wrong, its a quilt, not in squares but long fat stripes so 2 speak based around one middle square. it is flannel and cotton 100% fabric and its been washed 3 times and they cut off thingys is just looked poorly now not raggy.

    what am i doing wrong?

    and no i havent used fabric softner and it feels really stiff now so i need to get that sorted too

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    Did you snip the edges about every 1/4 inch before washing it?

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    Can you post a pic so maybe we can see what happened ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Did you snip the edges about every 1/4 inch before washing it?
    That would have been my question too, and did you cut the selvage off?

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    And did you by mistake cut them on the bias?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Did you snip the edges about every 1/4 inch before washing it?
    That would have been my question too, and did you cut the selvage off?
    YES to both, i dont think i cut on the bias, i cut out the fabrick lenght wise.
    will try and add a photo.

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    Is the fabric 100% cotton? Did you dry it in the dryer or on the clothesline?

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    100% cotton or flane, dried on the rack as i dont have a thumbledrier but i can borrow mums if that helps but i do think i need to perhaps cut the raggy lines a bit shorter

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyhope
    100% cotton or flane, dried on the rack as i dont have a thumbledrier but i can borrow mums if that helps but i do think i need to perhaps cut the raggy lines a bit shorter
    Be careful about drying in a home dryer. There is so much lint with ragging, it can mess up the dryer. Most quilters take the quilt to a commercial laundry for ragging.

    Do quilts rag if they are not dried in the dryer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyhope
    100% cotton or flane, dried on the rack as i dont have a thumbledrier but i can borrow mums if that helps but i do think i need to perhaps cut the raggy lines a bit shorter
    Be careful about drying in a home dryer. There is so much lint with ragging, it can mess up the dryer. Most quilters take the quilt to a commercial laundry for ragging.

    Do quilts rag if they are not dried in the dryer?
    No, they don't rag. They need either the dryer or John Flynn's weed whacker. This is probably all you need to do to make your quilt's edges rag beautifully.

    I have dried several quilts in my home dryer, despite being told not to. I clean the lint tray SEVERAL times during drying. So far, so good. The outgoing line should also be checked for lint buildup.

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    Well -- I was instructed differently!!! I was told to put the quilt in the dryer BUT to clean the lint filter every 10 minutes or so! Worked beautifuly on one I did years ago. You DO need to cut off the selvedge...the selvedge keeps the fabric from not fraying......so it needs to be gone.

    I don't understand about "cutting on the bias"...if you cut a block.....all edges of the block will rag and at least 2 of them are on the bias and 2 aren't.

    Try the dryer and see if that helps.

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    I made a rag quilt a few years ago & used homespun fabric. It frayed beautifully. Later I made one with regular cotton & didn't find it ragged as well. They are really pretty when finished. Try a comb or brush to help remove the threads. It usually works....

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    I have heard of a chenille (SP?) brush you can use to get the ragged look, but I have never used one. Has anyone else? I would be interested to know as I recently spent $141 on washing machine repairs to remove threads from a clogged pump!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I don't understand about "cutting on the bias"...if you cut a block.....all edges of the block will rag and at least 2 of them are on the bias and 2 aren't.
    A square block will have either all 4 sides on the straight-of-grain (2 on the lengthwise grain, 2 on the crosswise grain), or all 4 sides on the bias.

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    Even cleaning out the lint filter every 10 minutes, you may be surprised at how much lint gets sucked into the barrel of the dryer and around the heating element...I have taken these apart myself and seen appliance repairmen do this...there can be A LOT of scortched lint around them!!! This is why dryers catch fire...you do not always smell the lint burning/scortching either!!!

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    you can buy a special lint brush that you stick down that chute and sweep it clean. well, cleaner. it does get a lot of junk out of there. you can also detach the flexible part of the hose and use that brush to get in there also by squashing the hose together as close as you can and releasing it slowly, brushing it as you go. just one more pain. and one more item to own.

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    I made a mummy costume a few years back by sewing down the center of strips on beige cotton onto a sweat suit. In my vision it would look worn and raggy after washing and drying. When it didn't rag enough to suit me, I took an old fashioned hair brush that had zillions of plastic bristles to it. I gave it a good brushing, rewashed and redried it and had a dandy mummy.

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    Chenille is cut on the bias so it will fray very tight. I have purchased chenille bias rolls. You sew down the middle and the edges fray. I have only made homespun rag quilts but have seen flannel rag quilts.

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    For a rag quilt if you cannot put it in the dryer I would suggest that while it is hanging wet take a good old fashioned nylon hair brush and brush the dickens out of it while it is hanging.

    Because of the fabrics in the quilt, it will not be soft if you are drying it on the clothesline.


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