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

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

Old 09-09-2009, 02:05 PM
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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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Old 09-09-2009, 02:29 PM
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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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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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Old 09-10-2009, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by MadQuilter
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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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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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Originally Posted by Prism99
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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