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    Quote Originally Posted by karen65ae
    Sorry I can't send pictures.. Do a qoogle ..They are fun to make..
    I love making them because I don't have to make decisions on what colour goes with what and how to place them ....lol
    I just looked at some of the pics from the pictures forum for I Spy quilts. Oh my gosh - they are amazing! I could never do anything like that -- would love to though. They are beautiful.

    Thanks again for the help. I am enjoying this forum a lot.

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    I spy quilts are easy.. You just need a stash of different pictures or coloured squares..... I sometimes sew 2 pictures/colours the same to make a quilt where the child has to find the pairs..
    I have now found alphabet fabric to I have the alphabet in the quilts as well.... Fun no stress quilt...lol
    Just thought I could do a rag quilt in I Spy...

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    Thanks Ginger. I am really excited to make this for my DD.

    karen - thanks for the enouragement - they look very difficult to do. The ones I looked at were absolutely stunning. A rag-I Spy quilt would be great I think.

    It is silly but I feel like a kid in a candy store -- I am so excited to start.

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    Hi,

    Welcome, I am still a newbie to this wonderful site. However
    if I may, I just finished a raggy quilt in pinks, lights and have a design = just basic squares. As I do not know how to post pictures I would be happy to send a picture to you. I have it hanging on the line outside so it is easy to see pattern.

    I was inspired by a gals site which I will try to find and foward. O K found it - Creations by Kara, in the search box type in baby rag quilt tutorial. She has step by step pics and sewing. Easy to just look at design and tell how many squares of each you will need. Don't worry, just be sure to have spring loaded scissors for ragging. If you like you may email me at:
    [email protected] - and I will forward pics. I waited too long to take quilt to town to laundry to wash and dry in commercial dryer and had to add another row all the way around. Just finished Wed. then went to quilt Expo in Portland, WOW.

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    Thanks Cindy. I emailed you. I also live in WA state and work in Portland. I hope to attend the quilt show next year.

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    Love the fabrics you bought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I don't know what you are planning to use for batting but, "osnaberg" (available at Joann's) works very well. It is lighter than normal batting but, frays very, very nicely. Just cut the blocks of osnaberg the same size as the rest of your blocks so when you cut, it will fray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmsMom
    Hello,

    I hope I am posting this question in the correct forum. I am new to these boards and new to quilting.

    I am going to be making my first rag quilt. Would love any advice, tips, etc.

    I bought pre-cut squares from ebay (I will post a pic) the fabrics are a mix (is it ok to have mix?): cotton, flannel and minky (only four squares of minky). I have tried to do some research on rag quilts and I am learning that minky doesn't "rag" . . . . however, I have seen pictures of rag quilts made from minky and they have ragged?? So I am a bit confused about that. Have any of you used minky for rag quilts?

    I am looking forward to meeting everyone and learning lots on this forum!

    Happy Friday everyone!
    You will become addicted to this site just like you will to quilting!! It's wonderful...just like having your very own quilt guild. I also have a question about rag quilts. I love them for gkids and baby gifts, etc. However, how do you choose fabrics that shrink the same amt. I bought flannel for a rag quilt and it shrank at different rates and now some of my strips are much shorter than others. I end up cutting away so much just to even it up. Am I missing something? (probably) Please educate me!!

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    I have made a couple of baby quilts with Minky and flannel and cotton fabrics, but not a rag quilt. Please show up a picture when you finish it. I find Minky very difficult to work with, so I gave away all of my scraps to a very happy quilter.

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    Minky doesn't "rag" but looks wonderful...you just have to place your squares of minky in the same direction. If you back with a flannnel, there will be ragging on those seems as well. It looks lovely, as does chenille.

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    Thanks Sue. I'm excited to start.

    2pedersens - thanks for the info on that batting. I am using warm & white batting. I'm not sure what size to cut the batting squares. My quilt squares are 6.5.

    Nancy - I think I am already addicted LOL I love this site!! The quilt I am doing has different kinds of fabric so I am hoping it turns out. I have heard mixed things re: that. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

    ruth -- I will post a pic when I am finished. This quilt I am doing only has 5 blocks (front and back) out of minky. . . I thought I would use the four blocks as the four corners . . . Hoping that works out well.

    marine mom - thanks for the tip on placing the squares of minky in the same direction!

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    I've made 10 grandkid quilts using minkee, flannel and fleece and they have all turned out great. I've used warm and white batting - cut 1" smaller than blocks, and then used a 1/2 inch seam. The minkee and fleece rag really cute if you rag them about 1/4 wide. I'm sure your's will be darling! Love the fabric - also I wouldn't be afraid of putting the minkee in the middle rather than on the corners - it just all seems to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Flannel and cotton shrink at a different rate - the flannels much more than the cotton. Minkey almost looks like a knit, which would not ravel well at all.

    Personally, I would stick to the flannel for the rag quilt OR the cotton. The amount and look of ravel will be different for each and I think it might look messy.
    I usually use flannel on one side and cotton on the other.

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    I have made a few rag quilts first one kingsize flannel ( leave it to me to start with hard) Any how the hint I want to share is if you have a guy you would like to make a quilt for, us plaid homespun. It looks so masculine and is soft and beautiful. It rags very nicely. I made one for my grandson, and another for my son in law. They were both pleased.
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    Hi, I have made a couple of flannel and chenill rag quilts the chenill realy rags well.

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    Hi Emsmom, I live in Washington State just up the road in Olympia and am currently working on rag quilts for my friend's first grandchild. Here is what I do:
    Lay out the fabrics the way you like them for the top (I like your idea of using the minki in the corners)
    Turn them all over to keep the placement the same (They should now all be showing the wrong side up)
    Lay out the fabrics for the back (It is best if you use flannel on one side and cotton on the other front and back so that each "block" is both types of fabric, then mix up the flannel and cotton on both sides of the quilt)
    No batting is necessary
    Mark your rows 1-whatever you decide (6.5 fabric squares should make about 5x5 blocks so for a 6x7 quilt that would be 14 squares wide by 18 squares long)

    Have I lost you yet? You may need more fabric and you would have several options. I like to use chenille, flannel, and cotton in mine but Minki will work just fine mixed in with the other fabrics.

    I've been thinking about trying a tutorial but I'm not sure if anyone would use it. Rag quilts are so easy and so cute but they are really messy!

    Feel free to PM me (private message) and we can talk off line if you like. Best of luck with your new challenge and have a great time quilting. We would all love to see a picture when it's done.

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    Hi Emsmom!
    I am pretty new here too. Have been reading posts daily for several months, just don't post often.
    My experience with minky (I have made 2 rag quilts with it), is that it does not rag like cotton and flannel, but both of mine were made with minky on one side and flannel on the other and they turned out so very cute. You should use the minky that you picked out. It is really cute. The minky fabric is very warm and so very soft. It's your blanket, so go for it.
    Here are my first 2.

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    second minky rag blanket with bonus pup
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    this is the minky side
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    Hi, I'm new to this message board but I would like to know what is Minky? Thanks for any info you can help with.

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    Thank you all so much for your encouragement, help and great instructions! It is greatly appreciated. I also appreciate all the pics -- all of the quilts are beautiful. I might just have to stay up and do some while my daughter is sleeping I am so excited to start.

    Deb - I presume that is your granddaughter in your quilt pic -- she is absolutely adorable! You can tell she absolutely adores the quilt!

    Patti - it is nice to meet another "neighbor". We are in the Ridgefield area. I will definitely let you know if I need assistance. Thanks so much for offering. I am actually the exact same fabrics for the back. I "cheated" and bought my blocks already cut, in a "kit", off of ebay. So, I bought two of the same kit of fabrics. I just thought for me it might be easiest that way for my first quilt.

    grammamel - I am sure there is someone here that can answer your question re: minky better than I since I am new as well. I can tell you that it is very soft and even though it doesn't "fray" like cotton or flannel is does "curl". From what I can tell - using Minky is more of a personal choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    I made a rag quilt for my niece with lady bug fabrics. I had like 12 different lady prints or something. I used flannel and cottons. Then I bought a bit of minky and put that in it too. I did not prewash anything. And it turned out just fine :) The minky doesn't rag very well but it still looks and feels very nice in the quilt. So I just made sure that I didn't put 2 minky pieces next to each other or as as a back piece to a front. So when you sew your blocks together you dont ever sew the minky with minky. I like to sew one row with the rag side up and then do the next side with the rag down. That way both sides are ragged. And you get 2 quilts instead of one. Also if you pick a different colors for the other side the contrast looks really fun when you rag it.
    If what you guys call 'rag' quilts are what we call 'chenille' - it is helpful to be careful that you get rid of a lot of the little bits before you put it into the washer and dryer in order to fluff it up. Otherwise, you could have a clogged washing machine. My friends often take them down to the laundromat to use the commercial machines and dryers for this purpose. Is 'minky' what we call 'polar fleece' or fleecy'? If so, it doesn't unravel as the flannel or cotton does, but could be a nice contrast. I generally wash mine inside a doona/douvet cover for the first wash, which collects most of the debris that I have missed with the initial shaking and combing, and then I wash it sparately before putting in the dryer.

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    I make a rag quilt for each grandchild as a HS graduation gift using their old jeans. I back each square with flannel. Both jean and flannel stashes are 'out of control'! I put them together in a random pattern and use blue, tan, and black jeans. They do make a mess in the washing machine. Using a commercial machine is a great idea. I went to the hardware store and bought my very own wire brush to help the fray the edges. The older they get and the more they are washed the softer they get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmsMom
    Wow - I LOVE this place. You are all so very helpful and encouraging!! I had posted this question on this first board I found online and nobody at all responded or even said hello LOL

    I think I will go ahead and do it with the "mix" of fabrics. Like I said - I only have four squares of the minky so I will probably use that on the four corners.

    I wish I could take credit for the fabrics but I can't -- I got them on ebay already in that set. I figured for my first quilt it might be easier for me to just buy precut blocks.

    I am sooo excited I might have to start it while my daughter is sleeping instead of waiting until she goes to cispus for 5 days LOL

    Thanks again - you all have helped me tremendously and made me feel very welcome.
    I just finished my first lap rag quilt. I used cotton for the top and flannel for the bottom. It ragged really well and is so warm! Here is a picture if I get it to work right.

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    I have yet to make one. Sorry

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    No you make chenille with a ragging-like process, but rag quilts are usually squares sewn together, clipped , and the edges rag, similar to chenille, as they are washed and dried.

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    I love pink. I saw that said Pink is not a color, it is an attitude. I have mixed fabrics with good results, go for it. And I love minky, you might want to make sure that the grain runs the same way. I put it in my quilts so it goes down. You can feel the grain when you rub it.

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