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Thread: Question: Rag Quilts (fabrics)

  1. #51

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    Do not mix quilt store fabrics and JoAnn or other simular store fabrics as I did and the only one fabric I used that was not quilt store quality was awful. Donna Gedeon, Aurora Colorado

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    I have made several fleece rag quilts for all my Gkids (15)& they all love them. They don't ravel, but curl up & looks raggie. No batting needed with these. I use two layers & they are really cudly & warm. I have also made & sold several rag denim photo quilts & again use fleece on the back so no batting is needed either. They also are very warm.
    Just jump in & start your quilt. You will find once you've finished your first one, you will be hooked. There are lots of beginner patterns for you to try. Also to keep your cost down, check out good will & Salvation Army stores. You can find some real treasures there.
    Welcome from another in Washington

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    When I was in a shop in BC, I saw an absolutely exquisite rag quilt that the ragging looked like chenille. They said they used inexpensive flannel for the "batting", sewed their seams at 1" and cut every 1/4 inch. Another way you could use your Minky that would not stop the fray look is the make a smaller block with minky and border it with the flannels which will "rag" so much better. Then you have the variety of texture that is so amazing with minkie but still have the "chenille" seams. I then take mine to the local laundramat!!! :) More fuzz created than you could ever dream!!!!

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    I've used both and the inexpensive flannels rag just as well. My "picture" is of a rag quilt, where I embroidered on a square. It is just before washing, but even JoAnn's chenille worked well!

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    I work at a LQS and they have this cutter. I forgot the name of it but they rent it out for use. You bring in your squares (before they are sandwiched) and put them throught this cutter. It cuts all edges in 1/8 in. strips or maybe even 1/16. It looks great and so much easier than sitting and cutting yourself.
    If you use one of those you could use any fabric and it would turn out great.
    Good luck and welcome to this forum.

  6. #56

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    Nice color. On my rag quilt I used 3 layers. Cheap flannel in center. When cutting to rag, cut at an angle & it will rag fluffier.

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    Thanks so mcuh for all the help and tips!

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    Did you use a half inch seam allowance or wider? Nice quilt!

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