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Thread: Question: Rag Quilts (fabrics)

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    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!
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    I have never mixed fabrics like that , so I can't help with that , but love your colors and it will make a beautiful quilt :lol:

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    I've never used Minky but if it's the same feel as fleece it won't rag. I've mixed denim and flannel and had excellent results. I've seen flannel and cotten mixed with good results. Here's the funny thing...cheaper-made fabrics fray better.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Thanks for all the great comments, tips and suggestions! I also really appreciate the prompt responses!! I posted on another forum and didn't get any answers LOL

    I was thinking since I just have four pieces of the minky that I would that in the four corners???

    I have a little while to think about what I will do. I am making this for my daughters birthday while she is away at Cispus. Hopefully I can do it in five days LOL

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    Hi EmsMom nice to meet you and welcome to the board! I did a flannel rag quilt (baby Quilt) a while back, and I got instructions off of youtube MissouriQuiltCo. She used minky or whatever that fabric is and it was precious. I did mine with several different prints like patchwork, came out real cute, will send pic, ok.
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    I have mad several rag quilts combining fleece and flannel with good results.

    The fleece (and minky) doesn't "rag" or unravel. But, you can (and do!) cut it along with the flannel and when you wash it, the edges still wrinkle up.

    I say, go for it! I think it will be cute!
    Be sure to post a picture when you are done! :)

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    I have made lots of rag quilts and used cotton and flannel and it turned out great. I would guess that the cotton and flannel edges would rag nicely and hide the minky edges that don't. I love the colors and patterns you chose and it will be a beautiful quilt when you get it done. Please post a picture and show us!!

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    Maybe 2 layers of cotton and one of minky?
    Two layers would rag, and you cut through the minky too... Just a thought :D:D:D

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    Welcome to the board! Lots of friendly and helpful people here!

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    really like the colors and choices in your fabrics :)

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latrinka
    Hi EmsMom nice to meet you and welcome to the board! I did a flannel rag quilt (baby Quilt) a while back, and I got instructions off of youtube MissouriQuiltCo. She used minky or whatever that fabric is and it was precious. I did mine with several different prints like patchwork, came out real cute, will send pic, ok.
    That is beautiful!!! I LOVE all the colors. Thanks for sharing it!

    Also thanks for the info on youtube - I will watch that tonight!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I have never mixed fabrics like that , so I can't help with that , but love your colors and it will make a beautiful quilt :lol:
    Me too!

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    maybe not all the fabrics will "rag" but most of them will and they all will be clipped. so i think you will be all right.

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    Your choice in colors are awesome. I've never made a rag quilt but I think they are beautiful Your daughter will love it because YOU made it.

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    Cute fabric! I don't have any suggestions but I want to welcome you to the board from Colorado!

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    I am having a hard time figuring out a pattern and wondering if I made a mistake buying precut blocks (I bought 42 blocks that are 6.5"). I bought graph paper to try and figure out a pattern and I just can't come up with anything (maybe I am trying to make the quilt too uniform - if that makes sense). My quilt will need to be 6X7 and I have the following fabric blocks:

    10 blocks of little black dress fabric
    6 plaid blocks
    4 raspberry blocks
    10 pink blocks
    4 minky (which I thought I could use in the 4 corners)
    8 light pink blocks

    Any idea what pattern I could do?

    Thanks! (sorry for all the questions - I'm about as new of a quilter as one could get although I have sewn a little bit but never quilted in the past)

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    I am not an experienced quilter. I only really make I Spy quilts. but I have made 2 rag quilt . I would lay them on the floor and just move them around until you are happy with the result. There is no right or wrong way ..
    Love the colours..
    Enjoy making the quilt.Would love to see it when finished

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    Welcome, lots of knowledgeable people on this board and they are willing to help if they can.

    I love the colors and do what you want and see if it turns like you wanted it to, always the best way to learn. Just jump in with both feet and try it.

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    Thanks -- I am probably just maybe being a little too "picky" trying to get a perfect, uniform pattern . . . I will do as you both suggested -- thank you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karen65ae
    I am not an experienced quilter. I only really make I Spy quilts. but I have made 2 rag quilt . I would lay them on the floor and just move them around until you are happy with the result. There is no right or wrong way ..
    Love the colours..
    Enjoy making the quilt.Would love to see it when finished
    What are I Spy quilts? Would love to see a pic of one.

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    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

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    I made a quilt this summer from flannel and minky. Worked out great!! It's true the minky doesn't rag but it does curl up and it looks pretty good. I have another one to make soon. They are pretty easy to do and they are very warm. So a winter kid would really appreciate one.

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