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Thread: Questions about ragged qilts.....

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    sunnyhope's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    Oslo, Norway
    whats a ragged quilt, i saw this but how do u get the edges really different from the tidy ones, i m assuming that is some of the point?


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    Oct 2007
    NW Ohio
    hmmmm ... that looks like what is called 'reverse applique' just using squares. i'm assuming they are relying on the washing to fray the edges.

    some rag quilts that are made of flannel or other fabric that frays you actually have the seam allowance on the front of the quilt and then use the snips to snip every 1/4 to 1/2" to get the fraying.

    somewhere i have a book on reverse applique with the intention of trying it someday.

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    Mar 2009
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    There are two methods:

    the one you show in your link is also referred to as raw edge (overlay and often used in applique). Because the seams are exposed, any washing and handling will allow the pieces to fray up to the sew line.

    In a true rag quilt, the pieces/blocks are sewn together with the seam allowance facing the otside of the quilt. The seam allowance is generally clipped and all the washing will unravel the edges for the raggy look.


    Here is one from the picture section of the QB:

    Personally, I have not been able to do a raw edge applique because it is "messy." That state does not bother me in my house, but is a real challenge in my sewing. :D

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    I've made many ragged flannels--and to get the ragged look--one has to sew using a half inch seam allowance and clip 1/4-1/2" all through the edge part to the sewing line...

    Let me find a picture.... here you go!! This looks like it hasn't been washed yet--it rags more with every washing.
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    Jan 2009
    Everybody, please give her a lecture on making rug quilts. I PMed to her since she left me a comment on my rug quilt thread.
    She might not have understand what I meant to say because of my lame English.::::boo hoo::::


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