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Thread: Rag lap quilt advice

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    Super Member chamby's Avatar
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    Just need to ask everyone's opinion. I am making a rag lap quilt for my sister. I had watched a u-tube where someone made one without putting the batting in the middle. Have you ever tried this? I am wondering if it will be okay this way. My thought is that she can use it even in the summer time.

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    i used flannel instead of batting in a couple raggy quilts i made...
    i think you need something (won't get much fray...ragginess) with only 2 layers of cotton...unless you make your seams really small and clip real close together so its more like corduroy instead of chenelle.
    experiment with a couple small blocks to see how they come out and what you prefer.

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    I made one where I used old bluejeans on one side and flannel on the other, no batting. Its so warm, but really heavy!

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    I made an all flannel one with no batting for my dog.

    It was just 2 layers of flannel top and bottom she loves it

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    I used flannel between mine. I think I like it better than batting. Makes it rag and its warm.

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    I like the ones with flannel in the middle. Batting is just too heavy.

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    I just bought a "Raggy Rails" kit at a local LQS. Flannel front and back and something called "onsberg" for the center. Onsberg is a larger weave cotton that frays wonderfully but, is very light. I love how the quilt turned out. Only difference is you cut the onsberg the same size as the rest of the blocks so that it is included in the seam.

    I have also done rag quilts with no batting and liked it also. Guess it depends on how heavy you want the quilt to be. I've also used fleece instead of batting and that worked very well. Very soft and cuddly. :)

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    Yes, I have made several this way for a local nursing home, it works just fine, I used four layers of material so it would rag up nicely. I also mad one for my G'ma for a summer quilt.

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    3 layers of flannel, or 3 layers of cotton to make a lighter weight quilt :wink:
    Batting is usually only used if you want a really warm quilt :D:D:D

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    Okay, I am just a little confused. I mostly use fannel for my rag quilts. The flannel is what frays, not the batting.
    I do understand that you need to use flannel in the middle if you are using cotton or non fraying fabric for the outside. What I do not understand is using three layers of flannel??? I think I will do this one without the batting in the middle since I want it to be used even in the summer time.
    Thanks for all of the suggestions.

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    I live in Florida and do not want a real heavy rag quilt. I have made quite a few and all of them I make without the batting I just do the front and back layer of flannel....I do not put in a middle layer. They turn out great.

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    The quilt I keep on my chair for everyday use is made from four layers of homespun and other cottons that fray fairly well. No flannel or batting. I wanted it to be light and cool so that I could use it yearround, and it turned out perfectly!
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    I don't put batting in my rag quilts and they are just great. Most of them have old jeans on the back so they are quite heavy and warm, but 2 layers of flannel work just great. I do usually use my triple stitch or a short stitch and double seam , just in case.

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    I have all my flannel set aside for one of these. I think I'll do 2 layers of flannel. I bet I have enough for 2 or 3 lap size quilts. I went a little nuts buying flannel one winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BABAREEBA
    I live in Florida and do not want a real heavy rag quilt. I have made quite a few and all of them I make without the batting I just do the front and back layer of flannel....I do not put in a middle layer. They turn out great.
    Thanks, that is what I thought. Flannel is not cheap and I so do not want to put multiple layers when it is not needed.

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    When I make a fannel rag quilt I used one layer for top and one layer for bottom, total of two layers. Nice and warm not heavy.

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    I made a rag quilt for my great nephew in San Antonio. Just 2 layers of flannel, no batting. He loves it so much, he has to have it wherever he goes.

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    I always use flannel. They are very comfortable year round. I sleep under one every night!

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    I have another questions about how you sew your rag quilts. I am almost finished with this one. I decided to keep and give to her at christmas. But my question is this:
    When you sew the rows together at the seam intersections do you open the seam allowance or do you lay to the side? What is the best way? I layed mine to the side on this one. I have opened the seam allowance on another one that I made. Just wondering.
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    Charlene, i have made a "few "rag quilts, and it depends on how warm you need them to be. i live in Texas snd in my part of Texas we don't need alot of warmth,alot of time. so i just use 2 pieces of flannel, turns out beautiful and just the right amount of weight. my daughter & family are in England, and i made thiers with flannel and fleece, just right for them. with thier quilts i opened up the seams,since the material was so thick. i don't think it really matters if you open or leave together the seams.hope this helps... molly

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    Okay fellow quilters, here is the finished quilt for my sister. I decided to wait and give it to her for Christmas. She has done her bedroom in pink, this is why the color choice.

    My DH feet hiding behind the quilt haha
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    That's so pretty! I bet she will love it. Where did you get that label? It's so cute.

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    I put flannel in the middle but cut it 2" shorter than the main block. It frays and fluffs good with 2 layers and is easier to cut at the seams. I do 1/2" seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    That's so pretty! I bet she will love it. Where did you get that label? It's so cute.
    I have a book of transfers that I purchase at Hancock fabric a couple of years ago. Then I just crossed stitched the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    I put flannel in the middle but cut it 2" shorter than the main block. It frays and fluffs good with 2 layers and is easier to cut at the seams. I do 1/2" seams.
    I did not add anything in the middle of the above quilt. I just used the two layers of flannel. This worked just fine. And believe me it is still warm enough even for the winter. I have also made others with the batting in the middle. I have also placed flannel in the middle when making a rag purse out cotton so that it would fray.
    Charlene

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