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Thread: Rag Quilt Border Question

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    Super Member nursie76's Avatar
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    Ok, so as soon as I find the rest of the flannel I need, I am going to make my oldest DD a rag quilt for Christmas. She has requested Chocolate brown and maroon. I bought some beautiful chocolate brown, but haven't found the perfect maroon yet. Anyway, I was wondering, I have most of the steps for a rag quilt down, but, what type of border or binding do you use. I guess what I am asking is,
    how do you finish it?

    Thanks for any information you can give me. :)

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    You can bind it or sew around the edges a 1/2" in, and clip the sides too.
    Both ways look nice :D:D:D

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    I usually just rag the edges, I don't border or bind. But I do sew all the way around the quilt far enough in so the thread doesn't get cut when I cut the outer edge, usually about an inch in.

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    I like the sound of just sewing around the edge and ragging it. Thanks.

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    I don't border or bind. I just stitch around and clip the outsides.

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    I'm glad you asked because I will be making my first one and hadn't thought about the border.

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    What's nice about these is that borders and bindings aren't necessary.

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    The rag quilts i've made and my future ones have the ragged edge. And with my new scissors i got make it go souper fast.

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    I am soooo glad to hear that this quilt will be even faster, 'cause no need for a border. Thanks everyone for your help.

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    Thank you for asking this question, i am collecting information and fabric to try this one.

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    Nursie if you don't find the maroon you're looking for, let me know and I'll dig through my stash and see what I have in it. I think I might have some, just not 100% sure.

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    I've made several and have taught others. I do it two ways:

    1)add borders and sew them to the quilt with the raggy part on the same side as the raggy blocks. Then I stitch 1/2" seam around the outside border for stability and clip to the stitched line

    2) Cut the border twice as wide, then fold in half lengthwise. Sew the raggy seam on the raggy side of the quilt. The snooth end then becomes the final edge of the quilt. I run a stitch along the edge, but don't cut it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Born2Sew
    Nursie if you don't find the maroon you're looking for, let me know and I'll dig through my stash and see what I have in it. I think I might have some, just not 100% sure.
    That's so sweet of you! Thanks for offering. I will keep that in mind. Won't be able to fabric shop this weekend as I am camp nurse at a Bereavement camp for kids this weekend, but hope to get some done next week, even if it has to be in NY (we are heading up to visit our son again.)

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    rag the edges

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