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Thread: Rag quilt question from a preemie

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    All the 'newbies' seem to have made several quilts so I decided I'm before a newbie, so I guess that makes me a preemie!
    Anyway, I have almost finished my first project, a rag quilt for a granddaughter due in June. I still have to cut the seams and wash it but before I do, I want to be sure there is nothing else I need to do.
    The quilt that inspired me was in a shop in TX and the lady said I didn't need a pattern, just sew the blocks together, cut in to the seams and wash it.
    I sewed all the way around the quilt, 1/2 inch from the edge, I assume I cut around the edge as well.
    Is there anything else I need to do before I wash it?

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    I think you've got it! Enjoy that new grandbaby. Congrats!

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    Make sure you watch your lint trap. (I always take my rag quilts to the laundromat to wash.) I also sew an X through the middle of each block to keep the batting from bunching up. But some folks don't seem to think that matters if the blocks are fairly small.

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    I've discovered that if all the layers are the same size, the X isn't nedessary. But I still like it! and yes, you clip around the edge after it's sewn.
    Most importantly, do you have a Rag Quilter Snip? Mine is made by Fiskars.

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    Yes rag clipper and a laundry mat are important! Personally, I wouldn't put in my washer or dryer until its already be done! LOl

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    You need to sew around the outside edges twice to make sure it's secure. You also need to clip the corners, check out the last pictures of this tute to see what I mean. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-106335-1.htm

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    I have always questioned if a rag quilt is OK for a baby. Too many loose threads and kids put everything in their mouths. I know they are soft but just something to think about.

    Pat

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    My DD made her baby a raggy quilt; she's now 2 1/2 and the quilt has never come apart or anything. The secret is to do double seams.

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    I have made rag quilts for both my grandbabies and never had any problems with threads.

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