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    rag quilt question

    Can you mix types of fabrics such as flannel and regular cotton for a rag quilt ? And what kind of batting does one use?
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    I made one with green cotton fabric and red print corduroy. turned out great. i used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting.

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    I have used poly, and suede of all kinds, crushed velvet I have even used lace over a color I wanted to tone down a bit.. You can put anything in the middle you want, no one will ever see it. If you want to save some cash, used flannel is perfect.
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    I make them with flannel on both sides, no batting (although sometimes I use 3 layers of flannel), and often mix in some corduroy.

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    I've mixed regular cotton and flannels with no problems. I use my regular batt that I've saved odds and ends of in the middle. That way, no waste of those little pieces.

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    I use flannel, or homespun fabrics, with warm and natural in the middle
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    Great question! I had been wondering the same thing.

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    If I use just flannel I use flannel front and back with nothing in the middle. If I combine flannel and cotton I use a layer of flannel in the middle as well. Don't use batting.
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    i mix regular cottons & flannel for rag quilts all the time- since i make square sandwiches i use what ever batting scraps i have- put the 3 layers together- quilt an X across each one then join into rows- then into a quilt- works out great every time
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    I made one for my son that had a hunting/fishing theme to it. I mixed cotton and flannel on the top and used leftover flannel from when I made flannel shirts for the back. I used fleece in between the layers. That thing is WARM! He and his wife love it. They are penny pinching college students again and keep their heat low to save money.

    He gets that penny pinching honestly. I have saved all of the corners from those tied fleece blankets that everyone made for year. Those are what I used as my "batting".

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    I made a rag quilt and the top was 100% cotton and I used flannel for the batting and backing. I didn't cut the batting flannel into smaller squares because I wanted more "ragging". I cut all three layers together with my Accuquilt Go Rag die so they were all put together and all I had to do was sew them together. Worked well.
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    I use anything that will fray nicely...for batting I use scraps of fleece, but my next one I intend to use an old flannel sheet - it will have three layers all cut the same size - should fray beautifully.

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    I use three layers of flannel and cut with my GO rag die.. Comes out nice and fluffy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i mix regular cottons & flannel for rag quilts all the time- since i make square sandwiches i use what ever batting scraps i have- put the 3 layers together- quilt an X across each one then join into rows- then into a quilt- works out great every time
    Do you have any pictures of the front AND back of this? I keep reading how it's done, but am trying to figure out if it's "frayed" top and bottom, or just the top.... ie: how are the squares sewn together?
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    Bumping this....
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    Thanks for all the answers!

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    I have used all kinds of fabrics and I use warm and natural batting.
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    I normally use cotton for top and flannel for inside & back -- all cut same size. I don't use warm n natural as we live in Texas; we have almost no winter, lol. But even in the North, the three layers seem to be fine.

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    Good luck with your rag quilt. I've mixed materials in the past. I made a tactile rag quilt for a child with special needs. It had polyester, jean material, soft, coarse, and everything in between! Shrank just fine. I also used 100% cotton batting.
    Go forth and sew!

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