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Thread: Rag quilt question

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    Rag quilt question

    Must rag quilts be made from flannel?

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    No, but a loosely woven fabric like flannel or homespun will fray (rag) the most. You can use quilting cotton, which will fray some. Some even use a minkee or fleece type fabric, which won't fray, but the clipped edges will curl a bit.
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    You can use homespun and I have seen denim used also. Most common is flannel because of the way it frayes wham washed. This is what gives a rag quilt the look you want. Regular quilting cotton will not fray as well

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    I like to use flannel but I also like to do a cotton for the top and a flannel on the bottom-especially for kids I spy. I find that they still rag well.

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    I often use flannel with a few squares in corduroy.

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    Depending on how warm I want the quilt to be, I usually do mine with cotton squares for the top and then flannel for the other 2 or 3 layers.

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    You can even do them with fleece. While it doesn't fray it does curl and gives a great effect without the possibilities of threads being pulled out by little ones. Jeans are also really nice for them. I even seen one made from felt that hung on the wall, it didn't fray either but had great effect on the wall.
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    No, you can use anything you want but keep in mind that flannel is the only fabric that gives those curling edges.
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    My avatar is a rag quilt made with 100 percent cotton quilting fabric. I maybe wish now I had used flannel because it would "rag" more but I was satisfied with the result.

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