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    My flannels just came in from Hancock, so I am ready to do my rag quilt. My questions...I watched 2 tutes about rag quilt, one from missouri star who first stitched an "X" across the blocks, the other did not due this, which is best? 2nd.. Neither person used batting, is this the norm?
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    I think it depends on the size of the squares you are using,I did mine 5 inch and did not sew the X if they are larger like 10" (some patterns I have seen) I would sew the X. I dont know if that is right or wrong but I did mine that way.

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    The X helps to stabilize the block, keeps the flannel from stretching (it is stretchier than quilting cotton)
    You can do other designs in the middle too... circles, large stippling, etc.. :D:D:D

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    I sew the x on mine. I also use batting or cheap flannel in the middle, but many people do not.

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    Some add a third square of contrasting flannel as batting to add more 'fluff' to the fringe.. Gives it more 'Fringy-ness'

    as for the X- it keeps the fabric in place wash after wash but it is a preference.. I have done both ways (up to 6in sq) and with-OUT the x is just as good as with the x for me..

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    I have made several flannel rag quilts and I always use Thermore as it is the lightest poly batting. I also either stitch an "X" across the middle using a "wave" stitch on my machine. I strongly believe in stitching each square to some degree and also using the light batting. Also, when I finally stitch the very outside edge of the entire quilt, I do two rows of stitching for durability. My granddaughter's 4 year old quilt has been washed every week for 3 years now (daycare & pre-school) and it is still in perfect condition. Only the best flannels - I do NOT recommend JoAnn flannels - very poor results when laundered. I made a quilt for another person who had already bought her flannel from JA and it was a disaster when washed.

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    Should have added.... I always cut the batting at least 1.5 inches smaller than the large flannel square so that it never shows in the 1 inch seam allowance. As far as the center stitching I only do it if the square is 5-6 inches or larger. I find with the good flannels of the top mfgs., the seam allowances, after clipping and washing, are nice and fluffy too and get better with each laundering.

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    I have made several my squares are 7 inches- the polyester batting is cut 6 inches- and I sew an X thru the squares - I have used Joanns flannel for all mine and they hold up well

    Have fun :thumbup:

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    I just made a few rag quilts. All my squares were the same size (I used three layers of flannel), so I didn't have to X. I did, though, because I like the look!

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    I just finished 3 rag quilts. I put a very light polyester batting in the middle since it will be washed many, many times (they are all for children). I also sewed the X in the middle. Stablizes the flannel a bit. I did not wash my flannel first either and they turned out just beautiful!

    Good luck

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    I've also heard of using 3 layers of flannel with no batting, but I always use a low-loft batting in mine. Instead of an X thru the block, I do a free-hand star, like you make when you doodle. I like them because they look a little funky. I do this no matter the size of the block.

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    I, too, do an x on each square - sometimes with a decorative stitch. I've made them with and without batting - but prefer batting as it gets cold up here in Iowa!

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    I also do not use batting, I have made 3 rag quilts and 3 shawls with two layers of flannel I also make an x in the block. I also used JA fabric and they wash very well and held up. They are so warm.

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    I don't use batting.

    I sew my cotton prints onto a denim foundation square for my rag quilts.

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    I made a rag quilt for my DGD and cut 5" squares. I did sew the X on each square. To me it keeps your fabric from slipping and also it keeps its shape after washing and drying. I am cutting another for my DGS but making 8" squares and I am still sewing the X. I did not put any batting in either and it is just fine. If you want the quilt a little "warmer" use batting. Good luck.

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    Sometimes I sew the "X", sometimes I don't, it does help to stabilize the fabric if you do though. I do normally use a contrasting flannel for the batting and cut it the same size of my other 2 squares and when it's washed, all the colors will fringe and look great!

    Another tip that I've used for years and it works great and washes out when you launder it, after I cut all my squares, and I'm ready to put all my squares together, I get one of those glue sticks like you used to use in school and just put a dab in the middle of my bottom square and put my batting/flannel in the middle, another dab of the glue stick and put my top square on. This helps to just keep everything in place when you start sewing!

    Good luck and have fun! I get on a rag purse kick and will knock out 4 - 5 a day!! They are so much fun!

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    i do the x have done batting and no batting and also used extra layer of cheap flannel in middle

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    My flannels just came in from Hancock, so I am ready to do my rag quilt. My questions...I watched 2 tutes about rag quilt, one from missouri star who first stitched an "X" across the blocks, the other did not due this, which is best? 2nd.. Neither person used batting, is this the norm?
    Thank you!
    David
    also wondered size of seam. i did 1 in seam and the quilt does not seem to raggedy. should you make bigger seams?

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    I cut 6 1/2" blocks and use three layers of flannel. I don't use batting or sew an X and mine have held up fine to many washings.

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    no batting, another flannel in place of batting. yes on the X

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    When I'm making a toddler or child rag one with 4" or 5" squares, no batting and no X, but I use 1/2" seam and clip close and it becomes extra fuzzy. On my larger blocks with batting, I always stitch something in the center to stabilize the layers (an X, a circle, a heart..something).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kso
    I don't use batting.

    I sew my cotton prints onto a denim foundation square for my rag quilts.
    This sounds like a nice quilt. Great idea!

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    I usually do 6 inch squares, Use flannel on top and bottom and a thin cotton batting inside. I do quilt an x through the squares, up to about half inch or so from the corners. then when sewn together, its easier to clip.

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    I want to do one and appreciate the information.

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    I just completed a rag quilt and used a tutorial from youtube to help me. (I think Beverly was the name of the person). I followed her directions and she did not use batting or an X but DID sew 1/2 inch seam all around the block to hold the fabric together. Since my squares were only 5 inches I chose this method because I didn't want the x personally. Then the individual squares were all put together with 1/2 inch seams as well. I wasn't a fan of rag quilts before I did this one but I must say I was really pleased with the way it turned out. (I posted a picture recently you can look it up if you want and see if you like this method). I may just have to make another! ;-) Good luck!

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