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Thread: Rag Quilt????

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    What is it exactly? :?:

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    I am working on a jean rag quilt. You cut squares of old jeans and squares of old flannel. stack a piece of flannel on each jean square. sew each two sqares to the same. The seam will be your top side. Continue to whatever size you want. You can put little snips in each seam to make it fray more. [ the seams are on the jean side and this is the top.] You are always sewing two wrong sides together. No binding or filling required

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    thank you, very clear explaination

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    http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpatternsprojects/ss/rag_quilt.htm

    The above is a link to a site I stumbed upon, much like I found this awesome Quilter's Board!
    I think the idea of a rag quilt is so wonderful. It may just be something I get into after I get my house cleaned up some and get things back in order...I have two small children that've been really sick lately...they come first, and the house looks awful! The house will be here for cleaning later, though!

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    I made several flannel rag quilts. Mini to fit little doll beds. So quick, so much fun. I made a twin bed size and just quilted a star in the center of each rectangle with embrodery thread.

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    I have made several rag quilts, out of various material, I've also made 2 rag coats, These where patch work rag coats. I made them about 4yrs ago. One for my sister and one for myself. I wear mine still. I'm cold nature and I wear mine around the house and sometimes to the store, but mainly around the house, I did'nt take great pains in picking the fabric when I made mine, But I plan on another one, and taking more time to pick the fabric as well as personalizing it, with some of my own ideas. I used batting in mine, but not in my sisters. I never fail to hear someone say, Where did you get that? When I wear it to the store or out for a quick trip to my friends. It really is a neat little coat.

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    Hi Everyone :)
    when you make a rag quilt do you put batting in the middle of it?? I was thinking of making one for my grandaughter but the batting in the middle seems to thick. Have you ever made one with just flannel and no batting?

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    now I've heard of string quilts, what are they?
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    I have made rag quilts and rag coats with and without batting, My sister did'nt want batting in her coat, I did. As with quilts, I think it's a preference. I don't find that it's to thick, I use low loft batting, 1/4" loft. The quilts are warmer with the batting.

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    Please let me know what a string quilt is.?!

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    ok thanks for the advice, i will try the lighter batting.
    I would like to know what a string quilt is also!

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    How do you go about making a coat with the rag method. D o you have a picture? I can't quite get my mind around it. I have seen hand bags. :?:

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    Idon't have the capablitiy to send a picture, But I will try my best to explain it, also check this site out and when you get on the site, look to the left. It gives a list of different subjects to click on, Click on RAG FUR COATS. And you will get a picture of one. Heres the site to go to.www.amisimms.com/stash.html
    Look at it, and then if you still want to know the steps I'll be happy to share. I don't know how much their pattern is, but I have the pattern, it's really a simple basic raglan sleeve pattern. I'm sure the pattern is cheaper through W-mart. So let me know.

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    Becky,
    My mom-in-law used to make string quilts. She used a muslin or old clothes square about 12x12 and sewed strips of scrap material on them at a diagonal. The strips varied in width, even from one end of the strip to the other. Start in a corner by placing two strips right sides together, at the corner, and sew a seam. Trim the excess in the seam if needed, and open the fabric. Then, sew another strip to the block, right sides together, open that, and continue until block is covered. Then, trim the block back down to a 12x12 square. She usually set them in a zigzag pattern. It goes fast, can use any leftover fabric at about any width from a "string" up to about 4 to 5 inches. She usually tied them rather than quilted. I still have one she made.

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    Thanks Norah, my mom has one that my grandmother made but we didn't know what it was called.

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    Nora, that sounds like a neat quilt!! I never saw one nor heard of one. Im going to have to try it now :)

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    Nora do you have a picture of the quilt?

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    Norah

    Thanks so much: I think I may have to try that. Good use of scraps. Using the 12x12 block is the same technique,I learned to use for the crazy quilt, I made. THANKS AGAIN. I also had to tie it.

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    Hi,
    I love rag quilts and have made two for my grandchildren. I don't get the corners right in my mind when sewing them or maybe it is the way I cut them. Can you tell me help me out with this? I would sure appreciate it. I looked on a site I found here and still am not sure that I am sewing them correctly.
    Thanks for your help.
    I am new to quilting. I love it and have lots of material I need to use.
    Susie :)

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    Please explain to me, (What do you mean you don't get the corners right?) When I make a rag quilt I use sq's, EX: 10x10" sq. I sew a 1/2" seam. After I sew all the sq's together, with the seam on the right side of the quilt, I then sew a 1/2'' line all the way around the quilt. Then I start snipping about every1/4'' around. Making sure not to cut the sewing line, or else my snip would tear in deeper to the quilt. Dose this help any? Let me know.

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    I also have used very thin batting with my rag quilts. Also, a flannel flat sheet, cutting if needed. I have made rag wall hangings with just 100% cotton fabric. For smaller wall hangings, I have used flannel baby blankets for the batting. I usually buy them at thrift shop. They have been washed and used, therefore not much $$ involved.

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    Thank you for replying.
    When I sew the seems together and you have the 4 seems there together which makes a square joined, mine are always too thick. I understand what you mean. I clip after everything is sewn. A friend of mine made fun of me because she said I always make the rag quilts. I had to start somewhere. One friend said rag quilts are too hard. I find them fun and you can get one done in a day. They are very cozy. I never thought of getting the blankets from the thrift stores for batting. I have seen some at the Goodwill. Great idea. I have never seen anyone make a rag quilt and so I have nothing to go by in person. I worry too much when sewing. They say that makes a quilt have charater.
    Thanks

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    What would you estimate your thickness to be? Is that with or without batting? The sq's are thick. I use 1/4" batting, so when my sq's are sandwiched, I estimate it just a tad over a 1/4". Your right about a rag quilt being warm,cozy, and snuggiliy,

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    http://www.quiltknit.com/patterns/rag_quilts.htm


    these will give you some ideas, I don't think you need to buy a pattern. you can use whatever you have or like :P

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    This is a great site. Thanks
    Your right, I can look at the pictures and figure out a pattern.

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