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    Okay, please do not accuse me of being the quilt police. I just had to share this with everyone. A dear sewing friend of mine at work kept asking how to make a rag quilt. I went into detail explaining the process to her. She has mainly sewn clothes all these years and has been getting into making quilts. She is doing a wonderful job. I am presently working on another rag quilt myself and decided to take it to work to show her the process so that she could understand better.
    When I showed it to her she said oh I have finished mine already, but I did not put mine together that way. She stated that she put it together in the regular sandwich manner. She sewed all the blocks together, then a layer of batting and the backing. This means that she still had to go back and quilt it together. I told her that just defeated the purpose of a rag quilt. I explained the reason that you make each block complete and stitch together is that when you are done you are done. Her reply was " That would have taken too long.
    Oh, well we all have our own ways of doing things.

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    No right no wrong just what works for you and what you can live with. :D

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    She might have called it a rag quilt because she used scraps that would have otherwise been used as rags. I've even heard people call crazy quilts, rag quilts. They just use the word rag instead of scrap or crazy. And I've heard people call rag quilts--shaggy quilts which is actually a better description IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    She might have called it a rag quilt because she used scraps that would have otherwise been used as rags. I've even heard people call crazy quilts, rag quilts. They just use the word rag instead of scrap or crazy. And I've heard people call rag quilts--shaggy quilts which is actually a better description IMHO.
    No, she did not use rags she had left over. She made this for her daughter who is expecting her first child. She just put her own twist the rag quilt. She honestly thinks that the way she did it was much quicker.

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    I guess if it makes her happy to call it a rag quilt, let her. Whatever floats her boat.

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    I agree with the others. If she wants to call it a rag quilt & if she is happy with it then we are happy for her. If she gets into quilting she will learn eventually what a rag quilt is. Years ago though I have heard a scappy quilt called a rag quilt but in that case the quilt is really made out of old clothes. (rags)

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    Quote Originally Posted by annette1952
    I agree with the others. If she wants to call it a rag quilt & if she is happy with it then we are happy for her. If she gets into quilting she will learn eventually what a rag quilt is. Years ago though I have heard a scappy quilt called a rag quilt but in that case the quilt is really made out of old clothes. (rags)
    Oh, I agree. I just had to share.

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    I'm with you, not what I would call the 'normal' way of making a rag quilt, but to each their own.

    The more I read, the more ways I find to make a rag quilt. I'm looking forward to making a quilt with full size flannel batting. Using an off color batting will look in contrast to the varying pattern of the facing fabric. So far, everything I have done has concealed batting.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    I wouldn't have considered that a "rag quilt".

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    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    Okay, please do not accuse me of being the quilt police. I just had to share this with everyone. A dear sewing friend of mine at work kept asking how to make a rag quilt. I went into detail explaining the process to her. She has mainly sewn clothes all these years and has been getting into making quilts. She is doing a wonderful job. I am presently working on another rag quilt myself and decided to take it to work to show her the process so that she could understand better.
    When I showed it to her she said oh I have finished mine already, but I did not put mine together that way. She stated that she put it together in the regular sandwich manner. She sewed all the blocks together, then a layer of batting and the backing. This means that she still had to go back and quilt it together. I told her that just defeated the purpose of a rag quilt. I explained the reason that you make each block complete and stitch together is that when you are done you are done. Her reply was " That would have taken too long.
    Oh, well we all have our own ways of doing things.
    I have been trying for weeks now to find a pattern for making a rag quilt. I then realized maybe it was just the way you put the blocks together, but I don't have a clue how to make this quilt. Do you have instructions or do you know where I can find instructions for making my rag quilt? I really do want the rag quilt technique, shaggy and different. I think the "frayed" look is so pretty and I need to make a baby quilt for my grandchildren. Please, please tell me where I can find these instructions. Thank you

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    to me a rag quilt is not te same as QAYG (quilt as you go). Yes, when I made a rag quilt I did do it as a sandwich and when I was done, i was done. But I have never used batting in a rag quilt. To me a rag quilt has so many layers (or just some very heavy fabrics like denim) that you don't need batting.

    See, just another interpretation of a rag quilt. It works for me the way I do it, but I am interested in making one that has batting squares in it also. Good use for batting scraps.

    To me if it has a fringed side to it, it's a rag quilt. How it's put together is a matter of preference for the quilter.

    Just my 2 cents....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvlin
    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    Okay, please do not accuse me of being the quilt police. I just had to share this with everyone. A dear sewing friend of mine at work kept asking how to make a rag quilt. I went into detail explaining the process to her. She has mainly sewn clothes all these years and has been getting into making quilts. She is doing a wonderful job. I am presently working on another rag quilt myself and decided to take it to work to show her the process so that she could understand better.
    When I showed it to her she said oh I have finished mine already, but I did not put mine together that way. She stated that she put it together in the regular sandwich manner. She sewed all the blocks together, then a layer of batting and the backing. This means that she still had to go back and quilt it together. I told her that just defeated the purpose of a rag quilt. I explained the reason that you make each block complete and stitch together is that when you are done you are done. Her reply was " That would have taken too long.
    Oh, well we all have our own ways of doing things.
    I have been trying for weeks now to find a pattern for making a rag quilt. I then realized maybe it was just the way you put the blocks together, but I don't have a clue how to make this quilt. Do you have instructions or do you know where I can find instructions for making my rag quilt? I really do want the rag quilt technique, shaggy and different. I think the "frayed" look is so pretty and I need to make a baby quilt for my grandchildren. Please, please tell me where I can find these instructions. Thank you
    I sent you a PM with some links to directions to make rag quitls. Hope it helps.

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    You were trying to teach & show her a specific technique, new to her. She just didn't Get that part of it. It's the Learning that usually intrigues new and experienced quilters, alike. If it were me, I would have felt a kind of confusion over the whole thing. A rose by any other name, after all, is still a rose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenSimon
    I wouldn't have considered that a "rag quilt".

    Me neither. I'm working on my first one now for my first grandchild. Hope it turns out ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    Quote Originally Posted by Marvlin
    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    Okay, please do not accuse me of being the quilt police. I just had to share this with everyone. A dear sewing friend of mine at work kept asking how to make a rag quilt. I went into detail explaining the process to her. She has mainly sewn clothes all these years and has been getting into making quilts. She is doing a wonderful job. I am presently working on another rag quilt myself and decided to take it to work to show her the process so that she could understand better.
    When I showed it to her she said oh I have finished mine already, but I did not put mine together that way. She stated that she put it together in the regular sandwich manner. She sewed all the blocks together, then a layer of batting and the backing. This means that she still had to go back and quilt it together. I told her that just defeated the purpose of a rag quilt. I explained the reason that you make each block complete and stitch together is that when you are done you are done. Her reply was " That would have taken too long.
    Oh, well we all have our own ways of doing things.
    I have been trying for weeks now to find a pattern for making a rag quilt. I then realized maybe it was just the way you put the blocks together, but I don't have a clue how to make this quilt. Do you have instructions or do you know where I can find instructions for making my rag quilt? I really do want the rag quilt technique, shaggy and different. I think the "frayed" look is so pretty and I need to make a baby quilt for my grandchildren. Please, please tell me where I can find these instructions. Thank you
    I sent you a PM with some links to directions to make rag quitls. Hope it helps.
    Just what I needed and many thanks to you for your help. I love this site because of giving and sharing people like your self. It is such a pleasure to ask for help and have someone at the ready to give a helping hand. Many thanks to all of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvlin
    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    Quote Originally Posted by Marvlin
    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    Okay, please do not accuse me of being the quilt police. I just had to share this with everyone. A dear sewing friend of mine at work kept asking how to make a rag quilt. I went into detail explaining the process to her. She has mainly sewn clothes all these years and has been getting into making quilts. She is doing a wonderful job. I am presently working on another rag quilt myself and decided to take it to work to show her the process so that she could understand better.
    When I showed it to her she said oh I have finished mine already, but I did not put mine together that way. She stated that she put it together in the regular sandwich manner. She sewed all the blocks together, then a layer of batting and the backing. This means that she still had to go back and quilt it together. I told her that just defeated the purpose of a rag quilt. I explained the reason that you make each block complete and stitch together is that when you are done you are done. Her reply was " That would have taken too long.
    Oh, well we all have our own ways of doing things.
    I have been trying for weeks now to find a pattern for making a rag quilt. I then realized maybe it was just the way you put the blocks together, but I don't have a clue how to make this quilt. Do you have instructions or do you know where I can find instructions for making my rag quilt? I really do want the rag quilt technique, shaggy and different. I think the "frayed" look is so pretty and I need to make a baby quilt for my grandchildren. Please, please tell me where I can find these instructions. Thank you
    I sent you a PM with some links to directions to make rag quitls. Hope it helps.
    Just what I needed and many thanks to you for your help. I love this site because of giving and sharing people like your self. It is such a pleasure to ask for help and have someone at the ready to give a helping hand. Many thanks to all of you.
    I am so sorry that I did not answer you. I just now saw this post. My life has been so busy lately. The holidays are upon us and I am in the middle of changing job positions. I am so glad that the others here helped you out. Can't wait to see your rag quilt.

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    I am appreciative of the kind words given to us beginner, but if our mistakes are not corrected in our learning process, we will continue to make the same mistakes. Praise is good, but if we really want to learn, we must accept the wisdom of our sinior quilters.If my adopted board member correct my errors, I would not consider her a quilt police, to me she is a teacher. Keep it real. Thank you for being here.

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