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Thread: Rag Quilts

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    Is flannel the only fabric that rag quilts are made with?

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    No, I made mine with denim foundation squares that I strip quilted cotton scraps onto.

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    I've used homespuns before :)

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    Fleece scraps. They don't really rag, though--you fringe each block.

    Denim, corduroy, flannel, homespuns, even muslin. Anything that will unravel.

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    I made one using cotton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat112000
    I made one using cotton.
    How did it turn out. I have quite a bit of cotton I would like to use up.

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    I have seen them using a lot of diff fabrics. As long as it ravels it will bloom. Fleece would be a different look, it will curl.

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    i made one with corduroy sqs and cotton sqs. worked fine.

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    I make mine with flannel and have been adding minkie and chenille. The later don't rag real well but they add texture on the baby quilts. I also only use a half in seam allowance and put binding on the edges instead of snipping the edges. I think it gives the quilt a more finished look.

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    Thanks everyone! I am going to make one soon.

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    Im in the process of making a rag quilt queen size for my SIL he wanted all blues and denim. I started with 7" sqs using 5" low loft batting about 4/3 done (very heavy), but have managed to sew two rows, then snip, then sew two rows then snip, it makes it alot easier to sew together. I have doubled sewed each row to make sure it never comes undone, it's alot of work but it will be well worth it, as it will be a family heirloom. I have embroiardered his name and the year made, that will be in the center. will post picture when done. top is all cotton fabric.

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    Tighter woven cotton will fray well, instead of making your cuts straight, cut them on the angle. Bias cuts fray much better than a straight cut :wink: :D:D:D

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    I like flannel and denim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Tighter woven cotton will fray well, instead of making your cuts straight, cut them on the angle. Bias cuts fray much better than a straight cut :wink: :D:D:D
    Amma--how much on the bias should you cut the blocks doing it this way? Just slightly or full-on bias placement? And don't they stretch when you do it like that with all the handling? Or do you quilt each block first before you assemble the whole top? I haven't made a rag quilt yet, but want to soon. Thanks!

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