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Thread: What do you use for rag quilts

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    I have made a good many rag quilts. I have always used flannel for the middle layer. I was wondering what everyone else uses. And if u put batting in the middle does the batting bunch up after washing. Thanks for your answers. Have a beautiful March day

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    I use the polyester batting and with the X sewn in the middle the batting stays in place just fine :thumbup:

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    I normally use flannel in the middle, but have used warm & natural batting. When I use the batting, I cut an inch smaller, but do the X, so that keeps it from bunching. When I use flannel, I cut the same size.
    I really think the X stops the bunching.
    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnsim
    I normally use flannel in the middle, but have used warm & natural batting. When I use the batting, I cut an inch smaller, but do the X, so that keeps it from bunching. When I use flannel, I cut the same size.
    I really think the X stops the bunching.
    Good Luck!
    I use Warn & Natural and do the same thing. I do the X because it is simple and quick. Any design would work.

    I love the Fiskars rag snips!!! They make it so easy to cut the ragged edges. Much easier than the scissors i used to use.

    ali

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnsim
    I normally use flannel in the middle, but have used warm & natural batting. When I use the batting, I cut an inch smaller, but do the X, so that keeps it from bunching. When I use flannel, I cut the same size.
    I really think the X stops the bunching.
    Good Luck!
    Me too.

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    i use batting, i (quilt) across each square so no, the batting does not bunch up. i use warm & natural and just catch it in the seams.

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    I have used poly batting, cotton batting, and flannel. I usually sew across the squares, but on 2 I embroidered the squares. I have never had the batting bunch up.

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    I don't put batting in. I use fannel for front and the back that its.

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    I also use the polyesta batting

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    I use batting because it gets really cold in the winter. I have to keep my heat low in order to be able to pay the bill. If you live somewhere warm you might not want batting at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I use the polyester batting and with the X sewn in the middle the batting stays in place just fine :thumbup:
    Me too :thumbup:

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    That's why I don't add batting most times. We live in southeast Texas, where winter is about two weeks long, lol.

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    I have made a few of these as well and all but one I used leftover batting scraps from other projects, making sure each square of batting was similar to others in content and loft. Sew an X across each square to keep it in place. Although on one I did, for my DGS, I quilted a different design on each square that mimic-ed the fabric. Some had stars, some hearts, some were cross-hatched, etc,..
    Looked really neat when done. Can't wait to get a few WIPs done so I can make another one that has different quilted motifs in each square like his.

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    I've used Warm and Natural in the middle then sew an X so it doesn't shift.

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    I also use the rag snips. Worth there weight in gold

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnsim
    That's why I don't add batting most times. We live in southeast Texas, where winter is about two weeks long, lol.
    I could handle that kind of winter. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJisChaos
    I have made a few of these as well and all but one I used leftover batting scraps from other projects, making sure each square of batting was similar to others in content and loft. Sew an X across each square to keep it in place. Although on one I did, for my DGS, I quilted a different design on each square that mimic-ed the fabric. Some had stars, some hearts, some were cross-hatched, etc,..
    Looked really neat when done. Can't wait to get a few WIPs done so I can make another one that has different quilted motifs in each square like his.
    That sounds like a very pretty quilt. Will have to try that when u use the batting and sew the X do u have to sew the batting at the seams also just wondering if it shows when clipped

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftinggrandma
    Quote Originally Posted by PJisChaos
    I have made a few of these as well and all but one I used leftover batting scraps from other projects, making sure each square of batting was similar to others in content and loft. Sew an X across each square to keep it in place. Although on one I did, for my DGS, I quilted a different design on each square that mimic-ed the fabric. Some had stars, some hearts, some were cross-hatched, etc,..
    Looked really neat when done. Can't wait to get a few WIPs done so I can make another one that has different quilted motifs in each square like his.
    That sounds like a very pretty quilt. Will have to try that when u use the batting and sew the X do u have to sew the batting at the seams also just wondering if it shows when clipped
    Yeah it will show if ya don't trim the batting smaller than the squares. Like I use 6" top and backing sq. with a 4" to 5" batting scrap, depending on the seam allowance I'm using(anywhere from a .5" to 1" seam). I also mark in water soluble pen on the top sq. the seam allowance I'm using and quilt only inside it. Looks really neat and interesting instead of just using a big ole X all the time. LoL
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    Also, I have not trimmed accurately before and if it's not too much batting showing I don't worry about it. If it's more than an 1/8 showing past the seam lines I just use a colored Sharpie that somewhat matches the fabrics used and color it to "hide" it. No one notices and it still comes out just fine. ;-)

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    I use batting with flannel on the back. And do the X.

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