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Thread: Will this work? (Rag quilt)

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    Will this work? (Rag quilt)

    I don't have any flannel or batting to use for the center. Then, I remembered that I have a blanket I can cut up. (cut up a blanket to make a quilt,ha) But the blanket is 100% polyester, not flannel like I thought .And it says not to tumble dry. Can I use that in the center of my rag quilt sandwich or not. thanks.

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    I wouldn't use that blanket because it says not to tumble dry. It might just take too long for your quilt to dry after washing and it would definitely take up a lot of space while it dries.

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    i would say no---you need to be able to dry your raggy quilt in order to get it all fluffed-
    you could wash & dry your blanket (if you are willing to sacrifice it anyway) and see how it comes out---if it lives through being washed & dried then you could use it-
    what are you planning to use for the top & bottom of your raggy quilt? regular quilting cottons? i've seen a couple turn out ok when an extra layer of muslin was used- just 2 layers of regular cotton does not give you much to (fray/fluff) alot of my raggy's are made with cotton on one side cotton flannel on the other- some people do make raggy quilts with out any batting- just layers of fabric-that is another option if your blanket does not live through washing/drying....but i would recommend a layer of muslin or something (cotton) in the center....
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    I wouln't use poly as it doesn't shrink. Do you have some extra flannel. I had some i found for $1yd & have used that. Also I don't alway use a center fabric. Depends on where it goes. Warm/cold weaterh.

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    Oh! i just remembered! I have fleece! Can I use that in the center? Yes, I was going to use regular cotton for the top and bottom.
    Can cotton and flannel be mix and matched with fleece in the center?

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    I don't know what other's will say but I do know that cotton and flannel shrink at different rates so you will definitely have to prewash your fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES View Post
    Oh! i just remembered! I have fleece! Can I use that in the center? Yes, I was going to use regular cotton for the top and bottom.
    Can cotton and flannel be mix and matched with fleece in the center?
    If you want to use fleece as the batting, it should work.

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    I have made several rag quilts with just the two layers of flannel, nothing in the middle. Other times I use 3 layers of flannel.

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    My rag quilt was 2 layers of flannel. It ragged well!!
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    I made a rag quilt without any "middle" to the sandwich, and it is the perfect weight for my part of the country.

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    Flannel is the best for rag quilting.
    I wouldn't use batting either because you lose a layer of fluff in the seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charmpacksplus View Post
    Flannel is the best for rag quilting.
    I wouldn't use batting either because you lose a layer of fluff in the seams.

    Charmpack, would you just use two layers of flannel? or three?

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    You can use old jeans in the center and that frays real good, but it will be heavy and really warm.. Another thought would be old cotton t shirts. It wouldn't be as heavy as the denim. these are just thoughts. I'm sure whatever you decide to do your quilt will be very nice and comphy. One hint cut the fluffys seam in a v and that makes it fluff nice. enjoy your quilt Grace
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace creates View Post
    You can use old jeans in the center and that frays real good, but it will be heavy and really warm.. Another thought would be old cotton t shirts. It wouldn't be as heavy as the denim. these are just thoughts. I'm sure whatever you decide to do your quilt will be very nice and comphy. One hint cut the fluffys seam in a v and that makes it fluff nice. enjoy your quilt Grace
    I have used old jeans in the middle for warmth and flannel on the bottom to make it soft and comfy it ragged out, felt and looked good i washed the flannel a couple times 1st

    I would NOT use any thing that could be washed .... How are you going to get it rag out without washing ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace creates View Post
    You can use old jeans in the center and that frays real good, but it will be heavy and really warm.. Another thought would be old cotton t shirts. It wouldn't be as heavy as the denim. these are just thoughts. I'm sure whatever you decide to do your quilt will be very nice and comphy. One hint cut the fluffys seam in a v and that makes it fluff nice. enjoy your quilt Grace

    Old cotton tshirts is a great idea! I have a bunch with stains on the front that I was going to throw away. great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annies-best View Post
    I have used old jeans in the middle for warmth and flannel on the bottom to make it soft and comfy it ragged out, felt and looked good i washed the flannel a couple times 1st

    I would NOT use any thing that could be washed .... How are you going to get it rag out without washing ??

    yeah, I know Annie. I guess what I was thinking is that if I use the blanket in the middle layer, and quilted it real good, it wouldn't matter. But I don't want to waste time and other fabrics and make a mess and be dissapointed

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