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Thread: Rag quilt what did I do wrong

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    Rag quilt what did I do wrong

    I washed this and then ran it through the dryer about 10 times and still the fray pieces are all over the quilt. What did I do wrong. Is it because it is flannel? HELP!!!!
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    I usually put a couple of towels in the washer & dryer with the rag quilt to pick up the threads and to help fray it. Yes the threads end up everywhere for the first little while. Empty your lint trap frequently during the process.
    Your quilt looks great!

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    The same thing happened to me. I ran it through the dryer a couple times and more came off. Also, I had a sweater "de-piller" (don't know if that is what it's actually called) that helped to remove the pieces that didn't want to come off in the dryer.

    I love your quilt and fabrics! It looks wonderful!

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    Lovely, great job and thank you for sharing, try the towels in the dryer trick
    Have a Blessed day
    Ellen

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    If you have a sticky roller of one of those fuzzy brushes to take off lint they may help, but it will eventually quit shedding (flannel just takes longer)
    Lori - MamaBear

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    I am going to tell on myself here, but whenever I make a rag quilt, I always take it to the laundromat to wash and dry. The commercial dryers are so powerful that the lint isn't a problem on the quilts (I wash the quilt twice and dry it twice as well). I also run the washer through a complete cycle afterwards with nothing in it just so there isn't any lint left behind to ruin the next customer's clothes. I do love your quilt though!!
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    It might also be the type of flannel used... you might have to pick a little

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    Thanks for the tips. I will try them all.

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    Beautiful quilt! It is perfect for your beautiful bed!
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    I haven't made one -- yet. I would like too. Would the use of a lint roller help remove the loose lint, etc.?
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    I used a lint roller. I used up an entire roll but the quilt looks much better.

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    It is a beautiful quilt.

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    It's a lovely quilt! I have made a couple with flannel and mine frayed quite a bit too for a while. I have washed mine maybe 5 times and dried in the drier and don't get much anymore.

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    I agree with one of the other comments. ALWAYS use a commercial washer and dryer for the first couple of washes on these. I think your quilt came out very nice. I like the colors. I have made a couple of these and I know how much work it is just to clip all those edges. You did a good job.

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    So pretty...love how it came out!!!I am thinking of making a king size that way since its to hard to FMQ a King size quilt on my sewing machine. I love how one side is frayed and the other is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinggirl View Post
    I am going to tell on myself here, but whenever I make a rag quilt, I always take it to the laundromat to wash and dry. The commercial dryers are so powerful that the lint isn't a problem on the quilts (I wash the quilt twice and dry it twice as well). I also run the washer through a complete cycle afterwards with nothing in it just so there isn't any lint left behind to ruin the next customer's clothes. I do love your quilt though!!
    I do the same thing, BUT, I take it out of the washer and take it outside and shake it (a lot) to get many of the threads off and then I stop the dryer twice to do the same thing. Be sure to clean the lint filter during the drying process as well as after. Laundrymat is the way to go and I know they appreciate you running it through one more cycle after your done. Not to late to take it there and rewash. Remember, all that lint is a good sign you did a great job clipping the seam allowances.

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    In another post here, I read that someone put a microfiber cloth to "catch" all the loose threads. You might try that.
    Really like your new quilt!

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    Several healthy shakes outside help a lot too.
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