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From: JustSewCrafty
Date: 12-05-2006, 09:28 AM (1 of 5)
I am making my first rag quilt and just finished cutting it out. Who has made one before and are there any tips you'd like to share?
Ive made plenty of regualr quilts but this is my first of this nature.
Its for Mom for Christmas...
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From: lendube
Date: 12-05-2006, 12:32 PM (2 of 5)
I've only made one but afterwards a friend told me that there are special scissors that make the clipping process a whole lot easier and faster.

Also, wash the quilt after clipping a few times to get that raggedy look.

That's all I know. Mine was flannel and so soft.

Good Luck, Lennie
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From: Jeke
Date: 12-05-2006, 02:01 PM (3 of 5)
I have done several rag quilts. Some I have put an extra layer of batting for warmth. This had 9" blocks and the batting was 7". I sandwiched it the middle of the block and sewed a X across the block before sewing the blocks together. Since I am always in a hurry I have a nice stitch on my Bernina that goes back and forth in kind of a wavy line. That way I don't have to be too demanding on myself to make it exactly straight. I am doing one for my granddaughter right now. I won't put in the batting but since they are still 9" blocks I am going to X them. I picked flannel prints that double for a kind of I Spy quilt for her. To cut them I use Fiskar shears. These look more like a utility shear rather than scissors. A rather short blade. But it has a spring that works nicely to pop them back open. When I finish I usually take them to a Laundromat to wash and dry them in their large machines. Sometime I do it a couple of times. My daughters has been washed often enough that I can use my own machine now. The next one I make I am going to offset the rows. That way there won't be so much bulk where the four squares come together. In my mind the plan seems to work. We'll see in reality.

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From: bridesmom
Date: 12-07-2006, 12:35 AM (4 of 5)
I used a fiskars short pointy scissors, that have the spring and I also used fiskars blunt points also with the spring. I liked the blunt points best, as I found I didn't snip the threads with them. They are small and easy to handle, even with arthritic hands.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-07-2006, 10:37 AM (5 of 5)
I made a large rag quilt a couple or 3 years ago at a Shepherds Ctr class.. Denim squares recycled from old jeans, for 1 side and flannel squares for the other.. 8 inch squares with 1/2 inch seams and I clipped with my fiskars shears.. The large ones with the spring handle.. No wear and tear on my hands this way.. worked great.. All 3 of my Grands wanted my quilt, BTW.... I guess you would call it a hit..LOL..:bg: :bg: :bg:
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