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sue in canada
01-26-2008, 01:43 PM
I am going to attempt to make one for my grandaughter. I have looked at a few sites but wondered if anyone has any real tips before I start. I am going to use flannelette.

Limey
01-27-2008, 09:55 AM
Hiya Sue

I'm wondering if it's a similar sort of thing to a pegged rag rug?

For those you push strips of fabric through one side of a piece of Hessian cloth and then bring them out to the front again, using a wooden clothes peg (pin?).

My Gran made one and it was really hard wearing - it was very pretty and lasted for donkeys years.

Could you post a couple of links to the sites where you've seen the quilts please? - then I'll know if we're talking about the same thing?

All the Best

Ellie
(the other one)

sue in canada
01-27-2008, 11:12 AM
Limey, Here are 2 sites I was looking at:
www.knitandtonic.typepad.com (scroll down on the left side you will see Rag Quilt tutorial)
http://www.lovetosew.com/makeragquilt.htm

I have seen them at craft shows and at one of our fabric stores. It looks pretty easy, I was just looking for tips.

lucky_alf2
01-27-2008, 11:41 AM
I dabble in quilting and while I have not made a rag quilt yet, my mom has so I've seen how it is done. It is pretty easy. I've always wanted to do one with old jeans on one side and flannel on the other. Anyways, I digress.....I only have 2 tips -- first, I think it is alot of work to cut all the fringes at the end (sore and tired hand). I saw a lady on simply quilts once that used a small garden clipper instead of regular sharp scissors -- she said it was much easier on her hands because it was spring loaded....The next is that you should wash and dry the quilt several times before you give it away as they shed ALOT the first time and maybe the next washing/drying or two -- and that you should check your dryer lint screen multiple times, especially the first time, as it will quickly fill up and you don't want to accidentally overheat/damage your dryer.

Hope that helps! Let me know how it turns out!

Quiltlady
01-27-2008, 12:31 PM
I have been quilting for years. My first rag quilt that I made I was not happy with. It was just too sloppy looking for my taste. I used homespun fabrics too.
You should be able to find lots of information on how to make them if you just Google "How to make a Rag Quilt". good luck