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    Hello ladies!

    Okay, I'm trying to figure something out.

    I know I was told that flannel is the best to use for rag quilts. But you can't always find the best "prints" in flannel. So I am wondering, what are my other options as far as what fabrics you can use to still get the "raggedy" look... So any suggestions on this would be highly appreciated!!

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    I know homespuns rag up nicely. I have homespuns but I have not made any rag quilts with them. I'm not sure of any other fabrics that will make a good rag quilt, sorry.

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    I just finished my first rag quilt today, I attached a picture and I will tell you you can use any fabric but I did learn that I used a very stiff fabric on the white squares and the border and it was way to stiff. Make sure you pick very light and flimsey fabrics, I even washed mine and dried it and it still was too stiff. Good luck let me know what you pick.
    Quote Originally Posted by shorte85 View Post
    Hello ladies!

    Okay, I'm trying to figure something out

    I know I was told that flannel is the best to use for rag quilts. But you can't always find the best "prints" in flannel. So I am wondering, what are my other options as far as what fabrics you can use to still get the "raggedy" look... So any suggestions on this would be highly appreciated!!

    I know, you guys have been hearing a lot about rag quilts lately... Ha
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    Yeah, I've heard of Homespuns, lol but never seen it or know what it looks like to know it's homespun. lol I hope that makes senses. Ha

    Quote Originally Posted by Madeforyouinma11 View Post
    I know homespuns rag up nicely. I have homespuns but I have not made any rag quilts with them. I'm not sure of any other fabrics that will make a good rag quilt, sorry.
    I know, I seen your quilt earlier today. I thought you did a wonderful job on it!! I will have to remember to steer clear of the stiffer fabrics. Thanks!!

    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaSandy
    I just finished my first rag quilt today, I attached a picture and I will tell you you can use any fabric but I did learn that I used a very stiff fabric on the white squares and the border and it was way to stiff. Make sure you pick very light and flimsey fabrics, I even washed mine and dried it and it still was too stiff. Good luck let me know what you pick.

    Also, another question. If you end up using cotton fabric as part of the rag quilt, like the top part of the quilt and maybe a solid flannel piece for the backing, do you think it should still get a middle layer of something?
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    Default Re: questions about fabrics used for rag quilts

    You can use almost any fabric other than fleece to make rag quilts. Denim is actually very popular to use. The other part of your question, my preference would be to use a another layer of flannel for the batting, as this would keep it lighter weight and the ragging effect would be better.
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    Homespun makes a great rag quilt. you can find a lot of nice fall colors/plaids in it.
    Denim makes a nice rag quilt. Can be a bit heavy but it wil hold up well

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    [QUOTE=shorte85;166495]Yeah, I've heard of Homespuns, lol but never seen it or know what it looks like to know it's homespun. lol I hope that makes senses. Ha
    If you shop at Joann's they have a section of homespuns and it's marked. Anywhere that you go would have them, and if you can't find them just ask. Homespuns have more of a country feel to them, so I don't know if that is something you want or not.
    I think flannel with the denim would make a nice quilt. You can buy a softer denim so that it would soften up quicker and with those two fabrics you wouldn't even need the third layer because it would be plenty warm enough. Let us know what you decide and make sure you post pics!

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    The rag quilt I made used 1 layer of cotton and 2 layers of flannel. I used 2 different colors of flannel that matched the colors in my cotton print. It is warm but not heavy at all. The 2 layers of flannel made my ragging very full and fluffy.

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    Default Re: questions about fabrics used for rag quilts

    Homespun loloks the same on either side & is checked.

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    Default Re: questions about fabrics used for rag quilts

    Thanks ladies, I appreciate you answering my questions. I always feel the more answers and opinions the better.

    Auntpiggylpn, I am definitely glad to hear that you mix flannel with cotton. I was also thinking that I could possibly use a cotton print for the top, flannel center, and flannel backing in case I am unable to find a print or something in the flannel section.

    Thanks again!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Auntpiggylpn View Post
    The rag quilt I made used 1 layer of cotton and 2 layers of flannel. I used 2 different colors of flannel that matched the colors in my cotton print. It is warm but not heavy at all. The 2 layers of flannel made my ragging very full and fluffy.


    I think they need to have the flannel section grow in more variety, I only say that because they have TONS of cotton prints that would look so good in flannel for rag quilts and etc. Just saying... lol
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