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  • snippet
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    It looks great now! Good work.

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  • just4me
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    Originally posted by cgshelly View Post
    How would use a weed eater? Do you mean laying it on the floor and actually using the weed eater like you would on grass? I'd be afraid I'd catch the quilt itself and tear it all up. Or doesn't it do that? Very curious to know.
    LOL, I know how this story would end with me being on the operating end of the weed eater!! ROFL There would be nothing left of the quilt!!!!!

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  • cgshelly
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    They are like spandex on top with rubber soles. Probably should have called them water shoes. They are made to wear in the water. I just put them in the dryer with the quilt and put it on the cool air fluff setting. I thought they might beat it up a little more.

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  • PrettyCurious
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    I think it looks great!

    but um, boat shoes? How did you use those?

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  • Sharyn J
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    Wow, it looks great now! You probably built up muscles scrubbing it! LOL Glad the scrubber and the boat shoes worked.

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  • cgshelly
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    quilt2.jpg
    Here is the quilt after multiple scrubbings with a stiff vegetable brush and hours in the dryer along with 2 pair of "boat shoes" This was a practice quilt and a long way from perfect. 2 main lessons learned - the accuracy of your cutting is as important as the sewing and the importance of using the right fabric.
    Last edited by cgshelly; October 21, 2016, 02:47 PM.

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  • cgshelly
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    How would use a weed eater? Do you mean laying it on the floor and actually using the weed eater like you would on grass? I'd be afraid I'd catch the quilt itself and tear it all up. Or doesn't it do that? Very curious to know.

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  • cgshelly
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    Thanks so much for all of the input. I think you are right about the polyester blends. I will wash it several more times and see what happens. This was a "practice" quilt using material I had on hand. I want to make a nice one for my new grandchild coming in March and will use soft flannels, hopefully with better results.

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  • Alpha O
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    I have a raggie laptop made years ago. One layer of good cotton, one good flannel and one good muslin. The ends never ragged out that well, but the seams did.

    First wash of quilt in a Frigidaire washer. That agitator went up and down rather than swish. Could be hard on clothes, but I liked it and can't find another. Think the dryer had only low, medium and high cycles, plus a fluff. I tend to keep things unless I can't find parts.

    Later washed in newer machine, and dryer with more cycles. Still edges haven't fluffed like the seams.

    Maybe it's the process used in printing and dying some fabrics that makes the difference?

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  • DramaMama
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    The above posts are right re: cotton and poly not fluffing up like flannel. However, as the quilt goes through more washes, there should be a little more fluff to the frayed edges (depending on how much poly is in the quilt).

    My daughter did a rag quilt with 100% cotton (not flannel) and although it didn't fluff like flannel, it still looks very nice!

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  • Vonnie
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    Would a wire brush, the kind that is used to clean a grill, work on fraying the fabric?

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  • CraftySweetPeas
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    Was it cut on grain and not skewed, even a little bit? You can actually use a weed-eater (clean plastic tie, of course) to fray it...my guess is that may be the only way to get this one to fray. I, too, believe it is the cotton/poly blend that is the culprit.
    Last edited by CraftySweetPeas; October 17, 2016, 06:20 PM.

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  • Sharyn J
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    I'm sorry your quilt didn't rag. I believe that the polyester blend fabrics are the culprit since they usually don't shrink or fray.

    Normally, rag quilts are made from flannel, 100% cotton jeans fabric, homespun cotton fabrics (which are usually plaids) or similar cottons with a looser weave. Those fabrics will fray at the edges, which is what you want. I've made quite a few with flannels and one with jeans on top and homespun on the back. There are pictures in my album.

    Can you post a picture? Forum friends may have some suggestions.

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  • auntiemern
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    Poly blend will not fray like 100% cotton or 100% cotton flannel. It will fray eventually, but it will take several washings to notice a difference. Especially if the blend was more poly than cotton.

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  • CraftyJnet
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    I'm not sure the cotton/poly blend fabrics will fray the way you want them to - flannel frays the most - 100% cotton frays but not as much as flannel. Can you tell the fraying difference between the poly blend fabric and the 100% cotton fabric?

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