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« on: November 02, 2013 05:15:45 AM »

I'm making my first blue jean rag quilt and I want to do a boston commons pattern on the flannel side.  Originally my thought was to do the rag fringe on the blue jean side, but I'm wondering if I could/should do it on the patterned side so that it will all be seen at the same time rather than being reversible.  Does that make sense?

Any way - my question is: has anyone done a rag quilt before where the rag fringe is not on the blue jean side?
Also, do the blocks have to be sewn in a row or can I sew them into blocks of 4?

Thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013 07:41:45 PM »

Ive never made a blue jean rag quilt but ive seen lots where the layers were (bottom up)  blue jean then batting then cotton/flannel. So yes, by all means you can rag the not denim side. A quick google image search shows lots of folks doing just that, probly makes for an awesome picnic quilt.  (No, no slothy... No more planning, you are far. Tooo busy)

And its your quilt. Sew em into four patch blocks or rows, eventually it all looks the same. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2014 08:57:37 AM »

The nice thing about a rag quilt is you can make it any which way you want! It's up to you where you want the "rag fringe" to show up.

My only recommendation is to skip the batting layer! If you're making a denim/flannel rag quilt it is completely unnecessary. I made one a couple years ago out of old jeans and flannel pjs, no batting and it is WARM!!

« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2014 06:09:18 AM »

Thanks for the advice - I went with the craftster motto: Meh, just start cutting.  Then I spent the next 6 weeks stressing about everything from shrinking flannel to over snipping and everything in between.  I swear I'm not usually such a worry-wart, but I'm putting this in a silent auction and I don't want it to fall apart after someone spends money on it.  Anyway it's done!  Here's a link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430687.0#axzz2puQTPrPT
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