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« on: November 23, 2016 05:32:13 AM »

This marks a slew of "firsts" for me. First attempt at a rag quilt, first autumn themed quilt and my first project share on Craftster. :-)

I started collecting fabrics with pretty fall colors for one or two quilted throw pillows a few years ago. They were never completed, but that fabric stash grew and grew and grew lol.

This quilt took me five days of dedicated time to complete. Here are the results:


The dictionary and musical fabrics were from my Tim Holtz "Elements" stash bin which I was thrilled to find a good use for.


The sewing together portion was actually the easiest part.


And my eternal gratitude to the woman who invented spring loaded scissors to cut the fringe.


After completing it, I washed then dried it to promote fringing of the edges. I grabbed a book and coffee and camped in the laundry room to empty the lint filter every 5-10 minutes for fear of starting a fire.


Of course, the removal of fringe from the washer and dryer and anything in the house that attracts fuzzies is a month long process after making one. After removing it from the dryer, I hung it outside in the wind  for the day to give it multiple lint roller treatments lol.


I was pleased with how it turned out. Next rag quilt I will definitely go with much thinner batting, perhaps even a flannel sheet for the inside layer.
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2016 07:03:33 AM »

It looks terrific! So does your yard. And your house. I'll be looking out for homesteading posts, I hope you'll make some Smiley.
Did you save the fluff for another craft? That's the sort of thing I could not possibly throw away, lol.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2016 07:11:21 AM »

It's beautiful! I love the fall colors.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2016 07:36:36 AM »

That is a gorgeous rag quilt!
I never imagined it would produce so much 'fringe fuzzies'.
But then again, I never made a quilt, leave alone a rag quilt.
Yours tempts me to start collecting fabric for it.
Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2016 07:41:25 AM »

Thanks so much for the feedback everyone. Up here on the edge of the mountain/world, it's usually just the hubby and the UPS delivery guy who get the "see, SEEEE what I just made?" treatment lol. Having some fellow crafterz to rub elbows with is a delight!

I did not save the dryer fluff, it went to the wood stove. But the edges of all the materials and trimmings are in a big bag waiting to stuff some crocheted toy in the future. :-)
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2016 01:39:52 AM »

Your rag quilt is wonderful! 
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018 09:03:05 AM »

WOW! I'm looking into my first rag quilt and this is very inspiring! Also, thank you for posting about all the fluff and your methods for dealing with it! We use the dryer fluff to make fire starters, so mine will end up in the wood stove eventually, too.

I live on the side of a mountain, myself, although we're not homesteading and the UPS driver won't come up here after the snow flies, so I mostly have The ManFlesh and the interwebz to share my creations with.   Roll Eyes
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