Does anyone make rag quilts?

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  1. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been looking high and low for something that would cut the "fringe" for my rag quilts without having to do it by hand.
    So far I have only found this: http://accuquilt.com/Fabric-Cutting-System-C6.aspx

    While its what I am looking for as far as product, the price is way outta my range. I was hoping someone on here might know of a cheaper alternative that I haven't found. Thanks!
     
  2. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've done a few rag quilts. The ONLY thing that saved my right hand was a special pair of scissors made by Fiskars. They are called Fiskars Soft Touch Spring Action Rag Quilter. I bought them at JoAnn Fabrics. They have them on their website now for $13.99. Hope the link works...

    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3195&start=13
     
  3. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yes, I have a pair of those! They are fantastic! There are a few reasons I am on this mission. I have seen some fantastic raq quilts on ebay that have the perfect fringe, evenly spaced at that! I wanted to be able to do that to mine. I also thought it would save a lot of time and I would be able to spit the quilts out quicker to make a little money on the side. I also like getting new gadgets to satisfy my addiction but there is no way I could justify spending that much. The machine alone is $600 plus you have to spend another $150 to get the die for the fringing. Ugh, it's frustrating. I am thinking I will just have to resign myself to snipping away while watching tv and scattering little threads all over the place.

    Thanks for your reply!
     
  4. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Yeah, I know what you mean! I save the snipping for TV watching and long car trips. When I open the car door, I "moult"! DH LOVES it when I do that in his truck. [​IMG] I'll have to check out the Accuquilt thing. I just got their catalog in the mail but didn't pay close enough attention... [​IMG]
     
  5. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Moult, I never thought of it that way! I have only snipped the purses in the car. I have decided I prefer doing quilts over purses so I have to have more space. I did a twin size for my oldest DS and man oh man was that a job. I have got the squares for the top for my youngest DS's quilt cut out, I still have to do the batting and the backing and I have been putting it off. I have seen some on Ebay going for a nice chunk of change and would like to try changing my designs up a bit. Trying to find the time to do it is a different story....
     
  6. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Time....*sigh*. My quilting is kind of on the back burner for now. Now that the weather has cooled a bit, I'm kind of ready to get my unfinished projects out...

    I hear you about the space issue! I only have one spot that I can lay everything out and let it stay out till I'm done! I'm constantly yelling at the cat to get off my project though! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I like the traditional stuff plus the rag quilting. For my rag quilts I have used old jeans backed with a fun print. Since the denim is heavy, I haven't used batting in the middle which cuts out a step. I did do one flannel rag quilt with the batting in the middle.

    Anyway, enjoy your projects!! [​IMG]
     
  7. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahh yes, the cooler weather. I have plenty of space to work on my sewing but it isn't heated so I will have to move my stuff again so I don't freeze while working on my projects.

    I actually have yet to make a traditional quilt! After seeing the quilt block swap, I think I can do a 9 patch, but have yet to attempt it. Too many irons in the fire.

    I haven't used jeans for my rag quilts yet. The boys are really rough with their jeans and finding a decent sized piece without a stain or hole is near impossible so I just stick to regular fabric. If I get the chance tomorrow.er...this morning I will post pics of a few completed quilts. Maybe you could do the same, hint hint! I love looking at stuff like that!

    I better get to bed, I won't want to wake up in the morning. Its been nice chatting with you!
     
  8. Mycookoonest

    Mycookoonest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just made a rag quilt... I would recommend getting homespun fabric to make sure it fringes up... that might save you from having to cut eat peice 1/4in spaces. I didn't get homespun for my quilt and it seriously needs to be hand fringed... it's for a Christmas present for my Mother in law so I guess I need to do it!

    Here's the rag quilt I just did..
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  9. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mycookoonest,

    That is beautiful!!! I like how you used smaller squares on some of it. Homespun fabrics are the best! I made a curtain valance for my kitchen out of patriotic homespun and it frays so nicely! I had a picture of it but now I can't seem to find it and the valance is all packed away! [​IMG] If I find it later I will post it.


    Thanks!
     
  10. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's awesome Mycookoonest!! I love your 4 patches in with the squares!! My rag quilts only have had squares. Homespun is definitely good, but I've had good luck with the regular stuff too. A couple trips through the washer and dryer and it comes out pretty nice.

    tabsmonsters... I'll see if I can get a few pics posted! The PhotoBucket picture posting thing is complicated!! [​IMG]

    One of the BYC members, horsejody, started a Yahoo group for quilters. I believe it's called The Quilted Rooster. They are planning to start up a block swap. Do a search on Yahoo Groups for it. I think there are 7 or 8 members and all are from BYC. The nine patches are sooooo easy!!
     

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