Does anyone make rag quilts?

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  1. tabsmonsters

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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. 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

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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. [​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

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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. 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

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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

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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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    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. 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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