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Rick Rack Patchwork Blocks


Rick rack rocks … sorry I couldn’t resist! (Or is it ric rac?)

Anyway, check out these super gorgeous quilt blocks with rick rack. And, here’s the detailed tutorial on how to put it all together. Definitley a colour explosion!

I had never heard to wash rick rack before. Does it run, or shrink, or both?

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This post was published on October 21st, 2008. Post topics: Free Projects, Tips and Tricks. Post tags: .

6 Responses to “Rick Rack Patchwork Blocks”

  1. Sid says:

    I’ve seen red and pink rick rack that bleeds. Shrinking usually doesn’t happen. I do the bleed test: wet the end and lay on a paper towel till it dries. If it doesn’t bleed, I don’t bother pre-washing. Of course, some people are more “strict” about pre-washing everything!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I wasn’t concerned with the bleeding so much as the sizing. Rick-Rack is a lot softer after washing and drying, to the point that the shape changes a little bit. I didn’t want to sew a bunch of it into seams of a quilt without washing out the sizing first. The photos of the finished quilt were taken after the quilt was machine-washed and dried and you can see how the rick-rack is still laying nice and flat. I attribute that mostly to the fact that it was prewashed and dried in the machine. (By the way, thanks for linking to my blog!)

  3. Mishka says:

    Elizabeth and Sid,

    Thanks for the info. The sizing makes so much sense.


  4. These blocks look deliciious!

  5. Esteemarlu says:

    I have never prewashed rickrack but will from now on. I just love that quilt. Thanks for the great tip.

  6. beth holness says:

    modern ric rack isn’t usually made from cotton. you have to look really hard to find 100 percent cotton and then it’s really expensive’Most modern stuff is rayon and viscose. This breaks down over time ,I think that’s why we find laundering rick rack so dangerous.

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