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Thread: fabric shrinkage

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    I have a question about how much fabric shrinks once quilted. I made the entire quilt out of Moda fabric. I made a quilt to the exact measurements of a pattern and it just fits my bed. Am I going to be sorry after I wash it?

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    Did you prewash the fabric? That will have some to do with the shrinking.
    Close quilting, can make them shrink a bit too.

    You could always wash in cold and line dry it...

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    I believe it depends on if you pre-washed your fabric and pre-shrunk your batting. Overall it shouldnot be much and will still fit your bed. It will probably have an antiquey wrinkly quality which I myself love.

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    I never wash my fabrics before making a quilt and have very little shrinkage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I never wash my fabrics before making a quilt and have very little shrinkage.
    Ditto!

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    I hope that you ladies are right and it does not shrink too much. I have a lot of love, time and money into this quilt. The reason that I asked is because my sons quilt that was made with Walmart fabric shrank about 5 inches in both directions.

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    I very rarely wash fabrics before making a quilt. I like the "crinkle" lood after completing the quilt and then washing. I will give the quilt a bit of a pressing after washing most times tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjaayoung
    I hope that you ladies are right and it does not shrink too much. I have a lot of love, time and money into this quilt. The reason that I asked is because my sons quilt that was made with Walmart fabric shrank about 5 inches in both directions.
    Wow! That seems like a lot of shrinkage. Was it washed in hot water? I would think that a cold wash and line dry would be the best way.

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    i prewash the fabric but never the batting (too lazy i guess) then i wash the quilt after it is done and it turns out fine. I also like the crinkled look after washing.

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    Since its Moda fabric, I would guess that it would not shrink a lot. It will shrink a bit when you quilt it, of course.

    That does seem like a LOT of shrink for the Walmart fabric. Was it the REALLY cheap $2.00 a yard stuff ?

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