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Thread: I can't believe this happened.....please help!

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    Senior Member nycbgirl's Avatar
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    I am in the process of putting the binding on a very scrappy quilt that I am making for a dear friend of mine and I noticed that the border has the warm and natural batting coming through. It's called bearding (I think) I am so upset. I can gather it together in little balls with my rubber tipped gloves but I don't know if it will continue. The border fabric is perhaps too thin but I am done almost....will this stop??? Maybe after I wash it????

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    I haven't had this problem very often only on 3 occasions years ago, but I too have noticed that this occurs on overly thinner fabrics. I have used a lint roller to collect all the fibers instead of hand picking them, then washed and dried them and after about 3 washes the batting "gathered up" as I'd call it and it stopped.

    In my case, such an issue has never been a problem that has been ongoing for the life of the quilt. The best advice I learned and took from myself to avoid this is to never use ultra thin fabrics in quilting no matter how pretty they are because even though the bearding will stop, if the quilt is loved and used well, that fabric tends to wear out quicker than normal, and then the batting will really, really start coming through.

    I had a very upset nephew many years ago who recieved a quilt from me that had a very thin fabric in the borders and it wore out quicker because of the thin thread count. From that experience plus 2 others after that in the same year, now I don't ever use thin fabrics in quilting unless it is going to be a wall hanging and exposed to minimal (to no) laundering.

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    I would replace the binding if you are giving it as a gift.

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    when ever you have a fabric that is too thin to be used (not the same weight as the other fabrics in the quilt) you should use a stablizer under it...it can be a thin non=woven from the store, or it can be as simple as a second layer of the offending fabric, or a piece of muslin...using a foundation will eliminate many problems (like un-even wear and bearding)

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    Thank you all. I have learned a valuable lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycbgirl
    Thank you all. I have learned a valuable lesson.
    I feel your pain! Personally, I learn so much more from my mistakes than from my successes. I choose not to beat myself up over them, I just learn and move on. :D

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