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Thread: LQS fabric stretching out of shape?

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    LQS fabric stretching out of shape?

    Has this happened to anyone else? This is the first time this happened to me. I went to quilt my star quilt and noticed that the borders were perfectly sewn to the edges of the quilt and lay flat but the inside of the quilt was out of shape, way too much fabric. I did manage to do an allover design to bring in the excess, but frankly was puzzled. I bought the fabric in a LQS, as I do most of my fabrics and 100% cotton. Everything was cut and sewn without a problem, all pieces fit in together. I had extra fabric to make a matching baby quilt but decided not to have this happen again. Could it have stretched when I laid it over the rail of the longarm until I was ready to quilt?
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    Did it maybe get stretched when you did the final pressing? Often I find having the freshly pressed area drape over the pointed end of the ironing board will cause some stretching, especially if I am using alot of steam... that little bit of moisture and the weight of the top can cause stretching.
    As much as I love steam ... when I am doing that final press I need to turn off the steam , unless its a small piece without much weight.

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    [QUOTE=Lori S;5284140]Did it maybe get stretched when you did the final pressing? Often I find having the freshly pressed area drape over the pointed end of the ironing board will cause some stretching, especially if I am using alot of steam... that little bit of moisture and the weight of the top can cause stretching.
    As much as I love steam ... when I am doing that final press I need to turn off the steam , unless its a small piece without much weight.[/QUOTE

    Thanks for your suggestion. I don't remember, it's possible. I was working on three quilts at the same time. I will take note and make sure I don't do that on my next quilt. It was odd that it only happened with this fabric????
    Helen T.

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    Or were a lot of the blocks from the bias?
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    also maybe you should starch the fabric well to give it more body. lay flat when storing.

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    Did you square your quilt beforehand? I'm just curious if maybe while sewing the borders you sort of tightened the outer edges.

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