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    Need help.

    I am trying to make my step son his camping quilt and I am failing really bad. This what I came up with as you can see in the photo I got this nasty wrinkle in it. So I took it out and am starting over again measuring after each row and now it's starting to wrinkle again I am thinking this pattern is not for me. I want to use the wolf print in his quilt but I am stumped what I can do I need to do somethingng fast I don't have a lot of time it needs to be done 100% by 4/14 This is some of the fabric I got at Walmart for $1 a yard wish I could use it but I think it's to bright for a 20yr old.
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    When you added each border in the original photo, did you first measure through the middle of the quilt and cut the border strip to that measurement? If you didn't do this and just sewed strips on and cut them off, I think that is the reason why it developed a wrinkle. I would re-do according to the first photo, but measure through the middle and cut two borders at a time, pinning borders on before sewing. (Also, heavily starching the panel and other fabric will help keep everything flat. If one of the fabrics stretches easily, I recommend a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water, which makes a very heavy starching solution.)

    Gingham checks are not very masculine. I think only the very dark blue and very dark purple (black?) next to it would even be possibilities, and I do not see how they could be used. The camo fabric in the first photo is a really nice complement to the wolf picture, so I would try to re-use it with heavy starching (and measurements).

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    I have found heavy starch helps!

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    Thank you for the info I am gonna. Have to run to store and get more material I only have the Camo the rest I am out of. This quilt will be the death of me lol

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    I cut all the material in the sizes I needed then just started sewing the all together and that's happen. Each time I sewed a row in I trimmed and put the side on.

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    Before cutting the new fabric, I recommend starching it with the 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo and water. The way I do it, which is very easy, is to use a large wall painting brush to brush the starch solution onto the yardage until the fabric is saturated. I wait a couple of minutes to give the starch time to penetrate the fabric, then toss in the dryer and iron with steam. Only then would I cut the strips.

    Also starch the existing panel before moving on. Make sure it lies flat and that the corners are square.

    Measure the quilt through the middle. Cut two strips this length. Pin each strip to the panel before sewing. Fold the panel in half and mark the middle; do the same with the borders. Fold again and mark the quarter points. Match the ends and all the marks and pin at each of these points. Only then do you sew the borders on (one at a time). Press everything, make sure corners are squared, and then measure through the middle before cutting the next two strips.

    I think if you do this and starch heavily at each step, you will be fine. Just make sure at each step that the top is still lying flat and that the corners are still square.

    I really like your design and layout. Good luck!!!

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    Did you pre-wash? That will often "set" the fabric grain. I have found that panels are often off-grain and when I want to use them, I quilt the panel first, square it up, and then add borders and backing [in a quilt sandwhich], one side at a time, and quilt each one before I add the next side. It is really frustrating to do all that work and have it "buckle". My guess is that it was not your measuring OR sewing, but the original panel that was off.
    It is a nice thing you are doing, for a special gift...men are harder to find the "right thing to do" for them.

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    I ask the lady next door to me for help. I just found out she also quilts. She came over looked at it and it is the wolf panel that is not squared off right. So after I take it out again I will square it up again. When that is solved then I can start. I am gonna remeasure my strips minus the black and do this design. Maybe I will try to do this design again one day but don't have a lot of time to get this quilt done. Here is a sample of what the new quilt will look like with me using the wolf in middle. I will use the Camo and gray in this pattern and boarder it off with a blue
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    I have never washed my fabric before using them. I might have to start doing that. I am getting sick of my quilts not lining up. But I am still learning.

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    Since you are in a hurry, look at this post: QAYG Flip N Sew With Pictures

    You would be quilting at the same time and it might work with this design.

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