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Thread: Puffy disaster!

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    Puffy disaster!

    I have made a baby quilt for a friend, as a favor. Today I finished the binding, and washed and dried it (low heat setting). I like the crinkled, old-fashioned look for a quilt, but this one came out too puffy and wrinkled to look nice.

    This is the first quilt I have basted the layers using Elmer's Washable School glue. The quilting (STID) seemed to go okay and I didn't notice any problems with wrinkling, puckering, etc., while I was working on it.

    I tried ironing it, but really that just pushes the wrinkles around and doesn't improve how it looks much.

    I'm wondering if I rewash it and lay it flat to dry, would that improve it, but I don't really think it would look any better.

    I will appreciate any suggestions.

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    Sorry, I don't know why the photo shows multiple times!
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    It doesn't look bad to me. It looks like your batting shrunk more than you expected and gathered up the fabric. I wonder if you used a different batting than on other quilts? I have never used glue to baste but I don't know why it would cause the shrinkage. I wish I had a solution for you but I don't. Hopefully someone else on the board has an idea.

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    I don't think Elmer's is your problem. I think the batting shrank and caused crinkles. Did you use cotton batting? It tends to do that. I'm sorry you don't like the look, but I think it is a great quilt. I strive to get my quilts to have the crinkled look because they loo comfortable and old.

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    Just my opinion: when using a cotton batting which shrinks, lots of quilting results in the crinkled look, not a lot of quilting results in the wrinkled look.

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    I think it looks nice and cozy!!

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    I think the sailboat blocks look fine. I see some excess fabric in the area at the bottom of the picture where there isn't any quilting. I'm sure it is because your batting shrunk. The boat blocks have more quilting in them and that helped stabilize the batting and controlled the shrinkage. I think if there had been more quilting in the bigger areas, it would have helped.

    However, it is an adorable quilt and I don't think it looks bad at all!!!
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    I hope it's not a bad look because all of my quilts look like that after being washed. I love the crinkly look.

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    I think it looks cuddly and fun the way it is!

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    I am certainly not an expert but the quilt looks wonderful to me.

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