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Thread: Uh oh, border shrunk HELP

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    Senior Member sandraa's Avatar
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    Uh oh, border shrunk HELP

    I am one of those that never wash fabric, so look at this mess. The blue border shrunk and pulled the whole quilt in. I was thinking the only way to fix would be to cut out the blue border and reattach the outside border to the purple inside border and do a kinda quilt as you go seam. Anyone have a better idea they care to share. This is a gift for a young man that works with me Thanks in advance. Sandra
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    WOW! i would remove the border- cut it to the correct size (if it can be pressed flat once it is removed from the quilt) then using sashing strips re-attach it straight. in the (quilt as you go) method.
    it is a beautiful quilt- i hope it works out-
    and it may have been the batting that shrunk---not the fabric- did you follow the laundering recommendations for the batting? Batik's really don't usually shrink like that- i would bet it was the batting- not the fabric.
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    I guess because I can't see the actual quilt, it looks like the outer border is the one that shrunk. I would think if it was the middle border the first border would also be puckered. And I have had batik shrink after washing; it was a no-name brand. If it's the outer border you could take it off and maybe add a four-patch at the corners to make it fit.

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    Wow, I've never seen that happen. The first thing I would do is to try to block the quilt to see if you can straighten it out. Then if you can quilt it more densely it might stay straight. I think the problem might be that the quilting is not dense enough for the batting???

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    that is really bad. did you quilt the middle border? I have never ever ever seen shrinking in a quilt that weird. good luck. wish that I had an answer for you.
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    That is too bad about the border as the quilt is beautiful I just love your colors. Good luck and I hope you can salvage
    the quilt.

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    The quilt itself is lovely. I do hope some of the suggestions above will work for you~
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    Wow - bet you couldn't get something to do that again if you tried.

    I think it's one of the fabrics, too. If it was the batting, the whole thing should have been evenly puckered.

    The colors are pretty -

    Maybe you could remove the 'culprit' - repress the rest of the quilt - and applique a border in place of the offending piece?
    Last edited by bearisgray; 05-22-2012 at 04:37 PM.

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    Super Member crafty pat's Avatar
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    I always wash my fabric first thing as I had that same problem years ago. Your quilt is so beautiful I hope you can fix it. I was lucky to have enough fabric to cut a new border.

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    Super Member QuiltnLady1's Avatar
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    I would do what you suggested -- remove the border that shrunk and then add another border as a QAYG. I have made a quilt, quilted it and decided I needed another border and added it as QAYG successfully before I put the binding on.

    I would be sure and wash any new border fabric and batting before adding it since the new stuff needs to shrink up before you attache it.

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