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Thread: Why does it not look right to me?

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    I have been working on some wall hangings -- hand piecing and hand quilting. The pieces are roughly 20" x 24". After the quilting is done, the finished product looks as though I have not sandwiched it taut enough. It is too lumpy/bumpy for my discerning eye. I do sandwich the layers using masking tape and baste from the center out in all directions. While I know that the galloping horseman would not see this, I wonder if I am being too picky? if there is an alternate way to do the sandwiching? if I should stop being such a perfectionist? Thanks for your ideas. Phyllis Carol

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    Do you have a pic? I have noticed you get less puckering if you use the cotton batting that is flatter. Hope this helps.
    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis Carol
    I have been working on some wall hangings -- hand piecing and hand quilting. The pieces are roughly 20" x 24". After the quilting is done, the finished product looks as though I have not sandwiched it taut enough. It is too lumpy/bumpy for my discerning eye. I do sandwich the layers using masking tape and baste from the center out in all directions. While I know that the galloping horseman would not see this, I wonder if I am being too picky? if there is an alternate way to do the sandwiching? if I should stop being such a perfectionist? Thanks for your ideas. Phyllis Carol drpcsk@comcast.net
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    What type of batting are you using? I've noticed that different ones give different finished looks.

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    Are you stretching the backing when you tape it down? That can cause some major "lumpy" looks on the front of the finished product.

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    Make sure you are using good backing. I have found that the stiffer the backing the less it puckers. Starch cheaper backing if want to stiffer.

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    I use polyester batting with low loft. All of my fabric is 100% cotton. I have nerver used starch before.

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    I spray baste, especially smaller pieces, but have learned to spray the batting, not the fabric. Seems to help keep them smoother

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis Carol
    I use polyester batting with low loft. All of my fabric is 100% cotton. I have nerver used starch before.
    Maybe try a flatter cotton batting, even low loft poly is puffier than say Warm and Natural :D:D:D

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    agreed
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis Carol
    I use polyester batting with low loft. All of my fabric is 100% cotton. I have nerver used starch before.
    Maybe try a flatter cotton batting, even low loft poly is puffier than say Warm and Natural :D:D:D
    :thumbup:

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