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Thread: So what went wrong?

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    angieh1964's Avatar
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    so i finished up the latest baby quilt actually did everything by the book so i thought please tell me what i did wrong or is it the fabric?


    i am just sick i could have cried. on the good side it all washed up soooo soft perfect for baby. the sad part is the flannel on the back washed up fine not a bit of raveling. can this be fixed and what can i do in the future? i think my fur babies just got themselves a new blankie
    WAAAAA!

    this is what went in the washer
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    this is what came out
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    looks like you definately did NOT have a good full seam, it must have been just barely caught in these places and pulled out. also if your stitch length is too long when your piecing it gives it room to move around and pull apart. I couldn't tell, how was it quilted?

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    What a shame---not sure what went wrong

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    oh NO!! How sad for you! I would think that maybe you weren't consistant in your 1/4" seams?? I have this happen to me in my machine applique after its been washed a bit..which is making me do it all raw egde. If its gonna ravel I might as well plan it that way. =)

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    Did you wash on a short delicate cycle? Sorry that this happened.

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    Sheesh, you must feel soooooo bad. Did you prewash the sashing fabric? And I am wondering too about the seam allowence..............as far as saving it ..........what about using strips to patch it? Perhaps iron the area flat and than apply the patch? Too much work to not try something...........calla/Sue

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    What a shame to see such a cute quilt come apart like that; I'm so sorry this happened!

    I try to make my baby quilts as indestrucable as possible, so some of the things I pay special attention to include:

    Start out with good quality quilting cotton with a nice tight weave.
    Prewash, starch and press all the fabric before cutting.
    Choose a good quality thread both for piecing and quilting.
    Full 1/4 inch seams.
    Shorter than "normal" stitch length.
    Pressing the seams all to one side as I construct the top.
    Machine quilting (usually a combo of FMQ and stich in the ditch), no farther apart than recommened for the batting I am using.

    I didn't learn this all at once either, and totally understand how you must feel. I've had some mishaps as I go along too, and just try to learn from them.

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    Oh no. Hope you can fix it. Such a shame with all the work you put into it.

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    SVS your quilt got messed up in the washing. Feel so bad for you.

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    i made sure all seams were 1/4 in even pinned every strip used starch this is the third baby quilt i have done and this is the first to do this and it just wasnt the couple spots all but about 4 patches did this i guess i should go back to not being as careful about everything as in the other 2 i did not wash on delicate as i always wash my quilts first as a non quilting person would this is a baby quilt and it is going to need to be put thru rigourous treatment the one thing i will try next time is short smaller stitches

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