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Thread: Washed new quilt and am disappointed

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    Stummel's Avatar
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    I finally finished my baby quilt after sewing machine drama and bearding from the wool-cotton batting after washing. But now it's dry I am so disappointed. The batting seems to have shrunk unevenly I. Places andmuch more than the fabric, it isn't rectangular anymore and just looks used. I don't even feel I can gift it to the intended owners anymore. Is this normal?
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    All that work! I am sorry to hear that it didn't wash well.

    I prewash my fabric but have never heard of anyone washing batting.

    I am new to quilting and have 3 lapquilts almost ready to back. Would be very dissapointed after all the work.

    Sorry, I can't imagine your disapointment.

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    That's terrible! I feel so sorry for you and your poor quilt.

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    Is there any way I can fix it? Prevent it from happening again? :cry:

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    i've never used wool batting, but i do remember blocking wool sweaters after they were washed.

    wet the quilt again. not soaking/dripping wet. then block it. you'll need to lay it out on a flat absorbent surface ... like a mattress (with towels under, an plastic under that, to protect the mattress.) gently pat and stretch into shape. stick pins into it all the way around so it will hold that shape while it dries.

    if you gift it, make sure to include laundry instructions.

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    Great suggestion Patrice.
    I just read here recently about pre-washing batting.

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    I am just thinking out loud here, but I wonder if before you stretch it. Take the binding off. and then if it will stretch back out and lay flat, once it is dry before you put the binding back on, I am not sure how wide your border is, but put at least one or two rows of quilting right in the middle of the border to stablelize the edges before you put the binding back on.

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    I have noticed that many of the new batting pkgs say to pre shrink it... I have noticed the all cotton batting gives a wrinkly look. Wool has always shrunk...no dryer for it.Have it dry cleaned or wash with woolite and dry flat. The oldest quilts say to spread a sheet on the ground and dry them out of the sun.
    I am lazy and I now use 80/20......the cotton to poly ratio. I do throw it in the dryer with a couple of wet towels to take out any creases and maybe shrink a bit.
    I guess it comes down to reading the batting package, or the end of the bolt. Goggle washing batting and see what the newest info is. Things seem to change every few years..
    Sorry about your beautiful quilt.
    heres one article http://www.quilt.com/FAQS/BattingFAQ.html

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    The same thing happened to me! I had pre-washed the fabric, then tossed it in for a gentle wash and dried at low temp. It was Warm and Natural and shrunk unevenly. I have not had this happen before, and as you, was very upset with the quilt.

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    Do you still have the batting packaging? It should tell you how close your quilting has to be - can range from 3 or 4 " to 10", which makes a huge difference. You might need to add more quilting.

    I haven't ever prewashed batting.

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