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    Hi-I'm new :)

    Hi I'm new at quilting and need a few pointers. I've started assembling my first quilt top....prettg good so far ...however I feel my top doesnt lie flat...its wavy in a few places...it is a heirloom quilt made from my grannies sheets so I just gata get it right..any ideas please?

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. If you have cut your pieces accurately and sewed good 1/4 inch seams, there are a few things you can try. Iron the top with spray starch and see if that helps. Dampen the quilt top with a spray bottle and block the top out on a clean surface to dry. Use an extra high loft batt to hid the puffy parts when quilting it. If you are able to post a picture of it, someone might be able to offer more specific advice.

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    Welcome from OHIO! If you could post a picture I'm sure someone here could give you a solution.
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    welcome from se TX -- good luck with the quilt!!
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    Welcome! I think if you put your question in the "Main" section, you will get a lot more help to your question. A couple people here have offered help but you may find additional ideas there. I have no suggestions to offer unfortunately. I think you will enjoy it here though.

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    Welcome from Oklahoma. This is the place for answers. You will love it here. When you get your quilt finished, please let us see it. We all love looking at pictures.
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    Hello and welcome from Minnesota! Please show us your quilt!

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    Welcome from Spring, Texas. I think Tartan gave you some great tips. The first thing to know though is never "iron" pieces for a quilt. Press - which means drop the iron down and let it sit for a sec. Don't use the traditional rubbing motion. Set it down and pick it up. To flatten fabric, dampen slightly and press each peace. You will immediately see a difference. "Ironing" can easily stretch pieces which will become a nightmare when you piece them into other pieces and once you stitch that stretched piece in - sorry charlie. That should help a lot.

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    Welcome from Indiana!

    I agree with the PRESSING recommendation. I think a thicker/denser polyester batting will help hide some of those imperfections.

    Are the fabrics made up the same? 100% cotton; 80/20; 50/50 poly/cotton? Permanent Press versus 100% cotton? That could make a difference.

    You state that you're 'new' at quilting. Are your seams consistent? 1/4" (or whatever you used). If some of stitching is done at 1/4" and then goes up to 1/2" and back down to 1/4" (visualize a wave) . . . that will definitely make for a wavy quilt.

    Post some pictures if you have time.

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