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    baby quilt ruined after wash

    I am so sick about this finished baby quilt i just finished. I washed it because it had some spots on it from my sewing machine. As I took it out of the washer noticed that the appliqued duck was all frazzle. Now what can

    I just finished this baby quilt of baby animals. I washed it because it had a spot on it. When i took it out of the washer the duck's head was frazzled. I am just sick. Do I have to do a whole new quilt or does anyone have a good suggestion to redo the duck only? The duck is machine embroidered appliqued.
    Thanks for listening to my whining.Lol. Barb T.


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    Your quilt is just too cute. I would do something about the duck, not make a whole new quilt. If it is appliqued, it seems as though your friend the ripper would take the original one off, although it would not be terrifically easy. Can you get a new duck? I am so sorry you have had this problem.

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    Can you take off the duck and redo it?
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    Throw a cute Easter bonnet on the duck?

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    Put a hat on him.
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    The quilt is so cute. I would only with sharp tiny scissors take out the duck ruined part and applique by hand something else (maybe the name of the baby???). Hand sew the applique like nothing happened.
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    blessing in desguise.. the quilt top would have been washed.. repair it.. please.. too cute to not have it as a gift. really you can solve this youself.. cute!
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    I like the bonnet idea...could also appliqué a flower or part of an egg shell or a bow over the area.
    very cute quilt. So sorry you had to deal with this now. On the positive spin, what you end up doing will be added to your toolbox of tricks. Keep up the great work .

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    Quote Originally Posted by peaceandjoy View Post
    Throw a cute Easter bonnet on the duck?
    this was my first thought, too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphire_Rae View Post
    Put a hat on him.
    Thats just what I was gonna say! Great minds think alike!

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    I think I would take the duck off and appliqué something else. I would be concerned the duck may have more issues as it is washed again.

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    How about a low umbrella sort of like a Sunbonnet Sue's? Though I agree with deedum - only if the rest of the duck is more stable.

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    The hat and egg shell sound like good fixes.

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    I agree, put a cute hat on him. It will be adorable.

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    I think the reason of the shredding might be the fabric you used; I sort of see that the fabric is not smooth on the chest of the duck. Is the yellow fabric the same as any other used in the blanket?
    I have this set of applique animals and embroidered them once. What you can do is embroider the appliqued duck on a soluble stabilizer or a tear away and then applique by hand the entire shape on top of the one you have. It might be a little bit bulky so if I were you I would take the yellow fabric with sharp scissors and then applique. Don't get discouraged, remember that just you will notice any imperfection. I think the blanket is very cute and will be loved.
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    Bonnet for a girl, hat for a boy, broken egg shell if you don't know!!! Sooooo cute!!
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    What a shame - such a cute quilt. But be glad you discovered the problem yourself and not the new mother when she first washed it. She would probably feel awful that she "ruined" it. I'd use different fabric for the applique and maybe handsew in a new duck after removing the damaged one. It's odd that it reacted that way, but it likely will have more issues when it's washed again, if you leave the duck. His tummy looks as though it's pulling away also.

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    I would put a hat on the duck and hopefully that will be a "meant to be" fix.

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    I agree with those suggesting you remove the duck totally and applique one from a different fabric. If the fabric is so fragile with a first wash it won't hold up when gifted. Very cute quilt!

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    I love the suggestions so far. You could also simply make another ducky block, carefully cut out the old one, and hand sew the new one in place.

    One of the problems with using a close satin stitch is that it tends to "cut" the fabric. Looks like this is what happened to your duck; the fabric was weakened by the stitching and pulled away from the stitches. Next time you might want to use a fusible (I like Misty Fuse because it doesn't make the fabric stiff) and a satin stitch that is wider and not so close together.

    Also, did you was it in a top loader? The middle agitator is rough on fabric, especially when a fold gets caught. A front-loading washing machine is more gentle.

    Edit: I didn't realize that these are machine embroidery. Not sure my comments about the satin stitching apply, as I do not have an embroidery machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119 View Post
    Thats just what I was gonna say! Great minds think alike!
    This idea gets my vote too.

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    My first thought was ,,,how about a hat for the duck. I think that would be cute...just a thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphire_Rae View Post
    Put a hat on him.
    I was going to say a bow, how funny
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    Put a hat on him or use the seam rippers. You might consider another bit of stitching for all the other animals, too. It's going to get washed a lot. If it had to frazzle, it's a good thing it did while still in your possession.
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    Quick trick if you are too frustrated... Get an iron on appliqué and place it where the duck was. There are a lot of cute ones out there. I made my son a Irish chain and added a mater(from cars movie) iron on appliqué and it really held up well.

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