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Thread: Have I messed up?

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    Have I messed up?

    I bought a kit from Keepsake Quilting for the Labyrinth quilt. This is the first big quilt that I've made in years, and I wanted the colors to be good together, so I chose a kit. Since some of the colors are dark, I prewashed all of them before I started cutting it out. Well, here's my problem that I woke up to at 4:30 this morning... I DIDN'T wash my muslin backing. I bought the good quality muslin, but in my effort to hurry up and get started, I completely didn't think about washing it. Will the back shrink now when I wash it? I hand quilt and have completely gotten the big medallion/star done and am moving right along... now I wonder what I should do. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Muslin does usually shrink. What I would do in your case is to complete quilting the top more densely than you might have. It may crinkle more than usual, but think positively - the crinkling may be wonderful!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Totally go with it, as ArtsyOne says.

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    Most shrinkage is actually due to batting so you should be fine
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    Thank you all for your replies... I woke up worrying about this and just couldn't get it off my mind. It's for my son and future daughter-in-law and I wanted it to be special.

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    Ditto what ArtsyOne says. And think positive!

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    I've never spent this much on one quilt at one time before.... Scared I'd cut it wrong, was so thankful I thought about prewashing since it has dark colors and light, and then finally, TOO LATE, thought about the backing. Feel better about it now though. Thanks for y'alls encouragement!

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    It will be special and the kids will love it.
    Scrapy quilts have more love in them.

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    I think it should be just fine.

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    Muslin does shrink... sometimes a lot. Maybe you could wash a bit of it after measuring and see if it shrinks more than you can accept. Better to undo the quilting and start over than to not be happy with the finished quilt.

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    It will be fine and a treasured gift to your kids

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    I think you stated "a good quality muslin" I have used "a good quality muslin" many times and have not had a problem.

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    Just tell everyone that you were going for the vintage look. It will probaBly not move much if you have quilted it well.

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    Put a label on it to "wash: warm or cold" and dry: low or hang dry" In this day and age, using cold washing is almost as good as HOT and it doesn't shrink as much or lose the colors. I have been putting this on all my quilts. I know mothers with small children will have to use hot sometimes but with the other instructions, if there is a stain, cold water does best on removing many stains. My thoughts.
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    Perhaps you could contact Keepsake Quilting and see what they suggest. They may use one muslin for their kits and know how it washes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reb View Post
    Perhaps you could contact Keepsake Quilting and see what they suggest. They may use one muslin for their kits and know how it washes.
    I've quilted (hand quilted) the "medallion" and am almost on the outside portions. I've quilted at least every 3". I just hope this will be close enough... Maybe they won't look on the back and if it shrinks up too much, maybe they can use it on a full bed. I'll wash it when I'm finished and see how it turns out. Maybe I'll think better next time!

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