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Old 06-28-2018, 01:53 PM
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after winning a second place ribbon at the show, and $500 of custom quilting, my dh says the quilt is too rough. i know machine quiting can be that way, but what do i do? will washing it soften it up a bit? it's 60 degree 2" stars that were English Paper Pieced, queen sized. how do i get the stiffness out of it? what do you do? he says he can feel it thru the top sheet. thanks everyone.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:12 PM
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Hi Lynnie I haven't a quilt that has been heavily quilted but all of my quilts become softer the more I wash them.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:16 PM
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Congratulations on the prize! Keep that uppermost in your mind. And I agree with cannyquilter, your quilt will become softer after each wash.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:24 PM
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Yes, washing and using a liquid fabric softener will soften the quilt. I do this to all of my quilts.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:26 PM
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Use it as a decorative bed covering but fold it back at night and sleep under a blanket. It probably won't feel softer for a while.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:27 PM
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Congrats on your award!
The batting, backing and thread can also contribute to stiffness in a quilt. It will soften with laundering and use, but it may take some time. I would take it to a laundromat and use a large capacity machine. Just one question: you did remove the papers, right? There are some EPP products that you leave in.
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:28 PM
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I don't have any suggestions for you....I just want to say CONGRATS on the ribbon! Hope you can post a photo of the quilt soon.
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:52 PM
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Lynnie, that's awesome! I'm so happy for you!
I also would think washing will eventually soften it. Darn!
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Old 06-28-2018, 05:03 PM
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it was EPP, but I took out all my papers.
I'll try the washing the thing a few times with a lot of Downey.
thank you everyone for your advice.
when it's heavily quilted, it seems to slide around.
I always hand quilt my quilts, and this one wasn't
I'm doing Storm at Sea now. I figure it will take me
about 3 yrs to do. It too, is English Paper Pieced. I'll
quilt it by hand
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Old 06-28-2018, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by JenniePenny View Post
Use it as a decorative bed covering but fold it back at night and sleep under a blanket. It probably won't feel softer for a while.
I would do this as well!!!
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