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Thread: I am sooo upset...

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    Senior Member mythreesuns's Avatar
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    I made a Christian D9P for my dear mother-in-law (86). I put the entire quilt together and just did tying with yarn. It turned out beautiful, until I washed it. I am so P.O'ed now. The fabric that is kinda tanish/yellowish with the big cross's on it... frayed in several different spots.. JUST the area with that fabric in it. The spots where there are seams with the different fabric... all is okay. So now what can I do? She loves her quilt...I did also..until I washed it. At first I saw one small spot, so I used fabric glue on that... but...dang..now I found many spots..I would have to call it MY GLUE QUILT. It measures 108 x 108. I am so mad, I could spit fire..
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    Sounds like that fabric is a looser weave than the rest. I know that you tied it, but I would consider hand or machine quilting just those blocks, to reinforce the seams. You could also frame the blocks with sew on or iron on bias tape.

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    So sorry this happened, I wish I had an answer for you. Hopefully someone here will. BTW the quilt looks beautiful in the picture. :cry:

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    Thats a shame. Could you applique over those areas?

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    I would have to do the entire quilt..as it is not just the huge blocks in the middle..but also the little squares in between the bigger dark brown ones also..

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    Can you afford to send it to a LA?

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    Have you figured out WHY this has happened?

    If you are willing to share with us what you think may be the cause(s), it may save some of us a lot of aggravation and disappointment.

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    I'm sorry this happened to your quilt. I've never had fabric fray after washing. Is there a way to determine if fabric will fray before using it in a quilt?

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    Now the backing and batting would be to small now.. So it would cost even more..to buy new backing and batting..plus to have it LA... so that option would be out, as I can not afford that..but I did think of it.. until I realized the batting and backing part.

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    Just curious. Did you wash the fabric before you cut it? We are always discussing the pros and cons of doing this.

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    I'm sorry this happened to your lovely gift of love. The only thing I can think of is, if you could have someone do a lot of embroidered crosses that you could cut out and applique to all the holes. So sorry!

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    So sorry. Wish you had pre washed the fabric.

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    I'm curious why you'd have holes in the fabric! Is it 100% cotton? Is it homespun cotton? Homespun is a looser weave than regular quilting cotton. I'd be tempted to take it back to the store and show them what happened! They probably won't do anything, but they need to know if it's a flaw in the fabric.

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    I'm so sorry this has happened. I'm not clear on the problem, did it come apart at the seams? As Bearisgray said could you explain. I have one of those "store bought" quilts, when I washed it, it came apart. My pets do get on the bed, so I use this one as a top cover. I taught myself how to FMQ on it and still have spots that come apart when washed, then I go back and FMQ some more on it. Just a thought.

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    Without seeing this piece up close:

    My guesses:

    Loosely woven fabric
    Fabric may not have been 100% cotton
    Very narrow seams
    Uneven shrinkage when washed

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    Yes it is in the seam area.....but only on the one fabric also. I am to new to try to quilt it on my little machine my self. It is also to big for me to reach the middle of the quilt also.

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    Sorry, reading to fast this morning. It didn't fray on the seam line, but has holes in the fabric? Is this around the tie's? I think I would take out the ties and FMQ the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    Yes it is in the seam area.....but only on the one fabric also. I am to new to try to quilt it on my little machine my self. It is also to big for me to reach the middle of the quilt also.
    What kind of machine do you have?

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    A brother..PC-420 PRW.. so just a small throat area machine.

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    Aw -- it unravels a lot then. Homespun fabric unravels a lot. If that's the case, take it apart and sew the seams with the tiniest stitch length your machine will make. That should help.....good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    A brother..PC-420 PRW.. so just a small throat area machine.
    Yes, I could see that being a problem, my newest machine is over 15 years, with larger throat space. Since money is a problem, is there anyone you know that has an older machine that feed dogs drop, you could borrow? I wish you were closer.

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    How much more work/effort are you willing to put into this?

    I understand that you don't want to put much more money into it.

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    Go ahead and spit!

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    Did you wash your fabric before you started? If not, it's a
    good example, unfortunately for you, but for the rest of us
    to wash our fabric before we make our quilts. If you did
    wash and iron the fabric before you started, I don't know
    what to tell you except maybe remove the backing, since it
    is tied, and the batting and go in to reinforce the seams.
    Unfortunately, there is no quick solution. I've taken quilts
    apart to replace fabric that I did not like. When I started, it
    seemed like a major project, and it turned out to be less of a
    chore than I thought. I'm sorry this happened, and whatever
    solution you choose will be the right one.

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    I'm sorry this happened! That really stinks, especially after your MIL really likes her gift.

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