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Old 02-12-2011, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by skothing
Is this flannel? I think is is more the fabric than the batting. The fabric now days comes from every where in the world. So washing is a good rule before cutting. Fannel I wash several time.
Not flannel and definitely not the fabric. All the fabrics were prewashed and these were leftover blocks from another big quilt I made, that had different batting (poly) and did not shrink. It's definitely the batting, which is why the fabric is crinkled. If the fabric had shrunk, there wouldn't be wrinkles. I agree that it's time to start asking the company some questions, esp. since the box said to expect 3% shrinkage, and the paper instructions inside said to expect NO shrinkage.

I LIKE the look, just don't want to have to lose 10% of my quilts to shrinkage. That's too much.
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:55 PM
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Another thought - was it 31" before you did the quilting or after? The quilting will also make a quilt shrink. I just did one that started at 51x66 and ended at 49x64.
I've discovered the same thing! If you think about the sheer logistics of what quilting does to the fabric by pulling it down and puffing it up, it makes sense.
I measured to see how much binding to cut-- once all the quilting was done. It was 31" square before washing, 28.5" after.
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:40 PM
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I always use the regular warm and natural..I don't think I've had that much shrinkage...The quilt looks great..I personally love the crinkle look..You did a great job...I will check the measurements closely next time I make a quilt...
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:13 PM
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Do not wash the batting. A customer read on some quilting board that she was supposed to wash her batting. She brought it in to show me. It looked like something you would use to make spider webs for Halloween after washing. She had to buy new batting. So I never recommend washing batting.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:19 PM
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I love the way it looks.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:24 PM
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Its a darling little quilt anyway.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:46 PM
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I had the same thing happen We used a white cotton bed sheet for baby shower guest to draw/write messages to the First grand son the sheet was washed and dried many many times.This was disheartening for me but the New Mommy to be was thrilled with it.But I will not waste my money on that stuff again
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:53 PM
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I experienced that recently too --- almost 10%! It turned my king sized top into a queen size! I wasn't happy at all, BUT..... the finished quilt was absolutely gorgeous. I purchased the top from a friend who had pieced it out of "thrifty" fabrics that were not pre-washed, and I also used Warm and Natural batting. I was thinking that it came from her not pre-washing the fabrics, because I use W&N almost exclusively, and have never had this kind of shrinkage before. I'd be willing to add extra borders to future quilts if you think this may occur again, but in my opinion the W&N batting is wonderful over the long term. BTW, your quilt looks wonderful! :D
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:03 PM
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Most of the quilts I make are baby quilts that I give away. I asked one neighbor if the quilt was holding up with all the washing, she said it was fine. The rest I never find out anything.I always wash all my fabrics before using them on any projects.
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I really like the crackel look. Pretty quilt.
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