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    Puffy disaster!

    I have made a baby quilt for a friend, as a favor. Today I finished the binding, and washed and dried it (low heat setting). I like the crinkled, old-fashioned look for a quilt, but this one came out too puffy and wrinkled to look nice.

    This is the first quilt I have basted the layers using Elmer's Washable School glue. The quilting (STID) seemed to go okay and I didn't notice any problems with wrinkling, puckering, etc., while I was working on it.

    I tried ironing it, but really that just pushes the wrinkles around and doesn't improve how it looks much.

    I'm wondering if I rewash it and lay it flat to dry, would that improve it, but I don't really think it would look any better.

    I will appreciate any suggestions.

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    Sorry, I don't know why the photo shows multiple times!
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    It doesn't look bad to me. It looks like your batting shrunk more than you expected and gathered up the fabric. I wonder if you used a different batting than on other quilts? I have never used glue to baste but I don't know why it would cause the shrinkage. I wish I had a solution for you but I don't. Hopefully someone else on the board has an idea.

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    I don't think Elmer's is your problem. I think the batting shrank and caused crinkles. Did you use cotton batting? It tends to do that. I'm sorry you don't like the look, but I think it is a great quilt. I strive to get my quilts to have the crinkled look because they loo comfortable and old.

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    Just my opinion: when using a cotton batting which shrinks, lots of quilting results in the crinkled look, not a lot of quilting results in the wrinkled look.

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    I think it looks nice and cozy!!

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    I think the sailboat blocks look fine. I see some excess fabric in the area at the bottom of the picture where there isn't any quilting. I'm sure it is because your batting shrunk. The boat blocks have more quilting in them and that helped stabilize the batting and controlled the shrinkage. I think if there had been more quilting in the bigger areas, it would have helped.

    However, it is an adorable quilt and I don't think it looks bad at all!!!
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    I hope it's not a bad look because all of my quilts look like that after being washed. I love the crinkly look.

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    I think it looks cuddly and fun the way it is!

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    I am certainly not an expert but the quilt looks wonderful to me.

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    It's fine and very acceptable for quilts that are meant to be used and loved.
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    for me, i don't think it looks that bad. but washing and blocking the quilt may help
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    As auntpiggplpn said---- not enough quilting in the blank area caused the puffiness....not locking in the batting and controlling the batt shrinkage......I presume you had prewashed fabric...thus only the batting shrunk...if it was all unwashed it would have shrunken a bit more evenly......it's a baby quilt......it will be loved......

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    I think it looks fine and has a wonderful, soft, vintage appeal. Imho, it needs no further work or "corrections", just gifted with love. (AND NEVER MENTION YOUR "UNHAPPINESS" ABOUT IT!) It will be loved.
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    To me, it looks like there isn't enough quilting to hold all the parts together, so the crinkling shows up as wrinkling.... sorry...just had to do that. I agree with you, I don't really care for that look. I would rewet it, shape it back up, by pulling the wrinkles out and let it dry. If this gets it more like you want it, then add some more stitching to those blank areas. The quilting is the final glue that makes the quilt what it can be. If you have an embroidery machine, do a small flower or heart in those open areas. Or, just do waves, using free motion in those open areas. I think you will be happier if you can make it more appealing to your eyes. Please let us see what you come up with.
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    Arghh! I just wrote a post thanking everyone for their comments, then somehow I lost it, so here I go again.

    Thank you all for takiing the time to post. I don't know what I was thinking when I labeled this a disaster. I think I went off the rails a little because I'm making this as a favor to a friend...anyway, I agree with everything that's been written here. My husband pointed out that all of my regular cotton quilts have the same look as this one (mostly I've used batiks, and they don't puff). Because the borders in this case are plain white, the crinkly effect is really obvious. I don't know of anything I could do at this point to remedy that. If anyone can think of any cool thing I could do (on the machine) with the borders, please chime in! The batting was 100% cotton Warm and Natural from the LQS.

    Funny thing is, on some level I knew it needed some type of quilting on the borders, but I have so little actual quilting experience (always sent to the longarmer until now) that I was afraid I would really mess it up, so I skipped it.

    I really need to get out of the habit of being my own worst critic. I now think it's a cute quilt and, perhaps best of all, it's DONE!
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    PS: I just saw the recent post from Barb in Louisiana about blocking it and doing some stitching on the borders. I will have to consider doing that. I do like the crinkle look, but you're right, it's more wrinkle than crinkle! On the other hand (there's always an other hand)...maybe it's good enough.

    Thanks, everyone.
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    It looks nice to me..just the right amount of crinkling.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kimarene View Post
    I have made a baby quilt for a friend, as a favor. Today I finished the binding, and washed and dried it (low heat setting). I like the crinkled, old-fashioned look for a quilt, but this one came out too puffy and wrinkled to look nice.

    This is the first quilt I have basted the layers using Elmer's Washable School glue. The quilting (STID) seemed to go okay and I didn't notice any problems with wrinkling, puckering, etc., while I was working on it.

    I tried ironing it, but really that just pushes the wrinkles around and doesn't improve how it looks much.

    I'm wondering if I rewash it and lay it flat to dry, would that improve it, but I don't really think it would look any better.

    I will appreciate any suggestions.

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    Kimarene, it's lovely. Really. Your friend will be thrilled.

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    I think if you added more fee motion quilting in the large open areas and re-wash it will great. W&N I believe needs to be quilted every 7-8 inches, so the large sections don't have enough quilting. I think it's a wonderful quilt.

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    When I glue baste I always wash in warm water and since I have a top loader HE washer using the bulky setting so there is more water. Cold water doesn't get all the glue out for me. I also quilt much heavier than you have so that can make a difference as well. Warm and Natural and other cotton battings will pucker. That is part of the charm I think.

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    I like it. Doesn't look wrong to me.

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    I think if you had more quilting you wouldn't see that puffiness as much - its just the batting shrinking after the washing. I think it looks cute. Just know that in the future if you quilt it closer - it will not have as much puffiness.

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    My sentiments exactly......stop stressing. More quilting would have made it less wrinkly, but I find this a charming quilt as is.

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    I wonder if perhaps you stretched the batting trying to make sure you were smoothing the glue to get even coverage. Then when you washed the glue out, the batting went back to its original shape. If it was made with love, It will still be appreciated.

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