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Old 04-30-2013, 07:54 AM
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I really do like to "puffy" antique look of quilts; however, my last quilt has to much of a puffy look. Is there any way to "unshrink" the quilt so that it has a smoother appearance. Thanks for any advise.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:04 AM
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you could try blocking it. Wet it, pin it down then let it dry. If it's really shrunk, however, I don't know if this will actually help.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:31 AM
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I think if you add more quilting to it, that will control some of the puffiness.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:26 AM
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What batting did you use? How far apart were your quilting lines? Both of these will affect the 'puffiness' of a quilt. I am not sure what you can do after the fact to change this - except more quilting.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:22 PM
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I prewash all of my fabrics and make sure the sandwich is taunt and have no puffiness to it. I do a large FMQ, mandering on almost all my quilts. I almost always use a high loft poly batting. Gives me the look I like.

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Old 04-30-2013, 02:16 PM
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It's not likely you can "un-shrink" it with out doing damage to either the top ,batting, backing, or quilting/piecing thread/ materials. Cotton fibers are at their weakest when wet. Forcing these fibers , could tear at the fibers. The damage may not be apparent at first , but over time the fibers that sustained damage will have a shorter life.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:25 PM
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Try ironing it. Assuming that you won't need to wash it often, that could be your answer and not too much work once in awhile.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:38 AM
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Thank you for all suggestions. That gives me some ideas for improvement.
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