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    Hi haven't been here for a while. Out of town. Now I'm back and doing the quilts for my twin grandsons due in 2 WEEKS! I bought 2 kits, they are off kilter, I am also obviously a lousy quilter because I can't do this. It takes fussy cuts, etc., fortunately I am going to tie it because this puppy wouldn't lie flat if you ran over it with a steam roller. Got one top done and trying to fussy cut the second one. The fabric frayed and I have barely enuf to cut what I need. I am so stressed. I even washed the second one differently - gentle and air dried it. Still was frayed. Thanks for listening. I hate the kits but they were the only ones I found that were Baby Signs. Can you tell I'm ornery now? Sorry.

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    So sorry. I must have posted this twice.

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    The problem is you washed it. Kits are generally cut so there's very little extra. If you wash it and shrink it sometimes it shrinks past the little extra. I've gotten kits that there was barely enough to square up to cut the pieces from! No way would there have been enough if it was washed.

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    So sorry1 I have never bought a kit and don't think I want to!! Take a deep breath.
    Can you find something else to add to it that will match.?

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    Learned my lesson here. 1 - dont wait to the last minute, 2 - don't buy kits. 3 - don't wash them I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    So sorry1 I have never bought a kit and don't think I want to!! Take a deep breath.
    Can you find something else to add to it that will match.?
    Just made it smaller. My deep breaths are going to put me to sleep. Maybe that's where I should go. Thanks! Pam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    The problem is you washed it. Kits are generally cut so there's very little extra. If you wash it and shrink it sometimes it shrinks past the little extra. I've gotten kits that there was barely enough to square up to cut the pieces from! No way would there have been enough if it was washed.
    Thanks. Never will do it again.

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    I have kits in my future pile.. which by the way is growing by leaps and bounds, but now I know not to wash them ! Keep going it will be worth it and we are always here to listen...
    Sharon

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    Thank you. I am settling down now, I think.

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    So sorry that you had trouble with your quilt kits -- sit down, put your feet up, have a drink (you choice) and think how wonderful it will be to have 2 new grandbabies to spoil rotten in a couple of weeks.... :D

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    I haven't had any bad luck with quilt kits so far. I usually end up with extra fabric. I usually buy quilt kits from quilt shops I trust, that make up their kits at the store. The sample quilt is always washed so the store knows if the fabric will bleed. I have bought several kits from well known online shops and have been very pleased. Eleanor Burns has excellent quilt kits, and so does Fons and Porter. If I had to fussy cut quilt pieces I would never have enough fabric, I can't fussy cut worth a darn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I haven't had any bad luck with quilt kits so far. I usually end up with extra fabric. I usually buy quilt kits from quilt shops I trust, that make up their kits at the store. The sample quilt is always washed so the store knows if the fabric will bleed. I have bought several kits from well known online shops and have been very pleased. Eleanor Burns has excellent quilt kits, and so does Fons and Porter. If I had to fussy cut quilt pieces I would never have enough fabric, I can't fussy cut worth a darn.
    Thank you! Evidently I can't either!

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    I am so sorry you have had such a rotten experience with your kits. It's ridiculous of a kit maker to not provide enough so that the resulting kit can be washed, when it is clearly meant for a baby. I have only bought one kit, and haven't finished it yet. It is for a queen sized bed quilt, and I am half way through, and so far, all the trimmings will probably be enough to make a pillow shame when I am done. If it carries on in the same vein, then I will have two pillow shams. So, in short, not all kits are as shoddy as these you have had the misfortune to buy. I would write back to the company and (politely) let them know how disappointed you are, and that frankly, you don't think that you will ever be able to recommend them to any of your friends. You never know, you might get a refund!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I am so sorry you have had such a rotten experience with your kits. It's ridiculous of a kit maker to not provide enough so that the resulting kit can be washed, when it is clearly meant for a baby. I have only bought one kit, and haven't finished it yet. It is for a queen sized bed quilt, and I am half way through, and so far, all the trimmings will probably be enough to make a pillow shame when I am done. If it carries on in the same vein, then I will have two pillow shams. So, in short, not all kits are as shoddy as these you have had the misfortune to buy. I would write back to the company and (politely) let them know how disappointed you are, and that frankly, you don't think that you will ever be able to recommend them to any of your friends. You never know, you might get a refund!
    I am going to. But I also don't know if I'm a bad quilter. I'm new at this. But raveling fabric makes me nuts, obviously. Thanks for your input. Pam

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    Hang in there! A smaller quilt will be a cuter quilt! You may flex some brain muscles figuring out the math, but the result will be an adorable quilt. You can do it!

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    Thank you Chele - I'm doing that. These will be cuddly, not perfect. I am a wreck about my daughter and her twins. I have to settle down. Pam

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    I have never bought a kit other than for a couple of wall hangings, and then I changed the color on one of them as I didn't like the fabric they supplied.

    Good luck getting it all worked out, take your time, they won't mind if it is a little late in getting there. celebrate the arrival.

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    raveling fabric has absolutely nothing to do with your skill as a quilter

    miserable fabric is miserable fabric and the pits to work with

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    I hate kits...
    Most I have found don't have the exact fabrics that drew you to buy the quilt in the first place.
    I have never washed the pieces in a quilt...I have washed them after and they turned out ok.
    I find it easier, and just as much money to find a pattern, pick my own fabrics and go from there!!!
    Plus if I get a bit extra fabric then I have a 'fudge" factor!
    Kirsten

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    Sorry you are having problems with the kits! But I want to know do you know what you are having yet? Boys girls are they identical or fraternal?
    We have twin grandsons and it is an experience!! I used 2 of those long low plastic bins that slide under your bed for cots for them til they outgrew them. Lined them with blankets and set them on the dining room table out of any drafts. Worked great!
    Hope everything goes well! Hope you post pictures of the babies!!

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    How frustrating for you. I have a couple of quilt kits I have bought and haven't made yet. Just spend time thinking about those great new grand babies you have coming. That should bring a smile to your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Sorry you are having problems with the kits! But I want to know do you know what you are having yet? Boys girls are they identical or fraternal?
    We have twin grandsons and it is an experience!! I used 2 of those long low plastic bins that slide under your bed for cots for them til they outgrew them. Lined them with blankets and set them on the dining room table out of any drafts. Worked great!
    Hope everything goes well! Hope you post pictures of the babies!!
    Henry, in my avatar, who is now 18 months, will have 2 brothers in 2 weeks! The bin idea is great! Part of my nervousness is I live in Illinois and my daughter lives in Seattle. I will be going there 8/2 for the C-section scheduled for 8/4. Her sis will be coming down from Alaska, too. Her brother already lives there. I am a wreck!!

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    Pam, have you tried starching the fabric for the fussy cuts? I'm working on a panel piece right now, and the panel isn't printed with the grain line of the fabric (it happens) - that can make the pieces a bugger to work with because they can be off grain enough to stretch pretty easily. Stretched fussy cuts will definitely lead to trouble.

    A quilty friend of mine told me to try Mary Ellen's Best Press (because those cans of spray starch or sizing like to spit at me!) and I just love the stuff. Any of those three will work, since the baby quilts will be washed before being given to the babies. I starch the pieces twice on both sides; that seems to help a lot. If it gets a bit loose after handling it, starch that puppy again! :lol:

    The other thing I'd suggest is to resist the temptation to press with steam - if a piece is cut off grain, stream tends to increase the distortion not tame it. Just a bit of distortion in each piece sure adds up when you put them together.

    You're not a lousy quilter, don't even think that. These are things that we usually learn through terrible experience or by word of mouth from someone else - who has had a terrible experience :wink: Off-grain printing is just something we run into, that's all.

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    I made a quilt for my grandson once and it would not lay flat either. His response was "gramma, it does'nt matter as long as it keeps me warm" I love that boy.
    Remember you are doing it with much love and it really doesnt matter if its a little off. They will love them. Relax and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mplsgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Sorry you are having problems with the kits! But I want to know do you know what you are having yet? Boys girls are they identical or fraternal?
    We have twin grandsons and it is an experience!! I used 2 of those long low plastic bins that slide under your bed for cots for them til they outgrew them. Lined them with blankets and set them on the dining room table out of any drafts. Worked great!
    Hope everything goes well! Hope you post pictures of the babies!!
    Henry, in my avatar, who is now 18 months, will have 2 brothers in 2 weeks! The bin idea is great! Part of my nervousness is I live in Illinois and my daughter lives in Seattle. I will be going there 8/2 for the C-section scheduled for 8/4. Her sis will be coming down from Alaska, too. Her brother already lives there. I am a wreck!!
    I do remember you talking about this now that you mention Henry. Do they have names picked out? My son and his wife had one name picked out and when they learned they had twins they had to scramble to pick out another name.

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