Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 21 of 21

Thread: What makes a quilt look wonky?

  1. #1
    Super Member ssnare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arma, Kansas
    Posts
    3,403
    My quilt looks wonky after I put the binding on. What makes it do that?

  2. #2
    Junior Member cmg625's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    118
    Blog Entries
    1
    How do you mean "wonky"?

  3. #3
    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    South central Nebraska, US
    Posts
    5,582
    It sounds like the border got stretched when being bound or was cut too long. Sometimes washing the quilt helps this.

  4. #4
    Super Member ssnare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arma, Kansas
    Posts
    3,403
    It is wavy on the edges.

  5. #5
    Junior Member cmg625's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    118
    Blog Entries
    1
    Sounds like the binding wasn't straight when it was folded over to the other side or wasn't even when it was first sewn on. Just a thought.

  6. #6
    Junior Member cmg625's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    118
    Blog Entries
    1
    Sounds like the binding wasn't straight when it was folded over to the other side or wasn't even when it was first sewn on. Just a thought.

  7. #7
    Super Member deanneellen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Dallas,Oregon
    Posts
    1,116
    Did you measure through the center of the quilt for the borders and the binding? I have read that if you measure around the outside edge it can cause wonkiness.

  8. #8
    Super Member EasyPeezy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    2,821
    Can you post a picture?

  9. #9
    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    6,352
    Blog Entries
    1
    Have you blocked the quilt?

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Chula Vista CA
    Posts
    6,091
    It sounds like when you added the border you measured the edge of the quilt and not the center. For some reason, the border will be too big and you will get waves in it.

  11. #11
    Super Member ssnare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arma, Kansas
    Posts
    3,403
    What do you mean "blocked the quilt"?
    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    Have you blocked the quilt?

  12. #12
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,329
    Blog Entries
    1
    after the quilting was done did you lay it out, measure it - sides, and diagonally to make sure it was all squared- trim as needed - then add the binding?
    if the quilt becomes out of shape while quilting it is easiest to square it up before adding the binding.

  13. #13
    gml
    gml is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    30
    Quote Originally Posted by ssnare
    It is wavy on the edges.
    You can sherr (not sure correct spelling) the edge. The effect is slight gathering of the edge. I've tried this on a wall hanging and the quilt was able to hang flat on the wall without the wavy edge

  14. #14
    Super Member leatheflea's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    martinsville Indiana
    Posts
    4,476
    the last quilt I made did this. Washing it made it go away.

  15. #15
    Senior Member Kristin in ME's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Maine, U.S.A.
    Posts
    536
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy
    It sounds like when you added the border you measured the edge of the quilt and not the center. For some reason, the border will be too big and you will get waves in it.
    That's my thought, as well. If the edges of the quilt are larger than the measurement you get when you measure through the center of the quilt, the edges will wave, or, if you hang it, it will not lay flat.

  16. #16
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    44,535
    Blog Entries
    45
    Quote Originally Posted by Kristin in ME
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy
    It sounds like when you added the border you measured the edge of the quilt and not the center. For some reason, the border will be too big and you will get waves in it.
    That's my thought, as well. If the edges of the quilt are larger than the measurement you get when you measure through the center of the quilt, the edges will wave, or, if you hang it, it will not lay flat.
    you can also get this if the quilt center is quilted more densely than the borders. sometimes, if this has happened, i pull on the binding slightly when sewing it on. i emphasize slightly. this will take up the extra in the borders.

  17. #17
    Super Member Glassquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Northeast IL
    Posts
    2,064
    Blog Entries
    1
    Another factor could be the grain of the fabric. If it is cut lengthwise, parallel to the selvage, it won't stretch as much as if it is cut the WOF, width of the fabric from selvage to selvage.

  18. #18
    Super Member Annie68's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    1,338
    Wash and dry til damp. Lay it out on the floor with bath towels under it, then pat and pull all of the quilt into a straight line,until everything is nice and flat and even,and leave til completely dry. Maybe put something heavy on the four corners to hold it perfectly flat and straight. This is blocking.

    Good luck

  19. #19
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    30,986
    Is your binding straight of grain or bias? I found since doing my binding with a straight grain that my edges lay flatter. It's seems that the bias binding stretches either the quilt or the binding and I get ripples no matter how carefully I sew it on. I only use bias for doing scallops or curves.
    It also helps if you can cut the long side borders down the length of your yardage. It does take more material to get the border without seams but there is less stretch down the fabric length. As others have mentioned, you can block your finished quilt to help your wavy edge.

  20. #20
    Super Member ssnare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arma, Kansas
    Posts
    3,403
    Thank you for all your help. This helps. I will try these suggestions on my next quilt. I am still new to all of this. 8-)

  21. #21
    Super Member Lilrain's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Washington state
    Posts
    4,334
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy
    It sounds like when you added the border you measured the edge of the quilt and not the center. For some reason, the border will be too big and you will get waves in it.
    And sometimes people just cut a long stip of fabric and start sewing to add the border and then they cut it off when they get to the end. that will cause what you are talking about

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.