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    wrinkled fabric

    I have sewn and quilted a quilt. I used Koni fabrics. When I washed the quilt one of the fabrics was all wrinkled. What can I do? I have always used koni fabric and not had this problem before. The fabric didn't sink.










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    Is it really horrible, or just a little crinkly? I wonder if placing some heavy books on it for a while might make it relax.
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    This is why I think it's a good idea to pre wash, especially non-traditional quilting fabrics. You can try to press it with a steam iron (not sure of the specific fabric content), heavily over quilting that fabric, re washing and drying flat, smoothing out those areas, or just leave it and call it a design decision!
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    It's all cotton

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    In my experience, severely wrinkled fabric after the quilt is completed is usually a sign that it was not quilted enough. Just because your batting says you can go 10" between quilting lines doesn't mean you should.
    When you wrote "koni" I am assuming you meant Kona fabric which is Robert Kaufmanns line of solids. Solid fabric will show the wrinkling a lot more than a print because there is nothing to camouflage the shadows and highlights caused by the peaks and valleys of the wrinkling. Just like quilting will show up a lot more on a solid than it does a print.

    You can try re-washing the quilt or wetting the offending area and then blocking your quilt and let it dry flat. Then I would go back and put some more quilting (probably a lot more quilting) in or this will be a problem the life of the quilt.

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    I agree with feline fanatic that more quilting will probably solve the problem.

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    I quilted four inches apart. It was kona fabric and all the other fabrics where kona solids. So why the difference in the other fabrics. The other fabrics are not wrinkled.

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    it is a possibility that some other fabric got mixed in with the Kona cottons at the store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beckyw View Post
    I quilted four inches apart. It was kona fabric and all the other fabrics where kona solids. So why the difference in the other fabrics. The other fabrics are not wrinkled.
    All Konas are solids. http://www.robertkaufman.com/fabrics/kona_cotton/ There used to be a manufacturer that specialized in Asian prints called Kona bay but they closed up shop last year. This most recent post has me confused as you are writing like the one that wrinkled was a different fabric from all the rest because you refer to one as "kona fabric" and the others as "Kona solids".

    If you believe all were the same brand and same fabric (all solids all Robert Kaufmann Kona cottons) and you quilted no more than 4" apart in all directions, then I don't know what to tell you except perhaps Bear's suggestion that they got mixed up at point of purchase. I do know I have seen employees at JoAnn Fabrics roll up non kona solids on the bolt marked Kona. Witnessed it with my own eyes, brought it to the employees attention and she just looked at me and said it doesn't make a difference. That was pretty much when I quit shopping at JoAnn's

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    OK, need some clarification. Kona cotton is a solid color fabric by Robert Kaufman. Koni is a manufacturer of upholstery/table & bed linen fabrics. Which is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    All Konas are solids. http://www.robertkaufman.com/fabrics/kona_cotton/ There used to be a manufacturer that specialized in Asian prints called Kona bay but they closed up shop last year. This most recent post has me confused as you are writing like the one that wrinkled was a different fabric from all the rest because you refer to one as "kona fabric" and the others as "Kona solids".

    If you believe all were the same brand and same fabric (all solids all Robert Kaufmann Kona cottons) and you quilted no more than 4" apart in all directions, then I don't know what to tell you except perhaps Bear's suggestion that they got mixed up at point of purchase. I do know I have seen employees at JoAnn Fabrics roll up non kona solids on the bolt marked Kona. Witnessed it with my own eyes, brought it to the employees attention and she just looked at me and said it doesn't make a difference. That was pretty much when I quit shopping at JoAnn's
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    I agree with Feline Fanatic. Your best bet is to go back and quilt closer on that color. I had that happen on a table runner (3 actually) that I was making for my nieces. The star and focal point of the runner wrinkled horribly when washed and I'm not sure any of them own an iron. I put one on the back of a chair and stared at it for a couple of days before I decided that I had nothing to lose and quilted the inside of the star with diminishing star shapes inside. Washed it again and it worked!

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    Try spraying the offending squares with Downey Wrinkle Releaser (available in the laundry section at Target or Walmart in the USA). Press and wrinkles vanish.
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    At Hobby Lobby, there is another kind of solid fabric resembling Kona by Robert Kauffman. They are all mixed in. I think you can also tell by the price. I also believe that you can tell by the selvedge ( I think it is kind of "ruffled" looking(the real Kona).

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    I bought the fabric at Missouri Quilt company and it was a Kona solid by Robert Kaufman.

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    Not saying you didn't do all of this, but for the record; Pre-wash, dry in hot dryer because it is the pounding with heat that shrinks fabric, iron as you finish each piece, and this should help eliminate this problem as well as shrinkage problems. Good luck to you, and maybe it isn't as bad as you think it is. once on the bed, it probably won't show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beckyw View Post
    I bought the fabric at Missouri Quilt company and it was a Kona solid by Robert Kaufman.
    Now that you mentioned this I received some Moda Bella from MSQC that didn't
    look like the usual Bella. It looked like muslin. I wonder if they are getting their
    fabrics mixed up.

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    I fixed it with wrinkle release. My daughter loved the quilt. The wrinkles were more of a problem to me then my daughter. My grandson wet on the quilt so had to do it again.

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    The Kona at Jo-Ann is NOT the same Kona as the Robert Kauffman fabric. Don't know how another company uses the Kona name, but they do. The Kona at JAF is thinner and shreds badly. Also, the JAF Kona is not as thick as the "real" Kona.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    The Kona at Jo-Ann is NOT the same Kona as the Robert Kauffman fabric. Don't know how another company uses the Kona name, but they do. The Kona at JAF is thinner and shreds badly. Also, the JAF Kona is not as thick as the "real" Kona.
    Robert Kauffman representatives posted on this board themselves to debunk that. (post #32 on this topic https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...-t33854-2.html ) Now if JoAnn's is putting another product out there with the Kona name on it, they are doing it at their own peril as Kona is a trademark name. And of course, there was my experience where I saw an employee wrapping their low end broadcloth of the same color on a kona bolt. In my situation I fault the employee 100%, either due to lack of training or just not giving a rat's patootie but according to Kaufmann they do not manufacture a lesser quality for JAF.

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    I have used Kona cottons for years and many of those years it came from Joann fabrics, it very clearly said Kona on the bolt and the quality was Kona. I have purchased fabric from an online store that definitely was not Kona it was not the quality I am accustomed to buying. Sadly I don't remember the name of the online store because once I got the fabric and wasn't happy with it I just deleted them from stores I will buy from.
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    I have found that if you spray wrinkled fabric or one that has the fold down the middle with Magic Sizing it will press out smooth. Whether it lasts through washing or not I do not know.

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    Kona vs Kona

    Quite some time ago I read an article about this same subject. If you look at the side of cardboard that has the info on it, you will notice one will say "Kona" while another can say "Kona - Robert Kauffman". Thereafter when I was looking for solids I paid special attention to that factor. The only ones I have ever seen at Jo-Ann's was Kona. While I also shop at Hobby Lobby, their solids was kona-Robert Kauffman. The last few times I have looked at Hobby Lobby I found both types mixed in their solid section. Haven't checked in quite awhile, but I hope this might help someone.




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    Now I don't have any choice for fabric except to use JA fabric and I HATE IT! I am not able to drive to a fabric shop now, so I must use what I can get. I am working on a quilt for my first ggrnd and I do not like the feel of the fabric at all.

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    I am confused. I buy 100% cotton and use 100% cotton batting so it will wrinkle. I am wondering how the remaining fabric doesn't wrinkle. The only quilt I've made that doesn't wrinkle is when I used solid symphony broadcloth on a child's quilt when i didn't want it to wrinkle. Worked great.

    http://www.joann.com/symphony-broadc...solids&start=1

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