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Thread: Wrinkles

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    I used a solid cotton for sashing some blocks. Before I cut it, I ironed it, sprayed it with water, and ironed some more. After sashing each block, I sprayed and ironed it again before declaring the block finished. Now the top is all put together and I have again ironed and sprayed and ironed. There are still wrinkles. If I quilt over the wrinkles will they go away? How do you get rid of them?

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    Are they just soft wrinkles or actual creases? If you use a cotton batting and have not pre shrunk it, the completed quilt will get crinkly the first time you wash it, and the wrinkles won't show.
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    Are they tiny wrinkles along the sewing lines after ironing? Sometimes fabrics shrink at different rates with ironing. it sounds like the fabrics shrank a bit even after you had already ironed them. If you stitch in the ditch along these lines it should disguise the tiny wrinkles.
    If they are fold or big wrinkles you may need to adjust the blocks. I think Sharon Schamber has a video on YouTube showing how to shrink a block inside of sashing. Good luck and if you can post a picture maybe someone can give you better advice.

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    I find that using starch causes more wrinkling in the assembly process. Once my top has had the final press. I don't worry about the wrinkles anymore. Once it's been quilted, the wrinkles don't show so much. And who wants a starched and ironed-looking quilt anyway. Relax and enjoy the process. Good luck.
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    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
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    Perhaps showing a photo of the "wrinkles" may help in the diagnosis and suggestions for resolution.

    Water alone, may be causing uneven shrinkage.
    It may be that you are not truly ironing ... sliding the iron over it may not be doing the job, if you are going too fast.
    Pressing is always better than ironing.

    Mary Ellen's Best Press or other sizing/starching products can often help more than plain water.
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!

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    A picture would do more for explaining than words.

    You sprayed with just water? No starch? I almost feel like asking: why bother?

    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.

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