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!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 70

Thread: Which to you prefer? the 'flat look' or the 'crinkly look'?

  1. #1
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    20,096

    Which to you prefer? the 'flat look' or the 'crinkly look'?

    Another question that will probably get people 'on one side of the fence or the other'

    Do you prefer your finished item to be 'flat'?

    or

    Do you like your finished item to 'crinkle'?


    I will answer first -

    I positively, absolutely, final answer - prefer 'the flat look' -

    If you want to add 'why' you prefer one look or the other - - -

    I prefer 'flat' because that implies that everything has been shrunk before cutting - and the finished item will still be the approximately the same shape and size that it was before it's washed again.

  2. #2
    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The middle of an IL cornfield
    Posts
    7,024
    Blog Entries
    1
    I'm a crinkle girl mostly. I love old quilts and use many reproduction fabrics. To me the crinkle makes it look more like an old antique quilt.

  3. #3
    Super Member JNCT14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    CT New Haven County
    Posts
    1,495

    Red face

    Bear i always love your questionsso I am chiming in first. The answer is.....'it depends'...If its a wall hanging or table topper I like the flat look. If its for quilts, I like the crinkly look - I think it gives the quilts more dimension and also that kind of antiquey look. Of course I am way too lazy to prewash and iron my fabrics so maybe thats why!!!

  4. #4
    Power Poster lynnie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Long Island
    Posts
    23,830
    Blog Entries
    1
    Ok, we all know im so far out of the box, im in an octagon down the block.
    i love both. Depends on the design im doing. Soft pastels and flowery things, to me, look better soft and crinkley, and loved.
    Whereas flat, looks more modern, and wall hangy.
    does that make sense to you?????

  5. #5
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,204
    I love both as well.
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

  6. #6
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    16,248
    Blog Entries
    2
    well flat mostly. I use 80/20 cotton/poly batting and like it much better than polyester batting. The quilt does crinkle a bit when washed and that is fine too.

  7. #7
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    44,279
    Blog Entries
    45
    i preshrink everything except the batting... so i prefer the flatter look, only draws up a smidge with the warm and natural batting
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak T.H.I.N.K.
    T – is it True? H – is it Helpful? I – is it Inspiring? N – is it Necessary? K – is it Kind?


  8. #8
    Super Member crafty pat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Live Oak, Texas
    Posts
    5,767
    I like both. It depends on the fabric and pattern for me.

  9. #9
    Super Member Pat625's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    North Pole
    Posts
    1,640
    I love patchwork the most, and an antique look....Therefore I prefer the crinkly look. Of course at times there might be a project that would look better with a flat look. Patchwork and scrappy I like crinkly

  10. #10
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    30,787
    I like both depending on the project. I like flat and crisp for wallhangings and tablerunners. I like crinkly for bed or lap quilts. Another question in the same debate is flat or fluffy? Again it depends on my project. I have some people in my family that prefer a fluffy comforter quilt versus a flat one. I enjoy them all!

  11. #11
    Super Member Daylesewblessed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    West Texas
    Posts
    1,869
    I prefer the flat look. Crinkly looks good in old quilts where the wear on the fabric and the quilt as a whole make the whole piece look consistent. I do like to see some dimension in all quilts, but overly crinkled does not appeal to me.

    Dayle

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    691
    I'm with quiltingNan. I prewash everything except my W&N batting. Then I know it won't bleed and it is preshrunk. Love the look.


    ·What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds.

  13. #13
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    For me it depends entirely on the design of the top. I mostly don't do old fashioned designs so I prefer a flatter look. I don't pre-wash fabrics though so for those quilts that I want flatter I use Quilter's Dream poly batting.

    So how do antique quilts get that crinkly look??? The fabrics were all pre-washed since they were either scraps from making clothing or the good parts left from worn clothing and quilts were very rarely washed.

  14. #14
    Junior Member jj1150's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Auburn, MI
    Posts
    153
    Well, I've only done two rag quilts, and they gave the crinkly look, which I really like

    jody

  15. #15
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Sonoma County, California
    Posts
    131
    Crinkly of course! I don't like wall hangings and table runners eventually get washed so crinkly all the way!!!!

  16. #16
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    20,096
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    For me it depends entirely on the design of the top. I mostly don't do old fashioned designs so I prefer a flatter look. I don't pre-wash fabrics though so for those quilts that I want flatter I use Quilter's Dream poly batting.

    So how do antique quilts get that crinkly look??? The fabrics were all pre-washed since they were either scraps from making clothing or the good parts left from worn clothing and quilts were very rarely washed.
    I've also wondered why some think that the crinkly/puckered look "equals" 'antique quilts'

  17. #17
    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Monroe, IN
    Posts
    2,285
    I think each quilt has a "look" that suits it best. I think a traditional patterned quilt looks best with a crinkled look, and most of the new styles, like a bargello, look best with a smoother finish. That is why is I use a batting to match the look I want....poly does not shrink, therefore works best for the smooth look....or a 80/20 blend for the crinkled look. JMHO

  18. #18
    Super Member Deborahlees's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Wine Country-Southern California
    Posts
    1,455
    Quote Originally Posted by JNCT14 View Post
    Bear i always love your questionsso I am chiming in first. The answer is.....'it depends'...If its a wall hanging or table topper I like the flat look. If its for quilts, I like the crinkly look - I think it gives the quilts more dimension and also that kind of antiquey look. Of course I am way too lazy to prewash and iron my fabrics so maybe thats why!!!
    I agree, depends on what it is....
    On that note, I ALWAYS wash my finished quilts before giving away (never wash my wall hangings or table runners) because I want to make sure all the seams are good, that the quilting doesn't have any loose threads that I didn't see, and I want the recipient to see what it is going to look like after THEY wash it.....I remember the first time my DDIL washed one of my quilts and she called me in tears saying it wrinkled !!!
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

  19. #19
    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    9,385
    It depends.. table runners and wall hangings .. no doubt flat. Vintage looking quilts... crinkle! Modern style... FLAT. I do find that for the best "crinkle" preshrink fabrics but not batting.

  20. #20
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    metro Portland, OR
    Posts
    2,278
    Almost everything I make now is flat. My granddaughter wants a really fluffy quilt but I will help her make it herself.
    http://www.oregonquilting.net
    I choose to give my life away for things that last forever

  21. #21
    Super Member Helen S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Vancouver, Washington State
    Posts
    2,110
    I guess this all boils down to type of batting also, and whether or not you pre-wash your batting? Given the cost of it, I'm afraid to try it! lol

    I prefer the flat look because, first of all, as you stated, it shows that everything has been pre-washed and the recipient will have no worries about future laundering. I think "flat" is a cleaner look. BUT...I like the crinkled look for certain items, especially if I want them to look "aged"! lol

    One of my GD's has requested a quilt in, as she puts it, "old time" fabrics (in shades of pink and hot pink)! She actually gave me a blouse she's no longer wearing to show me what she wants, and it's a very tiny calico print! lol So, I won't worry about pre-washing batting on this one as I'll want it to crinkle. I'd NEVER have guessed that she would want a good old fashioned looking quilt!

    She's a very popular young lady, cheerleader, loves makeup, hair, fingernails, etc, and is not yet 15, but will have completed her graduation requirements by the end of this school year!!! Yeah, proud grandma moment. lol
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    346
    Blog Entries
    2
    I definately prefer the flat look for all the children's quilts I make.

  23. #23
    Super Member nygal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    5,648
    Quote Originally Posted by JNCT14 View Post
    Bear i always love your questionsso I am chiming in first. The answer is.....'it depends'...If its a wall hanging or table topper I like the flat look. If its for quilts, I like the crinkly look - I think it gives the quilts more dimension and also that kind of antiquey look!!
    I agree 100 percent with you.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

  24. #24
    Super Member EasyPeezy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    2,798
    I guess I have one foot on each side of the fence. I like the flat look for wall-hangings and
    table runners but a little crinkly doesn't bother me either. I like crinkly for most quilts I make. Probably the flat look for modern quilts.

    I can relate when it comes to size. I just finished a quilt for our bed. Don't know
    if I measured wrong or what but after washing it came out quite a bit short.
    Oops. Lesson learned: measure twice and allow a few inches for shrinkage.
    I guess I'll just have to make another one.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Harrisburg, OR
    Posts
    444
    I love crinkled... Looks more comfy to me and we use our quilts here. Crinkly means people aren't afraid to touch them.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

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.