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Thread: Remember my "They Went That Way?" It shrunk!!!

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    Remember my "They Went That Way?" It shrunk!!!

    After purchasing some color catchers I finally washed my king size quilt. When I put it back on the bed, the size was amazingly smaller! It shrunk by 4" both ways! When I made it I thought it was too large. Now it is just the right size. Does a denser quilt mean a warmer quilt?

    BTW: My color catchers caught lots of red dye.

    Sorry, the picture is dark. In real life the quilt looks brighter than it did before washing it.
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    Lovely quilt. That's why I wash all my fabric first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ria View Post
    Lovely quilt. That's why I wash all my fabric first.
    ditto from me
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    Beautiful quilt. Is that a Bichon I see taking a little nap?

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    Lovely quilt and inspector seems comfortable.... :-)

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    Beautiful quilt, love your quilt inspector too!
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    What a beautiful quilt. I have also always washed all my fabric first, and yet, I received TUBS of cut squares last summer,which were not washed, and I have made 4 quilts, and love the feel of working with the unwashed fabric. That being said, I will still continue to wash my fabric. These quilts are shrinking some, but not as much as yours did. Sure glad for you that the shrink did not affect where you have it displayed. Again, beautiful quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ria View Post
    Lovely quilt. That's why I wash all my fabric first.
    LOL!!! I did wash the fabric first!!! Maybe I should have washed it in hot water. Maybe the cotton batting shrunk the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redquilter View Post
    Beautiful quilt. Is that a Bichon I see taking a little nap?
    Yes it is a Bichon! She cuddled up on the bed as soon as I put the quilt on it. She desperately needs a haircut from her groomer (me). I'd rather be quilting!

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    What type of batting did you use? Fabrics these days don't shrink as much as they did years ago. But cotton batting does shrink as does wool. It is lovely. I am glad it shrunk to just right
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    so pretty and looks like a Bichon? enjoying the comforts of a lovely quilt.
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    very nice quilt

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    The quilt is beautiful, the doggie likes it too!

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    Beautiful quilt, your fur baby is so cute!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by debcavan View Post
    What type of batting did you use? Fabrics these days don't shrink as much as they did years ago. But cotton batting does shrink as does wool. It is lovely. I am glad it shrunk to just right
    I bought cotton batting by the yard at Joann's. I am not sure of the brand. I expected some shrinkage but not that much. LOL! All's well that ends well! Thanks!

    I was also surprised that the red dye was still running. I washed the reds three times and the blues and greens at least once, maybe twice before cutting the them. The quilt now has a cozy and comfy look and the quilting pops! Again, all's well that ends well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wraez View Post
    so pretty and looks like a Bichon? enjoying the comforts of a lovely quilt.
    Yes, that's my 7 year old Bichon! As I wash each layer of bedding and put it back on the bed, she's up there cuddling the pillows. I don't let her directly on my pillowcase, ew. But...I will let her on the other covers. Thanks for the compliments!!!

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    It looks like your quilt inspector has taken it over, very nice.

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    Pretty quilt, and inspector approved! Nicely done!!
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    Beautiful quilt and a happy inspector!

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    when i first learned to quuilt my teacher had us wash everything even muslin so i still do it today still nice quilt
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    I never wash my fabrics.....that would require taking time from quilting. Besides I love the look and feel of a quilt after it shrinks a bit. When I make a quilt for sale, I wait till after I've washed it to measure it for the label. I've never had one shrink down that much, though, even when I've used 100% cotton. Thank goodness it's now the right size.

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    This is why I wash all my fabric before it goes in the stash!!
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    ditto from me
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    Was the shrinkage due to the batting choice? I preshrink the bamboo/cotton batting I use. Otherwise the batting shrinks too much.

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    I always calculate an extra 4% when I determine size and I always pre-wash. I've lost as much as 5" on a king quilt even afterwards.

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