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Thread: Washed new quilt and am disappointed

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    I finally finished my baby quilt after sewing machine drama and bearding from the wool-cotton batting after washing. But now it's dry I am so disappointed. The batting seems to have shrunk unevenly I. Places andmuch more than the fabric, it isn't rectangular anymore and just looks used. I don't even feel I can gift it to the intended owners anymore. Is this normal?
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    All that work! I am sorry to hear that it didn't wash well.

    I prewash my fabric but have never heard of anyone washing batting.

    I am new to quilting and have 3 lapquilts almost ready to back. Would be very dissapointed after all the work.

    Sorry, I can't imagine your disapointment.

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    That's terrible! I feel so sorry for you and your poor quilt.

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    Is there any way I can fix it? Prevent it from happening again? :cry:

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    i've never used wool batting, but i do remember blocking wool sweaters after they were washed.

    wet the quilt again. not soaking/dripping wet. then block it. you'll need to lay it out on a flat absorbent surface ... like a mattress (with towels under, an plastic under that, to protect the mattress.) gently pat and stretch into shape. stick pins into it all the way around so it will hold that shape while it dries.

    if you gift it, make sure to include laundry instructions.

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    Great suggestion Patrice.
    I just read here recently about pre-washing batting.

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    I am just thinking out loud here, but I wonder if before you stretch it. Take the binding off. and then if it will stretch back out and lay flat, once it is dry before you put the binding back on, I am not sure how wide your border is, but put at least one or two rows of quilting right in the middle of the border to stablelize the edges before you put the binding back on.

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    I have noticed that many of the new batting pkgs say to pre shrink it... I have noticed the all cotton batting gives a wrinkly look. Wool has always shrunk...no dryer for it.Have it dry cleaned or wash with woolite and dry flat. The oldest quilts say to spread a sheet on the ground and dry them out of the sun.
    I am lazy and I now use 80/20......the cotton to poly ratio. I do throw it in the dryer with a couple of wet towels to take out any creases and maybe shrink a bit.
    I guess it comes down to reading the batting package, or the end of the bolt. Goggle washing batting and see what the newest info is. Things seem to change every few years..
    Sorry about your beautiful quilt.
    heres one article http://www.quilt.com/FAQS/BattingFAQ.html

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    The same thing happened to me! I had pre-washed the fabric, then tossed it in for a gentle wash and dried at low temp. It was Warm and Natural and shrunk unevenly. I have not had this happen before, and as you, was very upset with the quilt.

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    Do you still have the batting packaging? It should tell you how close your quilting has to be - can range from 3 or 4 " to 10", which makes a huge difference. You might need to add more quilting.

    I haven't ever prewashed batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaM
    Do you still have the batting packaging? It should tell you how close your quilting has to be - can range from 3 or 4 " to 10", which makes a huge difference. You might need to add more quilting.

    I haven't ever prewashed batting.
    Me either and I talked with the Batty Lady at a show this weekend. I buy all my batting from her. She carries top of the line battings, Hobbs, Warm and Natural, Dream cotton, etc. She says the wools she carries wash fine, just don't put them in the dryer. Which I never put my quilts in the dryer anyway. I have just started using Hobbs Tuscany 100% cotton and it says right on the pkg will shrink 3-5% which I have seen on every cotton batting, I have ever looked at. But if you use cold water and not dryer I would think the batting should be fine.

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    I do have the packaging and it says 8", and the widest spaces are 4.5"-5" around the fairy tale squares, the rest is all closer. It also said to wash it on the delicates cycle, which I did, and I didn't dry it.

    I wrote to the online shop I got it from advising them of the bearding, which i think makes it unsuitable for crib quilts, but haven't heard back. This is the last time I will even attempt wool batting. I have a few projects lined up for practice and think I'll stick to cotton or old fleece blankets.

    I will try damp-squaring, but don't have much hope. If I gave it to the new parents it would probably just go wrong again every time they washed it, and they aren't the most careful people if you know what I mean.

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    I usually use polyester for baby quilts, it will beard, but does not shrink. The bearding can be a little bit of a problem with most quits. But easy to remove.

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    I just attended a class and the instructor told us Warm and Natural was the worst and you cannot prewash it because you will end up with stuffing in your dryer. She did recommend prewashing both fabric and batting, If you do one you have to do the other otherwise you will get uneven shrinkage in the quilt.

    Try pressing the quilt with a hot iron, it might make it spring back and look a little nicer.

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    I am so sorry for your heartbreak.

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    I am so sorry about all your hard work,and it not turning out the way it should of. i would be heartbroken too.
    i have never pre-washed batting and never will. i use Warm and natural 98 % of the time. I think alot of people that don't care for it, don't like the "drape" of it.
    i happen to like my quilts, come out of the dryer "old looking". They only stay in the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes,then i air dry them the rest of the way.
    i only prewash fabric about 5% of the time..Batiks,and solid colors,and flannels. that is all.
    I would still give the quilt to the person it was intended for. the only way i can see to make it look less wonky on the ends, is to remove the binding and square it up again,then put the binding back on.

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    Thanks everyone for the support!
    Do you think I should dampen it and try to dry it in the dryer? Also, how do I square a quilt, as I have never done it and don't really know what it is... :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkbrand
    I just attended a class and the instructor told us Warm and Natural was the worst and you cannot prewash it because you will end up with stuffing in your dryer. She did recommend prewashing both fabric and batting, If you do one you have to do the other otherwise you will get uneven shrinkage in the quilt.

    Try pressing the quilt with a hot iron, it might make it spring back and look a little nicer.

    Actually, if you want the puckered antique look Warm and Natural is one of the best to use. That's why most folks don't prewash it. They WANT the antique look. You have to decide beforehand how you want the project to look afterwards. Are your FMQ skills and or SITD skills great? If not, Warm and Natural etc. are good choices. If you want a flatter quilt that doesn't draw up or shrink then an 80/20 or 100% poly choice are the best picks. But they tend to show the quilting stitches more... I don't stick with one batting as my desired end results differ. It all depends on what I want as a final product.

    I think wool is one of the trickiest battings to use, since it will shrink so much in the dryer. I always think ahead as to who will use it and unless it were a wallhanging, I'm thinking it would be washed often. Although this was a negative experience for you, chalk it up to a learning experience. We've all had them. And will continue to have them!

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    here is a bunch of links for you to look at, a few are video shorts
    http://www.google.com/search?q=squar...=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8

    it actually should of been squared up before you put the binding on. it was what i was taught.
    i have used:
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    plumb line (chalk/with string, people use on walls to start wallpaper),also my husband has a T bar..aluminum thing they use to square and cut drywall.

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    How disappointing. I am sorry to hear that this has happened to you. I will be getting the border on my first top and then getting it ready to hand quilt and this has been one of my biggest fears. I did a bit of searching and found this information on batting. Maybe this will help in the future with batting: http://www.quilt.com/FAQS/BattingFAQ.html I hope the suggestions you received on this board to fix your quilt work. Your fabrics and style are so cute. Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkbrand
    I just attended a class and the instructor told us Warm and Natural was the worst and you cannot prewash it because you will end up with stuffing in your dryer. She did recommend prewashing both fabric and batting, If you do one you have to do the other otherwise you will get uneven shrinkage in the quilt.

    Try pressing the quilt with a hot iron, it might make it spring back and look a little nicer.
    Something tells me your instructor was selling something other than W&N, or she had no direct experience with it. I have used the W&N batting on all my quilts, but decided to try pre-washing for the first time recently. I followed the directions on the wrapper, even cheated by doing the washing in the washing machine, and had no problems whatsoever. The batt came out of the dryer looking great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stummel
    Thanks everyone for the support!
    Do you think I should dampen it and try to dry it in the dryer? Also, how do I square a quilt, as I have never done it and don't really know what it is... :oops:
    Here are some instructions I found about squaring up your quilt. The first part is about squaring up the blocks but the squaring up the quilt part is towards the bottom. Good luck.
    http://www.quiltuniversity.com/squaring_up.htm

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    I think that after blocking it like Patrice suggested, that if you stipple the quilt so that it won't happen again. I know that it will change the look of the quilt, but the person receiving the quilt, will never know how you originally planned for the quilt to look.

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    Oh No!!!! That is so disheartening after all that work!!! I have never used that batting and now I'll be sure not to ever get any!!!
    I don't even have any suggestions except chalk it up to experience and go on from there. I'm soooo sorry!!! :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    I think that after blocking it like Patrice suggested, that if you stipple the quilt so that it won't happen again. I know that it will change the look of the quilt, but the person receiving the quilt, will never know how you originally planned for the quilt to look.
    This sounds like the best plan to me too. Block, quilt more heavily, wash again, and hope for the best. It really is a pretty quilt. Be sure to let us know what happens.

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