I finished my PTA fundraiser quilt! Before washing, this quilt was 67 inches by 85 inches. After washing, it was 65 inches by 83 inches. So, this time it only had a 3% shrink factor. I don’t get the inconsistencies when I do the same thing with all of them (pre wash fabric, don’t pre wash batting) but come out with the quilt shrinking 6% one time and only 3% another. Oh well. Maybe if they had more funding in Quilt Science, we could figure this mystery out. Until then, I’ll just roll with it.
So, I’m going to show you two seams, and I want you to guess which one was pressed to one side, and which one was pressed open.
(I’ll give you a hint. If you scroll your mouse over the picture, the answer will appear!)
Isn’t that interesting? I didn’t think pressing the seams open would make that big of a difference, but it almost seems to disappear in the quilt. The one pressed to one side, however, is obvious. I think I might have to start pressing my seams open, well, at least when I am using fabric of the same color.
So, here are some more pictures. I didn’t purchase the backing fabric until after the quilt was made and I thought it was perfect. Way better than the girly flowery one I was going to use 🙂
I’m glad I chose to use brown thread to quilt it instead of white. You can’t really tell in the white part from a distance, and it isn’t that distracting from close up, either 🙂