Quilts, Shrinking & Fun Mail

These two quilts were recently washed before I sent them off to Jack’s Basket for the Hands 2 Help Challenge. I was curious about the shrinkage, which I have never really tracked before when I made quilts but it explains a mystery, to be revealed later. I found a handy dandy shrinkage calculator here.

Up first, is this quilt made from a charm pack. You can read more about it here. The fabrics were not prewashed, as this was made from precuts.

Batting: Quilters Dream Request, 100% cotton, made in USA
Starting Size: 36.5″ x 45.5″
Ending Size: 33.5″ x 43″
Shrinkage: 8% width, 5% length

You can read more about the second quilt, Hidden Stars, here. Unlike the first quilt, most of the fabrics were pre-washed. I loved the feel of this batting, it was quite soft and had a lovely drape when washed.


Batting: Bosal Acadia, 80% cotton/20% Polyester. Made in USA.
Starting Size: 49.5″ square
Ending Size: 45.5″ square
Shrinkage: 8%

What is the mystery you ask? I always thought some of my bed quilts were larger. I know that one of the ways I determine the size of my borders was by putting the top on the bed, then adding borders to make it fit. I know I have occasionally thought, “Didn’t this quilt cover the sides of the bed better??” Know I know what was up; I didn’t account for was the shrinking. Now, can I remember this for future quilts – time will tell.

My conclusions about shrinking:
-Both the cotton and cotton/poly shrank a similar amount. Can I say SHOCKED?
-More research is needed.
-Whenever, I want a bed quilt a specific size, I should add at least 5% to all over dimensions to accommodate for shrinking.

In other news, here is the first piece of happy mail I received lately. This fun book is a new one by Suzy Webster! I love this style of applique and was thrilled to have some new ideas. It will be fun to pick a project…maybe I can fit it into an Island Batik Challenge – one of the ways I know Suzy.

Here are some beauties from Sarah Craig, Confessions from a Fabric Addict, for participating in the Hands2Help Challenge. Its crazy but she makes sure everyone gets a little something. I think this quite a lot of something, thank you Sarah!

These goods were sent from Julie at The Crafty Quilter, a little thank you for something I had done. I am so appreciative of her thoughtfulness and can’t wait to dive into this pile one day! Also, she has a little quilt along that is starting, and could be quite fun – I may even use some charm packs that I have.

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