I made a twin for my friend Sarah's c hurch bazzar & got out my twin batting. Made the top twin size like I wanted - roughly 72 X 90. Was batting correctly sized? Noooooo! Batting was 8 inches too short widthwise! I didn't have any extra pieces (normally I do) to add width to it. Had to use spare full size batting to finish the twin size quilt! Gonna email manufacturer & vent big time!
Not mention that I broke 1 needle & bent one working on this quilt. Really hope Sarah makes mucho moolah for it!!!
Thanks for letting me vent here. Feel better.
Bummer...I don't recall ever having one too small usually they are larger....
That's never been a problem for me. What I did have a problem with was some extra wide fabric for backing - when I prewashed it, it shrank so much that I couldn't use it for the quilt I bought it for!
All the package batting I've purcahsed is always to small so I buy by the bolt then I can cut it like I want it. I make my quilts bigger than the usual especially that the mattesses are deeper now.
Haven't purchased precut batting in a package for years now. Don't remember it ever being smaller than advertised on the package when I did use it.
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I've never had that problem, but anything can happen. Sorry for you.
I haven't bought packaged batting for several years now. I don't think that I ever measured it when I did, but what you are saying does not surprise me. I became unhappy with it when I saw very thin spots in it as well as excessive wrinkling. I had discussed it at the time with others and was told my complaints were common and that is why they buy off the roll--or buy whole roll. The packaging process seems to increase the chance of distortion although some manufactures are better than others.
Prewashing: Remember the amount of shrinkage is based on a % of the entire piece. When you are talking about something around 100 inches to begin with--5% is 5 inches! To us quilters, 5 inches adds up fast! Some of those backing fabrics shrink more than 5%. On the end of the bolt, that kind of information is usually given. The last backing fabric I bought shrunk 6 inches when I prewashed it. I was glad that I did wash it--it "thickened" up nicely after washing!
I stopped buying the packaged batting because of the wrinkling issue as well. I never noticed the size differential but then I typically only bought full-size or larger and cut it down. I buy a large chunk off the bolt when it is on sale now.
I've always bought the prepackaged & never had a problem before. Usually it's been overwide & overlong. Thought that was it was supposed to be. I mostly make crib, twin & full sized quilts & haven't thought about buying "off the bolt". And you're right bout the thin spots..Don't like them either.
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