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CAROLK-13 posted on Fri, Sep 23 2011 3:30 PM

 

I was recently given several 8" embroidered blocks with frogs on them.  They are all puckered around the edges of the frogs so that the blocks will not lie flat.  I tried wetting them and ironing them flat, but when they dried, they were again puckered.  I would like to make a baby quilt, putting sashing around the blocks.  Any suggestions as to how I can get the blocks to lie flat?  Or any other suggestions?  I am also wondering if I cut a circle around the frogs and appliqued them to a background square, if this would solve the problem.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

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Im just guessing here and without seeing it I am wondering if the stitches are too tight on the embroidery work  and are causing it to pucker........If so, maybe you could loosen it a bit from the back, then try to press it out again......just a thought

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I had this happen when I first started machine embroidery and did not use the correct stabalizer.  I went ahead and made the quilt with the puckers in.  when I washed the quilt and the fabric shrank the puckers were barely visable.  I used a simple shashing with cornerstones to make the quilt.  It is interesting that we notice these little things but the person getting the quilt will not notice a all.  Have fun with the blocks would love to see pictures

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CarolK.  Could you post a photo? Without seeing it, I might lean toward cutting out the frogs and re-appliquing them to another fabric might be your best bet.


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Hi CarolK,

I have had this happen in machine embroidery when I didn't stabilize properly. It also happens with cotton when it is pulled to tighten it in the hoop. The best way I found to get rid of the puckering is to iron them on a lofty towel.   

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I have done this. When something is so puckered that it is not redeemable, using it as an applique is an excellent idea.


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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 23 2011 10:39 PM

Carol

I actually have a few embroidered blocks that puckered on me.  I am going to use them anyway and use my quilting to help even them out a little.  Once the quilt is quilted and washed the first time I really don't think they will be that noticeable.

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Making appliques out of them would be nice, but if you do, you may have to cut close and not just a circle of fabric if the stitches are too tight. Another option is to apply a water soluble stabilizer to the back carefully pressing the fabric as flat as possible. (I say water soluble because you likely don't want it to be stiff when finished. ) Sew up the quilt. Then when you quilt it, you need to quilt rather densely and closely to the embroidery. That way, once the stabilizer is washed out, hopefully the thickness of the quilt will help each square hold its shape.


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Thanks for the applique tips--I am new to machine applique, doing my first lap quilt using the maple leaf design and appliqueing the stem.  I used water soluable stabilizer and washed it out after the block was complete.  It worked great!

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Another great idea!  I would like to try this but had planned on using a flannel backing and the quilt top would be cotton.  I am concerned that the cotton and the flannel might shrink at different rates and would increase my puckers.  Have you any experience in this regard?

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gini replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 12:41 AM

wash both of the fabrics in hot water and dry them in the dryer.   that should take care of any shrinkage before you start

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Carol, as a quilter and an embroiderer I can tell you that the blocks should have had a stabilizer behind them as they were being worked on.  I know of no way to get the puckering out now.  The tightness of the sewing is causing the puckering.  Sorry.  If it is any consolation old pieces of embroidery if worked on fine material shows puckers also.  We learn as we go.  Barb

 

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