Yes, mine too, arrived with that strong chemical smell. Two days on the line and several washes finally banished it. I've decorated a lot in this cinnabar/brick red and it's a bit of a challenge to find lately, most fabrics being burgundy or true red, and decided to risk it - I'm glad I did. This quilt was exactly what I expected - a muted, warm red. The yellow and green accents are bright - think pea green and sunshine yellow as opposed to sage and gold. I personally like the freshness it adds and think it lends to the antique look of the product. The quality is very nice - the pure cotton constuction will enure it breaths and will only grow softer with use. Overall I'm very pleased and only took one star off because of the odor issue.