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Kelley replied on Sun, Jul 11 2010 5:07 PM

Im with Kris... I dont have alot of time for quilting so I dont prewash. And do happen to like the look of the quilt

when I dont prewash... It gives it the sort of wrinkly look like antique quilts...After its finished...

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Annette replied on Sun, Jul 11 2010 8:54 PM

I do pre-wash any yardage, including fat quarters.  Then when I iron I do spray starch.  I don't however, plan on pre-washing any pre-cut pkgs like strips or charm pkgs.  I draw the line there.


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kim replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 6:05 AM

I don't prewash and I havn't had a problem yet.


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Barbara replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 12:56 PM

I agree,with Nana,I love the feel of the fabric before it is washed ,and I think its much easier to work with. I wash after project is complete,but I don't put in the dryer .I hang them over shower rod and air dry ,or put them on line outside if weather permits. Barbara



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Gale replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 3:30 PM

I quit pre washing when I started using a lot of precut fabrics. I want the entire quilt to be either washed or not washed-I don't mix.

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Lorraine H replied on Fri, Jul 16 2010 11:31 PM

We did a quilt that the fabrics were  prewashed.  When I washed it, one of the colors ran into the muslin used for the background fabric.  I tried a couple of different things to try to get it out, but it didn't work.  Then I used carbona's color remover thinking that would take the runs out.  I tested it on the runs before I put it on the whole quilt.  Didn't seem to do anything, especially no damage.  I decided to use it in the washing machine.  Now instead of a pretty blue quilt, we have a pretty gold quilt.  The runs didn't come out and the fabric color that ran didn't change.  Get that!

Anyway, it is still a pretty quilt, just not what we expected it to turn out like :)  I am prewashing fabric for my next quilt as I type.


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that is sad that that happened to you Lorraine...but in 20 or so years I have never had any fabric run....also have you tried grammas secret spot remover?

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Suzette replied on Mon, Jul 19 2010 5:45 PM

I personally wash after the quilt is completed.  One rule of thumb I go by is not to do both.  Either wash it all before or after.  Besides the "quilt police" will never know.



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