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