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Judy T-Bellingham posted on Wed, May 4 2011 5:48 PM

Does anyone else like to wash their completed quilts to give them that puckered look? I don't pre-wash fabrics (I'm sure I heard a Gasp! from some of you). Rather, I wait until the quilt is all done and then I wash on a gentle cycle and dry on a gently cycle. I love the cozy, cuddly look it gives them.

 


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The only ones that I ever washed upon completion were the ones that I sent to Quilts For Kids as it is a requirement. 

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Judy, I never pre- wash either, but I always wash after it has been quilted, because I love the crinkly look.

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Kris replied on Wed, May 4 2011 8:00 PM

I generally wash the ones I give away since I have cats that like to "inspect" every project.

Remember, it's the shrinking cotton batting that's mainly responsible for the crinkling. (I don't pre-wash either).

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Nana replied on Wed, May 4 2011 11:04 PM

Judy

I don't prewash.  I always leave my washing until after I have completed the quilt.

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I am becoming a convert to the "don't prewash" school of thought.  I do pretest deep colors like red, however. 

I like to launder after completing the quilt to remove markings, thread bits, and cat hair.  I do like the softer, crinkly look, but I was shocked at how much some batting shrinks, so I'm more careful now to use low heat.


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I don't pre-wash  either, I love the feel of the fabric and the smells when it new . I also think it works better for piecing . When I do wash ,I use cold water and line dry my quilts....Barbara

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I don't prewash either, but I'm thinking about changing again to the prewash-faction. I read an article from Alex Anderons and it made sense what she said about bleeding and all, even with color catchers.... plus I learned a tough lesson yesterday. I washed my mother's Sudoku quilt and the fabric shrunk a little and so at one point the binding tore from the border... it was only an inch but still its aggravating, I fixed it by hand, but yo can still tell a little....

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I don't pre-wash (I have in the past) because I like the crispness of the material and then the crinkles when it is washed. And I also like jellyrolls and honeybuns and haven't figured a way to wash them without having a major unravelling party to clean up.

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Lola M replied on Thu, May 5 2011 11:01 AM

I do not prewash fabric.  I do wash the just finished quilt to remove markings, and loose threads.  I use a gentfle soap, 1 cup of vinegar, and 1/4 cup of salt, this is suppose to set colors the 1st time a quilt is washed.  Then I dry on low setting in the dryer.  It has worked well for me.

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Jan replied on Thu, May 5 2011 5:54 PM

I too wash mine after i finish  using vinegar and salt to set the colors.  I love the feel of a fresh washed quilt.

 

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I do not prewash anymore. I like using fat-quarters & after prewashing they shrank. So they were not quite fat-quarters. I do wash after completion with gentle cycle & dry on low setting.

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Laura replied on Wed, May 11 2011 8:05 PM

I don't normally prewash but I definitely wash after it's complete, as I use starch when cutting out my pieces and I don't want to give it away with all that starch in it.

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