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Thread: Can you wash a paper pieced design?

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    Super Member PaperPrincess's Avatar
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    Hi, I just got back from a FMQ (Hyperquilting) class at a local shop. During the class, the instructor made an off hand remark, something like, "well, you'd never wash a paper pieced block". It was not a good time to ask her what she meant and then I forgot till I was in the car on the way home. ;-) I had plans to do pp in my next quilt. Can you only pp a wall hanging? Did I misunderstand her? Is there something that would make pp less durable in a quilt that you would use??
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    I think, perhaps, she meant while it still had the paper on it? You can use pp blocks in a quilt and wash them.

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    I don't see how is different than any other quilt once you remove the paper, quilt and bind it. I can understand your confusion.

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    yes, i also believe she meant do not wash before removing the paper. my paper pieced quilts are maching washable - been washing them for years now.

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    Our Quilting Board members are pros at paper piecing. And they make big, beautiful quilts. I'm sure they're washed. Paper piece away! And don't forget to show us pictures! We love pictures!

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    Thanks so much. It didn't make sense and I'm not sure what she meant. Probably just heard her wrong.

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    I have successfully "washed" paper pieced block after the paper is removed. It is not clear what your instructor was referring to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Thanks so much. It didn't make sense and I'm not sure what she meant. Probably just heard her wrong.
    It's possible also that she meant the older/antique paper-pieced quilts, some of which still have the paper inside them but are batted, backed, and bound.

    Jan in VA

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    I've made hundreds of paper pieced items over the past 15 years and have washed them all.... of course you have to remove the paper first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Thanks so much. It didn't make sense and I'm not sure what she meant. Probably just heard her wrong.
    It's possible also that she meant the older/antique paper-pieced quilts, some of which still have the paper inside them but are batted, backed, and bound.

    Jan in VA
    That is what I would think, too as well as the crazy quilts that were made with all kinds of different fabrics--many not washable. They were hung outside to "air out". Can you imagine trying to wash a quilt on a washboard or in the creek?

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