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Thread: Now what?

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    Super Member sandyl's Avatar
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    Finished the quilt and it's a gift so what do I do next? I've read on here where folks iron. Do I iron or wash? Or both? I would prefer to know any issues that might arise after the washing process. What do you do?

    Oh, BTW I had no idea that quilting would be such an expensive pasttime/hobby. Thanks
    Sandy

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    Iron? !nope..

    just wash with a little detergent with tepid water, on a gentle cycle.
    line dry or in the dryer on a low setting. that is what i do.
    issues? lol! i have had my binding show where i didn't quite catch it right..and had some fraying.nothing i could not fix!

    yes it is expensive..but there are places you can get fabric pretty cheap.
    connecting threads is one that comes to mind.
    shop with a coupon at Joanns,Hancocks or Hobby Lobby!
    join a freecycle group in your city or check out craigs list for free or cheap material..garage sales are good,as are estate sales! good luck!

    check these links out:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=the+f...=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8

    old clothes work too!

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    I never let a quilt leave my house that hasn't been freshly laundered.

    if it's for a child, i chuck that sucker into warm water through a heavy duty cycle, and then into the dryer. i want to know it will hold up to frequent washing.

    for an adult/fancy quilt i will use either cold or warm - depends entirely on my mood - regular cycle. whether or not i toss it into the dryer depends a lot on how badly i need it to fluff up and hide the garfarbles. :lol:

    i let the quilt decide whether or not it needs a press. some demand it, some look best all relaxed and comfy.

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    I always wash a finished quilt. Never iron it. Would flatten the quilting.

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    I also always wash a finished (It's been quilted or tied, and the edges are bound - and it has a label) quilt when it's done.

    I never press/iron it again after it's finished. (Although I am compulsive about pressing while it's being assembled)

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    Expensive? I didn't know you were supposed to keep count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexie
    Expensive? I didn't know you were supposed to keep count.
    Oh no, never keep count, that way spouse cannot claim "half" in the divorce.

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    Anecdote in one of my quilting classes, discussion was on Hiding The Stash.
    A DH looked into wife's sewing room, and said "Gosh, Honey, You must have at least a hundred dollars worth of cloth in here."
    She replied innocently, "Um-hm, it's about that much," while shoving tubs of FQs out of sight with her foot.

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    If you iron a quilt after you've quilted it, I'd think it would take the "roundness" out of your quilting, and make flat wrinkles in the surface. I dunno, I never thought about ironing a done quilt. But definitely wash it. Cold water, short wash, warm (not hot) dryer, or just lay it flat or drape it over something to get it dry.

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    I DO,gently press my quilts with sream.I like the way they look so much better and it sets the binding really nicely. Again,just gently,not a firm ironing.

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