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Thread: Please Help =) had to wash before completed

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    Member lmiller1978's Avatar
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    I have been hand quilting a king sized quilt for almost 6 months. We recently got a new kitten, and as I was putting the last stitches in it, I smelled an odor...yes, that odor...cat urine.

    I finished quilting it, but I haven't binded it yet. I had to wash it to get the smell out...I did it on the delicate cycle, and I have it on the line to dry as I type....

    Will this affect the quilt when I get ready to bind it...it doesn't appear that any of the material shredded or that any of the batting stetched that much.

    Is there any other step I should do before I bind it to make sure it still looks right when it's finished?

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    If your fabric was prewashed it shouldn't be a problem. If it wasn't prewashed, I would prewash my binding.

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    Whooops! I think you'll still be okay to just put the binding on. If it has a wide enough border, you could attempt to square it up again and make the edges knife-straight if you'd like. Otherwise, just put the binding on. If it's a little off-square and that bothers you, you can block it after it's completed. There are lots of instructions on this site on how to block a quilt so it's square. (I've never done it, but know it's an option.)

    Congrats on getting a new kitty! :)

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    Thank you, I didn't even think about washing the binding...I will have to get the washer going again..lol

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    This is the little bugger that did the deed...bad kitty.

    Stripe...like the mean gremlin...
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    Diamond in front of the quilt that had to be prewashed
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    That sweet kitty??????It must have been that bad kitty that sneaks in at night!!:)

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    ooooopppppssss thats the problem with having pets in the house, I am forever cleaning up after mine. I now have a well trained nose to sniff out eny offending smells

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    I've washed quilts before binding and it hasn't been a problem.

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    Yes...that sweet sweet lap kitty...who has taken over my chair and pillow-cushion....

    I smelled it as soon as I started taking the quilt from the frame...there was so much fabric laying ontop of the surprise he left me that you couldn't smell it untill it was unearthed....

    It's great to know that the quilt isn't ruined.

    My first quilt was in the process of me hand quilting it, and as my daughter was admiring it, she spilled cereal all over it. I had to wash it and it pretty much fell apart...I was so scared when this little disaster happened.

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    I think Diamond must have scared the p.. of Stripe,lol!! Look at the size of him. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!!
    My DD has problems with her male cat doing this and she just washes her quilt and it's as good as new. I guess he wants me to make a quilt just for him!!!

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