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Thread: Question about batiks and kits

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    I recently ordered my first quilt kit - which happens to be all blue batiks. Measured and fabric is exact. Normally I prewash fabric but am afraid to do so because this is a kit with 1/4 yd pieces. Is it okay to wash after its bound ? (Never used batiks before.)

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    might bleed a bit. If it is all blue, the possible problem won't be so bad. Use retayne, synthrapol, or the color catchers when you wash the quilt.

    of course you will be hearing dissenting opinions ;-)

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    Thanks. Just afraid to prewash with such small and exact yardage

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    I wouldn't, but that is me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    might bleed a bit. If it is all blue, the possible problem won't be so bad. Use retayne, synthrapol, or the color catchers when you wash the quilt.

    of course you will be hearing dissenting opinions ;-)
    This would be my suggestion as well. :thumbup:

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    I know you will hear lots of opinions but I would not wash fabric in a kit for the reasons you named. I have quilted many batik quilts for people who have not pre-washed. Later washing has not changed the look of the quilt. I agree with DebraK for washing after just to be on the safe side. However I have also read from other board members of the problems from batiks that are not pre-washed.

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    Never bought a kit before.

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    My first all batik's kit didn't leave any room for mistakes. I didn't wash and it didn't shrink. I used a color catcher, and it didn't even run much. My colors were greens, blues, burgandy's so I was impressed.

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    If it's exact measurements of fabrics I would not wash it. Just me.

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    I'm bad as I never wash my fabrics anymore. I used to, but I love that extra crinkley look.

    Haven't worked that much with batiks (just now making a sweatshirt jacket for my Mom with them, so we shall see. I do use color catchers though when I do wash.

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