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Thread: Wash Batting?

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    Senior Member teddysmom's Avatar
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    Wash Batting?

    If I pre-wash my fabric should I pre-wash my cotton batting?

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    Depends on the batting. You could end up with a giant cotton ball or handfuls of shreds.

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    Read the package directions and decide then.

    Warm and natural washes up well. I've also destroyed some battings that I thought would wash up okay.

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    Don't prewash Quilters Dream - it says not to, and it doesn't need it, only 1% shrinkage...
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    It also depends upon the final look, you want your quilt to have. I like the old-fashioned look of a quilt, after the batting shrinks a bit, kinda puckering the quilt.
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    Personally I don't. I usually use warm and natural, cause I like the slight puckering. I have a friend who always washes and irons her warm and natural because she says her quilts then lay perfectly flat. It is just a personal preference.

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    I agree completely!! Maybe because I make a lot of Civil War era quilts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    It also depends upon the final look, you want your quilt to have. I like the old-fashioned look of a quilt, after the batting shrinks a bit, kinda puckering the quilt.

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    My personal rule: do not add any extra steps to quilting. I have never washed batting. Sounds like more work to me!

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    Hopetoquilt is my kinda of quilter - I do nothing that adds to the "work" side of quilting - I never wash my fabric either but always wash my quilts when done. I guess it just depends on what you like you finished product to look like after a wash.

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    No, I wouldn't. I have had batting shred that I tried to wash. It was my fault, though. I shouldn't have agitated it but I forgot to go back and stop the washer (twice) prior to that cycle. Learned my lesson.

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