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Thread: wash jelly rolls & charms?

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    Senior Member quilter girl's Avatar
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    Do you wash jelly rolls and charms before you use them :?: Are they a "mess" to iron and come out of the washer in a "knot"? They look so
    nice in the stores. Am thinking it would be fun to have all of my colors
    picked out and precut - my least favorite part of quilting. Thanks for any input.

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    I do not wash small pieces, it has been suggested you could soak them in the sink if you are concerned about running or shrinkage tho.

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    I don't wash ANYTHING. *gasp*

    Guess you could toss it all in a mesh laundry bag and wash it that way!

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    I tried washing charm squares once, never again. They were in a mesh bag and still came out wonky and stringy. I did iron and use them but wont' do that again. Jelly rolls never. I have a hard time with strings on regular yardage after I wash it, can't imagine what a jelly roll would look like. thats just my opinion. Marge

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    When I wash small pieces I put them in a very large Tupperware bowl filled with water and a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid. I let them soak until they are fully wet then I dump the water and fill it again with clean water--I do this until the water is clean.

    Then I take the pieces and lay them flat on a towel and roll it up (the same way you would with a sweater), like a jelly roll, to get the excess water out. I iron them dry and have never had any problem with scorching them.

    I usually do them in batches of same color families. If any of the fabrics are bleeding color I keep rinsing them until the water is clear. I usually watch TV while doing this so it isn't so boring. Actually, I find it sort of relaxing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    When I wash small pieces I put them in a very large Tupperware bowl filled with water and a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid. I let them soak until they are fully wet then I dump the water and fill it again with clean water--I do this until the water is clean.

    Then I take the pieces and lay them flat on a towel and roll it up (the same way you would with a sweater), like a jelly roll, to get the excess water out. I iron them dry and have never had any problem with scorching them.

    I usually do them in batches of same color families. If any of the fabrics are bleeding color I keep rinsing them until the water is clear. I usually watch TV while doing this so it isn't so boring. Actually, I find it sort of relaxing.
    Cathy - Your avatar picture is sooooooooo cute.

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    I don't pre-wash anything anymore.

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    I would never wash a jelly roll or charm pack! Way too much hassle. Plus if you need a 5 inch square or a 2.5 inch strip after washing they may be smaller and end up unusable. That would be a huge waste of time and money!

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    I wouldn't wash them. They would be a tangled mess. I have never had a problem with washing them after they were sewed into a quilt.

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