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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    Is there any way to avoid that crinkly look? I'm thinking of trying poly batting - ? Also have a wool batting ($$!) but now it sounds like it'll crinkle too - ??

    Preshrink everything! Including the batting. Here is a link to a blog about prewashing/preshrinking your batting
    http://suegarman.blogspot.com/search...inking+batting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    When I want a more modern look I use either pre-shrunk Hobb's 80/20 or Quilter's Dream poly. The QD poly is more like a cotton batt than the old style poly batts.
    Thank you!! I just don't care for the flatness of the cotton batting; would prefer a bit of puff without the crinkles so I'll check those out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    Thank you!! I just don't care for the flatness of the cotton batting; would prefer a bit of puff without the crinkles so I'll check those out.
    I am not real fond of the super flat cotton batting either so that's why I use Hobb's 80/20 a lot. It has just a little loft to it so it really shows off your quilting.

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    I agree with what you have said. Maybe I will start to wash them.

    Quote Originally Posted by w7sue View Post
    I had never thought of washing quilts after they are finished. There are many great reasons to do so and maybe I will start. All the quilts that are used in my home are washed and dried when necessary. There is one hanging on the clothesline right now since my 14 year-old dog had a horrible accident on it during the middle of the night - it actually went into my washer for a hot water wash! It did just fine and smells so much better now ... lol. Before anyone gets worried about it being on the clothesline, part of my line stays in the shade all day so it is ok.

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    I like to wash mine to make sure there are no surprises. Threads that need trimming are also way easier for me to see after it has been washed. It goes in for a normal wash and dry cycle.

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    Never wash a finished quilt. Let the recipient do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    Is there any way to avoid that crinkly look? I'm thinking of trying poly batting - ? Also have a wool batting ($$!) but now it sounds like it'll crinkle too - ??
    The best poly that I have found is made by the Warm Co (same co that makes Warm & Natural) is Soft & Bright. I love it. Unlike most of you, I don't wash my finished quilts. I don't like the crinkled look which is why I use Soft & Bright. I just washed a queen size that I had made several years ago (my bedspread) and draped it over the deck railing to dry, and it looks like I ironed it. I was so pleased at how it came out. I do wash all of my fabrics as soon as they come into the house.
    "Proud Parent of an American Airman"

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    Yes, I always wash mine. I want to know if there are any problems before I give it to someone.
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    As I use glue to attach the binding, I always wash/dry before giving it to the recipent. Plus I want to know if its going to bleed now instead of later when a very distraught person calls me about it happening. Nothing worse than someone thinking they've destroyed the gift I gave to them. As I don't wash my fabrics beforehand, this takes the worry off my back too.

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    I always wash. I love the crinkle plus I have a cat with long white hair.

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