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    Why would a LArmer request ...

    request that the backing be pre-washed, but not the quilt top or quilt top fabrics? Won't they then shrink at different rates? I am puzzled.
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    no idea dosent make sence to me

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    She probably assumes that the top is already washed.
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    I agree. I would assume that everything is prewashed. The original sizing is hard on needles, messing up her (or his) work.

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    I'm surprised. I prefer for it to be consistent. Both washed, or not washed. I use a new needle for every quilt.

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    What type of fabric was the backing? I know batiks from Sew Batik recommend washing with synthrapol before using. Extra dye and wax used in the process need to be removed.
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    Not sure, but I'm thinking her machine may have a problem with unwashed backings. The sizing and other finishes may cause her machine to skip.

    With moderate quilting, shrinkage of all the fabrics in a quilt will be controlled by the batting. That is, with moderate quilting, a fabric will not be able to shrink more than the batting shrinks. The only time different shrinkage rates become a problem is when the quilting is far apart.

    Fabrics when washed alone will shrink at their own rates, as there is nothing to stop them from shrinking to their max.

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    I would go with whatever the front is. I would also ask her/him directly why they want it pre-washed. It's better to know what their purpose is than ours.

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    I agree I would ask!!!

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