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    Beginner quilter... I have some questions...

    Hello everybody! I work at a quilting store and I am getting very interested in the world of quilting. I just signed up for this forum and I though that it would be tons of fun! Well first of all, I have a question. I made two jelly roll races and I completely FORGOT to pre wash my fabrics..... will they be OK? I don't know if I should wash the tops now, or quilt and bind them and then wash them. What do you guys think? I really hope I did not screw up my over first quilts! Thank you for the help, and I can't wait to post a whole lot and hopefully learn too! Thank you!
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    First - welcome to the wonderful world of quilting! Hope you have an amazing time with this wonderful hobby/obsession.

    Most people don't wash pre-cut fabrics like Jelly rolls, charm packs, etc. Quilt it, bind it and then wash it - be sure to add a couple of color catchers. To be honest most of us don't wash our fabrics first - even yardage. I know I don't unless I am doing a Red&White or Blue&White quilt.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Yep, most people don't pre-wash their pre-cuts because they fray. Finish quilting and binding and then wash. You will get a little shrinkage but that gives you that nice comfy look. If you prefer a like new appearance, wash and dry until damp and then block out flat to finish drying. Sounds like you are well on your way and you might enjoy Jenny Doan's videos for the Missouri Star Quilt Co on Utube.

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    If you are worried about the color bleeding (like maybe if there is white in it), you can use a Shout Color Catcher in the wash. They really work and are found in the laundry aisle.

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    Welcome from Michigan. I wouldn't prewash pre cuts as they may ravel and then you won't have the same size fabric as you started with. If you wash after the quilt will pucker up a little and have the old look. Take pictures of your quilts as we all want to see them.
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    welcome to the board and happy quilting
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    Welcome, Welcome.
    I am still kind of new to quilting too. I have never washed my fabric before quilting because I want everything to kind of shrink and make that crinkly "old" look. I do use the color catchers and they work. I can't believe the amount of color it will come out with. My recent quilt (my second completed quilt) was a black/white strip and the blacks did not blend into the whites. I was pleased with the color catcher.
    I bet you get some great discounts at the quilting store you work at......build your stash!
    Also, those tutorials by Jenny Doan at Missouri Quilt Company are great. I want to try several of them in the near future.
    Good luck and post photos of your accomplishments!

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    Welcome!!! I also do not wash pre cuts just use color catchers as mentioned and you should be fine. Welcome to the wonderful work of quilting!!!

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    I won't add anymore about the prewash subject because they have given you good help. Just wanted to welcome you to the QB. You will find tons of help & good advice on here. I am a fairly new quilter (although a lot older than you) & I couldn't do it without the help from the wonderful people on here. We will be anxiously awaiting the creations you make. I do have one little piece of advice for you. REMEMBER: there is never, never any question that is to trivial to ask. So if you need help, just ask. Enjoy this QB as much as I do. Nice to meet you "elenigrce". Vonda
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    Welcome to the board and to the wonderful addiction, uh I mean world, of quilting. This is a great place to pick up info from many quilters with a world of experience and tastes. I know my mind has been expanded greatly by the wonderful quilters here.

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    Welcome from Texas! It sounds like your first question has been answered. When I started 3 years ago, I was thrilled to have all of my questions answered quickly. I even got on to ask about changing my rotary blade. Had an answer before I had time to worry about what I was "fixin" to do. Oh, be sure to post pictures when you are ready. We all like to admire quilts!!

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    Welcome to the board. I hope you have good luck with your quilt. If you do not wash before using I would wash the quilt in cold water and with a color catcher. I am one that always washes all my fabric before using because of a mess I made early in my sewing days, but is really up to the person doing the quilting if you wash first. I hope your love of quilting grows. Be sure to show us your finished quilt.

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of quilting. As a handquilter I naturally favor that techinique. You will learn a lot by doing it. Quilting is a wonderful hobby. It allows you to enjoy the color and texture of fabric and gives you the satisfaction of working with your hands. It gives you the satisfaction of being able to enjoy buying something that doesn't have to fit and someone else will think is the most beautiful thing they ever say.
    A plug for handquilting, it can be portable, allows you to get something done while watching TV or visiting with friends and satisfies that urge to touch and feel the fabric constantly. It will also give you a special place in the fellowship of quilters as you become proficient in that skill. Enjoy your new hobby.

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    Seventeen, that's just fabulous!! It is *always* so nice when new young, young members take up the quilting spirit; it continues the industry, enlivens all of us, and brings fresh perspective - all wonderful additions! You will find more mentors here than you ever thought possible, though I'm sure your own shop values and supports you as well. Welcome!

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    Welcome from Iowa! You will meet the nicest people on this board. Don't worry about asking questions...someone will have an answer for you. Please post pictures too. Your friends on the board will love to see your quilts.

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    Well Jan and various others have taken the words out of my mouth. So I'll just say a big warm welcome from Mid-Missouri.
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    Welcome from western NY state. You will enjoy this site.

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    Welcome from Minnesota! You will truly enjoy this board! Everyone here shares a passion for quilting, and everyone is always ready and willing to offer help, suggestions and tips. I've been the recipient of many great tips and ideas! Happy quilting!

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    Welcome to the board! I'm so excited to hear of another young person becoming one of "us"!

    I also work in a quilt shop...love it!

    I agree with the gals here about not washing precuts. I do prewash my FQs and yardage just to get the sizing and pesticides out of them. After cutting fabric all day at the shop, I notice an icky feeling to my hands...it's the gunk they treat the fabric with!

    This is how I wash my quilts to keep them from wearing out:
    Fill the washer with cold water and detergent. Add the quilt and squeeze gently until it is all wet. Soak for 30 minutes. DO NOT AGITATE! Spin the water out. Repeat with rinse water.
    I have one of those 5-line retractible clotheslines. I drape the quilt, backside up, over all 5 lines so that the weight is evenly distributed and use spring-loaded clothespins to hold it in place. My yard is all shade, so it is not in direct sunlight. You could cover the quilt with a clean sheet with the same results.
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    Welcome to the addiction of quilting from England, UK.
    Wash at the end with colour catchers it is not alwaysossible to wash fabric first, especially if you buy fabric while at a course for use immediately.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    I feel strongly that fabrics should be pre-washed. This is not practical with jelly rolls, so don't prewash any fabrics you use with the jelly rolls.

    Welcome to the world of quilting. We hope to see your work as it grows.

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    Welcome,welcome, welcome. Ditto all the comments you get good advice here and good recipes, good ideas on storage, etc., etc.

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    Welcome from the friendly state of Alabama. The main reason I found for washing quilt fabric is the fact that they bleed colors sometimes. I usually wash mine in white vinegar and salt. I am sure the members of the board will help you chose which is best.

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    Welcome! I don't pre wash and I've quilted for nearly 40 years now. Should have bought stock in Color Catchers years ago, though, as I use those for laundry and quilts, and include a piece of the box and a couple in a baggie when I give a quilt to someone. You'll love this board - there are SO many wonderful folks here to learn from and be inspired by!

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    Welcome from another Iowan, welcome to the the world of quilting AND QB, both are addictive!

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